A quintessential American dessert, the apple pie has been around for well over 600 years. In fact, apple pie is loved so much, it has a day dedicated to it. May 13th is National Apple Pie day.
For those who are looking to celebrate or who just share a love for a good old fashioned apple pie but don’t want their waistbands to suffer, fret not! We have your back.
For those with goals to reach, this high protein apple pie recipe is for you. It’s a mixture of high-fiber oat flour with delightful apple pie protein powder and fresh apples to give you all the fall feels in a filling and satisfying dessert without all the added sugar.
High Protein Apple Pie
- 4 apples peeled or no-sugar added canned apple slices
- 2 scoops Naked Shake Apple Pie
- 1 3/4 cups oat flour
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup water
- Optional: top with low-sugar yogurt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, combine oat flour with coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and protein powder. Mix until sticky and crumbly texture.
- Press oat flour mixture into a pie pan. Be sure to bring mixture up the sides.
- Place the crust in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
- While the crust is cooking, place a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Chop peeled apples and sauteed with a small amount of coconut oil and cinnamon until tender. If using canned apple slices that are already cooked, simply mix in cinnamon.
- Spread the apple mixture over the crust and place back in the oven to bake for an additional 10-20 minutes.
- Once cooled, serve with low-sugar greek yogurt, nuts, seeds, or light cool whip per preference. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Calories: 374
- Total Fat 12g
- Total Carbohydrates: 46g
- Dietary Fiber: 8g
- Total sugar: 18g
- Protein 24g
How Often Can I Eat Apple Pie If I'm Trying to Manage a Healthy Weight?
Whether you choose to enjoy a lightened up apple pie such as the one mentioned above or you want to unapologetically indulge in the real thing, your goals don’t have to suffer.
If you are trying to maintain a healthy weight, apple pie is not off the menu. In fact, no foods are. Instead, it’s important to balance your intake and moderate high sugar baked goods such as this one.
This means you can enjoy a nice slice of hot apple pie a few nights a month if you want without sacrificing your goals. Just be mindful of your portions and how frequently you are indulging in this sweet treat.
When is the Best Time to Eat a High Protein Apple Pie?
If you are opting to try this high protein apple pie recipe above, you might be wondering when the best time to eat it might be.
In fact there is no “best time” to eat it other than when you are craving it. Because it is rich in protein and fiber, it will keep you full whether you have it for breakfast, right after a workout, or right before bed. So don’t fret on when to eat it, enjoy it when you want it.
Is This Apple Pie Going to Spike My Blood Sugar?
Because this apple pie contains a fraction of the added sugars of a standard apple pie with a hearty dose or protein and fiber, it is a lot more friendly to your blood sugars.
While it does still contain sugar from the brown sugar and maple syrup, as well as carbs from the oat flour and apples, it will result in a less intense blood sugar spike. This can help you to better manage your blood sugars whether or not you have diabetes.
Would This Apple Pie Be Considered a "Cheat" Snack?
Because this apple pie is a lightened up version of its All-American counterpart, it can be considered an indulgent treat or a filling snack. No need to consider it a “cheat” snack or indulgence that has any negative connotation.
As mentioned above, all foods fit in a balanced diet including high protein apple pie or traditional. Choose your option depending on how you are feeling, enjoy a small portion and move on about your day.
Because life is too short to cut out apple pie!