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Low Carb Faux Cracker Barrel Fried Apples (Induction)

A Dish of Low Carb Fried Apples

I love fried apples. When I was little we used to eat them for breakfast, dinner, and any other time we got a chance. Sweet, tangy apples served piping hot next to bacon (in the morning) or ham (at dinner) creates some kind of magic.

Addictive magic.

These fried apples are sweet, tangy, spicy, and tender. They taste an awful lot like the fried apple side dish at Cracker Barrel with one small difference. You can enjoy them on Atkins ? even on induction.?You see, they aren’t really apples.

A Dish of Fried Apples on a Lacy Doily

It’s zucchini.

Use this as a side dish, spooned over a half a cup of whipped, sweetened cream cheese for a droolworthy take on cheesecake, or keep it simple in a dish with a fluffy dollop of sweetened sour cream. Crumble pork rinds over the hot “apples” and enjoy an apple crisp. When you are further along and can have some low carb ice cream enjoy the faux fried apples hot over a scoop of vanilla. You’ll think of more things, I’m sure.

The zucchini is peeled and sliced into coins, then each coin is sliced into two crescents. I like to saute mine in a combination of butter and bacon fat. It gives the zucchini deeper flavor. You can use all butter if you like. While the zucchini is sauteing you’ll add sweetener, maple flavoring, a bit of bourbon, cinnamon, cayenne or ancho pepper for a zesty kick, and some cider vinegar to create that apple-y tang.


You can use your favorite zero carb sweetener. It’s hard to say how much you’ll need exactly?? add it to your own taste. You’ll want to cook the zucchini until it is soft but not mushy. Just taste every once in awhile until you decide that it’s perfect.

A Forkful of Low Carb Fried Apples

I know. You totally don’t believe me that this tastes like fried apples. Trust me on this, just try it one time.

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Low Carb Faux Cracker Barrel Fried Apples (Induction)

Tangy, sweet, and spicy with all of the flavor of fried apples but none of the carbs. Use this as a side dish or a dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American - low -carb
Keyword apple, fried apples
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 273kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 3/4 cup peeled zucchini cut into coins and then crescents
  • 0- carb sweetener to taste I use stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of cayenne or ancho or chipotle pepper to taste
  • 11/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon


  • Melt the butter into the bacon drippings.
  • Add the zucchini and saute until it is crisp tender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until liquid is reduced and nearly gone.
  • Stir very often.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness/seasoning.


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg


28 thoughts on “Low Carb Faux Cracker Barrel Fried Apples (Induction)”

  1. I have made a few tweaks to this recipe and have made it probably 10 times now. It is positively amazing! I have fooled several people into thinking this was apples. Had a salesman at work sit at lunch and go on and on about how he didn’t like any kind of squash. Served this for desert and he raved about how good it was. When I told him what it really was, he called me a name!!! not a nice one either. haha The only thing I do different in your recipe is I use 4 cups of zuc’s, double the rest of the ingredients, and at the end I added 1/3 cup of SF maple syrup. I made some home made cinnamon ice cream and served the apples over it warm, and it is to die for. I’m working on turning this into an apple pie too. Thanks soooooo much for sharing!

  2. You are so creative and I love zucchini! What low carb maple flavor do you use? I have been low carbing 10 months now with 40 down. Love this life! Thanks for all you do!

  3. This looks really good but it says there is 24.5 g protein. I can’t figure out where all the protein is coming from as I don’t see anything in the recipe with substantial protein

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