Apple pie is an all-American favorite for many festive celebrations. This month’s Recipe Redux challenge is to give a makeover to our favorite sweet or savory pie recipe. Baking pies has never been my thing. Since I find it very difficult to create a tasty substitute for a buttery crust, I’d much rather rehab a high sugar, high fat cake by coming up with a whole grain, lower calorie alternative to apple pie. This Nutty Apple Cake will please the palate of any family member or party guest. Baking with white whole wheat flour provides whole grain goodness with a pleasing texture and flavor. Plus, it’s so pretty on a holiday dessert table!
- 2 Tablespoons light whipped butter
- 3/4 cup sugar**
- 1/4 cup egg substitute or 3 Tablespoons egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups peeled, diced apples (approx 3-4 medium apples)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 apples, peeled and sliced (approx 18 slices per apple)
- 1 Tablespoon Confectioner’s sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream whipped butter and sugar.
- Add egg substitute/whites, vanilla and diced apples. Stir to combine and set aside.
- In a second bowl, sift dry ingredients (if you cannot sift, whisk instead), and add nuts.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and combine well.
- Pour into a 9 inch round baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray (the dough will be dense).
- Arrange apple slices in a circular pattern on top of dough.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow cake to cool. Transfer to a serving plate and sift Confectioner’s sugar on top.
Serves 10. 187 calories, 5.3g fat, 1g sat fat, 251mg sodium, 31g carbs, 3g fiber, 20g sugar, 3g protein
Make sure cake is completely cooled prior to dusting with powdered sugar. If still warm, the sugar will absorb into the apples. This is also delicious served warm with a small portion of vanilla frozen yogurt or light whipped topping.
**To lower the sugar content, use spoonable stevia. Make sure to calculate the appropriate measure since each product may vary. Not all are 1:1 sugar to stevia. By eliminating the white sugar, each slice will be approximately 140 calories and 7 grams of sugar.