My goal recently has been to whip up some holiday season clean treats. I have been having no problem whipping up treats, but they aren’t necessarily what you may see on your traditional holiday spread. And I have decided that is okay, because there is always room for new traditions, right?
Not too long ago, I saw a video for fried apple pie egg rolls. All I could think was, Genius! And I wanted to give this a shot while making it a touch healthier as well. I have a sweet tooth for sure, and over time I have found that the less processed ingredients there are in my treats, the more satisfied I am after eating them. I am very impacted by refined sugar especially so I eat as little of it as possible, but then again, you will still find me with a sugar cookie in hand this holiday at some point. Moderation, right? Living in complete restriction is not healthy either. But I digress. I like to make things that look tasty and make them cleaner and healthier.
So these happened. And they are much healthier than the original recipe. These are baked instead of fried. Also, I used pure maple syrup instead of white sugar and arrowroot powder instead of processed flour. I would say these are some good substitutions, but the real questions is; do they taste good? Well, my husband is one of my biggest critics and he had no problem downing these. No problem at all. So I have to say that they are a go!
Ready to use egg roll wrappers tend to be made with enriched wheat flour. They are certainly very convenient and I used a version I have found at Whole Foods and Kroger that have a small list of ingredients so that is what I went with. You can also make your own using a recipe like this and modify to use unbleached flour. Time may not be on your side so don’t fret if you can’t find the very best. Remember what we said about moderation? I haven’t been able to find a good gluten free version of egg roll wrappers but I will let you know if I find any!
These are so good straight from the oven and as with any apple pie, some vanilla ice cream is a perfect partner. So if you are looking for something a little different to bring to the holiday gatherings this year, maybe this is what you go with instead!
Apple Pie Baked Egg Rolls
- 4-5 medium apples I used Fuji, but also love Gala
- 3-4 T pure maple syrup
- 2-3 T coconut oil melted
- 2 tsp arrowroot powder you could use corn starch as well
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 10-12 egg roll wrappers
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Dice apples. I leave skin on but you can also remove if desired.
- Heat 1 T coconut oil over medium high heat in a skillet.
- Add apples and maple syrup.
- Stir to coat apples evenly.
- Add salt, arrowroot and cinnamon and heat until apples are softened and mixture is gooey and thickened.
- Remove from heat.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with coconut oil.
- Fill each egg roll wrapper with about 1/4 c apple mixture and fold according to instructions.
- Line baking pan and then brush remaining coconut oil to coat each egg roll.
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until browned to desired darkness.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm garnished with vanilla ice cream if desired.Sprinkle with extra cinnamon before serving.