Apple pie is total comfort food. You wouldn’t expect that with it being fruit and all, but it must have something to do with the sugar and pastry. For some people it could spark fear, but for me, I know that I can still enjoy apple pie and not gain weight. For one, it is all about balance and secondly, I have a healthier apple pie recipe and it is only 131 calories a slice!
Of course I am going to share it with you. I know, I know – I am too kind!
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This literally just came out of the oven and we couldn’t resist having a tiny slice (before dinner) and it is perfect for this cold day. I am still planning on eating it on a summers day, but maybe not heated up. Add some homemade frozen yoghurt and you have yourself an apple pie party! Can you imagine? An apple pie party?
Not to mention the “C-Word” too early, but this will be perfect for Christmas.
You may have noticed now that in pretty much all my baking, I use dates in replace of sugar. This means that it is naturally sweetened with fruit. In case you don’t usually like dates, you really can’t taste them at all – it just adds sweetness to it. Although it is not super low in calories, that is because dates are quite high in calories, I really like the taste of the dates and the added fibre too. This isn’t something you are going to be eating every day, but it is a healthier option considering the average slice of apple pie has 450 calories in it. This recipe is low in fat though, as there is less butter because I have replaced some of it with Greek yoghurt, which also adds some extra protein to it.
Now I want to tell you about the new way I am sweetening my desserts, with Natvia which is a 100% natural sweetener which uses the very best stevia and erythritol. The stevia I have tasted before always had a bitter after-taste, but this one was totally different. It tasted just like sugar, which no after-taste. You use it in the exact same way as sugar and you use the exact same measurements. So it can be easily used in all your favourite recipes. This natural sweetener has less than one calorie per serving compared to 16 calories per serving in sugar.
You can add it to tea and coffee, put it in your porridge, bake cakes with it, basically anything you would use sugar for. This is a MUCH better alternative to artificial sweetener, which I personally think is scary stuff. Plus, artificial sweetener loses its sweetness once heated, so it is useless anyway. This is 100% my sweetener of choice now, give it a try too.
Here is where you can BUY Natvia.
Ingredients – serves 8:
– 210g/ 1.6 Cups Whole Wheat flour
– 60g/Quarter Cup butter
– 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
– Half teaspoon salt
– 1 egg
– 5 tbsp cold water and 4 pitted dates
– Egg wash
– 6 apples
– 60g/0.3 cup Natvia
– Half a teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
1) Put the flour and salt in a bowl.
2) Put the water and dates in a food processor and blend.
3) Cut the butter into cubes and add to the flour and mix with your fingers until it becomes a breadcrumb consistency.
4) Add the yoghurt, egg and date syrup and mix with a fork.
5) Then mix with your hands and put on the flour dusted surface and knead for a few minutes. If this is still fairly sticky, add some more flour.
6) Divide the dough into two and put one half in the freezer to either make another pie another time, or some homemade pop tarts.
7) With the bit of dough that is left, divide that into two as well and roll one piece into 10inches/25cm in diameter (I used 10 inch/25cm diameter dish for my pie).
8) Grease your pie dish with a little butter and lay the rolled out dough inside it.
9) Roll out the other bit of dough and cut into 8 strips to use on top of the pie.
10) Next you need to make your apple pie filling. Peel and chop your apples and put in a bowl with the sweetener and the spices. Mix well.
11) Add apples to the pie dish and place the strips over the top of the filling. Brush with an egg wash (egg and milk).
12) Place in a preheated oven at 200C/390F for 40 minutes.
What is your favourite thing to serve with apple pie? Ice cream? Custard? Leave a comment below.
Nutritional Information – per slice:
Carbs: 20 (from the fruit)
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*I was commissioned by Natvia to produce this recipe*