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.
What are the best apples to use?
Can I use cornstarch or arrowroot in place of the tapioca?
How do you slice apples for apple pie filling?
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!