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Recipe: Healthy Apple Pie

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My dad is a wannabe pie-a-holic. He's also a Type 1 diabetic. So in an effort to prepare an holiday pie that he can indulge in, I've been baking a "sugar-free" apple pie for the past nine years.

And you know what? It's pretty darn tasty. In fact, it's an easy way to get your "apple-a-day" fix.

So if you're looking for a healthier way to nosh on this holiday favorite, look no further than this quick recipe. With this recipe, there's no guilt in munching while preparing.
--Erin Beresini

(FYI - I'm pretty sure I got the recipe from Equal.com in the early 2000s, when websites were ugly and fake sugar that measures like real sugar was a novel concept.)

"Sugar Free" Apple Pie (Apples have their own natural sugars, so it's not entirely devoid of sugar.)

Ingredients:
8 cups baking apples (like Granny Smith) sliced, cored, peeled
1 cup fake baking sugar (like Equal or Splenda granulated sweetener)
3 tablespoons cornstartch
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 pre-made pie pastries (If you have a crust recipe you like, you could make this from scratch. I just use Pillsbury refrigerated crusts.)

What to do with them:
Preheat the oven to 425. Mix everything but the apples (and pie crusts) together. Put the apples in a large bowl. (I like a big salad bowl.) Toss the apples with the fake sugar mix. Put a pie pastry in a nine-inch pan. Put the apples in it. Cut out Christmas trees, candy canes or whatever you want from another pie pastry. Slap that on top. Put the whole shebang in the oven for around 40-50 minutes or until the apples are tender. Take it out. Let it cool. Eat. If you really want some extra sugar, squirt some whipped cream on top or pair a slice with vanilla fro-yo.

If you cut the pie into 8 pieces, Equal.com estimates each slice has 253 calories, 42g carbs and 10g fat. If you don't eat the top crust, you'll save on calories.

 



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