A keto apple cobbler recipe that swaps high carb apples for low in carbs chayote squash. It delivers all the flavor of apple minus the extra carbs.
What if I told you that there was a way to enjoy the flavor of apples while doing a low carb keto diet? Well, my Keto apple cobbler uses chayote squash as a fantastic apple substitute. It’s not only delicious but it’s keto-friendly.
The holidays were quickly approaching and this girl wanted the flavors of baked apple without the insulin spike of fructose. I was craving an apple cobbler and had to figure out a way to impersonate an apple.
The thought of not being able to have an “apple” dessert during the holiday season was beginning to stress me out.
To be honest, I really wasn’t sure I would be able to stick to the keto diet if I went another season without a decent apple substitute.
I became quite bummed about not being able to use apples in my holiday baking. Can I tell you apples are the one fruit I’ve missed the most doing keto?
Probably because there was a period that I had up to two large apples a day. I know, I know a complete fructose bomb for my liver. But I had no idea and in fact that I was doing a healthy thing.
For those who are new to ketogenic diet, apples are way to high in carbs and all that natural sugar will still be a problem for those of us who are insulin resistant. When your insulin goes up it cause hunger to spike too. So, no bueno.
The Quest To Find An Apple Substitute
The question was if there was at least something that I could use in my holiday baking to mimic the texture of apple? I knew that if I could get the texture right, half the battle was won.
Well, I had this thought running in my head over and over, when I stumbled upon a solution.
It was pure happenstance that got me to consider using chayote squash as an apple substitute for a keto apple cobbler.
At the time I was boiling some chayote to use in a side dish when I thought about how much it reminded me of fruit. I’m telling you this probably only happened because I was fantasizing about baked apples.
Thankfully it did. Otherwise I may have missed out on a great idea. I had nothing to lose and an apple substitute to gain by at least trying. I was getting really close to coming up with a keto apple cobbler and I was giddy with excitement.
My first attempt was to sauté the cooked chayote with a little bit of sugar substitute, cinnamon and butter. The result was good, but it was missing the tartness of apples. So I added some lemon juice and bingo it was a home run!
Since then I’ve learned that a little bit of cream of tarter can further enhance the tartness factor.
Background Of Chayote Squash
If you are not familiar with chayote let me share with you some of its characteristics. Chayote is a light green firm vegetable that is part of the gourd family. It’s a cucurbitaceae, along with melons, cucumbers and squash.
The chayote squash is native to central Mexico, where it’s seen as a Mexican version of zucchini. It grows rather abundantly and is therefore not uncommon to see it used in various Mexican dishes.
Chayotes are quite versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed, baked, and boiled. When eaten raw it tastes similar to jicama.
The fact that they are so mild makes it a great candidate for a recipe like my keto apple cobbler.
Chayote A Great Apple Substitute
The flavor of chayote reminds me of a very, very mild pear with the mouth feel of an apple once cooked. A winner for my low carb, keto fall recipes!
Honestly, I really didn’t know a lot about the origins of chayote or it’s nutritional benefits until I thought of using it as an apple substitute.
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I will tell you that although the chayote worked perfectly in my keto apple cobbler and then in my keto apple pie. It may not have enough of an apple taste for some.
This is because chayote is pretty bland and what reminds you of apples is more the cinnamon and sugar substitute combo. For a more intense apple flavor you can add a teaspoon of apple extract.
The best part is that they are low in carbs, and high in potassium, manganese, iron, folate, zinc, cooper, fiber, and vitamins C, B1, B2, B6. Plus it loaded with antioxidants.
All I can say is that I am thrilled that I went with my instincts and attempted to use chayote in my low carb mock apple cobbler.
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Keto Apple Cobbler
Keto apple cobbler cleverly uses chayote squash instead of apples for a low carb keto friendly apple cobbler substitute.
40 minPrep Time
40 minCook Time
1 hr, 20 Total Time
- 4 Chayote Squash, cooked, peeled and sliced
- 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter (cut into small pieces to dot the filling)
- 1/2 Cup lemon juice
- 1/2 Teaspoon of cream of tarter
- 3/4 Cup of Swerve or other sugar substitute
- 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon
- ¼ Teaspoon of ginger powder
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 Large eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups of almond flour
- 1/2 Cup of coconut flour
- 1/4 Cup of cold butter (sliced into small pieces)
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons Swerve or other sugar substitute
- 1/4 Teaspoons of sea salt
- 1/4 Cup of sugar substitute confectioners sugar. (I use Swerve confectioners)
- 4 Tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pre-heat 350
- Boil the whole chayote with enough water to cover them.
- Cook the chayote squash for about 25 30 minutes. They should still be firm but cooked through.
- Allow the chayote squash to cool. Peel and slice the now cooled chayote into 1/4 inch slices.
- Place the cooled chayote into a medium size bowl.
- To the chayote add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, 1/2 cup sugar substitute, cream of tarter, and lemon juice. Combine well.
- In a baking dish 9X9 baking dish that has been greased well with butter add the chayote filling.
- Dot the filling with the 2 tablespoons of sliced butter.
- Create the cobbler crust by combining the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and 3 tablespoons of sugar substitute.
- Next in a stand-up mixer or by hand cut in the thinly sliced cold butter into the dry ingredients. Mix until crumbly and resembles coarse cornmeal.
- To this add dry add the eggs and combine well but do not over mix. Set aside.
- Top the "apple" cobbler with the crumb crust. Make sure to break up the crust topping into small pieces and evenly distribute.
- Bake in oven at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly for 35-40minutes.
- Serve warm or cold.
- Combine the confectioners sugar substitute, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, pinch of salt.
- Stir until well combined.
- Drizzle on top of the warm cobbler.