Low Carb Baked Apple Dessert

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This recipe for low carb baked apple dessert is delicious and easy. It’s made with a low carb almond flour crust, tart Granny Smith apples, topping of cinnamon, and fresh whipped cream. You are going to love this version of baked apples. These apples are very easy to make and so delicious…you’ll have a hard time believing that they are low carb!

Keto Apple Crisp

Prep Time: 10 mins•Cook Time: 30 mins

Keto apple crisp is a super-easy, low-carb dessert with only 6 ingredients! Juicy apples team up with walnuts, butter, sweetener, vanilla, and cinnamon, for a rich, satisfying dessert that won’t stick to your hips!

A bowl of keto apple crisp with a spoon in it.

Typical dessert ingredients such as flour and sugar are, of course, not keto-friendly. But by making a few simple tweaks, you can keto-ify apple crisp. What’s even better is that whipped cream makes a wonderful addition without adding any more carbs!

So if you want to indulge your sweet tooth with a fruity fall dessert, but also keep an eye on carbs, this low-carb recipe is sure to hit the right note. You won’t believe how amazing this makes your kitchen smell!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 oz. pecans or walnuts
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tart/sour apple

For serving

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

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Nutrition

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix soft butter, chopped nuts, coconut flour, cinnamon and vanilla into a crumbly dough.
  2. Rinse the apple, but don’t peel it or remove the seeds. Cut off both ends and cut the middle part in four slices.
  3. Place the slices in a greased baking dish and add dough crumbs on top. Bake for 15 minutes or more or until the crumbs turn golden brown.
  4. Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla to a medium-sized bowl and whip until soft peaks form.
  5. Let the apples cool for a couple of minutes and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Tip!

These baked apples can be served with whipped cream, full-fat crème fraiche, mascarpone, or a slice of cheddar. If you’re allergic to nuts you can simply exclude them or substitute sunflower or sesame seeds to keep the crunch.

How To Make The Apple Filling:

apple filling step by step
  1. Slice 4-5 apples. Four apples for less carbs. You may also peel the skin of the apple if thats your preference. We love the taste of it so we kept it! Use this Apple Slicer
  2. Melt one stick of butter.
  3. Add in the apple slices, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix periodically.
  4. Allow apples to soften and and mixture to thicken, about 5-7 minutes. Sugar and butter will caramelize and become thick.
  5. Pour mixture into pie dish and set aside

How To Make The Apple Crisp:

apple crisp crumble step by step photos
  1. Melt one stick of butter, set aside after fully melted.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine and mix almond flour, sweetener, and xanthan gum.
  3. Pour in the melted butter.
  4. This should start to form small clumps as shown in image 6 as a final result before going in the oven.
  5. Add the crisp on top of apples
  6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
top view of low carb apple crisp

Serve warm with some whipped cream! Apple crisps is one of those recipes that also tastes just as good cold. I love waking up in the morning and getting a slice out of the fridge! Warm or cold, it’s just as tasty! 

Common Questions

Are apples keto-friendly?

This really depends on how you keto! Some keto eaters avoid all fruit except very low-carb berries, while others don’t mind as long as it fits their macros. One portion of keto apple crisp contains about 10 net carbs (equivalent to half an apple) so, even if you’re limiting yourself to 20 net carbs per day, it can still fit into your macros. I like mine with unsweetened whipped cream since that only adds about 1g net carb. I wouldn’t eat this every day, but as an occasional treat, it’s great! It also makes a good dessert for diabetics who want a dessert that won’t spike their blood sugar.

Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble?

These are the same thing in Australia as well as in the UK. In the US and Canada, there are differences between the two. A crumble topping doesn’t usually contain nuts or oats. Instead, it tends to have flour, butter, and sugar to make a streusel topping. This keto apple crisp recipe is definitely a crisp since the topping is nut-based.

Why is my apple crisp topping mushy?

The key is in the butter. If you try to use more butter the topping will be wet and mushy. Butter is great for keto, but don’t overdo it in this recipe!

What type of apple is lowest in sugar?

If you want to minimize the carbs in this recipe, choosing Granny Smiths is the best way. This tart green apple is lower in sugar (and therefore carbs) and the tart flavor contrasts really well with the sweetener used.

Can I make this dessert ahead?

Yes, you can make this fruit crisp ahead if you like. Reheat it in the microwave at 50% power.

How should I store leftover apple crisp?

This dessert will keep for 3 or 4 days in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze this recipe?

Although you can freeze the crisp after baking, I prefer to freeze it unbaked. Wrap the prepared crisp in plastic wrap and then foil and freeze for up to a couple of months.

What should I serve with keto apple crisp?

Whipped fresh cream is always amazing with apple recipes and since it’s keto-friendly you can be generous with the servings. A low-carb vanilla ice cream (such as Rebel at only 3 or 4g net carbs for a big scoop) would also be great.

How many net carbs are in one serving?

This recipe serves 4 people. There are 14g total carbs in a serving. Subtract the 4g of fiber and you’re left with 10g net carbs per serving. Most people can stay in ketosis with a 20 to 40g daily carb allowance, so although this is 10g it’s worth indulging in from time to time!

Chopnotch Tips

  • The shortcut of not peeling the apples isn’t worth it since the peel will come off during cooking and not be good in the texture of the dessert.
  • If you prefer, you could whip the sweetener into some heavy cream instead of adding it to the apple crisp. The finished dessert will have the same amount of sweetness. I sometimes add a few drops of vanilla to my homemade whipped cream too!
  • Swap half the nuts for almond meal or coarse almond flour if you want a slightly different texture.
  • Add half a teaspoon of xanthan gum to the filling if you have it on hand. This ingredient can thicken up the texture. I don’t usually bother with it in my keto desserts though.
Apple crisp bowls for two.

Sugar-free gelatin can get boring if that’s your only keto indulgence. That’s why I just know you will love this keto apple crisp recipe. Who knew something so low in carbs could taste so sinful!

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