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The Best Keto Apple Cobbler

 

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 recipe for keto apple cobbler uses chayote squash as a fantastic apple substitute. It’s not only delicious but it’s keto-friendly. 

This keto apple crumble cleverly swaps high-carb apples that do not make the list for permitted fruits for low in carbs chayote.

It’s the perfect keto apple crisp that allows you to enjoy all the flavor of apples minus the extra carbs.

My friend, I have somehow managed to crack the code by creating a low-carb apple cobbler that will effectively fool your taste buds into thinking you are having the real thing.

Since coming up with a recipe for this keto apple crisp, I’ve also used chayote squash in a flat-out delicious keto apple pie recipe. So make sure you also check that recipe out too. 

Don’t forget to also check out my other keto pie recipes that include traditional pies, tarts, and cobblers!

Keto Apple Cobbler

Keto apple cobbler

 

This keto-friendly apple crisp like so many of the recipes I create came out of a real need. You see I was after the perfect substitute for apples, I wanted to enjoy the flavor of cooked cinnamon apples but keep still stay safely in ketosis.

As much as I was dreading not being able to have this seasonal treat, I wasn’t willing to risk ruining all my hard work and success for it either.

With the holidays fast approaching I was on the hunt to figure out a mock apple option that would allow me to create a keto apple crisp without the insulin spike of fructose. I needed something that would impersonate an apple perfectly in the dish.

Frankly, the thought of not being able to have an apple dessert during the holiday season was beginning to stress me out. And the holidays are stressful enough already so this was something I needed to figure out real quick for my sanity’s sake.

keto apple cobbler on a white baking dish

keto apple cobbler

I was beginning to think the possibility of sticking to the diet during the holidays would be nearly impossible for this girl. If I went another season without a decent apple substitute, the temptation was going to win this battle.

I know that sounds just a bit dramatic but unfortunately, with so many holiday memories wrapped around food, I wouldn’t be totally honest with you if I told you otherwise.

The struggle can be real at times and for me, holiday foods can be a major trigger if I don’t plan accordingly.

Can I tell you that 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. Not exactly the best thing for someone who was already pre-diabetic. But I had no idea back then and actually thought I was doing a good thing. 

Are Apples Keto?

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In case you are new to the keto diet, apples are too high in carbs and all that natural sugar will be a problem for those of us who are insulin resistant. 

Apples are not keto because if you take into account the average medium apple has 20 net carbs, which is way too high to be allowed on a keto diet. Just one apple will kick you out of ketosis real quick. 

Chayote “Apple” Crisp Recipe

The question was if there was at least something that I could use in my baking to mimic the texture of apples? 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.

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Chayote squash cooked and ready to be used in keto apple dessert.

At the time I was boiling some chayote to use in a side dish when I thought about how much it reminded me of apples. This probably only happened because I was dreaming about cinnamon-spiced apples.

Thankfully, the idea actually worked like a charm.  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 cream of tartar and bingo it was a home run! I could use chayote to create keto apple recipes.

Since then I’ve learned that apparently using chayote squash as an apple substitute isn’t a new thing in the low carb community.  It’s funny how much the ingenuity of this community never ceases to amaze me.

I may have not been the first girl to figure this out but I will tell you that my keto apple dessert is hands down a great option.

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.

Chayote is 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 Nutrition

Chayote not only mimics the texture of apples but is quite low in carbs. One cup of chayote has only 4 net carbs so it fits well with your keto macros.  It’s also low in calories with only 25 calories per cup. 

It is certainly a low glycemic food and it’s rich in folate, vitamin c, and minerals like manganese. What’s more, chayote is high in fiber making it a perfect choice while doing keto.

Chayote Squash As An Apple Substitute 

The flavor of chayote reminds me of a very, very mild pear with the mouthfeel 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 its 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, copper, fiber, and vitamins C, B1, B2, B6. Plus it is 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

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This keto apple cobbler cleverly uses chayote squash instead of apples for a low carb keto friendly apple crisp substitute.

Ingredients

"Apple" Chayote Filling

Cobbler Topping

Icing (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat 350

Filling

  1. Boil the whole chayote with enough water to cover them.
  2. Cook the chayote squash for about 25 30 minutes. They should still be firm but cooked through.
  3. Allow the chayote squash to cool. Peel and slice the now cooled chayote into 1/4 inch slices.
  4. Place the cooled chayote into a medium-size bowl.
  5. To the chayote add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, spices, sugar substitute, cream of tartar, and lemon juice. Combine well.
  6. In a baking dish 9X9 baking dish that has been greased well with butter add the chayote filling.
  7. Dot the filling with 2 tablespoons of sliced butter.

Cobbler Topping

  1. Create the cobbler crust by combining almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and 3 tablespoons of sugar substitute.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or by hand-cut in the thinly sliced cold butter into the dry ingredients. Mix until crumbly and resembles coarse cornmeal.
  3. Next, add the eggs and combine well but do not over mix. Set aside.

Assemble The Cobbler

  1. Top the "apple" cobbler with the crumb crust. Make sure to break up the crust topping into small pieces and evenly distribute.
  2. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly for 35-40 minutes.
  3. Serve warm or cold.

Icing (Optional)

  1. Combine the confectioner's sugar substitute, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Drizzle on top of the warm cobbler.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 4.8gNet Carbohydrates: 3.3gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 0.6gProtein: 3.5g

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Carol Davis

Friday 18th of June 2021

Had to go to 3 markets to find the squash, got it! Made it with 6 small (I believe) specimens and used a larger baking dish 8.5 X 11. It was very good! I added 3 TBSP. of cinnamon. The crust was a bit on the dry side, so next time I will decrease almond flour by 1/2 cup and increase coconut flour by 1/2 cup. After about 20 minutes of baking, I covered will foil, will make this at the next family reunion. Don't think I will tell them it isn't real apples till they are finished!

Michele

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Hi Hilda, thanks for the Keto Apple Cobbler recipe. I made it a couple nights ago. In your Ultimate Baking Tips, you suggest using half the amount if you are using Pyure and since that is what I currently have on hand that is what I used. I was in the process of adding the sweetener to the crust mix when I remembered that I should only be using half and I had already put 2 TBSP in so I stopped there. Then, your recipe says "3/4 granulated sugar substitute" but in the directions you say "1/2 cup sugar substitute". I had a 1/2 cup measuring cup and filled it about 2/3 full (wanted to do the same ratio as the crust). But I was thinking there must be someplace else that the other 1/4 cup sweetener would be used. There is no place else in the directions for the other 1/4 cup. So I just left it as is, I don't care for super sweet stuff so thought it'd be ok. I definitely was not sweet enough, neither the filling nor the crust so if I make it again I'll add the full amount of sweetener, even if I'm using Pyure. Also, one of the commenters suggested adding Xanthan Gum to thicken it up. When it first came out of the oven it was rather thin and soupy and I thought I should have added the Xanthan Gum, but after refrigerating it overnight it did thicken up somewhat. So if you plan on eating it right away you might want to add the Xanthan Gum. Anyway, I'm the only one at my house that eats Keto and now I have all this cobbler, I should have cut the recipe in half or something. I'll probably end up throwing most of it out cause as long as it is in the house I'm gonna eat it and I don't need to eat that much. I usually don't make sweets because of that but I wanted to try these Chayote Squash out and see how I like them. Anyway, thanks again for all the recipes you work so hard on and post for us to use. I have used several of your recipes and they've all been good.

Hilda Solares

Monday 26th of April 2021

Hi Michele, I corrected the recipe it should read 3/4 in the directions but 1/2 cup works well for those who prefer a less sweet option. You could have added the xanthan gum if you prefer next time. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Hilda Solares

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Hi Gina, It is key to make the recipe as written. Hope you will try this one again.

Kaiti

Friday 3rd of July 2020

I tried this recipe I really liked it I made a couple of changes for me. I'm going to make this all the time now!! 1/3 cup instead of 1/2 c (half of this lemon juice and half apple cider vinegar) Half the amount of crisp topping (to lower carbs) Drizzle needs half the heavy cream amount or double confectioners sugar substitute for thicker drizzle. I just tasted and I would halve the cinnamon next time (I think mine is really strong cinnamon).

Trell

Thursday 19th of December 2019

I would like to make this & I want to know can the cream tartar be replaced with cornstarch?

Hilda Solares

Friday 20th of December 2019

Hi Trell, the cream of tartar is being used in this recipe for its tang factor not as a thickener.

Cheryl

Sunday 15th of September 2019

Any idea how long to cook this in the Instant Pot?

Hilda Solares

Tuesday 17th of September 2019

Hi Cheryl, I have yet to use my instant pot with desserts so I really can't comment. If you decide to try, do let us.

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