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Healthy Apple Pie Recipe

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Flaky homemade pie crust, sweet cinnamon apples, and buttery oatmeal crumble. This homestyle healthy apple pie is good beyond words!

Healthy Apple Pie - with healthy homemade pie crust & buttery crumble. SO GOOD @choccoveredkt

Not weighed down by butter and sugar, the apples in this pie really shine.

Last week, I took the train from DC to spend Thanksgiving with my sister in New York City.

Holed up in her cozy Manhattan apartment, we watched old movies in our pajamas while eating apple pie topped with Coconut Ice Cream.

Surprised at how delicate and buttery the pie turned out, my sister (who is as far away from being vegan as one could possibly get) had to ask me three separate times:

Are you SURE there’s no butter in this?!

making apple pie
Flaky homemade pie crust, sweet cinnamon apples, and buttery oatmeal crumble – This homestyle Dutch apple pie is good beyond words! @choccoveredkt

NO butter, no lard or shortening.

The healthy apple pie recipe can also be sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.

It always shocks me to see how much butter and sugar are called for in traditional apple pie recipes.

The sweet apple flavor should take center stage in an apple pie; yet these recipes add so much unnecessary fat and sugar that they completely mask the apple, and fat and sugar end up being all you can taste.

There’s really no need for all those empty calories.

Leftover apples? Make this Apple Crisp Recipe

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The following healthy apple pie recipe relies on naturally sweet apples and cinnamon for sweetness, and you have the option of using stevia if you want to cut back on the sugar even further.

Even if you opt to use real sugar here, the sugar will still only be around half the amount called for in traditional Dutch apple pie recipes.

What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Big Apple than with homemade apple pie?

(And by staying far away from Macy’s Herald Square on Thanksgiving night…)

P.S. My sister wasn’t the only reason I was in NYC last week…

I’ll give more details as soon as I’m able, but for now I can leave you with a hint:

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Flaky homemade pie crust, sweet cinnamon apples, and buttery oatmeal crumble – This homestyle Dutch apple pie is good beyond words! @choccoveredkt
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Even in my sister’s tiny NYC apartment where you can barely turn around, this healthy apple pie was super easy to make.

Bonus points that it only calls for a few basic ingredients. Food in New York is expensive!

Secretly Healthy Apple Pie Recipe
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Healthy Apple Pie Recipe

With a flaky homemade pie crust, sweet cinnamon apples, and buttery oatmeal crumble, this healthy apple pie recipe is perfect for the holidays.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 8 – 10 slices
4.9 from 115 votes



  • 1 1/3 cups spelt, white, oat, or gf ap flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar of choice (or erythritol for sugar free)
  • 1/4 tsp each: cinnamon and salt
  • 1/4 cup oil or butter spread
  • 2 tbsp water


  • 4 cups peeled apple, sliced thin (400g)
  • pinch stevia OR 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • optional 1/2 cup raw walnuts, diced small
  • optional 1/2 cup raisins

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup spelt, white, oat, or gf ap flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or erythritol for sugar free)
  • 1/4 cup oil, OR 1/4 applesauce for fat-free
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • This recipe calls for an 8-inch springform, but it also works in a 9-inch if you double the entire recipe.
    Preheat oven to 350F, line the bottom of an 8-inch springform or removable-bottom tart pan with parchment, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry crust ingredients, then stir in the oil and water to make a dough. Transfer to the prepared pan, press down hard, and bake 12 minutes on the center rack. Toss the apple and sweetener in a medium bowl, then spread evenly over the baked crust. In a third bowl, combine all crumble ingredients. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the apples. Bake 50-60 minutes or until apples are soft and tender. Allow to cool 20 minutes before removing the springform.
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Published on November 30, 2015

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  1. Bianca says

    After Thanksgiving pies this year, i really wanted to find a healthy recipe to justify my newly-formed “pie for breakfast” habit haha so this is perfect!

    Btw, I LOVE your pretty and festive red top! Would you mind sharing details on where it’s from? 🙂

  2. Sarah "Boo" Heckman says

    I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing some about your life. 🙂 You could really see your personality shine through as you described your sister’s little apartment and New York’s high food prices. 😉 Can’t wait to try this pie!

  3. TessaC says

    5 stars
    Wow, this version of a Dutch Apple Pie looks really amazing. As a dutchie I know (of course) a lot of traditional recipes, but this is definitely one I will try next time! Thank you for sharing.

  4. petrina says

    5 stars
    Katie I am so excited to hear you may be on TV soon! I have been following you for about 2 years (or longer?), and I am so excited for you!

    I was just talking to my husband the other day about making Dutch apple pie and yours looks delicious. I looks like it would make a nice apple crumble too if the bottom crust is just left off.

  5. Kelli H says

    I’ve been silently following your blog for about a year, and love love love your recipes! I recommend you to everyone I know!
    The pie looks amazing, but I’m really commenting because YOUR HAIR! Oh my gosh, its gorgeous!

  6. Sarah Kristine says

    5 stars
    Can’t tell AT ALL that you’re sisters 😉
    (kidding though because how could you deny that?)
    Love the recipe idea though! Just had some leftover pie from Thanksgiving today and thought “What would Katie do?”

  7. jenny says

    Hi Katie, this looks so good! Do you have a specific recommendation for what types of apple to use, please? My favourite type of apple to eat is Braeburn, so that’s what I have in, but I’ll buy a different type if you think another would be better. Thanks 🙂

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      That will work well! I used what I had on hand (a combination of fuji and granny smith), but in general I’d recommend something besides granny smith or red delicious for baking. Fuji, Braeburn, and Pink Lady apples will all work well.

        • jenny says

          5 stars
          I just wanted to let you know that I finally made the recipe! I included the walnuts and raisins, used coconut oil for the crust and crumble, and coconut sugar for both too – and I absolutely love it, it’s so good!! Thanks Katie 🙂

      • Angela P. says

        Can’t wait to try making this pie! Katie, do you think Gala apples would work well, or are they not tart enough? Those are the only apples I have in my fridge at the moment. I am also going to use pecans instead of walnuts since I don’t have walnuts. I can let you know how it turns out, if you’d like. Btw, congrats on being on Dr. Oz this Friday! I’m going to record it on my DVR! ?

      • LiliEm says

        I have my own creative idea for the filling but would really like to use the recipe for the crust… Would it work with no-bake filling? How long should I have it in the oven then?

  8. Jasmine S says

    4 stars
    Made this this morning and stole a quick nibble, very delicious. Her sister is right, you wouldn’t believe that butter isn’t involved in this somehow! I used applesauce for the crumble and feel like the texture would be better with the oil, still tastes great though!

  9. Christina says

    5 stars
    Made this pie today. Amazing. Will be lucky if any is left to enjoy by tomorrow night. Husband liked it too. Thanks, Katie. You are gorgeous in your red dress and glossy hair.

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Aw thank you. I try to stay away from heat products (even blow drying) and use shampoo only twice a week, sticking to only a moisturizing conditioner on other days. But the show has their own hair/makeup people, so the curls are their work 🙂

  10. Kat says

    5 stars
    Katie, I just made this for my family and I snuck a taste… Let me just tell you this made me die with happiness!!! So delicious mm I don’t know if I can share this!!! ?

  11. Evie Birch says

    i love and Apple Pie Recipe much and this looks very delicious, which i must try it now. Thank for share…

  12. Janet Paula says

    Are the nutritional facts with or without a crust. If you make it without the crust how long does it have to bake. Thanks.

  13. Ashleigh says

    I love this idea! I’m not a baker, its too precise, and the thought of traditional pies, with a pie crust terrifies me. This recipe is more my speed. Bonus that has the strudel topping, my husband and his family’s signature dish is apple crisp. This will be a nice alternative to the traditional cobbler approach!

  14. Nancy says

    Katie, I love your blog, and I send alot of people to it (I’m a Vitamix demonstrator in NYC, and people are always asking me where to get healthy recipes…I always send them to you! ) :). I want to make this as a sugar-free pie for a diabetic friend whose home we are going to for Thanksgiving. However, couple of challenges.1) I do not have a springform pan…not sure if I have a pie dish. I know I have a tart dish…would it work in there? 2) I do not have stevia. Can I use a little extra xylitol where you have the stevia (since I don’t want to use another sweetener)? I also have lucuma, but would that work in this? Thank you for all you do!! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful I have found you and your blog and grateful for all that you do to get us all healthier…making healthier options that are delicious! (I use your banana oatmeal muffins/cupcakes as my on-the-go breakfast all the time for work!!)

    • Julie Dove says

      Yes you can use extra sugar/xylitol for the stevia. It will work in a regular pan and just might crumble a bit coming out.

  15. anna says

    Looks delicious. Saw it on pinterest. Your desserts on this site look amazing. (Its giving me cravings for sweets so I better come back later) 🙂

  16. Veronica says

    The crust didn’t seem to turn out like dough. Is it supposed to be a little dry? The first time I made the crust I kept adding a tablespoon of water at a time and it finallly turned into a dough however after the 12 minutes it didn’t look right. It looked as if it was still wet. I remade the crust without adding any extra tablespoons of water and it was kind of dough like but still a little dry. Thanks for your help. I’m waiting to see how this turns out.

    • Julie Dove says

      Hope it turned out okay! I didn’t have that problem with the crust when I made this, but it might be a climate thing on your end. Sometimes the climate can mess with baked goods and how much moisture is in the air can affect how much moisture is absorbed by the flour.

  17. Janet says

    I was so excited to try this apple pie until I saw that the crumb topping requires oats. Since my daughter and I cannot digest oats, I wanted to ask if you know how the topping would turn out without them, or if you can suggest a possible substitution. Thanks!

    • Jason Sanford says

      It’s not a lot for a whole pie, less than half a tbsp per serving. But you can always experiment of course, as long as you are okay with results that might not turn out well.

  18. Kate says

    I have made this couple of times in a larger pan with a lots of cinnamon. I have started to make it out of pears, and it seems even more delicious.

  19. Iris says

    Good morning, I’m no cook but I love the idea of this recipe. I made it yesterday and it came out all wrong… the crust especially. I used EXACTLY the quantities indicated, but it was dry and never turned into any kind of dough… I used only whole wheat flour, well packed. Should I have mixed the flours/grains? Does the crust require 1 1/3 cups spelt, white, oat, or gf ap flour (ie 2 or 3 varieties, mixed)?
    I would like to try it again but need to understand what went wrong the first time. The proportions as I interpreted them were all wrong, but again, i think it’s my interpretation that is off..

    Thanks very much,
    Iris from Italy

      • Iris says

        Thanks. Not sure why whole wheat would work any differently from regular flour, but I will try it again… I just read that another reader had the same result I did (don’t know what flour they used)… will try with regular flour and see. Thanks 🙂

    • Darlene says

      Never pack wheat flour. It should be stirred and then scooped with a spoon, lightly into cup and then leveled with a knife. Packing will always leave you with too much flour for the recipe (unless recipe SAYS to pack it)

  20. Kathy says

    I made this for Thanksgiving this year and it was a big hit! The crust and crumble were absolutely perfect. The filling seemed a bit on the drier side, so I may try to add an additional Tbsp of Maple Syrup next time? But other than that, it was a great addition to our Thanksgiving and my mom has already requested that we make it next year!

  21. Sandy says

    Let me tell you this. It’s not the most appealing cake look that I’ve seen. But all my senses tell me that it’s the tastiest pie in the world, and I should head to the kitchen and prepare one right now. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Sarah says

    Thank you so much Katie! I have a weakness for pie (even at breakfasttime!), and now I can eat it guiltlessly! Since apple and blueberry are my favs, I added a handful of blueberries, and with the spices the filling was perfect even without sugar! Mmm mmm my new fav recipe 🙂

  23. best smoothies maker says

    A healthier apple pie recipe with a flaky whole wheat crust and lots of cozy cinnamon-spiced apples. Everyone said it was the best they’ve ever had!

  24. kriti says

    Chai-Spiced Apple Pie. Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves give this healthy apple pie recipe a bold punch of chai-inspired seasoning. Triple-A Apple Pie. Apples, Anjou pears, and apricots are the star ingredients in this triple-A apple pie sure to win the blue ribbon in your household. Incredible Apple Tart.

  25. Maria says

    Hi. Would I be able to use rice flour or coconut flour. Thinking of making this for vegan friend. I haven’t made anything vegan before and this looks delist. Thank you

    • Jason Sanford says

      Unfortunately if making a recipe with a flour not listed, it’s going to have to be an experiment and you can’t know ahead of time the results… But be sure to report back with results if you do decide to try it out!

  26. Claire says

    Hi Katie!
    This comment is definitely a few years late, but I am trying this recipe for my family’s Christmas dinner. I can’t wait to try it! I was wondering, if I double the recipe to make the pie in a 9in springform pan, do I still bake for 50-60min? Would you recommend a longer baking time?


  27. Safa Fatima says

    Hey, loving your recipe. Where can I find the video for this because I really want to get the recipe pat down.
    And, I’d really love to be vegan, would definitely help with my pcod, I’m sure.

  28. Melissa says

    Great Recipe! The first time I used apple sauce in the crumble topping and it all stuck together like a cookie. It really wasn’t pleasant. Next time I’ll use oil.

  29. J ortiz says

    I made it today and we love it! So so good! I used coconut palm sugar and some pecans since i dont have walnuts. Im planning to bake more and bring it to the office on Monday!

  30. Brigitte says

    Hi Katie ,
    In your topping it asks for oat , is it rolled oat or oat flour ? Would coconut sugar change the taste of the topping and the pie if I add 1 table spoon with maple syrup ? Thanks

  31. Samantha Huang says

    Just made this for dessert tonight and it was so good! Crumbly, crunchy and sooo Moorish!

    I used oil instead of applesauce and added the walnuts with the apples.

    I baked the pie at 165C for 55min, it came out perfectly.

    Will definitely make it again. My 7yr son requested for apple pie and he absolutely loved it and wanted seconds

  32. neave says

    i made this pie and OMG it is amazing i only cooked for about 40 minutes and let it sit for quite awhile and served it with yogurt but i also put some cinnamon and nutmeg with the apple just to see what would happen and it was great i am so going to make this again it was delicious and so easy

  33. Lin says

    This is really good and very easy. I didnt have raisins but i put in (rehydrated) blueberries. I did over knead the crust but i think this is the 3rd crust ive ever made so not a big deal. I’m definitely making this again. For the record I’m not vegan but i sure as heck like vegan food like this! My mom enjoyed it too!

  34. Gina Alward says

    I’m wondering: had anyone tried freezing this recipe? How did it turn out? Would love to make a ton in advance if holidays

      • Sandy says

        None of these oils are healthy. Actually, this pie is not all that healthy, maybe just a little healthier than traditional apple pies, depending on the options you choose.

        • Donna L Howard says

          Hi, Sandy. I used the Seville extra virgin olive oil from Whole Foods for all the oil in the recipe. It is meant for baking, etc. Works out great! I also used the brown sugar from Lekanto, which is a monkfruit/erythritol mixture. Just go easy with it in the topping part, since you don’t want that too sweet. I put a little extra in there, and wish I hadn’t, but it was still good. I used Granny Smith’s for the pie itself, and used a little extra of the brown sugar, since Granny Smith’s aren’t that sweet.

  35. Brandon says

    This recipe is soooooooo goooood! I used oat flour, oat fiber in the crust, half stevia for all the sweeteners, and applesauce instead of oil-it tastes so amazing even with being low calories (184 per slice)! I always have the problem of ruining classic desserts by ommiting sugar or trying to find ways to cut calories but this recipe is so on point! I will definitely be making this again and shock my family with healthy indulgence for Thanksgiving this fall (covd-permitting). Thank you so much for this recipe Katie, I always see your chocolatecoveredkatie link on many recipes I look at and will definitely be checking more of them out !

    • CCK Media Team says

      Full nutrition facts for Katie’s recipes are always linked in the posts, right under the recipe ingredients/instructions 🙂

  36. Palasha Sardesai says

    A hit! I used soft dates for the crust (mixed with ghee and water in mixer). Added the remnants of the mixture in the filling along with nutmeg and cinnamon. I used brown sugar and ghee for crumble. It was amazing! Thankyou katie!

  37. Maria L says

    I’ve done this like 10 times, I practically know it by heart now. It’s simple to do, the mess in the kitchen is minimal and the result is always super yums, me and my boyfriend eat the whole thing in a day. I usually do it in tart mode, no layer over the fruit, because it’s “snackier” like that, but I’ve done it also with the crumble and it makes a rich delicious dessert. I suggest adding lemon juice to the apple mixture if you like tangy flavours.

  38. Charles Wright says

    thanku very much for this healthy way of eating I been wanting something delicious and healthy iam in the processes of baking it everything smells great looking forward on trying it

  39. Teresa says

    I try to stick to Whole Foods or making healthy substitutions in my recipes.
    This recipe exceeded my expectations! It was way easier to make than I thought and is one if the best flavored apple pies I have ever had! I actually crushed pecans and walnuts into my oatmeal crust on this.

  40. Debbie says

    Could this recipe be made with other fruits, for example, summer peaches as they are very plentiful right now? I would love to try this, but I didn’t know if the recipe needed to be adjusted. Thanks for your thoughts.

  41. Linda Molenaar says

    I’m from Canada abs unsure of what you mean by “oil or butter spread” in the crust? Can I use coconut oil? Or avocado oil? Or actual butter?

    Thank you!

  42. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Just made this with your banana mint ice cream recipe. Wow! So good. You have become a household name to us. Everything on your blog is delicious.

    I’m just waiting on your cookbook to arrive. Thank you for all of the delicious and easy recipes!

  43. Donna Howard says

    Hi, Katie.
    How are you supposed to slice the pie and remove the slice, without bringing the parchment paper with it? Thx.

  44. TwinkleToes says

    Making this apple pie today and excited to try it! Question – is there only 1/4 tsp of cinnamon throughout the entire pie? I read cinnamon for the crust, but not for the filling or crumble. The description says sweet cinnamon apples, so just wanted to check! 🙂

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! It looks like this is a typo because Katie definitely adds cinnamon to the apples as well. She is making a note to fix the recipe as soon as she gets home. Did you try it already, and if so, how did it go?

      • Sarah says

        So I followed the recipe as written and it still does not mention cinnamon in the apple filling. I just finished baking it so haven’t tried it yet but am a bit bummed about that omission. Hopefully it’ll still turn out okay as it’s my first pie.
        Also, how do you store it (if it’s not eaten right away) and for how long?

  45. Chelsea says

    I’m so excited to try this for the holidays! Would it make much of a difference if I topped it with trivia brown sugar blend?

  46. Alexa says

    Hiii i love all your recipes! If i wanted to use a mini pie mold (i have some for the fall season) could i still use this recipe& adjust the baking time? if so do you know when they’d be done? 🙂

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! Sorry we have never tried so honestly cannot say what time it would take, but be sure to report back if you experiment!

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