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I have worked the past six Thanksgiving mornings. Typically on Turkey Day, I’m up at 4 a.m., working until 1 p.m. and then I crash! Sadly, I have missed half of the Thanksgivings of my 20s!
This year is a little different – I’m still working, but mainly from home all Thanksgiving weekend long.
As a foodie, it pains me that I’ve never gotten to take the lead on Thanksgiving dinner, but I always feel like I make up for it with Friendsgiving.
Although I miss my family, I love coming together with some of my greatest friends and spending some time thinking about and reflecting on the year we had.
And, the least I can do is bring dessert. Dessert makes everyone happy!
Since I’m always looking to lighten up my sweets during this busy holiday season, I try to put a fun, and unexpected twist on everything I bring. No one ever says “that’s great for something healthy,” but I always get asked “HOW did you make that?”
This year’s star dish is an Apple Pie Trifle.
This trifle is a lightened up version of apple pie, featuring your regular apple pie players like honeycrisp apples and cinnamon, but it’s stacked in layers with a sweet almond flour crumble and sugar-free butterscotch pudding. It’s RICH. But it will certainly remind you of your favorite pie.
Apple pie is obviously sweet! I started off by sweetening my apples with zero-calorie Truvia Natural Sweetener. It gets its calorie-free sweetness from the stevia leaf and perfectly complements this unexpected and delicious holiday treat.
Here’s how you do it!
A couple of days ahead, you’ll want to make my keto-friendly pie crust recipe. It’s carb-conscious and buttery! Plus, it will make a great base for your crumble. I
f you don’t care about the carbs, roll a store-bought crust flat and sprinkle Truvia on top. Brush it with egg wash, and bake it until golden brown.
Then, crumble it into little pieces for the layers of your trifle.
In a saucepan, you’ll mix together Truvia Natural Sweetener, butter, cinnamon and xanthan gum along with your cubed apples. If you don’t have xanthan gum on hand, you can substitute in a small amount of corn starch. Let the apples cook until they’re soft but still have a little bit of a bite to them. You’ll notice the sauce will thicken.
While that’s cooking, make your butterscotch pudding according to the recipe directions. To save some carbs, I make my pudding with heavy cream thinned out by water a tablespoon at a time. Set this aside.
You can choose to make your own whipped cream by whipping heavy cream with a stand mixer or hand mixer until it becomes fluffy. For the sake of ease, store-bought is perfectly okay especially when you are baking last minute.
Then, have some fun as you assemble! I did my layers as crumble, pudding, cream, apples, crumble, and then repeat until the ingredients are all done. I topped it with whipped cream and a few more crumbles, then serve and enjoy! You can also make mini portable versions of this trifle by layering the ingredients into smaller serving size glasses.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and it makes for a great Friendsgiving dessert to share with loved ones!Print