* You can use 3 Granny Smith apples instead of Bramley apples, however these will not produce the same texture (and sauce) when cooking as they hold their shape and form more. Bramley and Granny Smith apples work best in this recipe as they are more tart and lower in carbs than other eating apples. Other apples and pears could be used, but bear in mind that this will increase the carbs.
*You can use vanilla extract instead of the seeds from a split vanilla pod, however this will increase the carbs and so it’s best to use a vanilla pod.
*Other nuts could be used in this recipe, however I opted to use pecans sue to their flavour and texture. You can use the packs of ‘chopped nuts’ instead, or another nut such as almonds. Avoid cashews as these are too high in carbs. If you need a nut free recipe, then it advisable to add seeds instead as the nuts in this recipe provide much needed additional fat and protein to help pair the other ingredients.
*Sukrin Gold is a brown sweetener alternative. It really is the best sweetener for this recipe as it provides a much needed brown sugar taste. If you cannot get this sweetener, then erythritol sweetener, Xylitol, Natvia, or Truvia can be used instead. Avoid using cheaper sweetener alternatives (red lidded sweeteners like Canderel, yellow lidded sweeteners like Splenda and green lidded own brand Stevia blends) as they do not give the same results in the recipe, can ruin the flavour and cause unpleasant aftertastes.
*Powdered erythritol sweetener is the best sweetener I’ve found for dusting on top of things to give the same look and taste as icing sugar. Alternatives to this would be Sukrin icing sweetener, ground Xylitol/Natvia/Truvia. Or you could dust with ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg instead too.