I am super excited (and blown away) that Thanksgiving is this week! The rate at which time is passing me by is alarming, however, this time of year makes me so happy! I lovelovelove the holidays! Being as I am sorta a food freak ('foodie' sounds better I suppose), I am gearing up for all the things I want to bake. Yep, this time of year allows me to get my bake on with wild abandon. With my husband being diabetic, and for my family in general, I like to find lower sugar options, without sacrificing taste or texture of the recipes. That's where Truvia® comes in. Truvia® Baking Blend is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar, that provides sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, but with 75% fewer calories and twice the amount of sweetness than sugar. That means that one 1.5 pound bag of Truvia® Baking Blend has the equivalent sweetness to 3 pounds of sugar!
So, in honor of the upcoming holidays, I am going to share a time honored tradition in these parts....Pumpkin Pie! But not just any pumpkin pie, one that you will be proud to serve along side your turkey and cranberry sauce, but with 2/3 less sugar than the sugar sweetened version! Just look at this deliciousness -
(photo and recipe from here)
Pumpkin Pie from Truvia®
Pastry shell for 9" pie
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated fat-free milk
1⁄3 cup Truvia® Baking Blend
1 tsp vanilla
11⁄2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1⁄8 tsp salt
3. Mix pumpkin, milk and eggs until blended. Add additional ingredients and mix until uniform.
4. Add mixture into prepared pastry crust.
5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
6. Cool completely on wire rack.
7. Add whipped topping if desired.
Make your own whipped cream by whipping 1 cup cold fresh cream, 1 Tbsp Truvia® Baking Blend, and 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract. (This will alter nutritional content.)
* This pie has 180 calories and 5 grams of sugar per serving as compared to a sugar-sweetened pie that has 220 calories and 15 grams of sugar per serving.
Do you have a favorite Holiday recipe where Truvia® Baking Blend could be used in the place of sugar? I would love for you to leave a link or recipe in the comment section! I am always on the lookout for new recipes! I could even choose one and feature it here on the blog if anyone is interested.