Saturday, November 10, 2012

Apple Pie

The dangers of sugars and refined carbohydrates in our diet have been well documented. Excess consumption of sugar can cause hypoglycemia and weight gain, leading to diabetes and obesity. Sugar also raises blood pressure, triglycerides and bad cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. Children who consume excess sugar have difficulty concentrating and learning. And that’s just scraping the surface of the havoc sugar causes on our systems. Which is why I am always on the hunt for the alternative, the more healthier option. I have recently come across a product called Xylitol. Xylitol is slowly absorbed and metabolized, resulting in very negligible changes in insulin. Xylitol therefore won’t raise your blood sugar like regular sugar. The perfect sugar alternative for diabetics and also Xylitol will not cause tooth decay. While Xylitol is just as sweet as table sugar (sucrose), it has about 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates. That in itself can make a big impact on your waistline.

So in saying all this I have done my research and i really prefer this in my cooking. It is a little bit more expensive but it seems that good health and nutrition these days, really leaves a hole in our pockets. So from this I have come up with my version of  "Apple Pie". This may be a little crumbly eaten hot out of the oven but it seems to hold up better as a chilled pie/slice.
Enjoy everyone.


1 Cup Oat flour
1/2 Cup Ground walnuts
1/4 Cup Flax Meal
1 Cup Dates
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Xylitol

4 Apples (any variety)
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Xylitol

What To Do:

In a food processor blend all ingredients for the base until it comes together in a ball. Press out base into a lined spring form pan. Cut apples roughly and  place in food processor. Blend until well chopped. Place in spring form pan as the topping and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour. This pie is best served cold so allow to cool to room temperature then transfer to the refrigerator.

1 comment:

  1. It was lovely... I didn't have as many dates as needed so it could have been sweeter, I should have squished the base down more too, other than that I'll be doing it again! Thanks for the recipe!!!
    Have you got an alternative to Walnuts? Other seed's? Josie is allergic to tree nuts (not sure which ones yet...)