These sugarfree apple turnovers have all the flavor and texture of a classic apple turnover, minus the calories. So what’s inside them? They are made with 5 simple ingredients. They are also easy to make. But, most importantly, no one will notice they are sugarfree, butterfree, and essentially vegan!
Why I love these apple turnovers
They taste great and contain healthy ingredients
These yummy turnovers contain heart-healthy avocado oil instead of butter. In addition, monk fruit replaces refined sugar and light, flakey phyllo dough replaces the high-fat puff pastry the recipe is usually made with.
These apple turnovers are suitable for any occasion
You can make them anytime and for any occasion, but I love making them first thing in the morning. There’s something nice about starting the day to the fantastic fragrance of warm apples in the kitchen. It also means they’ll be ready by mid-morning snack time!
The ingredients for sugar-free apple turnovers
- Avocado oil – Avocado oil is much lower in saturated fat than butter which makes it an excellent alternative.
- Athens Phyllo Dough – I usually use about half a roll (it usually comes with 2 rolls per package). If you have extra dough afterwards, just roll it up and put it back in the freezer.
- Apples – This is also delightful with pears or with a mix of apples and pears.
- Cinnamon – This is a spice with numerous health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties and health-boosting anti-oxidants. Moreover, it is known to help reduce high blood pressure as well as lower blood sugar and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Sugarfree white or brown granulated sweetener – I use Lakanto Classic or Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener, a natural sugar replacement.
- Sugarfree powdered sweetener – I make the glaze with Lakanto Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener or simply sprinkle it on top.
How to fold phyllo/filo dough
FAQs about healthy apple turnovers
- Avocado oil in apple turnovers: Does it taste good? Avocado oil is a neutral-tasting oil so it doesn’t impart any flavor. To put it another way, no one will know that you used avocado oil in these apple turnovers.
- Are there health benefits to using avocado oil in apple turnovers? Avocado oil significantly lowers the amount of saturated fat in the recipe. This is important, because saturated fat is unhealthy. In other words, it can raise your bad cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. In fact, if I made this recipe with butter, it would contain MORE THAN 4 times as much saturated fat: 1.06 grams of saturated fat per serving with avocado oil versus a whopping 4.8 grams with butter!
Moreover, avocado oil is high in monosaturated fat, a healthy fat that can help you lose weight and reduce the risk of heart disease. Avocado oil also contains polyunsaturated fat, another healthy fat that helps reduce bad cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. Avocados are, in other words, our friend.
- Phyllo/filo dough: Is it keto? I rarely bake with regular flour or premade doughs. But there are so many reasons to feel good about baking with phyllo/filo dough. Made with enriched wheat flour and canola oil, filo dough contains: no saturated fat, no transfat, no sugar, no cholesterol.
Tip for perfect sugar-free apple turnovers
IMPORTANT: Filo dough is stored in the freezer. The night before use, put it in the refrigerator. Then take it out of the refrigerator 2 hours before you use it. It needs to dethaw properly. Otherwise, the dough could tear. In addition, if you have extra dough at the end, just roll it up and freeze it for another time.
Kitchen equipment for sugar-free apple turnovers
- A pan or pot to cook the fruit
- A pastry brush to brush the avocado oil on the filo dough
- A knife or pastry cutter to cut the filo dough
- A large baking sheet
- Parchment paper
How to store apple turnovers
To store them: You can leave them out in a sealed container for 1 day. After that, refrigerate them for up to 3 days.
To freeze them: I do not recommend freezing them.
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Apple Turnovers | THE HEALTHY RECIPE
- 1 pot to cook the fruit
- 1 Large baking sheet
- 1 pastry brush to brush avocado oil on the filo dough
- 1 knife or pastry cutter to cut the filo dough
- parchment paper to bake the pastries on
Phyllo dough – Important: Filo dough is stored in the freezer. The night before use, put it in the refrigerator. Then take it out of the refrigerator 2 hours before you use it. It needs to dethaw properly. Otherwise, the dough could tear.
Fruit filling ingredients
- 4 cups pealed, cored and finely chopped apples (2-3 apples)
- 1 Tbs avocado oil
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3-6 Tbs white or brown sugarfree sweetener adjust for flavor; I use 6 Tbs of Lakanto White Monk Fruit Sweetener
For the icing
- 1 cup sugarfree powdered sweetener I use Lakanto Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener.
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbs milk of choice
- Put the fruit-filling ingredients in a pot.
- Bring to boil, then simmer on low for 6 min.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Open the filo dough.
- Place one sheet horizontally on clean work surface.
- Brush the sheet with avocado oil.
- Put another sheet directly on top. The oil will meld the 2 sheets together.
- Viewed horizontally, use a knife or pastry cutter to cut the sheets into 4 equal size strips.
- Place 2-3 Tbs filling at the bottom of each strip.
- Fold the edge of the filo dough up over the filling to make a triangle shape; then continue folding the pastry into triangles.
- Place on wax paper on a large baking sheet.
- Bake 8 minutes. Then use a spatula to peak underneath the pastry. In some ovens the bottom browns quickly so you’ll need to flip the pastry. Then cook another 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- Option 1: Sprinkle sugarfree powdered sugar on top
- Option 2: Combine the icing ingredients to make vanilla icing and drizzle over the pastries.
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Uwe Braun says
Great idea! I had some file dough lying around and tried this. I made it with pears and it tastes great.