This warm mock low carb apple pie filling will have you fooled. Although made from zucchini, this sweet cinnamon mix tastes like it's made from apples.
I've baked a mock apple pie and crisp using zucchini. But, I've never tried to use it in a skillet recipe like cinnamon apples.
This is a modification of a recipe from a Low Carb Friends forum. I used a really large zucchini that we pulled out of our garden.
I'd say the zucchini was equal to 2 or 3 medium size zucchini. Have you ever gone out to the garden and found a humungous zucchini squash out there? Or, do your friends have zucchini coming out their ears and giving you those huge ones they just can't eat?
We all know these really large squash are great for baking breads, cakes, and brownies. Now, you can treat yourself to something a little different that doesn't require any low carb flour!
To make this mock low carb apple pie filling, you start out by melting a half stick of butter in a large pot or skillet. Then you'll toss in the sliced zucchini and cook just until tender.
The rest of the ingredients are then mixed in and the mock low carb apple pie filling is cooked a few minutes more. It's best to use a thickener like xanthan or guar gum. Otherwise, the liquid tends to be rather thin.
When I originally made these warm zucchini cinnamon apples, I used vanilla extract. I later discovered apple extract which gives this a much better flavor.
We served this mock apple pie filling made with zucchini warm with a little whipped cream on top. But, I bet it would be even better with vanilla ice cream.
These taste just like apple pie without the crust! If you liked this recipe, you may want to try the zucchini apple crisp or the mock apple pie made with chayote squash!
Mock Low Carb Apple Pie Filling with Zucchini Recipe
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Low Carb Zucchini Cinnamon Apples
- 2-3 medium zucchini peeled and seeded
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup brown sweetener use less to decrease sweetness
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons apple extract or vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum optional
- Slice zucchini into apple-like slices about ¼ to ½ inch thick.
- Heat butter in skillet. Add zucchini slices and cook until tender.
- Mix remaining ingredients and add to zucchini. Sprinkle in xanthan or guar gum as needed to thicken. Cook and stir about 5 more minutes.
- Serve warm. Great with ice cream or whipped cream on top.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 92 [carbohydrates] => 3 [protein] => 1 [fat] => 9 [saturated_fat] => 6 [cholesterol] => 24 [sodium] => 78 [potassium] => 157 [fiber] => 1 [sugar] => 1 [vitamin_a] => 450 [vitamin_c] => 14.9 [calcium] => 20 [iron] => 0.2 [serving_unit] => cup )
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I love this recipe and added crushed walnuts….very good…many thanks ♥️????????
Have you tried making a "apple" pie with this as a filling?
Yes. It does work well.
I wish I could hug you....my daughter is giving me quite a few zucchini and yellow squash...well I found your recipe today and put everything in my instapot, I had to improvise on the amounts of seasoning with having more squash....I just went to check the pot and took out a spoonful of heaven...I have no other words...this is a low carb dream....bless you and your sharing this recipe ❤️ I want to make an almond flour shortbread crust to toss on top ☺️
Thanks for sharing! I need to try making this in the Instant Pot.
Suggestions for brand of apple pie extract? Reviews for those sold at WalMart are bad.
I use a natural apple flavoring made for beer and wine. One good brand is Brewer's Best.
Has anyone tried canning or freezing the pie filling?
How much xanthan gum?
You don't need much. Only like 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.