We have officially entered that season when our taste buds are waiting for that sweet mixture of cinnamon, apples, or even pumpkin. No more saying ‘no’ to those cravings, especially when there’s a chance to sprinkle in some added protein.
Here’s a delicious twist on a classic favorite: the High-Protein Apple Pie.
The secret ingredient? Apple Pie Protein Powder. With all the familiar flavors of fall including apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this pie not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also feeds your muscles.
- 2 cups of canned apple pie filling
- 1 cup of thinly sliced fresh apples (preferably Granny Smith)
- 1 scoop of Naked Nutrition apple pie protein shake (It’s vegan-friendly)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (extra for sprinkling)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a mixing bowl, combine the canned apple pie filling, sliced fresh apples, and Apple Pie Protein powder.
- In a separate bowl, blend almond flour, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until a smooth dough forms.
- Press the dough mixture into the base of a pie dish.
- Spread the apple and protein filling over the crust evenly.
- Sprinkle some extra cinnamon on top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown edges appear.
Allow it to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!
Macros Per Serving (1/8th of pie):
- Calories: ~ 250
- Protein: ~9 grams
- Carbs: ~32.5 grams
- Fats: ~14 grams
Benefits of Increased Daily Protein
Protein isn’t only beneficial for bodybuilders or athletes; it’s something everyone should focus on! Whether you’re looking to build muscle, lose weight, or maintain your current physique, protein plays an essential role.
When you increase your protein on a daily basis, you can give yourself the extra edge you need to help repair your muscles, reduce hunger and cravings, and even boost your metabolism.
How Much Protein Do I Need Each Day?
How much protein you need daily is a common question, and it’s not one-size-fits-all. The recommended dietary allowance sits at 0.8 grams/kg of body weight for the average healthy person.
But here’s the twist: if you’re someone who’s hitting the gym often or following an intense training program, research suggests your daily protein needs might be between 1.4-2.0 grams/kg(1).
For example, a person who’s not active and weighs 160 pounds might only need 58 grams of protein a day. On the other hand, a person who’s active and weighs the same might actually need up to 145 grams.
It’s important that you factor in your goals, body composition, and lifestyle. Some of you might easily eat high amounts of protein daily, while others find hitting your 60-gram target a challenge. It’s important to recognize where you are at currently and build from that with challenging, yet realistic goals in mind.
Is This Apple Pie Considered a Healthy Snack?
Absolutely, everything can be enjoyed in the right portions. Plus, adding some extra protein gives it the upper hand in comparison to your traditional apple pie loaded with refined sugars and flour.
While it’s undoubtedly a treat, it’s a more natural and healthy choice you can enjoy indulging in without the unnecessary guilt.
How Often Can I Eat This Apple Pie on a Healthy Diet?
Everything in moderation is a very common phrase and while this High-Protein Apple Pie is healthier than most, it’s still best to consider it a treat.
Depending on your composition and health goals, you could enjoy it on a daily basis. Just make sure you balance it with other nutrient-dense foods that fit within your nutritional needs.
So, remember that you don’t have to compromise on taste or nutrition when it comes to your health and wellness goals. With High Protein Apple Pie, you can have the best of both worlds: delicious flavors packed with protein!