This mock Apple Pie Filling has been a game changer for me when trying to incorporate some of our family recipes in my meal planning. When you are trying to cut back the carbs you tend to look to unusual ingredients to find a similar texture and taste profile.
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One thing that I have found within my journey to Trim and Healthy is that unexpected ingredients like okra, cactus leaves, jicama and chayote squash can truly be health promoting as well as flavorful.
This Mock Apple Pie Filling is one of the best replacements for the real thing!
Chayote Squash is readily available in most urban areas and has the same texture as apples when it is prepared correctly. If you can’t find it then just substitute zucchini, which may be a bit softer so don’t cook it as long.
It even looks kind of like an apple.
Chayote is quite prevalent in the southwest so it may be easier to find there. Personally I have seen it at my local Meijer and our Ethnic markets with a comparable price to zucchini and sometimes it is easier for me to purchase these gems than it is to find good zucchini.
My Husband Loved this Mock Apple Pie Filling more so than any other that I have made. He couldn’t tell that the “apples” were squash and gave it 2 thumbs up with a huge grin on his face when he tasted it.
- Serves: 8
- Serving size: ¼ cup
- Calories: 10
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Sodium: 20mg
- Fiber: 1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- 3 cups chayote fruit (cut ¼" thick, sliced)
- 1½ cups water (2½ cups if preparing on the stove top)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons low carb brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 pinch THM Mineral Salt
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
- Wearing gloves peel, deseed and slice or dice the chayote into ¼" thick pieces. (the sap from the squash can irritate some people's skin)
- Place Chayote pieces into your instant pot with 1 cup of water.
- Place lid on your pot and put vent into sealing position. Process on manual high for 15 minutes, allow to natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then quick release. Put pot onto saute high, add the additional water, apple cider vinegar, sweetener, apple pie spice and mineral salt. stir to combine.
- Continue to cook filling for about 5 minutes, whisk in the xanthan or gluccie until thickened.
- Allow to cool slightly and use in any recipe that calls for Apple Pie filling.
- Place Chayote slices in 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Allow slices to become fork tender and remove from water.
- In a medium pot add cooked squash (I've used the same pot I boiled the squash in) Add the additional ingredients and cook down until thickened.
- Allow to cool slightly and use as you would canned Apple Pie Filling.