How to make Peach Pie Filling From Canned Peaches For CHEAP!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Do you find yourself needing gluten-free pie filling but only have canned fruit in the pantry?

The good news is you don’t have to run to the store & plunk down the money for that expensive can of pie filling. You can easily make it yourself in minutes using a simple can of fruit.

Peach pie filling made from a can of peaches #TexasHomesteader

It’s not complicated nor time consuming. Y’all know how I roll – fast & easy recipes only in my kitchen. I’m a busy girl and don’t have time for finicky recipes.

Making Peach Pie Filling From Canned Peaches

Recently I made an Instant-Pot Cheesecake for a family dinner and wanted to top it with pie filling. Looking in the pantry I saw that I had a can of peaches in light syrup and knew that would work perfectly.

All I need to make pie filling from a can of peaches is:

15-Fl. Ounce Can of Peaches In Syrup

Cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

1 Heaping Tablespoon Cornstarch (for thickening)

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Let’s do this!

Homemade peach pie filling from a simple can of peaches. #TexasHomesteader

Homemade Peach Pie Filling In Minutes

My peach pie filling was ready in minutes.

Heck, it would have taken me much longer to run to the store to buy it than the few minutes it took to actually make it from scratch. This will be perfect! 

How Much Juice Drained From Canned Peaches

You’ll want ½ cup of liquid for this recipe. I measured the juice drained from the can and saw that it provided exactly ½ cup of juice. 

If your can of fruit doesn’t give up quite enough juice you may have to top it with a little water or maybe some apple juice. 

Easy Peach Pie Filling made with simple canned peaches in syrup. #TexasHomesteader

Thickening The Peach Syrup For Pie Filling

I mixed the sugar and cornstarch together and placed it in a small saucepan. 

I suppose if your peaches are canned in heavy syrup you can reduce the sugar a bit if you like. Or not! Cook’s choice.

Then I added the reserved ½ cup juice that I’d drained from the can of peaches and turned on the stove’s heat to medium high.

Stirring constantly to keep it from burning, it only took a couple of minutes for it to begin to thicken.

Chop Peaches For Pie Filling… Or Not?

After the mixture was thickened I added my peaches. Instead of adding them all as slices I reserved a few of the peach slices to use as garnish later and diced the remaining peaches into chunks.

Feel free to size the fruit to your preference here. Whether you want them all chopped, all left in slices, or a combination of both. Your choice!

I added the peaches into the thickened, bubbling pie filling to simmer as I stirred.

When I could drag my wooden spatula along the bottom of the pan & could see the metal from the pan for a second or so before the fruit covered the bottom again, I knew my pie filling was about as thick as I wanted it.

I added a teaspoon of lemon juice and stirred it in while the pie filling continued to simmer one minute longer and I was done. The pie filling was removed from the heat before I stirred in a teaspoon vanilla extract as the finishing touch.

How Many Cups In A Net Weight 21-Ounce Can Of Pie Filling?

It’s confusing because cans of peaches or pie filling are sold by weight, not volume.

But this lowly net weight 15-oz can of peaches made 1½ cups of peach pie filling. 

Did you know you could make peach pie filling easily from a simple can of peaches? Yep - it's easy & CHEAP. #TexasHomesteader

Apparently that 1½ cups is the same cup measure (by my research) that would be contained in a net weight 21-ounce can of commercially-prepared pie filling.

Using Homemade Peach Pie Filling As Dessert Garnish

My homemade pie filling was ready to be used. I stored it in the fridge until our dinner gathering.

When I was ready to serve dessert I brought the pie filling out and spooned some on top of the slices of homemade cheesecake. Then I garnished the whole shebangie with some of the reserved peach slices and a fresh sprig of mint, just for ‘pretty’.

Mama always says “Presentation is half the meal” and mama’s always right!

What Desserts Use Pie Filling?

Several of our favorite desserts use pie filling. I don’t have to buy pie filling though:

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling is used in my No-Cook Cherry Shtuff Dessert.

Cherry pie filling is used in this simple no-cook cherry dessert #TexasHomesteader

My homemade Apple Pie Filling is most often used for Apple Crumble or my homemade Apple Pie.

I’ve even baked cute little Single-Serve Apple Pies In Canning Jars.

apple pie filling to make single-serve apple pies in canning jars #TexasHomesteader

So if you only have canned fruit in the pantry don’t despair. You can make it into pie filling in minutes!

Did you make this Pie Filling From Canned Fruit? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Pie Filling Recipe Using Canned Peaches:

I wanted to top a dessert with pie filling, but it's an expensive topping. So I used a can of peaches in lite syrup to make my own pie filling to use as a fruit topping. It yields 1-1/2 cups of pie filling. Fast, simple, delicious! #TexasHomesteader

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword canned peaches, fruit, Gluten Free, peaches, pie filling, topping
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 1½ cups



  • 1 15-oz can Peach Slices in syrup
  • ½ cup Reserved drained juice from can
  • cup Sugar
  • 1 Heaping Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract



  1. Whisk together ⅓ cup sugar & a heaping tablespoon cornstarch. Then add reserved ½ cup drained fruit juice with the sugar mixture in a saucepan.

  2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil until thickened and mixture begins to bubble.

  3. Add reserved fruit (chopped if desired) all at once. Return to a boil, stirring constantly but gently until it's as thick as you like it.

  4. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Simmer for 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.

  5. Remove from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.


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One thought on “How to make Peach Pie Filling From Canned Peaches For CHEAP!

  1. Edna

    I make a peach pie sugar free using bittersweet, i doubled the recipe because my pie crust was deep dish. It turned out great.
    Thanks so much


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