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Low Carb Faux Cracker Barrel Fried Apples (Induction)

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.

For this recipe you’ll need: unsalted butter, bacon drippings, zucchini, Stevia, maple flavoring, vanilla flavoring, fresh nutmeg, cayenne or ancho powder, apple cider vinegar, bourbon, and salt.

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A Dish of Low Carb Fried Apples

How many carbs in fried apples?

These low carb 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.

The reason I used zucchini is that one serving of Cracker Barrel Fried Apples has 28 carbs per serving.  28 !  This low carb fried apple recipe has only 1 carb per serving.  The other changes I made to make this low carb is to replace the brown sugar from the Cracker Barrel recipe to use Stevia or other sugar free substitute. Granulated sugar?  Same, use a sugar free sweetener. And of course, the Granny Smith apples gave way to the zucchini. 

Use this as a side dish, spooned over a half a cup of whipped, sweetened cream cheese for a drool worthy 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 with your keto or low carb diet efforts, and can have some low carb ice cream enjoy the faux fried apples hot over a scoop of low carb brown butter bourbon pecan ice cream. 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 you like. I tried an air fryer and it didn’t allow the depth of flavor to develop that you get from sautéing the zucchini in the butter. While the zucchini is sautéing you’ll add the sugar free sweetener, maple flavoring, a bit of bourbon, cinnamon, cayenne or ancho pepper for a zesty kick, and some cider vinegar to create that apple fritters tang.

Bam!

You can use your favorite zero carb sweetener. It’s hard to say how much you’ll need exactly so 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. And to make it absolutely perfect, add a dollop of my 3 ingredient keto whipped cream.

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This low carb faux Cracker Barrel Fried Apples recipe makes 2 servings but you could certainly make more than enough for the whole family. If you tap the blue number “2” after the “Servings” in the recipe, a slider will appear that you can use to increase the number of servings. The ingredients will automatically change so you don’t have to do any math. I usually make a mistake when I try to do math in recipes lol.

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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

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

  1. I had two zucs that i cut up and it made a lot more than 4 cups so I quadrupled the recipe. I didn’t need to, there was more than enough liquid as I could have added more zucs or doubled it! You weren’t exaggerating when you said it tastes like the Cracker Barrel Fried Apples! YUM-O!!!

  2. Hi, these sound delish! My question is about the bourbon, is it deal breaker in this recipe or can it be substituted for something else? Being a non drinker I am unsure what type of bourbon I’d need.

    1. Just an fyi, when you cook with the bourbon, the alcohol is burned off, so you just have the flavor from the bourbon but no alcohol.
      I can see why you wouldn’t want to buy a bottle of bourbon just for 2 TBs to cook with, but this recipe will probably be a keeper 😀

    2. Susan – I agree… but honestly not all the alcohol is burned off and I know a lot of people who don’t use booze for religious reasons and would be appalled at buying it. 🙂 It is definitely delicious.

  3. Does “cut into coins and then crescents” mean removing the seeds? Definitely going to try this! YUM!

    1. Oh how embarrassing! I was thinking this was cucumbers. LOL! Creating as we “speak.”

  4. I have to say, I tried this just to see if you’d completely lost your mind. LOL My house smelled amazing while it cooked — just like fried apples would. I thought there was no way it was going to taste as good as it smelled but I was wrong again. It did. I could barely force myself to share it was so delicious but I wanted to see if my boys (picky eaters to the extreme and zucchini haters for sure) would eat it. They had NO IDEA it wasn’t apples and I didn’t tell them either.

    So to sum up a short story made long: THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and if I hadn’t made it, I would’ve never known it wasn’t apples either!

    1. 🙂 I know. You know where I got the idea? In one of the Little House Books Ma makes an apple pie out of squash or something… and I thought I’d try it.

    2. Ma used a green pumpkin. BTW green tomatoes make a better than apple apple pie. My daughter has Celiac and my son eats keto, he has lost 100 lbs and looks and feels great.. Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to try it.

    1. LOL! Lots of people think I have lost my mind…and I probably have.. but with food? I am a frickin magician. You’ll love the less than 5.5 carb spicy chicken fried rice I am posting tomorrow then!

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