Low Carb Apple Crisp
WHY NOT USE APPLES?
This recipe reminds us of a low carb apple crisp, with less fructose.
The only organ in your body that can take up fructose is your liver. The first thing that eating fructose does is causing an increase in uric acid. Fructose inhibits nitric oxide, which would otherwise reduce our blood pressure.
This is why fructose is famous for causing hypertension (high blood pressure).
Fructose also initiates what’s known as lipogenesis, excess fat production. And the third thing that fructose does in the liver is it initiates an enzyme that inhibits our insulin receptors. That means your insulin levels all over your body have to rise…causing a whole slew of problems, including weight gain. Between 1970 and 2003 our average consumption of fructose increased from less than half a pound per year to 56 pounds per year. We were never designed to take in so much fructose. Even some natural sweeteners have lots of fructose. From 90 to 97 percent of the sugar in agave nectar is fructose. Up to half of the sugar in some varieties of honey is fructose.
To read more, check out the book KETO: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet
So is an “apple” the devil…no, but here is a way to lower the fructose overall.
Nutritional Comparison per cup:
Apple = 95 calories, 21 carbs, 4 fiber
Zucchini = 20 calories, 4 carbs, 1 fiber
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- 8 cups cubed peeled zucchini
- 4 apple tea bags (click HERE)
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup Swerve (or ¼ cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon apple extract (if desired)
- 1 cup Swerve (or ¾ cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
- 1 cup chopped pecans (or other nuts)
- ½ cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup vanilla whey or egg white protein
- ⅔ cup cold butter
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Heat a pot with 2 cups of boiling water. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes or until the water is very concentrated with apple tea. Remove the tea bags.
- Place the zucchini slices in the apple tea and boil for 10 minutes. The zucchini soaks up the apple flavor and you would never notice the difference!
- Remove the zucchini from the apple tea.
- In a bowl, combine the zucchini, lemon juice, sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, and extract; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish or 10 inch pie pan.
- For the topping, combine sweetener, pecans almond flour and protein powder in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the zucchini mixture.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and the zucchini is tender.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
"Healthified" Crisp = 324 calories, 28g fat, 10 protein, 9g carbs, 4g fiber
|Serve with Apple Ice Cream|
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