Crispy on the outside, sweet and soft on the inside, these sweet, paleo baked apple fries are perfect for dipping in my sweet pumpkin pie dip.
The other day I was playing around with the leftovers in my fridge and accidentally made the most amazing pumpkin pie dip, and I had to share it with you immediately.
My son and I had been eating a bunch of organic apples, and earlier in the week, I had made pumpkin fries. I guess that all inspired me to “invent” apple fries.
Of course, I thought I was a genius, but after a bit of internet searching, I realized that I hadn’t invented apple fries at all. In fact, it seems that they are even on the menu at Burger King! You’re probably wondering what rock I’ve been under, but keep in mind that the Burger King restaurants here in Spain don’t serve that sort of thing. Plus, I’m not a frequent customer as you can probably guess. 😉
Watch how to make these baked apple fries
Healthier Baked Apple Fries
So, while I can’t claim to have invented apple fries, I can at least work on making a healthier alternative to the ones that are served at fast food restaurants.
I decided to bake my apple fries, and I also kept them grain free. Overall, I think they turned out really well. I haven’t had the ones at Burger King, so I can’t compare or even pretend to know if they are even similar, but my son and I enjoyed them.
Another great thing about making these yourself is that you can control the quality of the ingredients. I don’t always buy everything organic, but apples are always towards the top of the dirty dozen list for fruits and veggies that take on the biggest toxic load, so it’s one of the foods I pretty much will only eat if organic.
How did they turn out?
If I have to be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of baked apple desserts like apple pies or dumplings. (I know, I know- crazy, right?) I still really liked them. That said, I’ll admit that I prefer eating the pumpkin pie dip with raw, crunchy apples. I’m weird that way.
My son, who has more of a sweet tooth, disagreed. He much preferred the baked apple fries to the raw apple slices, so I knew I needed to include the recipe for those of you who do appreciate a good baked apple treat. 🙂
Making vegan apple fries
When I first made this recipe, I used ghee to help coat the apple slices with the coating because I always happen to have homemade ghee on hand, and I love the buttery flavor it gives.
Since then, though, I’ve used coconut oil to make this recipe vegan-friendly and it turned out delicious. If choosing coconut oil, and you don’t want the apple fries to take on a coconut flavor, use expeller-pressed coconut oil or another mild-flavored oil.
Paleo Baked Apple Fries
Grain Free Baked Apple Fries
- 2 apples
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp. coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil (or ghee)
- Preheat the oven broiler to a high heat broiler setting. You want a very high setting to get the outside of the apple fries crispy without the apples getting too soft for dipping.
- Wash and cut the apples into wedges, removing the cores. (You should be able to get around 8 wedges per apple.)
- Mix together the tapioca flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, spices, and salt in a small bowl.
- Dip the apple wedges into the coconut oil (or melted ghee), and then immediately dip them into the mixture of dry ingredients to coat the apples.
- Place coated apple wedges on a grill over a baking sheet in a single layer with space between them.
- Once you have finished coating and placing all of your apple wedges on the grill, place the baking sheet/grill in your oven near the broiler and broil on high heat until the coating brows and gets slightly crispy.
- Flip the wedges over and grill until the other side is also finished.
- Serve immediately. They are great with the pumpkin spice dip.
About how long would it take for the coating of the fries to be browned?
It’s really hard to say because it depends a lot on your oven.
To be honest, I haven’t made these in awhile, so I don’t really remember how long it took in my oven. It wasn’t very long under the broiler, and you have to keep a careful watch so as not to burn them.
They were really good, but I try to keep these sorts of recipes are occasional treats for us (which almost always turns into investigation time to try out new recipes for the blog). 😉
Vicky @ Avocdo Pesto
Love the sound of these! I bet I too would have thought I invented these if I came up with this! Never seen apple fries before but need to make them soon!
I’m going to take a wild guess that mine are quite a bit different than the Burger King version at least. 😉