Updated: Aug 28
Making a healthy apple dessert is the perfect way to end a day spent apple picking (or picking up fresh fall apples from the grocery store)
"This traditional apple pie is so light and packed with so much fruit you could almost eat it every day!"
Notes About the Recipe
For our apple mixture, we use a combination of tart apples and semi-sweet apples. They create the perfect balance of flavor when served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
When we prep we like to leave our sliced apples with the skin on. This adds a little more nutritional value and helps keep the apples firm when cooked. We also cook our pie filling before adding it to the pie pan.
One of the best things about preparing the apple pie filling on the stove-top is that it prevents gaps from forming between the top of the apples and the crust after baking. This also keeps the filling from being too runny. When sliced each piece stands solidly filled with delicious apple chunks.
If you have a favorite flaky pie crust recipe already that is great. We typically opt for a store-bought crust to save on time. Especially during the holiday season when preparing for Thanksgiving.
Since the filling for this pie does not create a lot of liquid you can decorate your pie with a lattice crust or other decorative top of your choice. When baking, if you notice the edges starting to turn brown too quickly add a pie shield or wrap a little aluminum foil around the edge of the pie plate to keep the crust from burning.
Tips for the Best Flaky Crust:
Make sure your pie dough or store-bought crusts are at room temperature before baking.
For the best results bake the bottom crust for 15-20 minutes before adding the apple filling.
For a lower-calorie pie crust, try baking your pie with phyllo dough.
Tips for Healthy Recipes When Baking:
Swap white sugar for a healthier alternative like coconut sugar or maple syrup. Using sugar alternatives is a great way to reduce the amount of added sugar.
experiment with butter substitutes that contain healthier fats like coconut oil, olive oil or vegan butter.
If you enjoy making your own pie crust consider using almond flour, whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour for a flaky homemade pie crust.
Incorporating low glycemic foods and monitoring portions are two great methods for healthier eating. Did you know many cake and pie recipes can be prepared in a mini version with very few if any recipe changes? Mini pies are perfect for two or three people to share.
Homemade apple pie is very easy to make and the healthier version is just as simple too. There are variations to both the crust and filling you can make to suit your preferences and dietary needs. We have included a few of our favorite tips below.
This recipe can also be modified to make mini apple pies or apple hand pies.
Healthy Apple Pie Recipe
This recipe has four steps, preparing the sliced apples for the filling, cooking the filling and bottom crust, assembling the pie with the top crust, and finally baking the pie until golden brown.
We feel confident this recipe will be a hit with friends and family so remember to save the recipe card to Pinterest for future reference.
Prep: 10 min Cook Time: 40minutes Clean up: 5 minutes
3 large Fuji apples
3 large Granny Smith apples
1/4 C Truvia Sweet Complete® Brown Sugar
1/4 C Truvia Sweet Complete®
3 Tbs all purpose flour
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tsp vanilla extract
Coarse Sugar for decoration if desired
Take premade crusts out of the refrigerator & preheat oven to 350
Core and chop Apples into 1" small pieces
Add all apples, sugar, butter, flour, and lemon juice to a large saute pan.
Bring all ingredients to a simmer. Cover, stirring regularly
Cook for 10 minutes on medium-high. Apples should still have some firmness
Drape bottom crust into pie pan, use a fork to poke a few small holes in the bottom of crust to prevent bubbles
Bake bottom crust for 5-10 minutes at 350°
Add apples and pack tightly, they should mound slightly in the middle.
Apply top crust in your desired style, add egg wash & sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired
Bake pie for 35-40 minutes at 350° or until crust turns golden
Let pie rest for 15 Minutes before serving
The best way to enjoy this classic dessert is served warm with whipped cream, or vanilla bean ice cream and shared with loved ones.
If you're lucky enough to have any delicious apple pie left, simply cover your pie dish with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. Apple pie is good cold but reheats very well too.
Good to the Last Bite
We hope you enjoyed this easy apple pie recipe and felt inspired to do a little experimenting. Did you try the healthy mini apple pie version or use a different mix of fresh apples? The options for the best apple pie are endless.