Sometimes I want a bite of apple pie, but without all of the extra work involved. This crustless apple pies recipe is super easy to make, delicious, and never disappoints. A few items you already have on hand in the pantry and some fresh apples and suddenly you have a delicious sweet treat that is a spin on an American classic!
Crustless Apple Pie
Whether you are trying to reduce the carbs in your diet or you just want a faster option for dessert, baking apples for a crustless apple pie is a perfect dessert year-round. You get all of the sweetness and tartness of the apples with just enough sugar and cinnamon to elevate it into that classic dessert you find topped with ice cream.
If you like apple pie flavors, you will also enjoy this apple slab pie recipe and this easy caramel apple dessert tortilla wrap idea. Of course, you can also do something a little fancier with the chai-spiced baked apple recipe.
What are the Best Apples for Apple Pie?
You probably will see a lot of suggestions for the apple you should use in this recipe or any apple pie, but I prefer classic Granny Smith apples. They are sweet, just a little tart, and while they soften while baking, they don't turn to mush.
You can also use Honeycrisp apples, Jonagold apples, Gala, or Golden Delicious apples for this pie idea. The main thing to consider when choosing an apple is the amount of sweet versus tart it has, as well as how tender it will be when baking. When choosing, I would avoid Red Delicious apples or any variety that is already a softer bite.
Can I Add Nuts to This Recipe?
Definitely! A lot of crisps and crumbles have crushed or finely chopped pecans or walnuts mixed in with the recipe. Since the crumble part is tucked between the slices of the apple, you can definitely add in whole or chopped nuts. I prefer pecans but you can also use walnuts or even peanuts for this recipe if you prefer.
What Should I Serve with Crustless Apple Pie?
Apple pie often comes ala mode, and this is no different! I love the addition of something creamy and smooth alongside the texture and spice of the apples. Of course, the classic is ice cream, but below are a few other ideas that work great as a topping for your apple pie dessert.
- Vanilla, honey, cinnamon, coffee, or butter pecan ice cream.
- Whipped cream or Cool Whip.
- Caramel, butterscotch, or vanilla syrup.
- Caramelized pecans, walnuts, or peanuts.
Is Crustless Apple Pie Healthy?
Healthy is truly subjective to each individual. In this instance, the apples themselves are definitely healthy, but the additions like sugar and butter may not be considered healthy depending upon your dietary plan. If you are watching carbohydrates, it is definitely lower in those and a better option. As with any food, everything can be okay in moderation.
Can I Use Apple Pie Spice Instead of Individual Spices?
If you have apple pie spice on hand already, you can use that in place of the nutmeg and ground cinnamon. To replace the individual spices, I would use 1 teaspoon of the spice blend instead. It will give a bit more flavor and still keep with the theme you are used to in an apple pie.
- Granny Smith apples
- Unsalted butter
- Brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Rolled oats
Optional for serving:
- Vanilla ice cream
- Caramel syrup
Handy Kitchen Tools
While you don't have to have all of these items to prepare this dish, it definitely makes it a bit easier to manage. Over time, investing in kitchen tools can make your meal preparations much easier to manage.
- Apple corer
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Microwave safe bowl
- Ice cream scoop
How to Make crustless Apple Pies
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set it aside.
Wash and dry the apples, then cut them in half and remove the core.
Using a paring knife, create thin slices across the apple halves, making sure you don't go all the way through the apple. You want the apple to stay together in one piece, but be sliced Hasselback style across the top side.
Place the sliced apples onto the prepared baking sheet.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in 30-second increments until just melted.
Brush the butter across the top of each apple half, then sprinkle the tops with sugar (approximately 2 tablespoons over the entire batch).
Bake the apples for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
In a small bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons of melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats until combined and spices mixed well.
Spoon the oat mixture into the openings cut in the apples.
Return the apples to the oven and bake for 10-minutes.
Remove from the oven.
Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream.
Do I Have to Refrigerate Crustless Apple Pie?
Yes, I recommend refrigerating this recipe. You may find other apple pies don't require refrigeration, I find that freshly made dishes, even without the crust, are better when refrigerated. The combination of butter, oats, and sugar with the apples leaves them very moist and that can go rancid or mold faster than you might think. When in doubt, wrap and refrigerate.
This is best eaten within 2 days or preparing when refrigerated in an air-tight container.
Can I Freeze Crustless Apple Pie?
You can definitely freeze these for later. While they are super easy to make, you may make more than you can eat. If that is the case, simply allow the apple to cool completely before wrapping in plastic wrap then freezing in a storage container or large zippered plastic bag. Label and date them
More Easy Dessert Recipes
This is such an easy little dessert idea you will enjoy. A perfect addition to your meal plan, but if you want something a bit different, then you will love the ideas below. Make sure to pin them, print them, or bookmark them to add to your menu soon.
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- Easy Traditional Tiramisu Dessert
- Decadent No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
- 3 Granny Smith apples, cored and halved
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, divided and melted
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ⅔ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set it aside.
- Wash and dry the apples, then cut them in half and remove the core.
- Using a paring knife, create thin slices across the apple halves, making sure you don't go all the way through the apple. You want the apple to stay together in one piece, but be sliced Hasselback style across the top side.
- Place the sliced apples onto the prepared baking sheet.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in 30-second increments until just melted.
- Brush the butter across the top of each apple half, then sprinkle the tops with sugar (approximately 2 tablespoons over the entire batch).
- Bake the apples for 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven.
- In a small bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons of melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats until combined and spices mixed well.
- Spoon the oat mixture into the openings cut in the apples.
- Return the apples to the oven and bake for 10-minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream.
OPTIONAL: Top with vanilla ice cream and/or caramel syrup
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g