Keto Mock Apple Crisp

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This Keto Mock Apple Crisp will satisfy your cravings without affecting progress. It’s easy to make and stays crunchy, even after refrigeration. I love Apple Crumble, but it’s not for every one. This Keto friendly recipe is just as tasty as the original and has all of the same flavours you adore.

ZUCCHINI KETO APPLE CRISP RECIPE

This easy and delicious low carb keto apple crisp doesn’t use any apples! To keep it keto friendly, the recipe is made with zucchini but your taste buds will never know the difference!

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Sweet and tender pieces of sliced zucchini can have the flavor of apples by adding a sweetened spice blend. You’ll get all the taste you love without the unwanted carbs.

The delicious keto apple dessert is a simple and easy way to enjoy the crunchy, sweet flavor of apples on a low-carb diet. It’s also a tasty way to get in your daily does of vegetables.

If you are trying to get your family to eat more veggies, this treat is a great way to do it. They may not even be able to tell you didn’t use real granny smith apples or fuji apples in the mock apple filling.

📋 INGREDIENTS

You only need a few basic ingredients and a little time to make this low carb apple crisp recipe. In fact, you may already have everything you need right in the kitchen!

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Mock apple mixture

For the low-carb apple pie crisp filling, you’ll need the following:

  • zucchini
  • lemon juice
  • keto sugar substitute
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

You can also add a keto-friendly thickener like xanthan gum to make a thicker filling and apple extract for a stronger apple flavor.

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Apple crisp topping

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
  • Granulated keto sweetener
  • Cinnamon
  • Melted butter
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💭 QUICK TIPS

  • Keep the zucchini slices at least a quarter inch thick. If you cut them too thin, the squash will get soft and mushy when cooked.
  • Use a coarse almond flour. Low carb baked goods are generally better with fine almond flour, but for an apple crisp, a coarser grind works best. You can even use almond meal with the skin still on.
  • Add apple extract. The lemon juice provides a fruity taste to the zucchini but you’ll get a more believable taste if you add in a little apple flavoring.
  • Use a ball shaped squash. There are round ball varieties of zucchini that you can grow yourself. The shape and size is more like an apple.

🔪 INSTRUCTIONS

To make the recipe, simply prepare the zucchini mixture then add the crumb topping. Then simply bake it in the oven. That’s it!

Mock apple filling

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.

Cut the zucchini into half moon slices to look like apple slices. The summer squash pie filling will look just like apples!

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.

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Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly.

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Sprinkle the topping over the filling and baked until the zucchini is tender. It takes about 45 to 50 minutes to cook completely.

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🍽️ SERVING SUGGESTIONS

This keto zucchini apple crisp is perfect served warm or cold. 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.

📒 VARIATIONS

It’s easy to modify this recipe into a keto mock apple pie. Just add my almond flour crust or coconut flour crust and bake in a pie pan. You’ll end up with a low carb Dutch apple pie!

If you’d rather have a traditional apple pie, add a top crust too.

🙋 FAQS

Before getting to the printable recipe card, here are some answered to questions people have asked about the keto apple crisp dessert.

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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 can be used 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.

WHAT IS CHAYOTE?

Chayote is a bright green fruit shaped much like that of a pear. Its flesh is mild and has a texture somewhat like a potato or cucumber. Even though is is a fruit, chayote can also be used more like a vegetable in some cuisine.

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TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST KETO MOCK APPLE CRUMBLE

WHAT ARE THE BEST FLAVORINGS TO USE IN LOW CARB MOCK APPLE CRUMBLE?

The most essential ingredient is Apple Pie Spice mix.  If you don’t have all the ingredients needed to make it, and would rather just purchase a ready-made Apple Pie Spice, you certainly can.  The measurements will remain the same.

Although the Natural Apple Flavoring is optional, it’s highly recommended!  The recipe will still be great without it, but this really takes it to the next level.  Alternatively, you can use a good apple extract.  I’ve tried a few and really didn’t like the flavor, but the one I ended up with is really great!  It’s actually used to flavor beer and wine, so I thought I’d give it a shot and it’s by far the best one I’ve ever used!

Brown Swerve is used to sweeten up the applesauce, which is really the best option.  It has such a wonderful, almost molasses flavor to it that is just perfect in this recipe. It’s much easier to find now, than it once was, they even sell it at Walmart. There are so many recipes you can use it in as well!

If you can’t find Brown Swerve, you can use another Keto friendly brown sugar substitute instead.  As a last resort, you could use Swerve Confectioners, but it won’t have that same brown sugar-like flavor.

Fresh lemon juice and zest adds a really nice tartness, much like a granny smith apple has.  Don’t skip the lemon, it’s important!

Xanthan Gum is used as a thickener for filling.  You can omit it if you’d like, the juices will just be a little loose, but will still taste great without it.

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE A GLUTEN-FREE STREUSEL TOPPING?

I’ve made this same topping quite a few times and the combination of the Almond flour, texture of the chopped pecans, warm Apple Pie Spice, butter and both Brown Swerve (for that authentic brown sugar flavor and texture) and Swerve Confectioners (for added sweetness) works so perfectly together!

If you don’t have the apple pie spice, you can use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and a little ginger.

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IS CHAYOTE SQUASH KETO ?

As I mentioned earlier, it makes one of the best (if not THE best) substitutes for apples and because it’s low in carbs, it’s perfect for Keto!  UASH?

1 chayote squash has only 4g net carbs.

Keto Mock Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)

Enjoy this Keto mock apple crumble and you’ll never even miss the apples! It’s made with Chayote squash as a Low Carb substitute for apples and topped with a gluten-free streusel crumble.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time50 mins

Total Time55 mins

Course:Dessert

Calories:285

Servings:

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE “APPLE” FILLING

  • ▢4 Chayote Squash
  • ▢½ cup butter
  • ▢1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • ▢¼ cup Brown Swerve
  • ▢¼ cup Swerve Confectioners
  • ▢Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • ▢2 teaspoons of Natural Apple Flavoring
  • ▢¼ teaspoon Xanthan Gum

FOR THE CRUMBLE TOPPING

  • ▢1 ¼ cups super fine almond flour
  • ▢⅓ cup pecans, chopped
  • ▢⅓ cup grass fed butter, melted
  • ▢⅓ cup Brown Swerve
  • ▢1 teaspoon apple pie spice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash, peel, core and dice the chayote squash. Heat a pot or large skillet to low and melt the butter. Add in the squash and toss to coat. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Add in the rest of the filling ingredients and stir to combine. I prefer using this silicone spoon, so nothing sticks to it! Continue cooking for 10 more minutes, covered or until fork tender. Before moving onto the next step, taste the filling mixture for sweetness. If you want it sweeter, add in more Swerve confectioners at this time.
  • Add the almond flour, pecans, apple pie spice and Swerve into a mixing bowl and mix them together. Then pour the melted butter over the top and mix until well combined. Once you add the butter, you’ll see the crumbles will start to form.
  • Pour the filling into a 9″x 9″ glass or ceramic baking dish that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray. Smooth the filling out into one even layer. Add in the crumble topping over the top, distributing it evenly.
  • Place on the lower ⅓ rack of your oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the topping is slightly golden. If the crumble topping starts getting too dark, tent it with foil and continue baking. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for several days or freeze.

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