Guilt-Free Apple Hand Pies


 

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Makes approximately 8 pies

: Ingredients :

2 sweet apples (I used 1 granny smith & 1 honeycrisp), peeled, cored, & diced

1/2 c. coconut sugar + plus more for sprinkling

1 T fresh lemon juice

2 T vegan butter + more for brushing (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)

3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 T cornstarch mixed with 1-2 T of water

2 pre-made pie crusts

 

: Instructions :

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat apples, coconut sugar, butter, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, & nutmeg. Stir together & cook on medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in cornstarch & water mixture, bring to a boil, & cook an additional 2-3 minutes on low until the “caramel” thickens*
  3. Transfer caramelized apples into a bowl & allow to cool completely in refrigerator.
  4. While the apple mix is cooling, Preheat the oven to 350º.
  5. Line a baking sheet & cut pie crust into circles using a 4.5 inch circle pie cutter.
  6. Place about a tsp. of cooled apples in the center of the dough*
  7. Fold one side of the dough to meet the other to create a 1/2 circle.
  8. Using a fork, gently seal the edges of the 1/2 circle & make a small slit on top to allow the steam to escape during baking.
  9. Lightly brush pies with butter & sprinkle with coconut sugar.
  10. Bake 17 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  11. Allow to cool a bit & ENJOY!

*Make sure to stir with a silicone spatula so the mixture doesn’t stick to your pan.

*Make sure not to overfill the pies…the caramel sauce will leak out.

 

These Apple Hand Pies were a hit in my house! You can enjoy them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream, but they are delicious on their own!

 

Manda

 

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