Grilled Mini Inside Out Apple Pies

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on July 11, 2011

Every time I step foot outside after around 3pm, I smell barbecues. Everyone’s out on their deck, enjoying the sunshine, a juicy burger, and an ice cold beer.

Sadly, because of all the yard work we’ve had to do [aka pay for], there will be no barbecue purchasing for awhile.

For this reason, I’ve been conditioned to believe that an indoor grill = barbecue.

I like to also believe that these miniature apple pies would work lovely on a barbecue. Because what comes from barbecue and doesn’t taste ah-mazing?

Ya, that’s right… nothing.

If you’re like me and don’t have the outdoor equipment or, you’re sans indoor grill, don’t fear. You can make these babies in the oven. In fact, they look prettier when they come from the oven, but they’re tasty just the same.

In the picture above: the left pies came from the grill and the right from the oven.

Best served with milk, or ice cream!


Grilled Mini Inside Out Apple Pies

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Gluten free and vegan inside out miniature apple “pies” made on the barbecue are a perfect addition to any outdoor evening.

“Crust” inspired by Martha Stewart

Yield: 12 mini “pies”



  • 6 apples
  • 2 tbsp soy-free earth balance
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • 2 tsp maple syrup


  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 3 1/2 tbsp potato starch
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 tbsp freshly ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 9 tbsp soy-free earth balance
  • 2-3 tbsp ice water


To make crust: Pulse flours, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine. Add earth balance, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through the feed tube until dough just holds together (no longer than 30 seconds). Remove dough and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days).

Preheat indoor grill. Oven to 375F or barbecue.

Preparing apples: Cut apples in half. Placing the half apple slice cut side up, cut a square into the apple and begin to scoop out filling with a spoon. You’ll want to remove about 1.5 tbsp of apple flesh.Combine earth balance, cinnamon, sugar, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Spread the mixture inside each halved apple.

Putting it all together: Remove crust from the freezer and break off about 2 tbsp of dough at a time, rolling it into a ball and squishing into the tops of the apples. Repeat with each apple.

Barbecue or indoor grill method: Wrap with aluminum foil and grill for 30 minutes [be sure to place on top shelf of your barbecue so as not to burn]

Oven method: Place apples on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Allow to cool for a couple of seconds minutes before enjoying.



Cutting the apples in half should be relatively easy [did you ever make apple stamps out of halved apples? They make such a neat imprint!]

I removed a bit too much apple flesh from these apples making the dessert a bit doughy. Next time, I’ll go with 1.5 tbsp removed [as I've listed in the recipe]

Spread cinnamon mixture inside the apples.

Don’t forget to lick your fingers!

Then stuff with crust.

These are insanely delicious, and much better for you than traditional pies. The portion sizes are smaller, and the sugar and fat content is massively reduced.

They’re also great cut up and used as an oatmeal toppingl!

I didn’t have any ice cream and didn’t want to whip up a batch for this very occasion, but it would be nice to serve these with a dollop of ice cream on top.

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Those are so cute and look soo good! Definitely will have to try them next time I`m at my parents – they have a grill!


jess☆ @ Multicultural Melbourne

This is such a great idea! I love topping AND filling, looks delicious! If only it’d stop raining here so we could get the BBQ out!


Faith @ forthehealth

Did you seriously just stuff pie into an apple? Gah – how stinkin awesome is that?


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

These are creative! I wish I had an apple – I’d be having this for breakfast today. :)


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

This looks amazing! My husband would love this one too! I’m definitely giving this one a try! I bet peaches would be amazing like that too!


Aine @ Something to Chew Over

What a great idea Leanne! I love getting some produce into my dessert and it tricks my boyfriend into eating fruit :)

Could you tell me what palm sugar is? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it here in Ireland. Would molasses or brown sugar do?


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Palm sugar is also called coconut sugar. It’s not too popular yet, so it may be difficult to find in Ireland. If you wanted to search for it, health food stores would be your best bet. Brown sugar would also do the trick!


Holly @ The Runny Egg

Leanne these are so adorable! And I agree — grilled food is the best!


Casey (The Hippie Health Nut)

How cute!


Lisa @ Healthful Sense

What a great idea Leanne!!! I luv all of your creations and can’t wait to try this one :)


Kristina @ spabettie

I LOVE inside out desserts like this – we used to make these at camp, using the apple filling and walnuts. I didn’t like walnuts, so mine were mostly apple filling, in apples. ;) these look amazing!


Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh

This is such a great idea!! I am loving it!
I never thought to use apples in that way :)


Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well

What a fun and different idea! I love it!!! I will definitely be trying it this weekend :)


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Leanne these look sooooo good!

I love the hollowed out apple shots. That is so cool and I need to try these very soon :)


Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

Oh my god!!! These are so cute and if i froze a batch of dough could mean i could have an individual portion of pie ANYTIME I WANTED! This is dangerous but brilliant! :)


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I hadn’t even thought to just keep a portion of dough in the freezer at all times. :| uh-oh! I sense SO many more pies in my not so distant future!



These are so clever. I love the idea of grilling them!! And hey, even if there’s no grill…at least you’ve got a great yard ;) Indoor grills definitely suffice!


chinmayie @ love food eat

Great Idea! I am sure apple will taste great, soft and sweet!!



I love this idea Leanne! They are so cute and pretty, and perfect sizes too! I like the idea of putting them on the grill! Though I have to try them ovenbaked since i dont own a grill;)



What a great idea! We’re going camping this weekend and I bet the kids would love doing this on the campfire (and so much better than smores).



These are so cute, great idea!



Yayayayaya!!! This looks awesome!!! Definitely trying this tonight!!!!!



They don’t look mini to me! Which is good, the more of these the better =)


Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan

These are so cute! And I love that there is maple syrup involved!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

What a great idea, these sound delicious! And great pictures as well!



What a great idea! Those cakes look great!



I love how bright your pictures always are. This is the first recip I’m going to try when apple picking starts


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