Carolyn Bell, RDN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Hmmm… I’ll buy some of the fresh, delicious Washington cherries at Market Basket, and make a cherry pie. Good choice! Cherries aren’t just good for your taste buds; this fruit also has health benefits. Iron, anthocyanins, antioxidants, beta carotene, folate, potassium and fiber are all part of the cherry nutrition powerhouse. Choose cherries for an evening snack to get a good dose of natural melatonin, which aids in sleep cycles. Try this healthy, cherry pie recipe and help increase your intake of powerful nutrients!
Healthy Cherry Pie
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup rolled oats, dry
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons water
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups fresh Northwest Cherries, pitted
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
- In a medium bowl, blend together the butter, light brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in oats, flour and water. Press the mixture into a 9” pie pan. In a medium bowl, stir together the cherries and sugar. Pour this mixture into the crust. Then bake in a preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Let the pie cool for 7-10 minutes and then serve.
Per serving: 208 calories, 4 g fat (2 g sat fat), 42 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein