Low-sugar apple cake recipe

If you want to give your guests a healthy dessert choice this Thanksgiving, try this apple cake recipe instead of a high-fat dessert loaded with sugar.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Number of Servings: 12

Serving Size: 1 slice


Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups all-purpose flour

1½ cups Splenda

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp salt

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

3 large Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped

8 oz package fat-free cream cheese, room temperature

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

⅓ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup 1% milk

2 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

Recipe Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 13”x 9” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat eggs, milk, cream cheese, oil, Splenda and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Combine cream cheese mixture, flour mixture, applesauce, chopped apples and nuts. Mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes and at 350ºF for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 190

Carbohydrates: 27 g

Fiber: 1 g

Protein: 7 g

Total fat: 6 g

Saturated fat: 1 g

Cholesterol: 55 mg

Sodium: 200 mg

Health Tips: The Texas Diabetes Institute provides healthy cooking classes for a $5 fee. The next class is November 22 from 11 a.m.-noon. The topic is Thanksgiving Entrée Alternatives. The American Association of Diabetes Educators is another helpful resource for learning to prepare healthy dishes. They provide guidelines along with a number of healthy holiday recipes to help diabetics.

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