Apple Pie in a Bag

Makes 8 servings.


1 unbaked single pie crust*
6 medium baking apples (about 2½ pounds)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 tablespoons Splenda granulated sweetener
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon

*When choosing a frozen pie crust, select one that is "deep dish."


1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Prepare and set aside one 9-inch unbaked pie pastry shell.
3. Pare, core, and quarter apples. Halve each quarter crosswise to make chunks. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice.
4. Add 6 tablespoons Splenda, flour, and cinnamon and toss to coat well. Spoon coated apples into shell.
5. Prepare topping: Combine 1/2 cup Splenda, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
6. Sprinkle over the apples, covering entire top of pie. Lay open paper bag onto the counter and slide pie inside. Fold ends to close bag and staple shut. (Large paper clips also work well)
7. Carefully lift the pie and place it on a cookie sheet and place in oven. Bake for one hour minutes. Tear open a small hole to check for doneness. When opened the apples should be bubbly and top nicely browned.
8. Carefully rip open the rest of the bag and remove pie.

Nutritional Info (per serving):

Calories 210
Fat 9g (2.5 saturated)
Carbohydrate 30g
Fiber 2g
Protein 2g
Sodium 140mg

Diabetic exchange = 1 Fruit, 1 Carbohydrate, 2 Fat
WW point comparison = 5 points



½ cup Splenda granulated sweetener
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons margarine

1 large grocery size paper bag

Additional comments:

When I was growing up, we used to go to "apple country" every fall. The area produced a cookbook, and one of the most treasured recipes in it was Apple Pie in a Paper Bag. It consisted of a one-crust apple pie with a crumb topping that you actually cooked inside a paper grocery bag. The bag helps to recirculate the steam and imparts a wonderful texture to the apples.

Fit Tip: Many "no sugar" apple pies use other forms of sugar such as concentrated apple juice
to sweeten their pies and yet still make the claims no "sugar" has been added. Be sure to read the label to see the total amount of carbohydrate and sugars before buying any no-sugar or reduced-sugar products.

Marlene Koch, RD, is a registered dietitian who has specialized in delicious food and healthy lifestyles for over twenty years. Marlene holds a degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Los Angeles, California. Marlene is a best-selling author of healthy, low-sugar cookbooks. Marlene is a frequent guest on TV, radio and websites such as iVillage and
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