It's all about ingredients that makes the difference. And if you're like me, you love sweet fruity and nutty desserts.
Here's Bill's Apple Crisp - low fat, no refined sugar, low carb recipe.
Bill's Apple Crisp with dried cherries and walnuts
- Wipe a glass pie pan with canola or olive oil
- Peel, core and slice 5-6 apples, since I don't add sugar, I use sweet apples like Fuji or Gala
- Mix with a couple tbsp lemon juice and dust with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
- Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 min
While that is baking, make the topping.
- 1/2 c. walnuts (or your favorite nut)
- 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour
- 2/3 c. rolled oats (oatmeal)
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- (optional: add a 2 tbsp ground flax seed)
Take baking apples out of oven. Mix in a hand full of dried cherries (better than raisins, they don't burn), put topping on a little at a time. Reduce heat to 350 and bake another 15-20 min or until the topping is done and crisp.
Did you know, walnuts have the highest Omega 3 essential fatty acids of any nut? Ground flax seed too is a great source. That is the 'good fat' - good for your heart. And.. use pure maple syrup, none of that Aunt Jemimah crap. The less refined the sweetener, the better. I never use chemical sweetners but sometimes, I use stevia, an herbal sweetener, it tastes great on fruit (but it doesn't work in this recipe).
After my last physical/blood work, I guess I must be doing something right. I've dropped 12 lbs and my cholesterol dropped from 223 to 150 since last year. I weighed 143 this morning, I'm feeling really light and fast. Looking forward to my next 5K race.