Quick and Easy Apple Turnovers

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Even though fall is almost over, I am still enjoying the fall food flavors as much as I can. Apples are a big time favorite in our house, so I am always looking for new ways to eat them. This apple turnover recipe is quick and easy. Instead of using dough or other traditional ingredients for the wrapping, I use rice wrappers that are used for spring rolls. They are extremely low in calories, fat, and contain a small amount of carbs. They also have minimal amounts of nutrition in them, so don’t expect much when you read the label!

The filling for these turnovers is quite basic but will taste like apple pie filling once it is cooked. I love how the wrapper will get a little crispy and crunchy on the outside and yet the apples that are on the inside will be soft and sweet. There is not a lot of added sugar in this recipe. I try to add the minimal amounts needed to help the apples caramelize in the oven. If you are looking for a quick and easy apple turnover recipe, try this one. They can be whipped up in just a few minutes and then are ready to eat just after coming out of the oven. If you are looking for more decadence, feel free to add a small scoop of non-dairy ice cream to the plate; but, it isn’t necessary to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth!

Quick and Easy Apple Turnovers
Serves 6
Gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free (Can be made nut free if use a substitute coconut ingredients)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 gala apples, peeled and chopped into approximately ½ inch pieces
  2. 1 tsp of evaporated cane sugar or coconut palm sugar
  3. 1 ½ Tbsp of non dairy butter (I use Earth Balance Coconut Oil Butter)
  4. ¼ tsp vanilla
  5. ½ tsp of lemon juice
  6. Teeny Tiny Pinch of salt – just under 1/8th tsp
  7. 1 package of Spring Roll Rice Wrappers (brown or white rice)
  8. Optional: ½ tsp of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 415 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with a bottom layer of foil and then a top layer of parchment paper.
  2. Gather all of your ingredients.
  3. Peel and chop your apples. Set aside in a bowl.
  4. Place a Tablespoon of your non-dairy butter in a small dish and melt in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until it is 90% liquid. Reserve the last ½ Tablespoon for later.
  5. Add your sugar, melted non-diary butter, vanilla and lemon juice, and salt to the apples. If you’re using the cinnamon, add it to this mixture as well. Mix all these ingredients with a spoon until the apples are coated. Set aside while you prepare the rice wrappers.
  6. Get two large dinner plates and place them side by side on a counter or flat surface. Your rice wrapper packages may tell you how to prepare the wrappers so that they are soft and pliable. But just in case…You should put about 1/3 cup of warm water onto one of the plates; this should fill up the plate but NOT spill over when you place a wrapper into the water. Use less water if needed.
  7. Very gently, slide a wrapper into the water and run your fingers around the edges until it is completely covered by the warm water on the plate. In about a minute, it will go from stiff and easily breakable to soft and extremely pliable. BE CAREFUL, although they are now soft and pliable, they also tear very easily! Carefully take your softened wrapper out of the water with two hands and try to spread it out onto the other clean and dry plate that you have set out on the counter.
  8. Spoon about 1-2 Tablespoons of the apple filling into the center of the wrapper. Take the bottom and fold it up over the filling; then do each side one at a time, pulling them across like you’re wrapping an old school diaper. Lastly, bring the top edges down and tuck under. It should stick to itself easily.
  9. Don’t worry if you your apple turnovers all look slightly different. They are handmade, it is ok. Place it on the parchment paper.
  10. Repeat this process until you have no more filling left. I usually get about 6-7 turnovers out of this recipe, but it does vary depending on the size of your apples and how much filling you put into the wrappers.
  11. When all the turnovers are lined up on your cookie sheet, at least an inch apart, you can melt the last ½ Tablespoon of non-dairy butter. Brush the melted butter onto each turnover using a pastry brush (you can use the back of a spoon if you don’t have a brush).
  12. Place in the oven at 415 degrees for approximately 15-18 minutes depending on how fast your oven cooks. Check them frequently through the window of the oven to make sure they are not burning. When finished, they will be caramelized and the wrapper will be crispy on the top side. The inside will be like apple pie filling!
Notes
  1. There are a lot of little steps to this recipe, but it is super fast and easy.
  2. These are best eaten while still warm. The longer they sit, the wrappers are more likely to get soggy on the bottom.
  3. You can serve this as a super low calorie dessert on its own or alongside a scoop of your favorite non-dairy ice cream.
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