Mock the Apples: Faux Keto Apple Pie Filling

By popular request on our Facebook Page, Will’s sharing his super yummy Keto recipe for apple pie filling that tastes so good you won’t believe it isn’t apple.

Faking and Making

Keto Apple Pie Filling

by Chef Will Brame




8-10 yellow (summer) squash

2 (or more) tablespoons butter

2 (or more) tablespoons finely ground cinnamon

¼ to ½ cup sweetener

thickening agent (xanthan gum, guar gum, or pectin)

cheat code: apple pie flavoring (various brands)

salt to taste


You can make a mock-apple filling that will satisfy your apple cravings with squash, spices, sweetener, and butter. I will tell you how I do it, but please note that you can alter this recipe to fit your own tastes with an exactness I can’t hope to guess. You can use more butter or less. You can use more or less cinnamon, and sweetener, and etc.

What I do is peel the squash and cut them into thick (one and a half to two-inch) drums, which I then slice diagonally to make wedges. This is for the purpose of keyfabe, so that the cooked filling will visually evoke wedge-sliced apples. You don’t have to. It won’t affect the taste one way or another. Melt the butter (little or lot) in a pan (I use an iron skillet if it matters) and add the sliced squash. Saute at low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash begins to give up its water and grow translucent. Sprinkle the cinnamon over while stirring, then similarly add the sweetener. I use allulose and in the future, I will add a little monkfruit extract to round out the flavor profile. You can use whatever sugar substitute you prefer. Allulose, for me, because it tastes like sugar and aftertastes like sugar. And, then you can use dry-regular pectin to thicken the filling. I think pectin will be superior to thickening agents like guar gum and xanthan gum, which I find slippery on tongue and teeth.

If you want to turbo-charge this thing and make it so that people flatly won’t believe this isn’t an apple dish, then get some apple pie flavoring at the supermarket or on-line. There are a number of brands and I haven’t compared them all.  I think you could probably get by with the LorAnn version, which is available pretty much everywhere. A few drops ought to do it. Taste and stop when it tastes right.

It is done when it looks, smells, and tastes done. Altogether it should take about twenty or twenty-five minutes. If you ever dealt with real apple filling, you’ll know it right away. If not, well, stop in about twenty minutes.   You can eat this by itself, spread it over chaffles, put it in a keto pie, or make a sundae with keto-friendly ice cream.  You know what you want.


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