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A few months ago I made strawberry sugar-free gummy bears. As I was simmering the strawberries, it occurred to me that they would make an amazing sugar-free strawberry pie filling! And now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to finally make that low carb gluten-free strawberry pie recipe idea a reality. I think you’re going to love it!
Before we get to the sugar-free pie filling, let’s talk about the gluten-free pie crust…
Options for Gluten-Free Strawberry Pie Crust
There are a couple of crust options for a gluten-free strawberry pie. Some people use a baking mix, but I prefer to use simpler flours to keep my crust low carb.
This sugar-free strawberry pie recipe is made using a coconut flour pie crust. It’s nut-free (coconuts are not actually nuts!) and has a dairy-free option, too.
If you prefer, you can use an almond flour pie crust instead. I actually slightly prefer that one, but both are delicious! And, each has only 5 ingredients, making it super simple to whip up.
Speaking of 5 ingredients, that’s all you need for the healthy strawberry pie filling, too…
Ingredients for Healthy Sugar-Free Strawberry Pie
You probably know that strawberries hold a ton of water. So, unless you’re making a no bake pie using fresh strawberries, any version that requires a cooked sugar-free strawberry pie filling needs something to thicken it.
Most strawberry pie recipes use a starch to thicken, like cornstarch or tapioca. Neither is low carb friendly. Others use store bought jello, which is either filled with sugar or artificial sweeteners. No, thanks!
Fortunately, there’s a better way. Instead of processed jello, this strawberry gelatin pie uses my favorite grass-fed beef gelatin from Vital Proteins. It gives you all the benefits of collagen that come with it, without sugar or processed stuff.
Check out our simple ingredient list for sugar-free strawberry pie filling:
- Powdered sweetener – you can use any kind you like, so check my low carb sweetener guide for options!
- Grass-fed beef gelatin
- Lemon juice
How To Make Strawberry Pie Filling with Frozen Strawberries (or Fresh!)
It’s summer right now, so I made my gluten-free strawberry pie with fresh strawberries. But, I’ll tell you how to make strawberry pie filling with frozen strawberries, too. You can decide what you want to use.
To save time, you can make the sugar-free pie filling in parallel while your crust is baking.
Start by combining the sweetener and strawberries in a large saucepan, and turn the stove to medium heat. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries here. The process is actually the same!
If you are using fresh, you can slice them in half first or just remove the green parts and put them in whole. It’s up to you what size strawberry pieces you want in your healthy strawberry pie.
Making the sugar-free strawberry pie filling is a lot like making a strawberry sauce. The strawberries will be dry at first, but will start to release water as they heat up. Eventually they will start to simmer.
Continue simmering the gluten-free strawberry pie filling until the berries are soft. The time will vary depending on if you used fresh or frozen strawberries, as well as other factors like their size and stove temperature.
Meanwhile, whisk the gelatin with some water and lemon juice in a small bowl. Work quickly, because the gelatin powder will start to set once it mixes with the liquid. Let it sit for a couple minutes to thicken.
Important tip – check the thickness of the gelatin mixture! You can see what it needs to look like in the video below. It should be thick, but not solid. If it solidifies like jello, you may need to add a bit more water.
When the berries have softened, you’ll notice quite a bit of liquid in the pan. Whisk in the gelatin mixture while heating, until it dissolves. If you’re having trouble dissolving it, you can turn up the heat a bit.
That’s it! You’ve made the strawberry gelatin pie filling. It won’t be very thick yet, because that happens later.
Finishing Touches for Low Carb Strawberry Pie
Now comes the hard part – waiting! The filling and crust need to cool separately for about 20 minutes, so that they are not piping hot. If you don’t wait, the filling will absorb into the crust.
Once both are warm and not hot, you can pour the sugar-free strawberry pie filling into the crust. And then – sigh – more waiting.
Let the strawberry gelatin pie cool to room temperature on the counter, then refrigerate for at least several hours to set. The easiest way is to stick it in the fridge overnight, and by morning you can be sure that it’s set.
Otherwise, you can check on it in a few hours. It’s ready when the filling is firm, like a set gelatin.
How To Serve and Store Strawberry Gelatin Pie
My favorite way to serve gluten-free strawberry pie is with whipped cream on top and more fresh strawberries. But, it’s up to you!
If you’re dairy-free or paleo, you can omit the whipped cream or try whipped coconut cream instead. And if you don’t have fresh strawberries, feel free to either skip them or even substitute some other berries.
What about making sugar-free strawberry pie ahead of time? Or storing leftovers? Whether you’ve cut it open or not, the answer is the same.
Always keep the sugar-free pie in the fridge, and don’t freeze it. Like most strawberry pie recipes, it will last a few days refrigerated.
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Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, simmer the strawberries with powdered erythritol for about 15 minutes, until strawberries are soft. Stir occasionally.
While strawberries simmer, whisk together the gelatin, water, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Let sit for a couple minutes to thicken.
Whisk the gelatin mixture into the strawberries. Simmer for a couple minutes, stirring/whisking until the gelatin dissolves.
Let the strawberry filling and pie crust cool separately for 20 minutes.
Pour the strawberry filling into the baked pie crust. Cool on the counter, then refrigerate overnight to set. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberries to serve.
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Serving size: 1 slice, or 1/12 of entire recipe
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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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