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.
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.If you are in a hurry, feel free to Jump to the Recipe
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low Carb Faux Cracker Barrel Fried Apples (Induction)
- 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.