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Fried “Apples”

By August 28, 2010December 3rd, 2020Breakfast, Desserts

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fried apples


This tastes great by itself, on top of “healthified” ice cream, “healthified” protein waffles or on top of a pork loin!

fried apples

1 zucchini or jicama
2 TBS coconut oil OR butter
3 TBS Swerve
1 TBS lemon or lime juice
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Peel the jicama or zucchini, cut lengthwise into quarters (if using zucchini remove the seeds). Slice into “apple” slices or cubes.

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Fried “Apples” on Protein Waffles

Heat the butter over high heat in a medium skillet. When the butter has melted and has turned brown (not black). Stir in all the ingredients and cook on medium heat until the veggie is to desired consistency (the longer you cook it the softer it will be). Adjust the sweetener and cinnamon, if needed. Makes 4 servings.

Traditional Fried Apples = 111 calories, 5.9g fat, 0.2g protein, 14 carbs, 1 fiber
“Healthified” Fried Zucchini = 67 calories, 5.9g fat, 0.7g protein, 2.7 carbs, 1 fiber
“Healthified” Fried Jicama = 71 calories, 5.9g fat, 0.3g protein, 3.7g carbs, 1.8g fiber

More recipes and tips like this can be found in: The Art of Eating Healthy: Sweets. Thanks SO much for your support!

fried apples


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Anonymous says:

    Could you use erythritol on this recipe instead of Swerve?

  • Wicked says:

    OMG. Thank you for posting this. Just earlier today I was trying to figure out an apple substitute for apple things.. I think this will do perfectly!

  • Could you do this with the chayotes? Wasn’t a jicama fan hmm and like zucchini but not sure how that would taste in an apple kind of way lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Maria,
    I am in LOVE! I am making this for the second time today, so glad I bought 2 jicama. I was wondering if you could cook this in the crock pot and let it soften a little and be more of an apple sauce? Or, what about baking it with a crisp on top? Thanks for your hard work.

    • Kelly says:

      I have made the zucchini as an apple sauce, and love it. I am going to try the jicama with the crisp topping. I am also going to try it with your pop tart dough on top as a cobbler topping. I made my boys the pop tarts last week and they LOVED them. That dough recipe is amazing I have been using it to make cookies. Love your books, I have two so far and just can not get enough, the info and recipes are wonderful. I was practically giving a nutrition lecture about you in the isles of Whole Foods the other day, about 10 people immediately put your name and blog site into their phones. Great job! You inspire me to think out side the box with everything that I make.

    • Good to know Kelly. Thanks! So cool about Whole Foods! Love hearing the word getting out like that! Great job! 🙂

  • abby says:

    I have so missed having homemade applesauce with cinnamon when I have a ham dinner.Can’t wait to try this–thanks so much!

  • Appletree says:

    Hi Maria, would this work with daikon? I seem to recall a recipe where you suggested steeping daikon/jicama in apple tea to give the apple flavor. Which would you rate the best as an apple substitute – zucchini/daikon/jicama? Thanks!

  • Janine K says:

    I just had to leave a message to tell you how these zucchini apples saved a baking disaster! I made Coconut Flour Doughnuts that tasted amazing but didn’t come out of the tin and broke apart badly. So I put the broken bits in a glass dish, made a batch of these äpples” and put that over them, along with a layer of your custard with coconut milk and 6 egg yolks then finished it off with a layer of cream. A trifle and the whole family LOVED it. They had no idea that the apples in it were zucchini.

  • carlatw says:

    Omg! These were so look good!

  • Deb says:

    Zucchini come in all sizes. Approcimately how many cups are used for this recipe?

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