PCOS friendly Apple Pie recipe!

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Apple pie is a classic dessert loved by many, but for individuals managing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), traditional recipes may not align with their dietary needs. However, with a few simple substitutions and mindful ingredient choices, it’s possible to create a PCOS-friendly apple pie that’s both nourishing and satisfying. This recipe provides a wholesome twist on the beloved dessert, allowing individuals with PCOS to indulge in a treat without compromising their health goals.

Ingredients: For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or coconut oil, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 4-5 medium-sized apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (use sweet varieties like Gala or Fuji)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a pie dish with coconut oil or butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, cubed butter or coconut oil, egg, honey or maple syrup, and salt. Use your hands or a pastry cutter to blend the ingredients until a dough forms.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the greased pie dish to form the crust. Use your fingers to smooth out any cracks or uneven areas. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork to prevent air bubbles from forming during baking.
  4. In a separate bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice, honey or maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and arrowroot powder or cornstarch until well coated.
  5. Arrange the apple slices in an even layer over the prepared crust, filling the pie dish.
  6. Optional: For added sweetness and texture, sprinkle a tablespoon of chopped nuts or seeds (such as walnuts or pumpkin seeds) over the apple filling.
  7. Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.
  8. Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving.
  9. Serve the PCOS-friendly apple pie warm, optionally topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flavor.

Conclusion: This PCOS-friendly apple pie recipe offers a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional desserts, providing the comforting flavors of cinnamon-spiced apples without the added sugars and refined carbohydrates. By using almond and coconut flour for the crust and natural sweeteners for the filling, individuals with PCOS can enjoy a guilt-free treat that supports their health and wellness goals. Whether enjoyed on its own or with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream, this wholesome apple pie is sure to delight taste buds while nourishing the body.