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Naked Apple Pie Recipe

Here at Snack Girl headquarters clothing is optional (for the 4 and under set). This is also true of our pies.

I learned of the "Naked" pie concept when I made a mistake. One night, while making an apple pie, I chopped too many apples to fit into my pie crust. So, I just tossed the apples into a bread pan and cooked them along side the pie.

Guess what?

I like the NAKED pie better than the real pie that I had baked. I don't know why but I didn't even miss the 8 tablespoons of butter that go into a pastry crust.

And, I learned that "going crustless" meant that I could skip an entire step of apple pie baking! Making (or buying) a crust. I don't like the frozen crusts much - though there have been some good ones showing up in stores.

Making a pastry crust is pretty easy if you have a food processor, but do I really have time to be making pie crusts? Hey, I hardly have time to brush my hair, forget lovingly rolling out a chilled dough ball into the perfect crust.

Now, you could have told me to add butter, oats, and sugar to the top to make an apple crumble. Seriously, I don't think this pie needs anything to make it taste delicious.

In the recipe below, I have included 3 spices to make the pie really flavorful. You can adjust as needed, but I find adding powdered ginger gives the pie a nice kick. You could also grate some fresh ginger into the pie if you have some.

For Weight Watchers followers, this pie has a whopping 1 Points+ per serving. You see, the apples are a "FREE" food so the only ingredients I had to count were the sugar, etc.

I made 2 pie plates so 1/4 pie is a serving in this recipe. It is gooey, sweet, sour, spicy, and it will change your mind about eating your pie dressed.

Removing the crust renders my naked apple pie vegan and gluten-free.

Below, I added a cool gadget I found on Amazon.com for peeling, slicing, and cutting up apples for pies. I have a THING for kitchen gadgets and I am going to try to get my hands on one.

I have apple trees in my back yard, so this would be a good investment for me. Have any of you tried one of these?

Do you have suggestions for making pie healthier?

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Naked Apple Pie Recipe

(makes 8 servings or 2 pies)
6 large apples
1 lemon
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)

Heat oven to 350F. Spray 2 pie plates with non-stick spray. Core, peel, and slice apples into 1/2 inch slices. Place apple in bowl and juice lemon over apples. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Put apple mixture into two pie plates and bake for 40 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 10 more minutes. Cool and enjoy!

136 calories, 0.3 g fat, 35.7 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g protein, 4.3 g fiber, 4 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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First 20 Comments: [ see all 33 ]

Dear Snack Girl,
I think I love you.
Amen.

on March 2, 2011

@ShalomSeeker - love ya right back :)

on March 2, 2011

Add some oats and walnuts and you have a crumble pie. Delicious!

on March 2, 2011

We have an apple corer/peeler/slicer but it's mounted on a wood base and we love it! It makes things easier for sure... It also makes yummy strings of apple skin! :P

on March 2, 2011

that sounds delicious. i always leave the skins on my apples, though, because that's where all the vitamins are, and i love the skins! and it's too much work to peel them. this might be my healthy contribution to Easter dinner!

on March 2, 2011

Is there a certain type of apple that works best for this? I'd love to make it today!

on March 2, 2011

@hairballs3 -I like McIntosh or if you are looked for a tart pie - Granny Smith. But, any type of apple will work. Let me know how it goes!

on March 2, 2011

Kirstie, you should bake your apple skin strips into apple skin chips! :D that sounds ultra yummy!

on March 2, 2011

Just curious - is the 136 calories for one piece, or the whole thing? My dad seriously needs to start eating better, for his health's sake, but is a complete dessert junkie and apple pie is his favorite. I would LOVE to make this for him!

on March 2, 2011

I make a similar dish in the MICROWAVE... it's a side dish that goes great with pork chops or as a dessert or anywhere in between. Very similar to the cinnamon apple side you get at Chili's. I do have one of these apple peeler/corer/slicer things but i find it makes the apples too thin in their slices - i like a chunkier apple. I use your other apple gadget (the OXO hand-held apple snack maker) more often than my peeler/corer/slicer. I know that mine does not allow you to just peel/core. It has to slice, as well. I think Pampered Chef makes one that will either peel/core or peel/core/slice so you can slice at your own discretion if you want. That type would be worth the investment. Happy shopping!

on March 2, 2011

Yum! We use the peeler, corer thing from Pampered Chef and it works well as long as the apples are firm. If they are not firm enough it will spin the core out and leave you with the whole chunk of apple, which is pretty easy to just cut up! It is great with kids and makes short work of a bushel basket of apples! Thanks for all of your deliciousness...looking forward to more searching!

on March 3, 2011

@Whitney - 136 calories is for 1/4 pie - you can make 2 pie plates with this recipe. I hope your dad likes it!

on March 3, 2011

I have the "cool gadget" you're looking at. I love it. Mine apple pealer corer slicer is probably 5 years old and still works great!

on March 7, 2011

Oh! I just realized this is a healthier version of "Fried Apples" that you can get in jars at Cracker Barell! I love those ( I honestly don't know if Cracker Barell exists in your neck of the woods and I still owe you a photo and review of Blue Bell Ice cream!) But baked apples are a universally delicious treat and this is just so pretty!

on March 25, 2011

I made "Lighter Eggplant Parmesan" for dinner and I added this dessert today...YUM!! Kids and my lovely wife loved it!! It was an AWESOME combination.... I appreciate you!!

MR. LOCOSTAR

on August 19, 2011

Hmm, I can't figure out what I did wrong but one of the spices is REALLY overpowering. Is it supposed to be?

on September 18, 2011

@Becky - well, the spice mix is a bit strong in this recipe because I like it that way - sorry about that - next time just use less.

on September 20, 2011

mmmm....I love the WW crustless pumpkin pie...but I'll definitely try this one! What a nice evening treat!

on October 7, 2011

Dear Snack Girl,
Just yesterday I was thinking I needed to revisit/refind this recipe, and then today you linked us to it! Thanks for reading my mind. (But let's stick to just the recipe section, okay? ;o)
Still love you,
-ShalomSeeker

on October 7, 2011

I LOVE this recipe, but as a long-time Weight Watchers member, I thought I should let you know that those nutritionals will give you 4 PointsPlus, not 1. (I enjoy it anyway!) :o)

on November 14, 2011

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