Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen

Yesterday I shared my Easy Rustic Cranberry Apple Pie recipe with you and today I’m sharing another easy recipe perfect for the upcoming holidays! How does a Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen sound?

While this recipe does feature Truvia, you are more than welcome to use real sugar if you’d like. Check out the conversion chart to see how much real sugar the recipe will require since it’s not recommended that you substitute in equal amounts. But for a dessert with less calories — Truvia is the way to go!

Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen

Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen
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Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen = All the flavors you love and enjoy without all the calories!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup Truvia Baking Blend
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl whisk butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add Truvia Baking Blend, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  2. Beat in eggs, one at a time and vanilla until combined.
  3. Continue whisking on medium speed, adding 1/2 cup of flour at a time until all 3 cups are incorporated into the mixture.
  4. Set aside about 1-1/2 cups of the dough. Spread remaining dough in the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and spread pie filling over crust in pan. Spread cranberries evenly over the top of the pie filling. Spoon reserved dough into small mounds carefully on top of pie filling.
  6. Bake about 30-35 minutes more or until top is light brown. Cool completely and cut into bars to serve.
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While this Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen recipe isn’t as easy as yesterday’s Easy Rustic Cranberry Apple Pie, it’s still pretty darn easy!

Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen Recipe = All the flavors you love and enjoy without all the calories! Easy recipe for the holidays!

Doesn’t that Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen look so tasty?

It’s such an easy recipe and absolutely perfect for your holiday get-togethers! What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

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23 thoughts on “Lightened Up Cran-Apple Kuchen”

  1. Elizabeth Ferree says:

    I love your pictures, your food always looks delicious. My favorite dessert would have to be hot apple pie with cool whip. For Christmas it has to be candy cane sugar cookies. ?

  2. LydiaF says:

    I haven’t tried cooking with truvia or other sugar substitutes. This sounds like a fantastic recipe ?

  3. Michelle F. says:

    That looks so good. I love the addition of the cranberries for the extra tartness.

  4. Liz Mays says:

    Me too, that’s one of my favorite things about it. It looks divine in general though.

  5. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    I know it’s boring, but my favorite holiday dessert is still pumpkin pie. It never gets old.

  6. Pam says:

    This looks so good! I don’t think I have ever had a kuchen before, it looks good though.

  7. Liz Mays says:

    Mmm this looks so delicious. I’d definitely like to try this out for the holidays. I like to try at least one new dessert each year.

  8. Jennifer says:

    pumpkin pie for dayssssss. That’s my favorite but I would definitely be up to tasting this! It looks amazing

  9. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    Not only does the kuchen look delicious, it has the sugar level down with Truvia. Baking healthy can be a challenge, so it’s nice to have another good recipe for the holidays. Even though pumpkin pie is my favorite, it’s nice to have variety for sharing.

  10. MJ L says:

    Oh wow that looks so good! I love cranberries so I will have to try this!

  11. Alicia says:

    This looks great. I may try this recipe soon.

  12. Theresa says:

    It’s really pretty! I like the lightened version, especially this time of year when I feel like too many sugary sweets are passed my way!

  13. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says:

    I have never tried kuchen before – is it a breakfast or dessert? or both? ? I’m a big cheesecake lover and I also love cherry pie a a la mode too!

  14. Ashley says:

    I will have to try this out. It is a little more complicated than my simple baking skills, but it looks so delicious!

  15. This looks like the perfect brunch dish! I love that it’s a light version–Can’t wait to try it!

  16. Nicole Escat says:

    OMG! so yummy and delicious, I’m going to try this at home. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to try making this on the weekend. My family will love it.

  18. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    That sounds really tasty. I am all about the cranberries this time of year. Love that you used vanilla extract, too.

  19. Rosey says:

    Wow that does look tasty to me. I haven’t tried anything like it, but it’s a great mesh of Fall and Winter flavors!

  20. Michele says:

    Another one that this diabetic can actually eat some of and it looks so good!! Thank you so much for putting “lighter” recipes up-it is much appreciated.

  21. Lauren Ivy Chiong says:

    This looks fantastic! I am going to make it for breakfast one morning while my parents visit for the holidays ?

  22. Shannon Gurnee says:

    You did a great job girl! The recipe looks beautiful and yummy! I’ll have to try this some time!

  23. Raijean says:

    I’ve never had an apple kuchen before but now I want to try it. That looks so good.

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