Fresh Strawberry Pie – Healthy Option

Fresh strawberry pie is a gorgeous, lush, wholesome and creamy dessert that’s as luscious as it looks. Better yet–it won’t blow your diet.

The Backstory: This show-stopper dessert (seriously, how gorgeous is it?!) is actually as good for you as it is easy on the eyes. The star of the pie–fresh strawberries–are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, are high in fiber, and can actually help lower your cholesterol. Now that’s a fresh take on dessert! More of the Backstory after the recipe

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh juicy strawberries are the star of this mouth-watering pie. Low-fat yogurt, whipped topping, cream cheese and a hint of vanilla combine to make a delicious cream filling that's as luscious as the berries themselves. Perfect for brunch, special occasions, or anytime you want something sweet.
Course Brunch, Desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
  • 2 1/2 tsp. powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 lb. low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, low-fat, thawed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. strawberry jelly
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 lbs. strawberries, hulled and cut in half


  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the yogurt and press onto the bottom of a non-stick springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes and let cool.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the water and vanilla extract. Sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid and let stand for 1 minute.
  3. Add 1/4 cup boiling water to the gelatin mixture and stir constantly until the granules are completely dissolved. Set aside.
  4. Beat the cream cheese, and powdered sugar until very smooth and creamy.
  5. Slowly add the gelatin to the beating cream cheese.
  6. Add about 1/3 of the thawed whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture to loosen up the batter. Fold the rest of the whipped topping into the batter and pour into the graham cracker crust.
  7. Smooth the top and refrigerate at least six hours.
  8. Melt the strawberry jelly and mix the lemon juice. Cool the mixture and toss in the strawberry halves.
  9. Arrange berry halves over the pie. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  180
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 32g
Sodium: 270mg
Fiber: 1g

…The Backstory continues: My recipe lightens up traditional pie by replacing butter and shortening with with good-for-ingredients like low-fat yogurt and low-fat cream cheese but you won’t notice a difference in taste. You’ll be too busy licking your fork and smiling a great big, satisfied grin.book-cover-image

You can find other mouth-watering recipes like this in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Beef Brisket with Gravy to Orange Cinnamon French Toast with Strawberry Sauce — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!


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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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