I received the Truvía® natural sweetener (www.truvia.com) complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.
According to Truvia’s website, truvia sweetener is made from a stevia leaf extract, and it contains less calories than sugar. I tried it with a packet of Stash tea and it did sweeten the tea significantly. However, I usually prefer using raw honey with my tea. I didn’t know what to do with my remaining packets, until I discovered that truvia’s website also contains tons of recipes using the sweetener (truivia.com/recipes). I never thought of using sweeteners in recipes before, so that’s a refreshing thought. I browsed through the recipes and found one for making Apple Crisp.
Apple Crisp used to be a favorite of mine – it’s very easy to make and delicious. I made it for pot lucks and parties all the time back when I was living in Philadelphia. However, the amount of sugar and butter used is very daunting – the idea of eating so much sugar in one sitting, I can just imagine my arteries clogging up with every mouthful. If I can replace the sugar with the sweetener, perhaps I can enjoy this dish without feeling quite so guilty.
According to the website, the recipe for the Apple Crisp with Truvia sweetener is about 180 calories. I tweaked it a little though, for example, I didn’t add any sweetener nor sugar to the filling, I thought the apples were sweet enough. I also used crushed nuts instead of oats. So I’m not sure if my recipe has more calories or less? Anyhow, here’s the recipe:
4 apples, sliced
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup crushed nuts
5 packets of Truvia sweetener
Half cup flour
3 tsp ground cinnamon
Quarter cup melted butter
Half tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- Spray the baking pan/plate with non-stick cooking spray. Lay out the sliced apples and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Mix the ingredients of the crisp together until they form a crumbly mixture.
- Sprinkle the mixture on top of the apples until they cover the entire pan/plate
- Bake for 35-50 minutes, depending on how large your pan is. Mine took about 50 minutes.
- Serve when hot. A good tip would be to serve with vanilla ice-cream.
Here’s a before baking photo:
And here’s an after photo:
I’m not sure about others, but I couldn’t tell the difference between the sweetener and sugar, the apple crisp turned out as sweet and crunchy as it was when I used sugar instead of sweetener. The husband certainly could tell either, he finish three quarters of the plate in one sitting!