5 Tips for Baking a Healthier Pie
By Brandi Swieter
Two pie days get celebrated throughout the year, arriving in early December and around the third week of January. The January day is more commonly celebrated, but with people baking pies for their holiday celebrations it's no wonder some want to take part in the festivities in early December as well. A healthier pie is possible as long as some tips are utilized so that people don't have to feel bad about consuming as many pieces as they do.
Use Coconut Oil
Instead of butter, vegetable oil, or some of the other options made with more fat, coconut oil is a healthier alternative. Bakers should use this for their pies to help make it a healthier version. Coconut sugar is also available to use in place of real sugar. It, too, is a much healthier choice.
Use Whole Wheat Flour
Flour is a necessary ingredient when baking a pie crust. All-purpose flour is often a white, bleached version that is not good for the body. A whole wheat flour provides a better solution. Bakers should mix their flour with their coconut oil, coconut sugar, ice water, and sea salt for the ideal crust.
Add Fresh Fruit
Most people purchase a can of pie filling from the store. These are full of sugar and should really not be used. Fresh fruit is the better solution. It provides the nutrition without all the extra sugar. Apples, blueberries, cherries, and more can be used.
What's even better than fresh fruit is organic fruit. These versions are made without pesticides and are better for the body. Plants are able to produce a higher amount of phytochemicals when no harmful fertilizers or pesticides are present. This makes it possible to boost the level of antioxidants and vitamins and makes it easier to fight off bugs and weeds that would destroy the crop.
Nuts provide healthy fats and nutrition. Adding them to the pie, or even using a crushed version in place of flour for the crust, can be a huge help. Bakers can sprinkle some on top or even mix them in with the fruit for a crunchy bite.
Whether it's a pie day, holiday, or you simply are in the mood for a piece of pie, creating a healthier version is best. It will save on fat and calories and ensure a healthy dessert option that is delicious and nutritious. The more fruit, the more nutrition the pie provides.
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