Making healthier ingredient swaps doesn't have to be hard or time consuming, it just takes a little experimentation.
Jessica W. of Chandler, Arizona emailed us about her first experience with Dr. John's birch xylitol. "I had a great time experimenting with Xylitol and found it to be a very helpful substitute for sugar. The first recipe I used xylitol in was a Gluten-Free Cornbread using Pamela's Gluten-Free Corn Bread and Muffin Mix. I then used the the cornbread to make cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving. It was delicious and I was so glad to be able to offer something to my family that would easier on their digestive tracts and not raise their blood sugar too much. The second recipe I used the Xylitol in was a Crustless Pumpkin Pie adapted from http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2013/11/high-protein-crustless-paleo-pumpkin-pie-gluten-free/."
Here's the adapted recipe Jessica shared with us.
High Protein Crustless Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free & Paleo)
Author: Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)
Allergens: Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
¾ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup Xylitol
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
15 ounces canned pumpkin puree – not pumpkin pie filling!
¼ cup blanched almond flour
⅓ cup chopped raw pecans
1 tsp cinnamon sugar (3/4 tsp Xylitol, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon)
1 tsp grapeseed oil
¼ cup full-fat coconut milk, chilled and whisked
1. Preheat oven to 325F and lightly oil a 9-inch pie plate with a dab of coconut oil.
2. Combine pie ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
3. Pour into the prepared pie plate and set aside.
4. Add topping ingredients to a small bowl and stir until the nuts are coated. Sprinkle the
mixture over top of the pie.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
6. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 1 hour. Cover and place in the fridge overnight
7. Serve with a drizzle of full-fat coconut milk.
Do you have a xylitol recipe you would like to share? Post it in the comments below or email it to Emily@drjohns.com.