Healthy Apple Pie… in an Apple!

A couple years ago, I found this recipe for a pretty unique apple pie recipe.  No need for fancy pie dishes or pie servers, you just need the apple itself!  The photos were so adorable and the recipe was just so creative, I knew I had to make it for myself.  This Healthy Apple Pie is served inside the apple it’s made from…  how cool is that?!

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I made the original recipe a little healthier by starting with the crust.  Instead of butter and processed flour I used a mixture of nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening, unsweetened applesauce and unsweetened almond milk, along with whole grain flours.  And instead of using refined white sugar I used healthier, less processed sweeteners (the first time I made this I used pure maple syrup and the second time I used stevia extract…  both were delicious and devoured immediately!)

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I am so glad I finally made these individual apple pies.  They are perfect for small families where an entire pie is simply too much.  This recipe is the answer to those in need of some portion control.  This recipe is incredibly unique and a definite show-stopper.  This recipe is 100% guilt-free, I mean, just look at the ingredient list!

Healthy Apple Pie… in an Apple!

Yield: 4 servings


    Pie Crust:
  • 55g (7 tbs) Oat Flour
  • 30g (3 tbs) Brown Rice Flour
  • 7g (1 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 24g (2 tbs) Butter Flavor Non Hydrogenated Organic Shortening (coconut oil might work here)
  • 23g (1.5 tbs) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 4 tsp Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk*
  • 16 drops Stevia Extract*
  • Filling:
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples (slightly larger than what your muffin tin will yield)
  • 4 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 36 drops Stevia Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon


    For the Crust:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, brown rice flour, flax and salt.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the shortening, applesauce, almond milk and stevia. Microwave at 20-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted. Dump the dry ingredients over the wet and fold together. Form into a ball:
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray 4 mini cups with cooking spray. Divide the dough into 4 and press into the muffin cups:
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the bottoms of the crust look dry.
  5. For the Apples:
  6. Slice the tops off the apples, just enough to get any remnants of the stem gone. Core the apples, then use a sharp spoon/grapefruit spoon to scoop out the apple flesh, adding the flesh to a bowl (leaving 1/4″ of the flesh around the skin). After each apple is scooped out, brush the inside/top with 2 tbs lemon juice.
  7. Add 2 tbs lemon juice to the apple mixture, along with the stevia, cinnamon and apple pie spice. Toss together:
  8. Fill the pie crusts with the apple filling and bake for ~13 minutes, or until the crust appears dry and doesn’t stick to the muffin tin.
  9. Loosen the edges of the crust from the muffin tin with a knife. Slide two knives between the crust and tin on either side of the crust and pull the crust out.
  10. Carefully press the crust into the apple. If you like warm apple pies, put the apples on a plate and microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until the apple is slightly warm.
  11. Serve immediately with desired toppings!


*The first time I made this I used 4 tsp pure maple syrup instead of the almond milk and stevia, both are delicious!

My parents topped their apple pies with Vanilla Maple Arctic Zero, my sister used Soyatoo rice whip and I used So Delicious Sugar Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream. Amazing!

This recipe is: sugar free/low sugar options, low fat, gluten free, vegan!

Be sure to follow @DessertsWithBenefits on Instagram!  If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture of it, tag me @DessertsWithBenefits, and hashtag #DessertsWithBenefits.  I’d love to see it and feature you on #FanFaveFridays!


And this is how you eat it!

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Enjoy the pie filling…

Healthy Apple Pie - Desserts With Benefits

Then eat the apple!

Absolute. Deliciousness.

27 comments on “Healthy Apple Pie… in an Apple!

  1. So cute, and it looks amazing 🙂 Great for Spring!

  2. Hi! Once again, you are an absolute genius. I really don’t know how you manage to come up with such brilliant recipes, but thank you! Do you think I could ask that you continue to upload nutrition facts for your recipes? It was very helpful! Thank you so much, keep it up! 🙂

  3. Found you via foodgawker – such a delightful discovery! Loving your recipes. Very creative idea to serve apple pie in an apple. Must try it 🙂

  4. Love, love, love this blog! I’m MAKING thise today!

  5. Anyone who thinks microwaving food is a healthful idea has lost my attention.

  6. Adrien are you truly that worried about melting organic shoting for what a minutte?

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  8. I wonder what it would be like if you actually baked the apple too? I’m wondering if it would be soft and you could eat the entire thing like an apple pie. (more apple than crust but yes, healthy!!)

    What do you think?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Selina- Wow, I never thought about that! I’m sure baking the apple would make this recipe sooo much more like apple pie. I should try that soon, maybe I’ll wrap the apples in foil kind of like baked apples and bake it at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until they’re soft, take them out of the oven and then bake the crusts, then assemble them once they’ve cooled a bit… I think the moisture from the apples would prevent the crust from baking.
      Sorry for rambling, I’m just thinking out loud. Such a good idea!!

  9. Oh, and do you have any of the nutritional facts on this one? What would you think of adding some protein powder to the crust? (to boost protein macro) Maybe substituting the protein powder with the brown rice flour????

  10. I am DEFINITELY making these this Thanksgiving! Thanks Jessica!

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  16. That’s great, more eating of apple daily .Thanks

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  19. How long does it take to make this recipe approximately? This dessert looks great and I would like to make it but would like to know how long preparation and actual baking time takes. Thank you. It looks great. 🙂

  20. Thankyou. Absolutely delicious. I made this for one of my home economics classes. Truly fantastic!!!

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