Recipe: Easy Skinny Apple Pie

It’s always a good time for something sweet. Try this delicious apple pie recipe for a healthier take on the traditional apple pie.

November 22, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Apples are a year-round favorite, but never more so than during the holidays. And there’s nothing like a homemade apple pie to enjoy with family and friends after a big dinner.

The great thing about Chef Nicole Spence’s skinny apple pie recipe is that both its sugar and butter content are lower than most apple pies’. Plus, for a healthier, yet delicious alternative she uses light brown sugar instead of only refined white sugar. Get some quick tips on how to cut sugar from your favorite foods here.

Make your next apple pie with us. It’ll be healthy, delicious, and simple!

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Easy Skinny Apple Pie

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. rum extract
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar packed
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter melted
  • cinnamon-sugar to sprinkle on pie crust


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Slice the tops off four apples
  3. Using a large spoon or melon baller, carefully remove inner part of each apple. Peel the skins from remaining two apples and slice the apples thinly to use in apple pie filling.
  4. In a large bowl, mix sliced apples with granulated sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, pecans, and rum extract to make the apple-pie filling
  5. Fill hollowed apples with prepared apple-pie filling
  6. Using a pizza cutter, slice pie crust into even strips (about ¼") and lay in a wavy fashion across the top of each apple. Trim excess pie crust around the edges with a knife.
  7. Brush melted butter on top of pie crusts and sprinkle pie crusts with cinnamon-sugar
  8. Place apples in a high-walled baking dish. Add about ¼ cup of water to bottom of dish to just cover the bottoms of the apples.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 20–25 minutes. Remove foil and return to oven for an additional 20 minutes.
  10. Apples are done when crust is golden brown along edges and apples are soft to slice

Recipe Notes

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Nicole Spence
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About Nicole Spence
Nicole Spence is a whole-foods chef who believes that food is medicine. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and trained in Ayurveda, she loves to create beautiful, nourishing, and delicious meals from simple, natural ingredients. Her approach encourages eating with intention and building a healthy relationship with food, and her methods have been highlighted on Centric TV’s “CultureList.” Nicole hopes to heal the world through nutrition, wellness, and spirituality, and she especially advocates for young women battling abuse.

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