Guilt-Free Mini Apple Pies

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 7, 2011

Sometimes, there’s nothing more comforting than warm, gooey apple pie. I think Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of all the pies – apple, pumpkin – they’re all so warming and tasty! I’ve never made pie before at home, but in my new attempt to broaden my baking skills, I decided to give it a shot a few nights ago. When I found this recipe from Hungry Girl for individually sized, guilt-free apple pies – I knew I’d be trying it out. I couldn’t believe that each pie has only 110 calories, 0.5g fat, ~10g sugars, and 2g protein!

The recipe starts with 3 cups of peeled, cored, and diced Fuji Apples

So, of course, apples are low in calories and good for you, but what else makes Hungry Girl’s recipe so guilt-free? I think she has 3 main secrets:

  • Using egg roll wrappers instead of pastry crust. Now – to be fair, the egg roll wrappers don’t taste exactly like puff pastry when you bake the pies. But it’s close enough, and with 1 scoop of fat free vanilla ice-cream, you can’t tell the difference.
  • Using butter spray instead of actual butter (each spray has 5 calories)
  • Using only 2 Tbsp of added sugar – trust me, you don’t need more than that.

You can find the full ingredients list at Hungry Girl’s website here.

Now – for the directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2: In a medium nonstick pot on the stove, combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt with 1/2 cup cold water. Mix until ingredients dissolve. Add apples and stir. Bring to medium-high heat and, stirring frequently, cook until apples have softened, 7 – 10 minutes.

This is what the apples looked like when they first started cooking

And after 10 min they looked like this!

Step 3: Reduce heat to low and, stirring often, cook until thick and gooey, 1 – 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool. I was amazed that it was so easy to make such gooey, yummy apple pie filling.

Step 4: Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with foil and/or spraying it with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Step 5: Place two egg roll wrappers flat on a dry surface. Set out a small dish of water. Dip your finger into the water, and run it along all of the wrapper edges. (Repeat as needed while preparing your pockets, as it will help seal them.) Starting 1/2 inch from the bottom, place about 1/3 cup pie filling along the bottom half of each wrapper, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the sides. Your open faced pie should look like this:

And now for the close-up:

Step 6: Fold the top half of each wrapper over the filling, so that the top edge meets the bottom and the filling is encased with a border on three sides. Dab each border with water, and fold each inward about 1/4 inch to lightly seal. Press firmly along the borders with the prongs of a fork to seal completely. Carefully transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat this process with remaining wrappers and filling, for a total of six mini pies.

Step 7: Spray the top of each pocket with 3 sprays of butter. Bake in the oven until edges begin to brown, 15 – 18 minutes.

Once they come out of the oven, they look like this:

Step 8: Allow to cool for 5 minutes. I decided to take another picture while I was waiting for them to cool. Aren’t they cute?

Step 9: Top with additional cinnamon and cool whip free (or Dryer’s Slow Churned Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – which is what we used). With the cool whip free, your pie will have ~110 calories. With 1/4 cup of Dryer’s Slow Churned Vanilla, your pie will have ~160 calories.

And it tasted as good as it looked! This was absolutely delicious – the perfect guilt-free indulgence.

Guilt-Free Mini Apple Pies

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 1 mini pie + cool whip free (1 Tbsp)

Calories per serving: 110

Fat per serving: 0.5g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 110 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 156mg Sodium, 25g Carbs, 1.25g Fiber, 10.5g Sugars, 2g Protein

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, or more for optional topping
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups peeled and chopped apples (preferably Fuji)
  • 6 large square egg roll wrappers (found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket with the other Asian items)
  • 18 sprays I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spray (in other words, have a bottle handy!)
  • Optional topping: Fat-Free Reddi-wip or Cool Whip Free

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium nonstick pot on the stove, combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt with 1/2 cup cold water. Mix until ingredients dissolve. Add apples and stir. Bring to medium-high heat and, stirring frequently, cook until apples have softened, 7 – 10 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and, stirring often, cook until thick and gooey, 1 – 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool. I was amazed that it was so easy to make such gooey, yummy apple pie filling.
  4. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with foil and/or spraying it with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  5. Place two egg roll wrappers flat on a dry surface. Set out a small dish of water. Dip your finger into the water, and run it along all of the wrapper edges. (Repeat as needed while preparing your pockets, as it will help seal them.) Starting 1/2 inch from the bottom, place about 1/3 cup pie filling along the bottom half of each wrapper, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the sides.
  6. Fold the top half of each wrapper over the filling, so that the top edge meets the bottom and the filling is encased with a border on three sides. Dab each border with water, and fold each inward about 1/4 inch to lightly seal. Press firmly along the borders with the prongs of a fork to seal completely. Carefully transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat this process with remaining wrappers and filling, for a total of six mini pies.
  7. Spray the top of each pocket with 3 sprays of butter. Bake in the oven until edges begin to brown, 15 – 18 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Top with additional cinnamon and cool whip free (or Dryer’s Slow Churned Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – which is what we used). With the cool whip free, your pie will have ~110 calories. With 1/4 cup of Dryer’s Slow Churned Vanilla, your pie will have ~160 calories.

Notes

http://pickyeaterblog.com/guilt-free-mini-apple-pies/

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Eric Berson March 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

These look soooooooo delicious!!!!! I want one sooooo badly!!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Did you end up trying these?? If so, hope you loved them! 🙂

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Lindsey @ Lindselicious March 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

These look delish and I can’t believe they are around 100 calories. What a great use of left over spring roll wrappers too. I might make mini ones with won ton wrappers!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Won ton wrappers would work great!! I also love that you can freeze the leftover wrappers and use them for other recipes!

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Chris's Gourmet Fashion March 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

These pies look really good … I love using apples in baking recipes (well we have to make use of the apples from our trees somehow, right?). You may also like my apple strudel … a step by step is on my site .. you’ll find it under italian recipes.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I love using apple in recipes as well – it’s one of my husbands favorite dessert fruits!

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Kankana March 8, 2011 at 12:24 am

this is perfect. I wanted to make pie but then didn’t wanted to make a huge big one .. this is perfect .. really!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

yay!! hope you enjoyed your personal apple pie! 🙂

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happywhennothungry March 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

Wow these little pies look amazing and love the healthy spin on them too. Yum!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thank you!! 🙂 I love how they just fit in my hand and are super easy to eat!

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Vicki March 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

I love those little apple handpies, sadly I know how bad they are for you and I rarely buy them. Yours look light and delicious, love it!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Yup – totally agree – these remind me of those little handpies, or even McDonald’s apple pies (which are also really bad for you). I love that these are a healthier version that taste the same!

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vasantha jotwani March 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

Very cool! I’m definitely going to try this out!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Yay! Hope you liked it!

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Joy March 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

That looks great. My daughter would love it.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Oh good! Yeah – this is a great recipe for kids!

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Alissa March 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm

What a great idea! I’m getting hungry just looking at those. Definitely a great way to have the dessert without worrying that you’re going to eat an entire pie. Beautiful!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Thanks Alissa!! Hope you loved this recipe when you made it!

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Dina @ The Dish and The Dirt March 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Yay! Thank you for giving me a recipe with all the sweet stuff and none of the guilt. I am always always eating out (for my blog, so I say) but still want treats at home, even though I can’t really afford (weight wise, haha) to overindulge. Love this option!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Haha! That’s awesome – I love eating out as well, but this is a great DIY option! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it!

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vanessa tsui November 4, 2011 at 4:16 am

how long will it take to make?

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anjalim November 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

No longer than one hour!

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Komadori January 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

ooh. Think I’ll try this with my Sunbeam pie maker!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

awesome! how did it turn out?

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Deepthi November 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

It looks amazing!! Can I use phyllo pastry sheets for this recepie?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thanks Deepthi!! I think you can probably use the phyllo pastry sheets for this recipe – I’m not sure how long it would take to bake them, but it would definitely work as a substitute! Let me know how it turns out!

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Angie January 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

First of all, I want to say that these came out yummy!! However, I did something wrong: the egg roll didn’t come out as crispy as I thought they would. Want to make these again for sure but should I use less filling & less goo?

Ps the name is perfect as I feel 0 guilt

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Oh great! I’m glad you liked them. For the egg roll to become super crispy, make sure the wrapper is super dry before it goes into the oven (with the exception of the butter spray on top). And yes, not overfilling is important as well! Hope that helps!

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