Keto Apple Pie

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Craving an apple pie with a flakey, buttery crust and sweet apple filling while on your keto diet? This keto apple pie recipe looks and tastes just like a traditional apple pie, but without all of the carbs and sugar. With squash and apple pie flavoring, you can’t even taste the difference!

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Keto Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 6 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • egg wash (1 egg beaten + 1 tablespoon water)

Keto Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds zucchini or chayote, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup sugar-free sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 dropperfuls apple flavoring drops or 1 teaspoon apple extract

Keto Apple Pie Directions

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Is a sugar-free low carb apple pie possible?

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Yes, it certainly is! This delicious keto “apple” pie is made with the most amazing flaky, low carb pie crust and without the sugar. Most keto pie crust recipes need to be pressed into the pie plate. But this pie crust is super easy to use, and it can be easily rolled out and molded into beautiful fluted edges and lattice patterns. Instead of using apples, you can use zucchini or chayote squash to get the same apple texture. Zucchini and chayote squash both have a neutral flavoring and look like apples when peeled, making them the perfect option for a keto apple pie recipe.

The secret ingredient that transforms this pie into an aromatic apple pie is the apple pie flavoring. To make this flavoring, we add apple extract, cinnamon, and all spice.

Bring this low carb apple pie to Thanksgiving or Christmas to wow all the guests at your holiday parties! Top with keto ice cream, whipped cream and sugar free caramel sauce.

a slice of apple pie topped with ice cream and drizzled with caramel syrup

How to make keto apple pie without apples?

Apples are not keto approved. They are too high in carbs and sugar.

What to use instead of apples?

Chayote and zucchini are both excellent options as a replacement for apples while on the keto diet. They both look like apples once they are peeled and sliced, and their neutral flavor allows them to take on the flavor of the apple pie spices and flavorings. Chayote squash is a green gourd with bumpy skin and a mild taste. It was initially grown in Latin America, Southern Mexico, and Guatemala. Although chayote can be found in some grocery stores, it may be best to look for zucchini instead since it is very easily found in all grocery stores plus zucchini tends to be less expensive.

Many may prefer chayote over zucchini since chayote squash is crisp like an apple when you bite into it!

Apple pie flavor

Since we don’t consume apples on the keto diet and are using squash in the recipe in place of the apples, we have to flavor our zucchini or chayote with apple flavoring. To flavor our pie, we add a concentrated apple flavoring extract from One on One Flavors. You can use my affiliate code ketofocus-10 to save 10% off your order. If you are using an apple extract that is not concentrated, then use 1 teaspoon of flavor extract.

You don’t have to go out and purchase apple extract. You can still get some of those spicy fall flavors from the cinnamon and allspice that we add for our classic apple pie spice.

How to make a low carb pie crust?

Most keto pie crust recipes are simply not as good as regular pie crusts since they are crumbly and you have to press them in similar to a graham cracker crust. But this almond flour based keto pie crust recipe has the best buttery, flaky pie crust.

Trust me, once you try this recipe, you will never try another again. The key to making this pie crust so flakey is to use cold butter. So when you mold the pie crust into the pie pan, make sure to keep your pie crust cold and do not manipulate it too much. I also recommend using frozen butter. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a pastry blender to cut the butter and cream cheese into the almond flour.

For all of my pie making tips, refer to my flaky keto pie crust recipe.

a slice of pie on a plate topped with vanilla ice cream and surrounded by apples

Keto Apple Pie: FAQS

How many carbs are in keto apple pie?

The traditional apple pie dessert recipe has a lot of carbs! From the apples, sugar and pie crust you would be hard pressed to find a single slice below 40 grams of carbs.Our keto apple pie has a much more reasonable carb count, there are 12 servings in this recipe.Each slice has:9.7g of total carbs4.8g of net carbs

Where can I buy chayote squash?

Check your local grocery stores. Wal-Mart near me carries it. I also believe you can find it at Trader Joes and Wholefoods. Lastly, it appears that Amazon does ship Chayote as well.

Are apples keto?

No, unfortunately they are not. A medium apple has over 20g of net carbs, which is an entire day of carbs on the keto diet and while eating pie with sliced apples may not add up to a whole apple, you will likely get close. This recipe substitutes apples with chayote or zucchini and some apple flavoring.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Apple Pie

Servings: 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 318
Fat 29.1g
Protein 6.8g
Total Carbs 9.7g
Net Carbs 4.8g

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  1. Hi Annie 🙂 Thank you so much for all of your deliciously amazing recipes! 2 questions, pretty please…which sugar free sweetener would you recommend for this recipe and also for the apple flavoring; when you say 2 dropfulls…do you mean 2 single drops or fill the whole dropper twice?

    1. I’m glad you like the recipes! My go-to sweeteners are Lakanto Classic Sweetener and Truvia Sweet Complete All-Purpose. As for the apple flavoring. I used concentrated drops from One-on-one flavorings. You need two dropperfuls (so fill the dropper twice), or you can use a standard (non-concentrated) apple flavoring and using about 1 teaspoon.

  2. Okay… this is cheating! I made the keto “apple” pie and it was absolutely delicious. The crust was just like a regular pie crust. I will definitely be making more of them this holiday season.

  3. Amazing crust and yummy pie! I served with homemade keto carmel and no sugar vanilla ice cream. My daughter’s boyfriend hates veggies and asked me to bring more over the day after Christmas. Thank you!

  4. It took a few days to get the flavoring and to find chayote but it was worth the wait. My adult grandson had two pieces and didn’t know it wasn’t real apple pie.

    1. You can use xanthan gum instead. Sometimes xanthan gum can make a dish slimey but I don’t think it will matter with this recipe.

  5. I made this apple pie early in the week to test for a Labor day get together and it was perfect… now making it for the rest of the gain. The crust is delightful!

  6. Ok, great to know that there’s an option for an apple pie, there is hope in my life now lol. BUT! I made the crust and it’s so greasy and crumbly it falls apart and there’s no way to roll it and lift it. I had to patch it in the pan. Also, there’s not enough for a top crust, only the bottom. Plus, I wouldn’t know how to create a top if I cannot work with the dough. Any suggestions?
    (I used 1 egg white in addition to the whole egg, to substitute the xanthan gum that I couldn’t find).

    1. Three things. 1) Your dough got too soft and warm. When this happens where it can’t roll, peel or lift without sticking to the parchment paper, you need to put it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to firm up. Then you should be able to manipulate it. I updated the directions to reflect this. 2) It could be the addition of the egg white added too much liquid to the recipe making it too wet to manipulate. 3) Since you said the dough was greasy, I suspect that the butter melted into the crust. Which is why it also was too soft and sticking to the paper. It’s important to keep those chunks of butter whole and not over manipulate the dough.

  7. I made this pie and it was delicious. I didn’t blend the butter and cream cheese well enough so when it bakes it left holes, but I was able to catch it in time and smooth them out. I used chayote squash and a little extra spice and while I’m not gonna say it was just like traditional apple pie, it was still wonderful, as close as we can get on Keto and blew my expectations out of the water. This will be my go to apple pie recipe from now on, crust and filling. Thank you so much for creating such an amazing recipe and sharing it with us.

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