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Presidents’ Day Cherry Pie

Presidents’ Day Cherry Pie

Cherry banana almond pie

UPDATE: I was thrilled this post was chosen to appear on May 17, 2012 on Blog for Family Dinner’s celebration of Mothers!
On the eve of Presidents’ Day weekend, I must share my Aunt Sandy recipe for cherry pie. It’s not your typical cherry pie. It’s Banana Cherry Pie flavored with cinnamon and almond extract and (besides Huckleberry Pie) it was my very favorite pie as a child. I even occasionally asked for it for my birthday, instead of cake.

Aunt Sandy was an amazing cook. Her homemade chocolate bonbons were memorable – and so was her spaghetti with meat sauce, her elaborate birthday cakes for my cousin and her repertoire of delicious hamburger casseroles recipes. (Since she and her family lived on the cattle ranch with us – there was always a need for another variation on the hamburger casserole.)

Easy as pie! A surprise ingredient in this PRESIDENTS DAY CHERRY PIE | @tspcurry

My aunt also had diabetes. She managed it very well. But I’ve never forgotten what she told me when I announced I was going to be a dietitian; she said “I don’t like dietitians.” When I got over the initial shock, I found her to be an inspiration to always, always think about the feelings of the person on the other end of diet advice I was dispensing – and to make sure that guidance was realistic.

And in the end, it turns out Aunt Sandy may have known more than a few of her dietitians back in the day. She was able to manage her diabetes well by eating a fairly ‘normal’ – but healthfully home-cooked diet, and made sure she had protein at every meal. That’s pretty near where recommendations for people with diabetes stand now: Eat the same healthful diet as the rest of the family – just monitor carbohydrates, fats and protein more carefully.

This pie is certainly not a low-carb pie. But it is chocked full of fruit and a moderate piece can obviously be worked into a healthful diet. I like to serve it as an afternoon snack to my kids along with a glass of protein-packed milk which this weekend we will raise to our Presidents Washington and Lincoln.

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Cherry banana almond pie

Presidents’ Day Cherry Pie

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD


This simple cherry pie recipe gains some sweetness from almond extract and uses canned tart cherries or canned sweet cherries.


  • 1 baked pie crust
  • 1 (14 oz) can pitted tart red cherries or sweet cherries
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 medium bananas
  • Serve with sweetened vanilla whipped cream


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together cornstarch and sugar. Pour in cherries and their juices and mix to combine. Heat to boiling. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cinnamon. When cooled slightly, add almond extract.
  2. Line pie crust with sliced bananas. Top with cherry mixture
  3. Chill for about 3 hours (or less if you can’t wait to eat the pie!)
  4. Served with sweetened vanilla whipped cream.

Have you ever made cherry pie?

Easy to make. So fun to eat - on President's Day or any day. Two secret ingredients cut down on sugar and make this a recipe everyone will ask for. HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE CHERRY PIE via @TspCurry - Check out this #Healthy recipe at #kitchenhacks

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Aunt Sandy

Sunday 19th of February 2012

What a nice compliment to have my pie featured by a very special niece! Thank you for all the nice comments in the story. I haven't made the pie for a long time, but now I feel like I need to make it again. Thank you Serena, love you!


Sunday 19th of February 2012

Thanks Aunt Sandy! (:

Reem | Simply Reem

Saturday 18th of February 2012

What a beautiful pie!!!! Thanks for sharing story about your Aunt... I am so totally making this pie soon...


Saturday 18th of February 2012

Thanks Reem! I'm glad you think it sounds's a bit unconventional. But so delish!

ea-the spicy rd

Friday 17th of February 2012

Your Aunt Sandy sounds like a wise woman, and her pie looks fabulous! Note to self: Make Aunt Sandy's Cherry Pie! {Can you believe I've never made a cherry pie before???}


Saturday 18th of February 2012

Thanks EA! You're right on. She is a wise and wonderful woman. (:

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