Disclaimer: The reviewer has received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I am being compensated to participate in #Switch2Swerve challenge through the Bookieboo Influencer Network . I did switch out my regular sweetener for the Swerve Sweetener from November 18, 2013 through December 20, 2013. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinions based on my own experience with the product.
This apple pie for diabetics recipe is perfect for anyone who has blood glucose issues or even someone who is looking for a zero calorie sweetener without all the artificial ingredients.
If you want to make a homemade apple pie as a dessert, but you can’t because you have struggled with blood sugar levels, this apple pie is the one to go with.
These are made with Swerve Sweetener, which is zero-calorie, low-glycemic and safe for those living with diabetes.
My Thoughts On Artifical Sweeteners
I have never been a fan of artificial sweeteners.
I feel they cause more problems than they solve however I have started having blood glucose issues so I decided to look into what options were out there.
I heard about Swerve Sweetener being made from a unique combination of fruits and vegetables and I wanted to know more as this sounded like a great option for me.
So last night I made an apple pie using the new Swerve Sweetener I received in the mail.
I made the same recipe I made about a month ago using cane sugar.
I also wanted to see if I could notice a difference in taste.
My pie came out great and it tasted good too even the whipped cream I made using the Swerve Sweetener tasted great on top of the pie.
In fact, there was no noticeable difference in the way the pie tasted or looked.
The History of Apple Pies And How They Became Popular In America
Did you know that apples are native to Asia?
Oddly enough we hear about Johnny Appleseed planting apple trees everywhere he went, but we rarely hear about where apples originally came from.
Apple pie first originated in 1381 in England and did not make it to America until sometime between the late 18th and early 19th century.
In fact the first apple pies made contained more than just apples and spices.
They also contained figs, raisins, pears, and saffron.
They did not contain sugar nor an edible crust.
The idea of apple pie being an American dessert did not come about until 1924 when the Gettysburg Times promoted “New Lestz Suits that are as American as apple pie,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.
By WWII the idea was cemented that apple pie was an American dessert.
Here is my recipe.Print
Apple Pie Made With Swerve Sweetener
- Melt the butter in a skillet.
- Stir in the vanilla bean paste, add the cinnamon and mix well.
- Add the apples to the pan, stirring as you go so they all get coated in the butter and vanilla mixture.
- Sprinkle the Swerve Sweetener and flour on top of the apples.
- Mix again and cook the apples over medium heat for five minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Place the first pie crust in the bottom of the pie pan. Press the edges to the top of the pan. If you are using a pie crust that is pre-formed, you can skip this step.
- Scoop the filling into the pie crust. Determine if you intend to add a second pie crust or bake it like it is.
- Add the second crust to the top if desired and pinch the edges together. If you intend to bake it just like it is, remember you do need to cut a few slits in the top of the crust to vent it if you use a full pie crust on top. I chose to use miniature cookie cutters to cut shapes into the top of my pie crust dough, then used some of those shapes on top of the dough. A little water painted onto the back of the dough shapes with a food grade paintbrush helps them adhere to the crust. Another option is to make a lattice pie crust for the top.
- Cover the edges of the pie crust with a pie crust cover or foil so it doesn’t burn while the rest of the pie is baking.
- Place the pie in the oven and bake it. I bake my apple pie at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. The amount of time can vary depending on where you live and your oven. Pre-cooking the apples as we did allowed for less time baking the pie because the apples are already soft.
- Remove from the oven when the pie is done. Allow it to cool. Slice and top with whipped cream.
Remember – Swerve measures out cup for cup just like sugar, so you don’t have to worry about doing any crazy math to figure out how to use it in your recipes.
Here are some other delicious apple desserts: