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Makeover Cherry Almond Mousse Pie Recipe
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Makeover Cherry Almond Mousse Pie Recipe

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With about two-thirds less fat than the original pie recipe, this makeover is decadently rewarding! You'll love the chocolate, cherries and almonds, but never miss the fat! —Julie Hieggelke, Grayslake, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 1 frozen pie shell, baked
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • Chocolate curls, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without chocolate curls) equals 426 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 453 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, cook and stir 1/2 cup milk and chocolate for 4-5 minutes or until the chocolate is melted. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon extract. Pour into pie shell; set aside.
  2. Set aside eight whole cherries for garnish. Chop the remaining cherries; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in water and remaining milk. Add pudding mix and remaining extract; mix well. Fold in whipped topping. Stir in almonds and reserved chopped cherries.
  3. Pour over the pie. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Garnish with whole cherries and chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Cherry Almond Mousse Pie in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p18

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Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"The carbohydrates have doubled in this version, over the original!! How is this better?"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"I've made this twice, once according to the recipe and once with my own modification of leaving out the sweetened condensed milk. I made a standard ganache for the chocolate base and it didn't ooze as much as the recipe version did. Between the pudding mix and cool whip, it really doesn't need any more sweetening anyway. Leave out the condensed milk and save the calories!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"did it for thanksgiving was a great hit"

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