No white refined sugar here! Learn how to make this tasty pie!
This past week I decided to give up the substance we know as white refined sugar. Now why in the world I do such a thing? Well, if you don’t already know about them you should definitely take a gander at all of the problems that are linked to the over consumption of refined sugar. I’m serious; it’s some pretty bad stuff. First off, white sugar has a higher rating on the glycemic index. What this means is that it is more likely to spike your blood sugar which makes your pancreas release more insulin than necessary. This excess of insulin makes you crave for more sugar and thus creates a harmful continuing cycle that can very well lead to diabetes. If that isn’t enough to scare you away from white sugar, it has also been linked to insomnia, hormone related cancers, and a slew of other ailments. Plus white sugar is filtered with bone charcoal…..ew.
With that said, I’ve been a white refined sugar junkie all of my life and seeing as diabetes runs in my family I had to make a change. I’m not going to lie, this week had been fairly difficult without all of the sweet treats I was used to gobbling up…that is until someone shared a cure to my woes.
Why not use natural sugars to flavor my goodies? Natural sugars, like honey and agave nectar are lower on the glycemic index than white sugar and absorb slower into the body, therefore leading to no extreme blood sugar spikes! I did a little more homework and it seemed to me that agave nectar would be my main choice because it bakes better than honey. “Okay”, I thought, “let’s get cooking!”
I decided to make a cherry pie this week because, heck, who doesn’t love a good pie? Plus I figured it would be a perfect dish to try out my new natural agave nectar. I got to practice with my new toy, the Cuisipro cherry/olive pitter, and bring out my good ol’ Staub pie dish, which was just an added bonus. Pitting the 4 cups of cherries I needed was a breeze so this pitter was totally worth it at just $12. Talk about a time saver!
Agave Cherry Pie
What You’ll Need:
Your favorite sugar-free pie dough recipe or prepared pie dough
4 cups fresh cherries
1 cup agave nectar
¼ teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons butter
1.5 tablespoons all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
A quick note: Since this was my first time experimenting with agave I’d like to share my results once the pie was cooled. It tasted great but this recipe yielded a very “juicy” pie, if you get my drift. Next time I think I’ll use only ¾ of a cup of agave nectar and maybe bake it a little longer as well. The flavor though, once again, is delish! Eat with sugar free ice cream or with fresh made whipped cream. Don’t forget to use agave nectar instead of white sugar to sweeten your whipped cream.
Until Next Time!
– Heather (and her Sweet Tooth) 😉
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