It is the holiday season and time for entertaining! I love sharing healthier holiday recipes that my guests and I won’t feel guilty indulging in this season. This Individual Apple Crisp recipe is one of those dessert recipes made with only a few ingredients and aspartame instead of regular sugar. It is great for kids, family and friends (everyone loves getting their own individual dessert) and is also so easy to make. I receive a lot of questions about aspartame and reduced calorie sweeteners. I started using it a few years when my father was diagnosed with diabetes. Aspartame and other no-, and low- and reduced calorie sweeteners are great for people trying to reduce their sugar intake and lose weight.
If you are curious about aspartame, it is a low-calorie sweetener used to sweeten a wide variety of low calorie foods and reduced calorie foods and beverages, including low-calorie tabletop sweeteners. Aspartame is composed of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, as the methyl ester. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Aspartic acid and phenylalanine are also found naturally in protein containing foods, including meats, grains and dairy products. Methyl esters are also found naturally in many foods such as fruits and vegetable and their juices. Aspartame works well in cooking, but in recipes with lengthy heating or baking, a loss of sweetness can occur. It is still healthy, but it may come out less sweet. Aspartame works great in this recipe, and I used one packet of Equal sweetener for each individual serving. This post is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council, but all opinions are my own.
Here is a great chart that will help you substitute sweeteners in your cooking from About.com
See below for a few more reasons why I like to use aspartame in cooking.
5 Benefits of Aspartame
1. Aspartame tastes like sugar and enhances and extends fruit flavors in foods and beverages.
2. Aspartame does not promote tooth decay.
3. Aspartame is an FDA-approved sweetening agent and is used in more than 100 countries and is the sweetener in over 6,000 food and beverage products.
4. Aspartame is helpful for those with diabetes and does does not affect short or long term blood sugar levels in diabetics.
5. Aspartame works well with weight control and can be part of a healthy diet. Researchers at Harvard Medical School concluded that aspartame “is a valuable adjunct to a comprehensive program of balanced diet, exercise and behavior modifications for losing weight.”
For more information see aspartame.org
Individual Apple Crisp Recipe
4 small apples, diced (we like Braeburn or Gala)
1 cup skim or almond milk
4 packets equal or low calorie sweeteners
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dry oats
1/4 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup light butter, melted
1. In a small mixing bowl combine apples, milk, low calorie sweetener, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt, stirring well. In a separate bowl combine oats, flour, butter and pecans, if desired, stirring well. Combine apple and oat mixture, mixing well and pour evenly into 4 lightly greased 1-cup ramekins or oven safe baking dishes. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon.
2. Bake 40 minutes; broil 2 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Let cool slightly and serve.