Guilt-Free Apple “Pie”

1 Feb

It’s no secret that I have a major sweet tooth.  I’ve eaten bitter Baker’s chocolate in desperate attempts to get a chocolate fix, cut open honey bottles to get the last few drops, and braved -30 degree weather just for a Subway cookie.  Yes, I’ve gone to great lengths for sugar….but something tells me I’m not the only one who’s done those things 😉

I know how hard it is to get a sugar fix when you’re trying to stick to a diet.  Salty food lovers have so many creative, healthy alternatives available to them (sweet potato fries, lentil burgers, air-popped popcorn….), but alas, all us sweet toothers have come to realize that nothing can replicate the taste of sugar.  So what are we to do?

Well, the first thing is to choose “better” sources of sugar: honey, maple syrup, sucanat, stevia, agave nectar, and unevaporated cane juice.  Note: No sugar is “good” for you; sugar (glucose, fructose, sucrose) is low on the Glycemic Index, and will drive your insulin through the roof.  Not good.  But, the less process and refined (ie. more raw) your sugars, the more nutrition you will receive from them.  Brown sugar, by the way, is no healthier than white either – it is simply white sugar that has had molasses re-added to it. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/12/health/nutrition/12real.html

Many people also turn to fruit and dried fruit for their sugar fix, which (finally) brings me to the basis of today’s post:

Guilt-Free Apple “Pie”

Ingredients

-1 apple (any type)

-2 tsp cinnamon

-1 tsp nutmeg

-2 tbs chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)

-1 oz crumbled goat cheese

-2 tbs dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, currants, dates)

-1-2 tbs honey (or maple syrop, or agave)

Instructions

1) Preheat oven to 350 C.

2) Cut your apple into very thin slices.  Sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon and nutmeg and toss to coat.

3) On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil, layer the apple slices.  Sprinkle the goat cheese and nuts evenly over top.  Bake for 10 minutes.

4) Remove the apples from the oven and now top them with the dried fruit.  Return to oven for another 5 minutes (be careful that the nuts and fruit don’t burn!)

5) Plate up your apple pie, drizzle with honey, and enjoy!

Guilt-Free Apple "Pie"

I have to take full credit for this recipe as I completely made the whole thing up.  Now, I may not know a lot about cooking (not enough to make up recipes), but I do know baking apparently, because this dessert was AMAZING!!!  I had used a Granny Smith apple, and it was still very very sweet, so I wonder if something like a Red Delicious would turn out even sweeter….?  There was probably enough to share with John, but I ate it all on my own 😉  And the best part?  All of this for under 450 calories!

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2 Responses to “Guilt-Free Apple “Pie””

  1. Jacs February 2, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    I’m impressed… now you’re making up recipes huh?! Amazing.

    • Tess and Jess February 2, 2012 at 8:29 am #

      (Tess) Necessity is the mother of all invention, right? 🙂

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