Sugar-Free Apple Pie with Whole Wheat White Cheddar Crust

A few months ago, Jim and I set out to clean up our diet and we started by eliminating as much white flour, white sugar and white carbs as possible from our diet.  The results have been great and we now embrace whole grains and a variety of green vegetables we might have otherwise overlooked.  I am never hungry and certainly never feel deprived….

Well, let’s back up for a minute.  Even though I am not much of a “sweets” person, the one treat I both crave, and love to make, is pie.  For most of the summer, I have been turning the idea of making a healthier pie over in my head and finally had an idea of how I wanted to try it.  I came home from work on a Thursday night and started pulling out my baking supplies.  Baking a pie just couldn’t wait another minute!I use whole wheat pastry flour quite often in my cookies, substituting it for at least half of the white flour, so I knew that it would be my starting point.  Whole wheat definitely requires a lot more liquid and can have a tendency to be tough, if it is not handled with love, so I thought it would be interesting to add some grated sharp white cheddar cheese to give it a little personality.

Gravenstein apples just happen to grow in my yard and they were ready for the picking – so the choice of apples was a no-brainer!   The next challenge was how to sweeten it.  Since this was a spur-of-the moment pie, I ended up using 10 individual packets of Truvia (stevia) sweetener.  A generous addition of cinnamon, a dash of fresh nutmeg and a little bit of apple cider vinegar completed the filling.

Ready to go into the oven

The pie baked beautifully and filled the air with the scent of apples, pastry and cheese.  After letting the pie cool for a couple of hours, I nervously served Jim a slice and we were both amazed at how delicious it was.  We were actually unsure if it tasted so good just because we hadn’t had anything sweet for such a long time or because it was really that good.  After making a repeat for friends the following week, I had confirmation that it really was that good!

So the next time you want to make a pie, try this “healthier” version and you will be able to have your pie and eat it too!

 

 

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