This baked apple dessert is sweet and gooey, all without the added sugar. It makes a wonderful, low-sugar, naturally sweet dessert. This recipe is gluten free, paleo and Whole30 compliant. And it tastes like apple pie filling - enjoy! If you're not doing the Whole30 Challenge, see notes for options to elevate this dish.
Keyword: baked apple recipe, whole30 dessert recipe
3lbsapples cored, seeded and cut into thin wedges (about 6-8 small/medium apples)
1cupwatermore if needed
Zest of one large orange
Juice of one large orange
Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a 9" x 9" square baking dish or similar sized baking dish. Set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and then add to the baking dish.
Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 40-50 minutes or until apples are soft and the mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly. Check apples midway through baking. If the mixture is dry, add a little more water and continue to bake. See notes below for troubleshooting tips.
Use a sweeter apple vs a tart apple. I've tested this recipe with pink lady and honeycrisp apples. Both turn out delicious!If the mixture is drying out and the apples are sticking to the pan, simply add more water and continue to bake the mixture. The water will help make things nice and ooey and gooey.If the mixture is too watery, add another tablespoon of tapioca flour, mix well, and bake for another 10-20 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and the "wetness" will goop up.If you're NOT doing the Whole30 challenge, I highly recommend adding 2 tbsp of monk fruit sweetener into the mix (or other sugar substitute). I like it better with a little bonus sweetness. Monk fruit is a sugar-free sweetener and tastes just like sugar. If you're NOT doing the Whole30 challenge, you may use cornstarch in lieu of tapioca starch, and butter in lieu of ghee.