This healthy apple pie filling is made without any sweeteners and is delicious atop pancakes or yogurt. Stir in a handful of raisins and a sprinkle of granola for a healthy treat.
Next to chocolate, apples are my favorite ingredient to center a dessert recipe around.
Many a morning, I make a batch of these Oatmeal Pancakes.
Oftentimes, we can't finish them all, so later in the day, I find myself munching on them as a snack.
These gooey apple slices came to be as a result of wanting an accompaniment to the cakes. In lieu of maple syrup, I decided to saute an apple in a bit of butter and use that as my topping.
I daydream of all the different ways to use this recipe, because I love it so darn much!
It tastes like apple pie filling, minus all the associated sugar. Ironically, I've not used it as the filling in a pie....yet. 😉
How to make healthy apple pie filling
Begin by rinsing the apples really well (you can peel them if you like, I actually enjoy the peel).
The best way I've found to cut apples is to slice off the sides; then, take each side and cut vertical slices, about 1/8 inch thick. Continue this for each apple side.
Add the apple slices to a pan with the melted fat, and saute them until softened. Add in the tapioca slurry, along with the cinnamon and/or pie spice.
The general consensus out there is that Granny Smith apples make the best apple pie filling, as they are firm in texture. Given that this recipe is made without added sugar, I suggest a sweet (but firm!) apple, such as gala, Rome, or Fuji.
Yes! I originally used arrowroot in this recipe. I now use tapioca, as it holds the thickness better. With arrowroot, it can go from thick to runny if you keep it on a high temperature for too long.
I've tried to provide photos above, but if you're still having trouble, check out this Youtube video on slicing apples.
Ways To Enjoy These Warm, Gooey Apples
- Atop my Oatmeal Pancakes (or any pancakes!)
- Mixed with some Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon
- With a splash of Homemade Coconut Milk and a handful of Buckwheat Granola
- As the filling for a healthy apple pie (recipe to come!)
Homemade Apple Pie Filling (NO Sugar!)
- 1 Tablespoon butter or coconut oil
- 2 large sweet apples sliced ~1/8 inch thick
- dash sea salt
- ½ cup cold water
- 2 teaspoons tapioca starch
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- cinnamon and/or pie spice to taste
- Heat the butter or oil in a medium-sized pan.
- Add the apple slices and salt.
- Saute the apples over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until softened.
- In a small cup, whisk the water with the tapioca and vanilla.
- Once the apples have softened, add in the tapioca slurry.
- Raise the heat a bit, and stir the apples until thickened.
- Once thick, remove the pan from the heat.
- Stir in cinnamon and/or pie spice as desired (I use a LOT!)
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!