Faux Apples for Fall Y’all: Low Carb Apple Danish

wpid-20150829_111833.jpgApples have way too many carbs for those of us who follow a low carb way of eating.  Still, you don’t have to miss out on the classic taste of fall.  This recipe uses jicama instead of apples to make a delicious low carb treat or breakfast.  This, my friends, is a game changer!  While I’ve tried to capture enough photos to explain this recipe, you might get a better understanding of what I did by watching the cooking video  Cooking Keto With Kristie.
If you can’t find jicama, feel free to use zucchini.  Jicama has 11 total carbs per cup and about 5 net carbs. Zuchinni has 3.5 total carbs and 2.3 net carbs per cup.  Jicama has a better apple texture and you will divide this into 12 servings so just use whatever fits your lifestyle or macros best.  You can’t go wrong with either!
There are quite a few steps to this recipe, but don’t let that scare you off.  It’s so absolutely worth it!  We will make the apples first, then the cream cheese filling, next the icing, and last the dough.  Also, I made this in three different ways.  I made a large single Danish to slice into pieces.  Then I used a muffin top or Whoopie pan to make individual Danish.  Last, I mixed the dough, cream cheese filling, and “apples” together to make a bread pudding type dessert.  Each was simply dreamy!  Let’s get started.  Fall will be over way too soon!

Jicama “apples”! Who knew?

First, the faux apples.  You need to chop 1 to 2 cups of jicama or zucchini for the “apples”.  In the video, I use jicama. I also double the recipe so you will need 1 cup for one batch and 2 cups for 2 batches.
To make one batch of the faux apples you will need:
1 cup chopped jicama (or zucchini), raw
1/2 tsp apple pie spice
1/2 tsp  cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup equivalent sweetener
2 tablespoons butter
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on the stovetop until warm and well mixed or use a microwave safe bowl to warm and mix.  Set aside.  These can made ahead of time.
 Since you are making four different recipes within this one recipe, my video might be helpful.
For one batch of the cream cheese mixture:
6 ounces of cream cheese
1 tsp lemon juice
1 /2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar equivalent
1 egg yolk
For the icing:
3 tablespoons of powdered sweetener
2 ounces cream cheese
2 ounces heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix well and set aside in refrigerator.
For one batch of the pastry dough (using oat fiber):
5 TBSP almond flour
2 TBSP coconut flour
3 TBSP oat fiber
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (try to use lower fat cheese).  Melt in a microwave safe dish
4 TBSP sugar equivalent
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 TBSP butter
1 egg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients except mozzarella cheese.  Melt the cheese in a microwave and then add it to the rest of the mixture.  Mix well until dough forms.
To make the dough without oat fiber, use the following:
6 TBSP almond flour
3 TBSP coconut flour
4 TBSP sugar equivalent
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 TBSP butter
1 1/2 cup mozzarella
1 egg
1 tsp apple pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients and then add melted mozzarella.  Mix well to form dough.
Now….let’s put these Danish together.  You can use

Press some of the dough into a greased muffin top pan. Fill with the cream cheese filling and top with “apples”. Ice after baking.

parchment paper and a jellyroll pan or use a Whoopie or muffin top pan.  Follow the instructions as I did in the video.

Made as Danish in the muffin top pan

Made as Danish in the muffin top pan

If you’re using the muffin top pan, bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes  It will be brown and set.  After the Danishes cool for a few minutes, remove them to a wire rack.  Drizzle with icing after they have cooled.  It resembles a bread pudding when made this way.

You can also mix it all together (the dough, cream cheese mix, and apples) and bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.  It makes a wonderful “bread pudding” dish.  Add the icing after it cools.

Mixed all together as

Mixed all together as “bread” pudding.

If you’re making a larger Danish in the jelly roll pan, bake the crust for 5-7 minutes at 375.   Then add the cream cheese and “apples”  fold each side over on the other.  Return to the oven for another 12-15 minutes.  Let cool.  Drizzle with icing and enjoy!!!

Cover the partially baked crust with cream cheese filling and top with

Cover the partially baked crust with cream cheese filling and top with “apples”.

Fold each side over on the other.

Fold each side over on the other.

Made as one larger Danish

Made as one larger Danish

Store any leftovers (hahahahahahaha!!!!) in the refrigerator.  🙂

15 replies »

  1. I find myself mental giggling and rubbing my hands together when I see a mail from you. I know you have some goodies to share. So NOT disappointed once again!

    • Hahaha!!! You made me giggle! That’s just awesome. My husband said this is his absolute favorite recipe that I’ve made so far. He’s not an apple fan, but I know he really liked this. I hope that you enjoy it as well!

    • I feel the same way. I’m giddy with excitement when I see a new email. I can’t wait to try this one.

  2. Which measurements do we use,the ones that are listed below the video,or the ones in the video.As they are different for some of the ingredients?

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