11/30/12

What's New: Cozy Fall Apple Crisp


Fall is in full swing and you know what that means… apple season! Apples are everywhere and the varieties are endless. Whether you prefer the tart taste of granny smiths or the unmistakable sweetness of honey crisps, apples are a delicious and healthy treat this holiday season. Not only are they full of fiber and a great source of vitamin C, but apples are also great for baking and using in festive, fall recipes.

Since November is national diabetes month, I thought it would be perfect to share a recipe for a reduced sugar apple crisp. Simple and easy to prepare, this dessert contains only 24 grams of carbohydrates per serving, and is diabetic friendly thanks in part to the use of a calorie free sweetener, like sucralose, in place of sugar. Whole wheat flour and rolled oats contribute B vitamins and additional fiber to the recipe, and a trans-fat free butter alternative, like Smart Balance Heart Right, limits saturated fat and cholesterol. Be sure to check ingredient lists and avoid butters and margarines that contain partially hydrogenated oils, as this is another term for unhealthy trans-fats.

Adapted from diabeticlivingonline.com




Ingredients:

•    5 Cups Sliced Apples (about 5-6 apples)
•    6 Tablespoons Sucralose or Other Sugar Alternative
•    1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
•    ¾ Teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
•    ½ Cup Rolled Oats
•    3 Tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour
•    3 Tablespoons Smart Balance Heart Right or Other Trans Fat Free Spread



Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Prepare the filling by slicing apples and combining them with 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons sucralose, and ½ teaspoon of apple pie spice
     
  3. Mix together oats, flour, ¼ cup sucralose, and ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice, then cut in smart balance until the mixture begins to form crumples
     
  4. Place the apple mixture into a baking dish and top with the crumble, bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes
     
  5. Allow to cool for fifteen minutes before serving

Yields 8 servings
Nutrition analysis per serving
Calories 86
Total Fat 2.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 31.9 mg
Potassium 79.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17.3 g
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
Sugars 7.0 g
Protein 1.1 g 

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