Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling for the Freezer
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This sugar-free apple pie filling for the freezer is a fantastic way to take advantage of local seasonal bounty. In fact, I can’t wait for the day when we’re drowning in apples from the trees in our own orchard!
For now, I’m thrilled to turn our humble supply of homegrown apples into delicious sugar-free applesauce and this sugar-free apple pie filling for the freezer. What a treat to pull out a bag of apple pie filling and pair it with a simple Paleo pie crust for an easy dessert!
I did this last year, and it lightened my load in the kitchen for Thanksgiving cooking and baking. It also was a blessing when I needed to take a simple dessert to a friend’s party. This year I made sure to tuck even more bags of apple pie filling away to give myself an easy option over the months ahead!
Coconut sugar vs. refined cane sugar
I should point out that this recipe does contain coconut sugar. When I say “sugar-free” what I mean is “refined sugar-free”.
We can probably all agree that refined white sugar is not a health food, and I do my best to avoid it as much as possible. It can be argued that coconut sugar is still sugar, but I prefer it over regular cane sugar for several reasons.
- has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar
- contains trace minerals that give it a slight nutritional edge over refined sugar
- is less processed than refined sugar
I won’t delve too deeply into the topic of coconut sugar here because that isn’t the purpose of this post. You should definitely feel free to research this topic further if you want to learn more about coconut sugar!
How to make sugar-free apple pie filling for the freezer
The recipe for sugar-free apple pie filling for the freezer is so simple that you can easily whip up quite a stash. Peeling the apples is the hardest part! But even that chore can be strangely therapeutic, especially if you turn up the tunes or your favorite podcast.
After the apples are peeled and sliced, it’s simply a matter of tossing them with a few other ingredients: lemon juice to prevent browning, plus salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and butter. Then you’ll slide it into a freezer bag or container and stash away for future use.
Your future self will thank you for stocking the freezer with this simple apple pie filling!
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- 5–6 cups apples, peeled & sliced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 scant cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, chopped
- Add apple slices to a large bowl and toss with lemon juice as you work, to prevent browning.
- Add salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coconut sugar to the apples and toss to combine.
- Transfer apple mixture to a labeled, one-gallon freezer bag. Add chopped butter and shake to distribute.
- Freeze for future use.
- To bake, thaw apples and add to a pie crust. Bake approximately one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
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