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Lazy Apple Pie {gluten free- no added sugar- low fat}

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

This is no ordinary apple pie. It's a concoction of your personal creation starting with a base of cinnamon sautéed apples. You wouldn't believe just sautéing your apples with cinnamon would create the heavenly smells and tastes of apple pie in 5 minutes- but it does.

Check the full how to video here or scroll down for the drool worthy recipe!

This recipe is a go to dessert for me. I LOVE yogurt bowls for dessert in general but this one takes the cake- pun intended. It's so simple and quick people are shocked it tastes this good.

These sautéed apples are literally apple pie in minutes. But healthy. And SO much less work.

How you dress up the apples is completely up to you. Personally I'm a-nonfat plain greek yogurt (#siggis or #oikos), granola (#purelyelizabeth) broken up into tiny tiny bits of heaven crumbled all over the apples and a dollop of natural penautbutter (#smuckers or #crazyrichards) drizzled everywhere- type of person. But my sister is a- dollop of light cool whip over the apples with crumbled granola (#purelyelizabeth) over the top of that- type of person.

Are you a yogurt, cool whip or other?
Who knew apple pie was so accommodating to us lazy folk who want to be healthy?

1 serving | 5 minutes


Apple base:

  • 1 apple, diced

  • 1/4 cup water, plus more as needed.

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • Optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla

Yogurt version:

Cool Whip version:

  • 1/2 cup low fat cool whip

  • 15g good quality granola (I use #purely Elizabeth)


  1. Dice the apple into small pieces.

  2. Add water, apples, cinnamon and vanilla to the sauté pan over medium heat. Bring the apples to a simmer and cover for about 5 minutes.

  3. After 5 minutes, remove the lid, stir the apples and assess. Water quantity will vary depending on the type, age or quality or the apple. Sometimes there will be excess water at this step and you will have to just simmer the apples until it is absorbed. Sometimes the water will be absorbed but the apple is not soft enough yet, just add some more water and simmer it until they’re your preferred consistency. Sometimes it’ll be done perfectly and you’re good!

  4. When the apples are done cooking assemble your bowl:

    1. Base of yogurt, topped with sautéed apples and finished with crumbled granola for crunch and natural peanutbutter drizzled on top.

    2. Base of sautéed apples, topped with a dollop of cool whip and crumbled granola for crunch.

    3. These are just two ideas… get creative and tag @brainsandbalance with your best sautéed apples creation!


Step by step how to video:

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Nutrition Facts are provided as a guideline only. Exact nutrition will depend on quantity, brand and ingredients used. Nutrition facts provided for apple base, yogurt variation and cool whip variation.

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