As I have been trying to eat more whole foods I have also been trying to incorporate different natural sugars into my foods. I decided to run a little experiment with a long time favorite: apple crisp. I decided to try the same recipe on 4 different natural sweeteners on single serving apple crisps.
To keep the experiment equal I followed the same recipe for all 4 variations. This isn’t exactly fair to each sugar, but it will let me know if I need to add more sugar to future uses of the sugar. I don’t have a recipe credit for this one. Apple crisp is so quick and easy that I’ve kind of internalized how I make them.
The first variation is with Maple Syrup. The liquid sugar variations of the topping ended up being moist, almost more like a crumble instead of a crisp. I usually make apple crisp with maple syrup in the filling and a crystal sugar in the crisp. I loved the maple syrup on maple syrup combination. It was just lightly sweet.
The third variation was a crystal sugar, coconut palm sugar. The topping was a little dry to begin with, but it ended up being a crisp in texture. I have no complaints. The liquid from the apple made up for the lack of liquid in the sugar. It was probably tied with the maple syrup in my preference list.
The fourth variation was the date sugar. I didn’t even know it existed before this weekend. It probably wasn’t the best choice for this application. It was still yummy, but there was a certain amount of date aftertaste and was only mildly sweet. It was also quite dry compared to the other mixtures.
My top choice would probably be a agave syrup in the base with a coconut palm sugar in the topping. At least now I know that most natural sugars work really well in one of my favorite desserts.
All four were wonderful when served with some hemp milk ice cream.
Remember Diet Dessert and Dogs’ Wellness Weekend? It’s a weekend link up that Ricki does for whole foods with an effort on healthier options. I’m submitting this recipe there this week. If you are a blogger you can submit your vegan whole food recipes there until Monday. If you are a reader/foodie, be sure to check it out for wonderful inspiration.
Experiment Conclusion: Why would you ever put processed sugar in apple crisp? There are so many other yummy healthier options out there. Apples and oats tend to be healthy, why ruin it?
What is your favorite natural sweetener?