The Best Keto Apple Cobbler

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. 

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 sake.

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. 

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. 

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.

sliced chat as an apple substitute
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 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 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, copper, 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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Tips To Use Essential Oils In This Recipe

  • Add essential oils as a substitute for the ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Because essential oils are potent I recommend using only 1-3 drops, or use a toothpick dipped in the oil to swirl in the dish. Then taste and gradually add more to your personal taste preference.

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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.


"Apple" Chayote Filling

Cobbler Topping

Icing (optional)


  1. Pre-heat 350


  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 or essential oils, 1/2 cup 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 the 2 tablespoons of sliced butter.

Cobbler Topping

  1. Create the cobbler crust by combining the 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: 113 Total Fat: 9.4g Saturated Fat: 3.1g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 43mg Carbohydrates: 4.8g Fiber: 1.5g Sugar: 0.6g Protein: 3.5g



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  1. Yum! This looks fantastic!

  2. Sounds great but how many carbs per serve

  3. SO GOOD! I never would have thought to use Chayote Squash in place of apples. It works out surprisingly well, the texture is perfect and the flavor is nearly spot on especially if enjoy a more spiced apple dessert. This recipe is quite forgiving and tweekable too. I added salted butter instead of unsalted, some vanilla into both the crust and filling and added my own combo of spices. I also halved the recipe not sure what to expect. I almost wish I did the full recipe but it works very well halved.

    It is a touch watery, I’d add a little less lemon juice but on the other hand the ‘sauce’ tastes nice and does thicken a little with baking. It even gets that sticky bubbly thing going on, yum!

  4. Your recipe says 1/2 cup of lemon juice, is that right? Looks too soupy to me.

    • Hi Kari, 1/2 cup is indeed the amount. You can of course add less but keep in mind that the chayote squash is very bland and what you are trying to do is mimic that tartness of apples. It’s normal for apples to produce Some liquid in the baking process. You can also just increase the citric acid and leave it out completely. But many have made the recipe as is with great results.

  5. Delicious! Made this and the whole family liked it! Great recipe with easy to follow directions. Only reason I gave 4 stars and not 5 is because it’s time intensive.

  6. Not only am I on Keto, but I also discovered that I have oral allergy syndrome and couldn’t eat apples anymore. 💔 You have no idea how many prayers this dish has answered. I doubted it, too. I literally ate my words …and they were DELECIOUS. I’m SOOO happy to have this taste again.

  7. Clifton Nickerson

    Just got done eating a bowl of this delightful treat. Delicious!!! I’m sure it will be even better after it sits in the fridge for a few hours. I might back off a little on the spices next time. I also used some Sukrin gold for half of the sweetener and added between a 1/4 and 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum to thicken the sauce up. Overall, two thumbs up.

  8. Debbie Fisher

    Is there another squash that is comparable to chayote squash to use? I only ask because I can’t find chayote squash where I live and would love to make this.

    • Hi Debbie, some people have success with zucchini squash.If you decide to try I just would just remove the seeds and bake in the oven. No need to cook them like the chayote. I could also reduce the lemon juice by half since zucchini will release more liquid. Let us know if you try.

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

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