Fried Apples-Healthy Snack or Paleo Dessert Recipe

By Melissa Norris | Pioneering Today

Jan 15

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My husband and I are on a gluten, dairy, and sugar free (except the kind found naturally in fruit) 24 day diet right now. We’re on day 10. And while I don’t miss the gluten so much (at least right now), I really miss the sugar.

We did this diet last spring and over the months, had slowly allowed our bad eating habits to sneak back in. Especially around the holidays. So while we don’t plan on always following this strict Paleo diet all the time, we will be sticking closer to it, even after our 24 days are up. Fried Apples Paleo Style Dessert recipe at #glutenfree #sugarfree and #dairyfree I almost ate the whole pan before my daughter caught me and made me share the last two. These are definitely a new staple at our house. And they're less than $.65 per serving

Around day 5 I was really craving something sweet. I mean really craving…. I’m allowed two small servings of fresh fruit a day and I had a gorgeous organic gala apple in the fridge. But I really wanted apple pie, or apple turnovers, or apple caramel muffins, or-you get the picture, right?

In order to not cheat, I decided to make a fried apple snack the healthy way. After I cored and sliced my apple, I melted one tablespoon of coconut oil in my cast iron skillet. I laid the apple slices in the hot oil and fried them for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, just enough to heat things up and get them that gorgeous golden brown color.Fried Apple Dessert #paleo style, glutenfree, dairy free, but oh so delicious. It's less than $.65 a serving and only takes 8 minutes total! Recipe at

Then I sprinkled nutmeg, cinnamon (ceylon), and finely chopped pecans over them. (After researching the way most spices are irradiated, I purchase all of mine organically and GMO-free from our affiliate Mountain Rose Herbs, and it’s also cheaper than the grocery store) The scent of heaven invaded my kitchen. You think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not, or not that much.

My four-year-old daughter came in deciding an apple for her snack smelled like a great idea, too. I sprinkled a dash of powdered sugar on hers because even if I wasn’t going to eat the sugar, I could touch it. It was only a teaspoon and most of ended up in the pan, as you can tell. But she loved it and as an occasional treat, we’ll definitely be making this again.
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Fried Apples-The Perfect Healthy Snack or Dessert
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo
Serves: 2
  • 1 organic apple-I prefer Gala or Fuji
  • 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (optional)
  • ¼ finely chopped pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Heat coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Slice your apple. Lay apple slices in the pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes each side until just turning golden brown. Sprinkle spices, nuts, and sugar (optional) on top. Try not to inhale them all at once or you'll burn your tongue.
What’s your favorite healthy treat? Any favorite apple variety? We had our first harvest on our honey crisp tree this fall, proof hand pollinating works, but I still prefer the bees.

Looking for more healthy or  gluten free recipes? You might also enjoy these:

Salmon Kale Cakes gluten free, dairy free, and paleo, Recipe at

Ham and Bean Soup-Frugal Suppers Recipe at Boil cabbage for 2 min, roll, cover in sauce, cook on low for 8 hours, super easy and really good. Perfect blend of sweet and tangy. My picky eater kid even liked it. Recipe at



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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.

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