The best keto apple crisp doesn’t use any apples! To keep it keto friendly, this low carb apple crisp recipe using zucchini as the mock apples. Because it tastes like apple, your taste buds will never know the difference!
Keto Apple Crisp with Zucchini
Sweet and tender pieces of sliced zucchini can have the flavor of apples by adding a sweetened spice blend and some apple extract. You’ll get all the taste you love without the unwanted carbs when you make a keto apple crisp with zucchini.
Before using the zucchini, it needs to be peeled and sliced in half lengthwise. Then the seeds need to be removed using a spoon to scrape them out.
The zucchini is then cut into half moon slices. Be sure to keep the slices at least a quarter inch thick. If you cut them too thin, the zucchini will get soft and mushy when cooked.
The summer squash pie filling tastes just like apples with the right seasoning.
There are round ball varieties of zucchini that you can grow yourself. The shape and size is more like an apple. So you may want to add them to your garden to use for low carb apple recipes.
Once the zucchini is sliced, it’s mixed with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweetener and optional apple extract. Then it’s poured into a baking dish.
I use a nutty topping for the zucchini apple crisp. It’s just a blend of these ingredients:
- Chopped pecans
- Almond flour
- Oat fiber or coconut flour
- Granular sweetener
- Melted butter
Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle the topping over the filling and baked until the zucchini is tender. It takes about 45 to 50 minutes to cook completely.
This keto zucchini apple crisp is perfect served warm or cooled. When warm, it tastes great with a scoop of keto vanilla ice cream on top. Topping off with some whipped cream is also a great option.
Zucchini Apple Pie
If you’d rather have a traditional apple pie, add a top crust too.
Are apples keto friendly?
Apples are avoided on a keto diet because even a small apple can have over 20 grams of carbs. That’s twice the limit for what’s recommended for each low carb meal and it’s likely to knock you out of ketosis!
What to use for low carb mock apples
I’ve made various keto apple recipes using chayote squash, jicama, and yellow squash in addition to zucchini. I use chayote in my keto apple pie uses chayote and I use jicama in my keto apple pie filling.
Low Sugar Apple Crisp Recipe
This keto apple crisp is a must try low carb dessert for fall! It’s definitely something you'll want to make over and over again. If you give it a try, be sure to let me know how it worked out in the comments.
Keto Apple Crisp (i.e. Zucchini Apple Crisp)
- 6 cups zucchini peeled and sliced
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice can sub half with apple cider vinegar to add apple flavor
- ⅔ cup low carb sugar substitute or 4 tablespoon 2 teaspoon Truvia
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum optional thickener
- 1 teaspoon apple extract optional
- In medium bowl, combine zucchini, lemon juice, sweetener, cinnamon and nutmeg until well blended. For a stronger apple taste, stir in apple extract too. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 9-in. baking dish.
- For topping, combine pecans, almond flour, oat fiber, sweetener and cinnamon in a bowl then cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the zucchini mixture.
- Bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes or until zucchini is tender.
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