This healthy mini apple pies recipe is a deliciously easy dessert made with a homemade cookie crust. These mini pies are made with almond flour, making them both gluten-free and low carb!
When I started to think about fall recipes and what I was going to make this year, I knew one thing had to be on my list. Enter, healthy mini apple pies.
I grew up in a house where apple pie was taken very seriously, where crust was made from Crisco and white flour, where the filling was laden with white sugar and butter.
No one in the world could beat my grandmother’s recipe for her apple pie. It was and always will be the best apple pie I’ve ever tasted!
But in an effort to try to recreate that flaky crust and that warm fresh apple cinnamon-y inside in a slightly healthier way, I decided to tackle it in a miniature version first.
So with that being said, I created these healthy mini apple pies with a completely gluten free and dairy free crust, no refined sugar (only natural sugar, please!), and in a pop-able size, which makes them perfect for snacking or sharing with a group!
Ingredients in apple pie bites
Homemade apple pie should be made with easy ingredients that you most likely already have in your house! These little bites only have a short list of ingredients but pack a mighty delicious flavor.
Apple pie crust ingredients
There are only a few simple ingredients in our apple pie crusts. The crust closely resembles a cookie, almost like a sugar cookie!
- almond flour
- baking soda
Apple pie filling ingredients
Homemade apple pie filling is made with fresh apples, fall spices, and a little bit of natural sugar and butter!
How to make healthy mini apple pie bites
Traditional apple pie can take a long time to make, and sometimes we just don’t have time for that. Trust me when I saw these individual apple pies only take minutes to make.
First step is to make your crust. This crust isn’t one of those super intimidating ones where you need to use a pastry cutter. In fact, all you have to do is mix together your almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt with a spoon.
Then in a separate smaller bowl, combine the egg, honey, and oil. Add these wet ingredients to almond flour mixture and stir till combined. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
Next up, press 1-2 tablespoons of dough into your mini muffin tin being sure you create a large dent in the middle for where the apples will go.
Bake them until golden brown and let cool completely while you make your apple pie filling.
While crusts are cooling, heat a small saucepan with 1 tbsp butter. Stir in apples, coconut sugar, and spice. Let cook for 4-5 minutes or until just softened.
Divide among crust cups. Top with whipped cream or enjoy as is!
How to store mini apple pies
We highly recommend making them and serving right away, however they can be left in the fridge for up to three days. Just be warned that they will soften!
I’m so excited to see how many of you make these little apple pies and hope you enjoy them as we dive into the cooler temperatures!
And oh, top them with ice cream or coconut whipped cream like I did here!
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- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 2 medium apples, diced very small – I used Honeycrisp.
- 1 tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
- Preheat oven to 325F. Prepare mini muffin tin by greasing.
- In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt with a whisk.
- In a small bowl, combine egg, honey, and oil.
- Add wet ingredients to almond flour mixture and stir till combined. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
- Press 1-2 Tbsp dough into mini muffin tin being sure you create a large dent in the middle.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool completely before adding apple topping.
- While cooling, heat a small saucepan with 1 tbsp butter. Stir in apples, coconut sugar, and spice.
- Let cook for 4-5 minutes or until just softened. Remove from heat.
- Divide among crust cups.
- Top with whipped cream or enjoy as is!
- Store in refrigerator if not enjoying immediately.
Pro tip: use any leftover apple filling on oats!
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