What is your favorite fall treat?
Think on it a second. It’s an honest question that I had to ask you all, as I’m genuinely curious. Fall holds the key to many of my most favorite treats. Anything that is pumpkin or apple based makes my mouth water. You name it, I probably love it (though I admit since going gluten free over a year ago, last fall was the first – a huge challenge)!
Here’s the problem: due to the delicious time of year, it also becomes the start to the season in which many gain weight. In its most basic (dessert) form, the average piece of Pumpkin Pie has 316 calories. The average piece of Apple Pie has 411 calories.
If you have ever viewed or tried any of the recipes on my site, you’ll know that I am constantly trying to concoct delicious (gluten-free) eats without using unhealthy ingredients, making it too time consuming or breaking the calorie bank.
Save those 411 calories in that slice of Apple Pie and try this recipe to create a healthier Apple Pie treat:
- The Apple: Perhaps the apple part of the Apple Pie is all you are really after. In this case, take a jumbo apple and dice it into cubes. Once you’ve diced it, sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over it. Dip into a plain yogurt (I prefer Greek Yogurt). Better yet, try my homemade, gluten-free Apple Whipped Cream (use this as a dip or even for your a la mode to replace whipped cream/ice cream):
- (1) The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss
- Heaping Tbsp Greek Yogurt
- Diced apples (you don’t need many – just a ¼ – ½ cup or so for this portion size)
- 1/8 tsp Xanthan Gum
- Stevia to taste
- Blend all ingredients together; serve.
Here are just a few other ways to make a healthier Apple Pie Treat:
- Try using a granola as the base or Ghee butter instead of regular butter.
- Use natural spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice instead of the extra sugar and brown sugar.
- Eat a piece of pie exactly the way it is, but cut it in half, giving the other half to a loved one!