Grandma Steele’s Torte

Diet - Dialysis, Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Amy from Florida.

Portions: 12

Serving size:  1/12 of torte


  • 18 full sheets of graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Body Fortress® Premium protein powder (divided use)
  • two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • one 8-ounce container sugar-free Cool Whip® nondairy topping, thawed
  • one 16-ounce can of low sugar cherry pie filling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Place the graham crackers in a gallon-size freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  3. Place the graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup of the protein powder in a 9” x 13” casserole dish and pour in the melted butter. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, mix the graham crackers with the butter. Press into the pan. 
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
  5. Place the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup of protein powder into a blender and blend for about 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the blender and blend again until there are no lumps. Add the thawed Cool Whip and blend until smooth. Spread this mixture on the prepared graham cracker crust.
  6. Spread the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Place dessert in the refrigerator or freezer and allow to chill before serving.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories: 404
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fat: 28 g
  • Cholesterol: 84 mg
  • Sodium: 268 mg
  • Potassium: 151 mg
  • Phosphorus: 84 mg
  • Calcium: 63 mg
  • Fiber: 1.0 g

Renal and Renal Diabetic Food Choices

  • 1 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 4 fat
  • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate Choices

  • 2

Helpful hints

  • Amy’s grandma used to serve this frozen, but, as kids, she and her sister would eat it whether it was frozen or refrigerated.
  • If you need to follow a lower protein meal plan, omit the protein powder.
  • The protein powder can be purchased at Walmart. If unavailable ask your dietitian to recommend a brand. 

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