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Glut of apples, but no-sugar, no-flour diet. Ideas?

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I have a bushel of apples, mostly grannies, a few empires. I overbought for pies!

I'd make applesauce, but am dieting and only having sugar and flour once a week.

Any ideas for apple recipes that don't add sugar or flour?

Any freezing suggestions?

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  1. Slice them really thin, sprinkle on some cinnamon and nutmeg, microwave for a minute or so... its easy and similar enough to pie filling.

    Also, julienne and add to salads

    1. If they're flavorful, make the sauce without sugar. Here's a link to a discussion about apples and potatoes going together. I was searching for himmel und erd, but found a lot of good ideas from these messages. Especially the potatoes, sauteed apples, onions and bacon!


      Sliced raw apples with peanut butter or cheddar for a snack or dessert. Waldorf salad, dressing lightened with plain yoghurt.

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      1. re: nemo

        Mmm, got to try that! Bacon makes anything better, and so do potatoes in my book!

      2. I make my applesauce without sugar. I freeze it in containers that I think will last about a week when I thaw them. I use the applesauce in my morning oatmeal in p0lace of any other sweetener.

        You can also try putting them in a greased dish, with cinnamon & nutmeg, top with an unsweetened oat cearal. Top with some pats of butter (you could probably spray with butter-flavored spray), then bake. You can also add raisins or dried cranberries.

        When I make sauerkraut (with or without roast pork or brats), I slice apples and add them.

        1. If you're dieting, apples are great for adding flavor to dinner dishes - pork with apples and raisins, or baked chicken with apples are both delicious.

          1. Not sure if you are allowed to have Splenda (or another artificial sweetener) on your diet ... but I love to slice them up, toss them with a dash of splenda, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt and then roast them with a little bit of butter. Super easy, fast and it's like a diet apple pie!\

            Another option -- I haven't tried it myself, but I've seen lots of people slicing apples very thin (probably with a mandoline if possible) and crisping them up in the oven to make apple chips. Probably would be great with a little sprinkle of cinnamon or salt. :-)

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            1. Bake them and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                A very old Weight Watchers recipe is to core them, skin them, and put in a baking dish, sprinkle generously with cinnamon and pour diet black cherry soda on them and around them. Bake them until soft. Makes a pretty tasty diet snack/dessert.

              2. I make raw applesauce with no sugar using a Champion juicer. Just apples and cinnamon or apples and (unsweetened) frozen fruit (blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, etc).

                Apples are good with peanut butter for snacks. Add some to baked or steamed sweet potatoes or in with brown rice.

                1. I did the same thing - bought a bushel and am not going through it quick enough. I've been putting them in salads a lot lately.

                  1. A dish we like in my family is steamed sliced yellow squash, steamed sliced apples, and steamed sliced mild onions. You can also saute this. Add fresh or dried herbs of your choice.
                    I would also suggest baked apples with cream and sweet spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon. Cardamom is my fave. Or use almond, rice, or soy milk.
                    If you are gluten-sensitive, but not as concerned about other grains: make cornbread or spoonbread the southern way: without sugar and without flour. Use grated or chunked apples. Also you can add them to rice and other grains in pilafs, stuffings, etc.

                    Dried apples, as suggested, are always great to have around. You can reconstitue them later. Also you could make fruit leather.

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                    1. re: drloripalooza

                      I like the many good suggestions, especially adding the apples to pork dishes. Browning and Silva have a wonderful pork apple stew from ancient Rome in their apple recipe book that is a lot of work but really good. I often use apples with yams. Bake the yams and apples in their skins, remove skins, and mash them together. (It helps to core the apples first.) Fried apple rings are very good too, and you don't absolutely have to use flour with them. And don't forgot Waldorf Salad.

                    2. Like many other posters, I never add sugar to my apple sauce, even when i make it with grannies (I love the sweet-tartness). I also make apple butter without any sugar, but simply combining homemade apple sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a bit of orange zest in a slow cooker and cooking on low for 8-12 hours. No one knows I don't add sugar, and I use it on everything from oatmeal to bagels to brie.

                      1. I do the no-flour, no-sugar thing on and off. I just made a batch of banana muffins made with crumbled up Ezekiel bread, eggs, salt, oil, baking powder, bananas, walnuts and a dusting of splenda an top. Im sure you could use the same sort of mixture and make an apple crisp. Use lots of cinnamon. Are you familiar with Ezekiel Bread? Its not made with flour; rather chopped up, smashed grains, held together with gluten. You dont get the instant starch release from the micro particles as in flour. It has a low glycemic index and a rather coarse texture. You can also buy crushed/chopped grain meal in health food stores to use in place of flour. Good luck

                        1. I just made one up tonight for dinner:

                          baked acorn squash stuffed with pork sausage and apples.


                          1. I like to make pork chops with fried apples. I will also make an apple/onion/horseradish/cream sauce to go on a roast pork loin

                            1. Another idea,savory sort of..Instead of just an onion saute' add 25 > 30% thin sliced apples,when tender salt and maybe add smoked paprika or cardamom or mustard or
                              garam masala or coconut milk or cream to taste.Add to cabbage;shredded ,steamed until tender.Good with most pork,chicken,veal dishes and wurst/kielbassa links.
                              You can freeze just blanched for later use.You will need ascorbic acid or citrus to preserve colour.Fully cooked with sugar and spice freezes great.?On oatmeal or cereal when the diet is relaxed.

                              1. Google "crockpot apple butter recipes" and just leave out the sugar. Easy peasy.

                                1. Baked apples with blue cheese.

                                  3 T melted butter
                                  6 apples
                                  1/4 C apple juice or water (I've been using black cherry/pomegranate juice to use it up)
                                  1 Cup port, red wine or more juice
                                  1.5 Cups crumbled blue cheese (I used closer to a cup, just because my holes were small)
                                  1 T minced fresh sage leaves
                                  salt and ground black pepper

                                  Butter a 9x13 pan with 1T of the butter
                                  Halve the apples and remove the core/seeds with a melon baller or sharp teaspoon
                                  Put the apple cut-side down in your buttered pan and pour the first 1/4 cup of liquid over, followed by the rest of the melted butter
                                  Bake @ 350-375 for about 20 minutes, or until they start to soften
                                  Add the rest of the liquid and turn the apples over, basting them with pan juices
                                  Fill the openings with crumbled blue cheese, sprinkle with sage, salt and pepper
                                  Bake for another 15-20 minutes, until the apples are fully cooked and the cheese is melted
                                  Remove the apples from the pan and reduce the pan juices until syrupy

                                  They're excellent hot, cold or at room temp. I particularly liked them as part of a salad. Salad greens, poached egg, toasted walnuts, blue cheese apple and a bright vinaigrette.

                                  1. they make a great addition to butternut squash soup.