Guilt-free Valentine treat

My original plan was to streamline Grandma Decker’s cherry pie recipe. I got as far as a whole wheat-applesauce crust makeover, but couldn’t find tart cherries at the store.

Here’s what I did find:  Great Value No Sugar Added Cherry Pie Filling with Splenda. I dumped it in my crust, sliced a lemon juice-soaked heart from an apple to replace the pastry topping Grandma used, and shoved it in the oven. Pretty tasty — and only 86 calories for a 1/8 wedge*, including the crust.

For this crust, I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup of applesauce and 4 tablespoons of water. It was decent, but next time I’ll probably try graham cracker crumbs and applesauce.

*Per 1/8 slice: 86 calories, 19 carbs, 1.85 grams of fiber, .25 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein. That works out to 1 of the  old Weight Watchers points or 2 points+.

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