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All American Apple Pie! Well sort of….

An all American classic dessert is apple pie. I mentioned before at our house, we really only like 2 kinds of pie: hot and cold. But, most fruit is pretty high on the net carb spectrum. Then traditionally, people add sugar and starch to the pies to make them set. So, it would seem that a good old apple pie is off limits.

Or is it? There is a lovely apple/pear like squash called the Chayote. This little beauty, has about 3 net carbs per squash; as opposed to the 13.7 net carbs in one large granny smith apple. The other thing about this squash is that it has a natural sweetness and tends to take the flavor of what it is cooked with, making it very versatile.

You may recall, in my rice pudding experiments, that I mentioned a rather pleasant result using finely minced chayote in the custard. While it didn’t read as rice pudding, it was good. We sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on top and it made a very lovely “apple” custard. This was the inspiration for making the “apple” pie.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with using keto friendly foods in new ways. I am having a blast, reinventing favorites. Some I haven’t been able to eat for years, thanks to Celiac disease. But, since keto is already gluten free, it has opened a whole new world for me. Better yet, not only am I losing weight, I am still able to be a foodie, while doing it!

I wanted to mention another thing that has been happening for me personally, with keto. I am not going to claim that keto is 100% responsible for all of my health improvements; however since I began:
1. I am losing weight
2. I have way more energy (previously, I would push hard for a day and end up in bed recovering for 2 days)
3. I am experiencing less frequent tremors and spasms (a condition called dystonia, that has plagued me since I developed Transverse Myelitis in 2009).
4. I am able to tolerate, getting out of the wheelchair, and walking limited distances with my forearm crutches or my walker again (it has been over 3 years that I was able to do that with any consistency).
5. I can stand in place, without my left leg giving out for several minutes.

These may seem minor things, but, combined with the energy, and feeling better (less brain fog, fatigue, and pain) I feel as though keto has transformed my life. I get very excited telling others about it because it has benefitted me so much personally. In addition to all of this, it isn’t even hard to do. I can eat until I feel sated, and with planning, I can have many of my favorite things.

I thought maybe you all might like to read my little testimonial, to understand why, I decided to start blogging about keto.

In addition to my personal excitement, I have been a healthcare professional for many years. At one point in my career I managed a diabetes education center. It pains me tremendously now, that I was teaching from biased and tainted research and information, that came directly from the pharmaceutical companies. I am not going to go all conspiracy theory here, but, just make a statement of what I believe is a common sense conclusion:

A company that makes profit from an illness by providing medical equipment and medication, will not be motivated to reverse the illness process, leading to a lack of need for said medical equipment and medication.

It is also well established that keto does improve and in many cases reverses insulin resistance that is behind type II diabetes. If you are someone you love has diabetes, I urge you to give keto a try. If you have a neurological problem, I also highly recommend you give it a try (again to be clear, not promising cures here, also I am not a medical doctor). These statements are not meant to be medical advice but rather nutritional advice. Our digestive system feeds every other system in the body, doesn’t it make sense that if we get our nutrition under control, that all the other systems benefit?

Okay, so maybe this was a bit more than you wanted to know about me as a blogger, or about what I believe the benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle are, so let’s get back to Apple Pie!

Remember you can click on the recipe name to go to a printer friendly version:

 
1 Keto Pie Crust (top and bottom crust)
Filling:
4  Chayote Squash
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup keto friendly sweetener
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp mace
1 Tbsp grass fed gelatin
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp apple or pineapple extract
2 Tbsp cold butter-chopped

How to:

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Prepare crust per recipe.
Peel chayote (you may want to wear gloves, to prevent having to clean off the chayote “glue” from your hands).

 

Cut each squash in half lengthwise and remove the seed.
Slice into “apple” slices.
Place sliced chayote into pot with water, add 1/4 cup of the apple cider vinegar to the water.
Bring to a full boil and boil until chayote is tender (easily pierced with a fork), about 5 mins.
Remove from heat and drain water, but don’t rinse.
Add remaining ingredients, except butter. Don’t forget the remaining 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar, mix well.
Pour chayote mixer into bottom crust and add the butter.
Carefully, add top crust and seal. For a shinier crust brush with egg white before baking.

 

Cover crust edges with foil or a pie shield.
Bake 55-60 mins until crust is golden brown.
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