4-Ingredient Healthy Hand Pies
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After making the 3-ingredient dough for my apple crisp pie, I couldn’t resist turning it into a single serving recipe like these healthy hand pies. I think we can all agree that pie is amazing. But individual pies that can be easily transported or double fisted might be even more amazing.
And hand pies that have 10 grams of protein and only 195 calories each are amazing-est.
The base hand pies recipe calls for apple or cherry pie filling, but you could fill these with just about anything. I’ll run through how to make the dough below and follow that with hand pie filling ideas.
How to Make Healthy Hand Pies
If you’ve made the dough for the apple crisp pie or any of my protein Pop Tarts, this hand pie dough will be very similar. It calls for Kodiak Cakes pancake mix, Greek yogurt, and light butter. I’ve had readers make the pie and Pop Tarts with other healthy pancake mixes like Birch Benders or Flapjacked.
I’d venture to say you could make the dough with mostly any pancake mix. Just keep an eye on serving sizes and aim for a gram for gram substitution.
The process of making the dough is as easy as mixing the three ingredients together and then rolling the dough out and cutting it into eight pieces.
After you’ve made the dough, simply add the filling, fold up the hand pies, and bake them. Voila—eight healthy hand pies.
How to Make the Optional Sugar Free Drizzle
If you’ve tried my glazed cake rolls or banana bread cake, you’ve seen Swerve Confectioners in action. Swerve makes a line of calorie free sugar substitutes that taste amazing and work great for specialities like icings and frostings or other uses like replacing brown sugar.
Don’t have Swerve on hand and want to make the drizzle for the hand pies now? You could use real powdered sugar, a bit of protein powder and a granular sweetener like stevia, or a bit of sweetener mixed with cornstarch or another thickener.
Other Healthy Hand Pie Filling Ideas
I polled my Facebook group, The Proton Party, during this recipe’s development process for alternative filling ideas. Here are some of their ideas mixed with my own:
- pizza – you could use turkey pepperoni, Italian tomato paste, and mozzarella cheese to keep calories under control
- chocolate peanut butter – maybe melted chocolate and powdered peanut butter
- cheesecake – maybe cream cheese and sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
- breakfast – egg whites, bacon, and cheese
- s’mores – maybe a filling similar to my s’mores cookie balls
- sugar cookie or a holiday pie
I’d love to see other versions and what you come up with. If you put your own spin on this healthy hand pies recipe, snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff or join the aforementioned Facebook group and share it with everyone.
4-Ingredient Healthy Hand Pies
An easy, 3-ingredient pie crust filled with sugar free pie filling.
- 2 1/2 C (265g) Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes I used the Buttermilk flavor
- 1/2 C (113g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt vanilla or plain
- 1/2 C (112g) Light Butter I used Land O' Lakes
- 1 C (255g) Sugar Free Apple or Cherry Pie Filling I used half of each
Optional Sugar Free Drizzle
- 2 Tbsp (24g) Swerve Confectioners or powdered sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp Water
Preheat an oven to 350F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
Add the ingredients to a large bowl.
Use a rubber spatula to mix the ingredients together. It will appear as if you need more butter or yogurt but continue working the dough, it will come together.
Continue pressing the dough down and folding the remaining dry ingredients in until you can form a ball of dough.
Transfer the dough to the sprayed baking sheet or parchment paper (I used a silicone baking mat). Press the dough down and use a rolling pin to create a thin rectangle with the dough. My mat is about 12x16 inches for size reference.
Use a knife or pizza cutter to create 8 sections in the dough. (You can trim the edges and redistribute if you want perfectly even hand pies.)
Add 2 tablespoons (32g) of pie filling to each section. Place the filling slightly off centered so you're able to fold the dough over without squeezing the filling out the front.
Fold each piece over and press the edges together. You can use a fork to crimp the edges to ensure nothing leaks.
Optional: Melt an additional tablespoon of butter and lightly brush the top of each pie.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly brown and the tops are fully cooked.
After the hand pies have cooled, mix the Swerve and water before drizzling over the pies.
- Macros do not include the drizzle, though Swerve is calorie free.
More Recipes You Might Like
If you’re buying sugar free apple pie filling, you might as well make the original apple crisp pie I mentioned.
And if you have an air fryer, check out my easy peach crisp recipe.