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Make Your Own Homemade Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling

I love apples and as I said in my Apple Panini post, apples and autumn seem to go together. Throughout the season I will find myself making all sorts of apple dishes from apple pie to apple cake. Then there’s apple turnovers, apple cheesecake, and apple monkey bread. I could go on and on listing all my favorite apple dishes. One thing that each of these dishes has in common is of course apples, but not just any apples. For all these recipes I use my special Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling.

Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling

My homemade Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling is pretty easy to put together and has become the base for almost all my apple desserts. 

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Autumn and apples go together

I was never fond of the canned apple pie fillings, I felt that it had just too much syrupy. I’ve read other recipes for apple pie filling, but I never liked how the apples were sliced, I felt it was hard to cut into a slice of pie if the apples weren’t cooked thoroughly. Also, I noted that sometimes it takes longer for apples to cook than your pie crust and well no one wants a burnt pie.

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My basic apple pie filling

Cubed Apples 

One of the things I like best about my apple pie filling is that the apples aren’t sliced they are cubed. I think the cubed size makes the apples easier to bite into and allows them to be more evenly distributed in other recipes like a cake for example. 

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I like using cubed apples for my filling

Another key feature of my recipe is that I warm the apple on the stove top with the sugar and cinnamon before mixing them into whatever dessert I’m making. I think the cooking helps to keep the apples from turning brown and to really infuse the spices. Also, cuts down on baking time when it comes to apple pie.  

Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling
Fresh apple pie filling
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 5 small/medium chopped apples
  2. 1 tbs butter
  3. 1/4 cup of Sugar or Splenda
  4. 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
  1. Chop apples into cubes.
  2. On medium heat melt butter in sauce pan.
  3. Add apples to butter.
  4. Stir in sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Reduce heat and cook apples until golden brown, string in to prevent burning.
  1. More or less cinnamon can be added at you discretion.
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So Many Uses

As I said before this apple pie filling has so many uses. I could make a pie a cake, whatever. I’ve even taken this apple pie filling and blended it into applesauce. Of course, you could just eat it as is, it is super delicious on top of a scope of vanilla ice cream. 

A super easy recipe for making your own homemade fresh apple pie filling, that can be used in pies to cakes to turnovers.
This apple pie filling on vanilla ice cream … so good

One of my husband’s favorite ways to enjoy this apple pie filling is in apple monkey bread, which I plan to share the recipe with you guys next week, so stay tuned. 

In the meantime, if you attempt this recipe I’d love to hear in the comments below how yours turned out. 

A super easy recipe for making your own homemade fresh apple pie filling, that can be used in pies to cakes to turnovers.


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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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