This low-carb apple pastries recipe makes delicious treats that are everything mini apple pies should be. It’s hard to believe they work for low-carb, diabetic, ketogenic, Atkins, LC/HF, gluten-free, grain-free and Banting diets.
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This low-carb apple pastries come with a warning: they are addictive! The first time I made them, I ate four of them, my husband ate three and Harper ate three. I think the only reason we stopped eating them was because they were gone. I know what you’re thinking and you’re right. Yes, we are gluttons, or at least we behaved like we were.
You may think we are gluttons, but we have an excuse for our gluttonous behavior. These little pies are bursting with apple cinnamon flavor–even the crust is flavored with cinnamon. The gooey apple filling boasts cinnamon as well as a touch of nutmeg and cloves. Yep, it’s just THAT kind of dessert.
I have been craving apple pie for some time now, but hesitated to make a recipe for it because apples are fairly high in carbs and I didn’t think I could make the macro-nutrients work for our site. In an effort to satisfy my apple craving, I tried to make an apple crisp one day and substituted zucchini for the apples. It was worth a try, but it just didn’t taste like apples. Gee, I wonder why.
These little pastries are made with real apple and no zucchini at all. The recipe uses only one medium apple. Seriously, one apple abundantly fills ten biscuit-sized pastries. Because the carbs of one apple are divided by ten, each pastry only has a handful of carbs. Of course, if you eat the whole batch, the carbs add up.
- 1 apple (about 6 ounces), peeled and chopped into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup stevia/erythritol blend
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- small pinch of nutmeg
- small pinch of cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
- 1 small egg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon stevia/erythritol blend
- Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Insulated cookie sheets like this one work best for this recipe, but other sheets are acceptable. Have a rolling pin, parchment paper and biscuit cutter available.
- In a small bowl, combine apple pieces and lemon juice. Stir to evenly distribute lemon juice.
- Place sweetener, xanthan gum, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a separate small bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly. Add blackstrap molasses and whisk in.
- Pour the dry mixture over the apples and stir to evenly coat the apples. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, stevia/erythritol mix baking powder and cinnamon using a whisk.
- Break one egg in a small bowl. Add vanilla extract and whisk briefly. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and combine using a spoon. The mixture will appear mealy and egg will not mix in completely.
- Melt the mozzarella cheese and the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat stirring constantly. Don't worry if they do not combine.
- When melted, remove from heat and add the dry ingredients to the cheese and butter, stirring vigorously.
- Place dough on a piece of parchment and kneed together until it resembles bread dough. Divide dough in half. Shape half of the dough into a disk shape and sandwich between two pieces of parchment. Roll dough until it's about 1/8 inch thick. Remove top parchment. Using a biscuit cutter, cut dough into circles. Place circles on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Kneed the bits of dough that weren't cut into circles, together and roll out. Cut additional circles. In the end, you should have 5 circles on each sheet.
- Repeat this procedure using the second half of the dough. These circles will form the tops of the pastries. Place them on a piece of parchment.
- Spoon the apple filling onto the centers of the dough circles on the cookie sheet, dividing it equally among the 10 circles and keeping the filling about 3/8 inch from the edges.
- For the tops, place a circle of dough in the palm of one hand and squish it gently to stretch it slightly. Place the circle over a circle with filling. Gently press the edges of the two circles together, first with you fingers and then using the tines of a fork. Repeat for remaining tops.
- Cut steam holes in the top of each pastry using the tip of a sharp knife.
- Break egg in a small bowl and whisk briefly.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the sweetener and the cinnamon.
- Using a pastry brush, lightly brush a bit of egg over the top of the pastries. Sprinkle lightly with sweetener and cinnamon mixture.
- Place pastries in the the preheated oven. Bake for 16-19 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Watch carefully as these pastries will burn quickly.
- Calories 155
- Fat (g) 10.8
- Carbs (g) 11.3
- Fiber (g) 5.5
- Protein (g) 4.5
- Net Carbs (g) 5.8