Perfect Diabetes-Friendly Pie Recipes

If you thought you couldn't have pie in your carb-conscious meal plan, think again. We've lightened the crusts and tweaked the fillings so you can enjoy delicious pie recipes that fit into your diabetes meal plan. Whether you prefer pumpkin pie or favor fruit fillings, you'll love these delicious diabetic desserts.

Coconut Cream Pie

This luscious coconut cream pie is the perfect way to end a meal or celebrate a special occasion. Enjoy this dessert with your favorite flavored coffee or tea.

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Pear-Cranberry Deep-Dish Pie

Cranberries give this full-of-fruit pie a rosy hue and a hint of tartness.

Tip: For fruit pies, don't be afraid to pile the fruit high. It will shrink as it bakes, so the end result will be just right.

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Glazed Strawberry Pie

Luscious, juicy berries pack this classic pie. Serve it with a spoonful of light whipped dessert topping for a well-deserved treat.

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Lemon Tart with Ginger-Oat Crust

Enjoy this refreshing pie tonight! You'll need two lemons to get enough finely shredded peel and juice for this sure-to-please dessert.

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Vanilla Meringue Tarts

Crispy meringue shells, rich vanilla filling, and sweet berries combine to make a company-special dessert.

Tip: For meringue pies, spread the meringue to the edge of the crust. Otherwise the meringue will pull in toward the center of the pie as it bakes.

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Fig-Orange Hand Pies

Forget the fork! Just pick up one of these fruit-filled pies and bite in. With only 7 grams of fat per serving, this delicious dessert is a smart indulgence for PWDs.

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Country Apple Tart

Red-skin cooking apples (such as Braeburn, Jonathan, or Rome), pure maple syrup, and coarsely chopped pecans combine in this tasty tart that's sure to please the whole family.

Tip: If you have apple pie spice on hand, use it instead of the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

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Pumpkin-Maple Pie

This yummy pumpkin pie tastes like Grandma's, but it's better for you. Our special lower-fat pastry is filled with a maple-flavored pumpkin mixture that's lower in calories and fat than old-fashioned recipes -- but it's every bit as good.

Tip: Increase the fiber in piecrusts by replacing up to half the amount of all-purpose flour with white whole wheat flour.

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Triple-A Apple Pie

Apples, Anjou pears, and apricots are the A's that make this apple pie a knockout.

Tip: Many fruit-filled pies call for dotting the filling with butter. Skip this unnecessary step to save 100 calories and 12 grams of fat for every tablespoon omitted.

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Country Apricot Tart

No need to fuss with crimping the edge of this tart; just fold the cornmeal crust over the fruit filling. If apricots aren't in season, frozen unsweetened peach slices work fabulously in this fruity tart.

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Maple-Apple Pecan Crunch Pumpkin Pie

A sweet and crunchy topping gives pizzazz to tasty pumpkin pie. Making the topping is simple: Cook apples and pears in a large skillet, sprinkle with toasted pecans or walnuts, and drizzle with pure maple syrup.

Tip: Top low-fat pies with a sprinkling of chopped nuts instead of high-fat whipped cream or ice cream. The nuts will add flavor and a decadent look to your pie.

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Coconut Banana Cream Pie

With a slice of this scrumptious treat, you get the best of two favorite pies -- creamy coconut filling spooned over luscious ripe bananas. We did sneak in a bit of baking to prepare the crust. If you like, bake the crust up to 24 hours ahead.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Join the ranks of many southern families who make this nicely spiced pie -- instead of pumpkin -- their holiday dessert.

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Red Grape-Raspberry Pie

Balsamic vinegar adds a tart-sweet accent to the enticing fruit filling in this carb-conscious pastry-topped pie.

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Chocolate Caramel-Peanut Crunch Pie

The classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter gets an extra flavor boost from caramel ice cream topping in this crunch-topped pie (bottom right).

Tip: Get more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by adding flaxseed meal to baked goods. Add up to 2 tablespoons to cake, cookie, and muffin batters.

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Cranberry-Orange Almond Crunch Pumpkin Pie

A crunchy topping full of cereal flakes, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, and shredded orange peel makes this crustless pumpkin pie extra tasty. (The topping makes a great snack mix or breakfast cereal: Make extra of the mixture and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.)

Tip: The fat in most pies is mainly in the crust, so ditch the crust and put just the filling in the pan. Or sprinkle the pie plate with graham cracker crumbs to add a little crunch to the bottom of the pie.

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Citrus-Sweet Potato Pie

Using oil instead of lard in the crust lowers the saturated fat in this pumpkin-like pie.

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No-Bake Lime Pie

Shred a little lime peel for the top before you squeeze the limes for this easy, no-bake pie.

Tip: For pies with acidic fillings (such as citrus), use a glass pie dish. The acid in fruit can react with metal pans and discolor the pie.

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Ginger-Chocolate Crunch Pumpkin Pie

This yummy pumpkin pie is topped with broken gingersnaps, dark chocolate, and crystallized ginger.

Tip: While testing these pies, our Test Kitchen found that sugar substitutes worked well in some pies but not others. Stick to the sugar recommendations made in each recipe for the best results.

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Incredible Apple Tart

Jonathan, Rome Beauty, Winesap, and York Imperial are all great choices for the apples in this party-special tart.

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Chocolate-Almond Topped Cherry Pie

Enjoy this sweet cherry pie (bottom left) for a delicious, company-special dessert. Using phyllo dough instead of a standard pastry crust keeps the fat in check.

Tip: To prevent sticky spills in your oven, set your pie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.

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Mango-Blueberry Tart

A fat-conscious oil pastry replaces traditional piecrust and a tofu-yogurt blend takes the place of whipping cream in this luscious cream tart. Blueberries, mangos, and kiwifruits make this dessert mouthwatering.

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Strawberry Cream Pie

In the mood for an elegant dessert that isn't saturated with sugar, carbs, and calories? Try this creamy mousse of pureed fresh strawberries, fluffy egg whites, gelatin, and whipped topping surrounded by delicate ladyfingers.

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Berry Pie with Creamy Filling

Fresh berries, a slimmed-down zwieback crumb crust, a tangy filling based on homemade yogurt cheese, and a colorful low-calorie cranberry-raspberry glaze add up to an eye-catching pie that's as healthful as it is luscious.

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Glazed Tropical Fruit Pie

This fun fruit pie is adorned with sweet mangos, papayas, and kiwifruits. It's also tasty with peaches.

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Crustless Pistachio-Topped Sweet Potato Pie

Crunchy pistachios complement this creamy sweet potato pie (top). With only 164 calories, a serving of this yummy dessert can fit into your diabetes meal plan.

Tip: Want to spruce up your breakfast yogurt? Try sprinkling the pistachio-and-cereal topper on it.

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