Try This Delicious Healthy Apple Pie Recipe
There’s nothing like a fresh, warm baked apple pie to put the comfort in comfort food.
If you’re a pie lover and enjoy sinking your teeth into a freshly baked pie no matter what variety, you might be in quiet despair given the fact this isn’t exactly going to be permitted if you hope to sustain a healthy eating plan.
Is all hope lost?
While the classic pie recipes are loaded with saturated fat, sugar, and calories – all things you do not want to eat if getting lean is your goal, this recipe make-over contains none of these.
Instead, it’s relatively low in sugar content, high in protein, and will offer a great dose of healthy fats.
The key is in the selection of ingredients.
The Ingredient Swaps
The first thing you’ll notice about the recipe below is the amount of protein powder called for.
This helps to balance the nutrition, ensuring you not only get a great source of carbohydrates, but are also taking in a good dose of protein as well.
For those who want to keep blood glucose levels stable, this is a must.
The crust is prepared using this protein powder along with ground almonds, which is a great way to boost your healthy fat content.
Almonds are a terrific source of heart-healthy fat and will also provide a great dose of vitamin E, perfect for keeping your skin, hair, and nails healthy.
The classic high sugar filling is also replaced with unsweetened applesauce, and while it will still contain some natural fruit sugar, it’s just a fraction of what you’d normally take in.
Finally, a healthier crumble crust is added on top, boosting the healthy fat content even higher while keeping sugar down.
This apple pie will still provide quite a high dose of calories, so even though it is healthy, remember that portion control is key.
Preparing Alternative Varieties
In the mood for something other than apple pie? Not to worry, you can easily sub in different fillings.
If you prefer a fruit filling such as cherry pie, simply replace the apples with cherries instead, keeping everything else the same. Likewise with blueberries or blackberries.
If you prefer a chocolate pie, whip up two packages of sugar-free, fat free pudding powder mix using ¾ of the milk called for.
This will create a thicker, pie-like consistency, making it perfect for use in this recipe.
If using chocolate pudding, you might also want to swap out the pecans for peanuts in the topping as well.
Apple Pie Recipe
½ cup ground almonds
½ scoop vanilla casein powder
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2-3 tbsp. water
2 diced apples
½ cup applesauce
¼ cup ground almonds
¼ cup pecans
milk for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together 2 sliced apples, ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, and a dash of cinnamon (to your taste preference). Add in some powdered Stevia if desired.
Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until apples are tender.
In another bowl, mix together the first measure ground almonds, casein, and vanilla protein powder.
Add some water until a thick dough is formed and then press into the bottom of a pie pan. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine together the ground almonds and pecans. Add just enough water so that you can make a crumble out of this mixture.
Next, place the apples on top of the crust, let stand for 30 minutes and then top with crumble mixture before serving.
So don’t feel guilty about eating apple pie any longer. Instead, choose smart and use this recipe.