The Best Apple Pie for Dieters

You can have apple pie when you're trying to lose weight

Brambly apple pie slice on wooden chopping board

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Dieters shouldn't have to give up every one of their favorite foods. It's reasonable to enjoy special treats like apple pie every now and then, especially at special events like Thanksgiving dinner. However, some apple pies are better for dieters than others.

Calories in Apple Pie

The calories in a piece of apple pie can vary significantly. As you might imagine, pre-packaged pies tend to be higher in fat and calories. There can be as many as 296 calories in one slice when it is commercially prepared, though the USDA indicates an average of 237 calories. The treat also provides nearly 14 grams of fat and 20 grams of sugar.

If you eat apple pie in a restaurant, you could easily consume even more fat and calories. A restaurant is more likely to serve a portion that is too big. It may also include a generous helping of high-fat and high-calorie toppings like whipped cream or ice cream. 

A single serving of commercially-prepared apple pie is only one-tenth to one-eighth of a nine-inch diameter pie. That’s a much smaller slice than most restaurants serve.

For example, if you visit Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, your order of apple pie will contain 630 calories and 39 grams of fat, without any toppings. The restaurant's "no sugar added" option is not much better with 510 calories and 37 grams of fat.

The Best Apple Pie for Dieters

If you love apple pie, why not make it at home? You still get to enjoy the taste of your favorite treat but you can control the amount of sugar and fat that is added. There are a number of low-fat apple pie recipes available that keep the calorie count in check, though it's rare to find one that's less than 200 calories per slice.

If you're in doubt about a recipe's nutritional information, plug it into a nutritional calculator. This is also a great way to see how any adaptations you might make will affect the calories and fat in the recipe.

Apple Crisp Instead

An apple crisp is a great way to enjoy the taste of apple pie without the extra sugar and calories. It is usually a healthier option because there is no crust. Try one of these lower-calorie apple crisp recipes:

A Word From Verywell

The best apple pie for any dieter is the one that satisfies your sweet tooth and keeps your diet on track. Keep in mind that no apple pie is truly healthy, though there are recipes that will be more in line with your diet. Use it as an occasional treat and always enjoy it in moderation.

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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture. Basic Report: 18443, Pie, Apple, Commercially Prepared, Unenriched Flour. 2017.