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

Grandma Steele’s Torte

Anytime’s a good time for a special dessert, and DaVita renal dietitian Amy from Florida has adapted her grandmother’s recipe so it can be enjoyed by everyone, even those on the kidney diet. Using cherry pie filling, cream cheese, graham crackers and other ingredients you’re likely to have in your pantry, you can stir up a dessert this afternoon that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser tonight!

Diet types:

  • 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 whey protein powder (divided use)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces sugar-free Cool Whip® dessert topping, thawed
  • 16 ounces no sugar added 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.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

Carbohydrate choices


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.
  • Ask your dietitian to recommend a brand of protein powder. 

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