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Best Healthy Apple Pie Substitute – Hot Apples

select apples for healthy apple pie
select apples for healthy apple pie

Healthy Apple Pie- Hot Apples:


  • 5 small apples (If your apples are large use 3 instead)
  • 1/2 cup bluberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1½ cups heavy cream (substitute for cold coconut cream)
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • A pinch Nutmeg (optional)
  • A pinch Allspice (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 TBSP Honey (use more if needed)


  1. Place glass or metal bowl in freezer.
  2. Slice apples and place in pan.
  3. Cover apples and cook over medium to low heat for 10 minutes. Watch carefully that they do not burn!
  4. Wash bluberries and wash and chop strawberries.
  5. Remove the bowl from the freezer, and pour in heavy cream. Whip until stiff peaks are formed. Flavor with vanilla and honey.
  6. (FOR COCONUT CREAM) If using a can of coconut milk, use a spoon to scoop out the solid cream and leave the coconut water at the bottom of the can. Whip until it is thick and frothy. Coconut cream does not typically get the same peaks that heavy cream does. Flavor similarly with the addition of a small pinch of salt.
  7. Apples should be soft by this point. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and stir.
  8. Place apples, blueberries, strawberries in a bowl and top with cream.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Read below for step-by-step instructions and extra tips!

Healthy Apple Pie – Hot Apples:

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I don’t know why, but I’ve always referred to this dish as hot apples. It’s basically healthy apple pie with no processed sugars or grains. Perhaps there’s a better name- if you have one, throw it out there! I’d love to hear it!

3 years ago we welcomed our oldest daughter to our crew via adoption. She came to us with a plethora of health problems- many of which stemmed from a dairy allergen. Commence a year of figuring out how to cook dairy-free. Let me tell you; our family was a yogurt breathing, ice cream eating, cheese lovin’ family. The leap was huge! But we did it, and there are a few dishes that came from that adventure that our family fell in love with. Y’all. We LOVE food over here!

We learned my daughter had a dairy allergy
This was 2 months before the arrival of our youngest! When he was born we had ages 3, 3, 1, and a newborn!

Favorite ways to eat our version of a “healthy apple pie”

My family loves these in every way imaginable. We cook them in the morning and eat them on oatmeal, we cook them for a winter snack or pair it with lunch for dessert. Sometimes we use cream or sometimes we don’t! Why not eat a ‘healthy apple pie’ for every occasion? They pretty much go with any eating occasion and vibe. If you want more recipes be sure to visit our website at Grace This Place! Make sure to try our Best Veggie Roast recipe- it’s one of our favorites!

Step by step instructions for hot apples:

First, put a metal or glass bowl in the freezer. This allows the bowl to chill while you chop the fruit. Next, you’re going to start slicing your apples.

select apples for healthy apple pie

Our family tends to like them thinner as opposed to thicker. I slice each quarter into 3 slices. You should get 12 slices if you cut this way. Although, sometimes I cut it in quarters, and other times I cut it in half. It is up to your preference!

slice apples for healthy apple pie

Cook your apples

After my apples are sliced, I throw them into a pan, put a lid on, and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. That’s right! Nothing else! No butter, oil, spices -just apples in a pan. As they cook you will notice they start to release and cook in their juices. I make sure to stir consistently so everything gets soft and nothing burns.

Apples on the stove

While those cook, I start washing and chopping strawberries. I also wash the blueberries and put them aside.

fresh berries for healthy apple pie

Whip up your cream

After everything is chopped, It’s time to whip the cream. I use my hand mixer for this recipe! You want to whip until your cream starts forming nice thick peaks. Once that is done, flavor it with honey and vanilla.

For coconut cream: Store your can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. I find the best brand to use is Thai Kitchen. Their organic version is denser in cream and is the best one to use but the non organic works super well too. When you are ready to whip, scrape off the top cream layer. Having been in the fridge overnight, the water should be liquid and at the bottom. Whip the cream and add a pinch of salt (very little salt. don’t overdo it) vanilla, and honey. This cream will not set up as heavy cream does. But it should become slightly fluffy.

Whip cream for healthy apple pie

At this point, the apples should be completely done. I sprinkle cinnamon over them, and If I’m feeling fancy I add a pinch of allspice and nutmeg. Now it’s time to serve it! I’m not sure why, but I prefer to put my apples in a bowl first, add the fresh fruit and then top it off with cream! Doesn’t it look gorgeous?!

Cheers to good eating! Scroll down for a few more tips.

the best hot apple dessert!

A few tips

  • The apples I used this time were small; feel free to do fewer if the apples are larger.
  • Keep in mind apples significantly cook down.
  • Make sure to monitor your apples so that they don’t burn; it happens quickly and easily.
  • In this particular recipe I was just feeding my husband, so I used heavy whipping cream. When I am feeding the whole crew I use a can of coconut milk that has been sitting in the fridge. Note: Your canned coconut milk has to be in the fridge long enough that the cream becomes solid or this will not work.
  • When I whip coconut milk I add a small pinch of salt to counteract the natural sweetness of coconut.
  • For more recipes and home tips make sure to check out our website!