For the days you’re not eating chocolate, this gluten-free apple pie treat for one is a hearty, lower sugar snack that can be dressed up with ice cream or dressed down with creamy yogurt.
Treats without chocolate
Remember my mention of non-chocolate days? (I know, the horror…)
Well, today’s recipe is in continuance of that theme.
To recap, there are days I try to refrain from having chocolate, as I want to avoid becoming allergic to it or being reliant on the caffeine content.
On those days, I usually have a fruit-based ‘dessert’ of sorts, and this little apple pie treat has recently made the cut as ‘blog-worthy’.
I say apple pie, but it’s really more of a crumble or crisp, as there is no crust to make.
How to make a low sugar apple treat
I love oatmeal, cinnamon, and apples together! The three foods are also naturally sweet on their own, eliminating the need for a lot of extra sugar.
The base for this is simply a cut up apple, a bit of milk, and cinnamon.
For the topping, I’ve mixed quick oats (which I find have a better texture in this recipe than whole oats), buckwheat flour (freshly ground from raw groats), a sprinkle of coconut sugar, coconut oil, and Greek yogurt. Cinnamon, also!
I actually use a combination of coconut oil, ghee, and Greek yogurt in the topping. The yogurt adds flavor and texture without having to add in extra fat, though you could substitute it for more of your chosen fat.
How to top this low sugar apple treat
Toppings range from the naughty to the very nice, with vanilla ice cream number one on the ‘naughty’ list.
Stevia-sweetened whipped cream, Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey, or (my favorite) a good splash of your favorite milk are all excellent options.
I like to add in about 1/4-1/2 cup of my Homemade Walnut Milk, as the walnut flavor is quite complimentary!
I then I proceed to eat it like cold cereal!
If you’re looking for other apple-based treats, check out some of my favorites from the archives:
Low Sugar Apple Pie Treat for One
- 1 apple, sliced thin (I like Pink Lady)
- 1 Tbsp milk of your choice
- dash cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp quick oats
- 1 1/2 Tbsp buckwheat flour see Notes
- dash sea salt
- dash cinnamon
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp fat of your choice (in a softened state, not melted) examples include ghee, coconut oil, butter
- 1/2 Tbsp Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.
- In a small, oiled ramekin or oven-safe dish (it should hold about two cups), add in the sliced apples, milk, and cinnamon. Give it a good little mix.
- In a separate, small bowl, mix the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, and sugar.
- Cut in the oil/butter, yogurt, and vanilla.
- Sprinkle the topping over the apples.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until fruit is tender.
- Top and enjoy!
I grind my buckwheat flour fresh from raw groats.
My favorite way to make this is with 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 tablespoon ghee, and 1/2 tablespoon of full-fat Greek yogurt. You could potentially use 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil, butter, or ghee, minus the yogurt if you’re averse to it.
This dessert relies a lot on the sweetness of the apple. If you need more, add in a little more coconut sugar or a dash of stevia.
Some of the items I use in this recipe include:
Start with a well-oiled ramekin or dish…
Fill with the apples…
Mix the topping together…
Sprinkle topping atop apples…