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Grain-Free Cinnamon Roll Caramel Apple Pie


For 1/2 of Crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cups arrowroot starch
  • 1/3 cup Swerve or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup nonhydrogenated shortening such as Spectrum
  • 1/3 cold water

For 1/2 Crust Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons very soft butter

For Pie Filling:

  • 8 apples peeled, cored, and very thinly sliced (i used Gala, Honeycrisp, & Pink Lady)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or extract

For Caramel:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Swerve or sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Egg for egg wash


To make Crust:

  • Combine almond flour, arrowroot starch, Swerve (or sugar), salt, xanthan gum, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a spatula or pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal or is pea-size. Add cold water and stir together to form a dough.
  • Place dough between two large pieces of parchment and roll to about a 17- x 10-inch rectangle. Remove top sheet of parchment.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons cinnamon and 4 tablespoons butter for filling. Spread mixture evenly over all of rectangle. Carefully roll up long side of crust jelly-roll style to yield a 17-inch log of rolled dough. Place in fridge for 4-5 hours or until very cold.
  • Repeat procedure again to make another log of rolled crust dough. Chill both rolls until very cold (crust may be made the day before).
  • After dough is chilled, cut one log into 1/8-inch thick slices. Form dough, barely overlapping slices, into a circle a few inches wider than your pie plate on a piece of parchment. (reference image above!) Top with another large piece of parchment and gently roll slices to for a single crust dough. Chill until ready to use.
  • Repeat procedure with additional roll. Chill both until ready to use.

To make Pie:

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Combine Pie Filling ingredients: Combine apples, lemon juice, butter, 3 tablespoons arrowroot starch, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt, and vanilla paste. Set aside.
  • Make Caramel: Combine brown sugar and Swerve (or sugar) in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until sugar melts. (Brush mixture off of sides of pan with a wet pastry brush, if needed.) Cook sugar until fragrant and caramel colored, being careful not to burn it. Remove from heat; add cream carefully and stir (if may pop a bit). Melt in butter and salt.
  • Remove parchment off the top of one of the pie crust doughs. Flip pie dough carefully into pie plate, removing other parchment, and press against sides of pie plate to fit, leaving a bit of an overhang of crust to ultimately meet with top crust. Add apples on top of pie dough in pan. Press apple gently to pack a little bit. Carefully pour caramel over apples.
  • Remove parchment off the top of the other pie crust dough. Flip pie dough carefully on top of apples, removing other parchment. Pinch bottom crust overhang with top crust to seal edges of pie. Pierce pie with a skewer to create a few holes to vent.  Brush top of pie crust with lightly beaten egg.
  • Place pie on a jellyroll pan with short sides. Pull out a large enough piece of aluminum foil to reach all of the way around the pie. Fold foil in third lengthwise. Wrap long piece of foil all of the way around the pie to support the crust a bit.
  • Bake pie at 375° for 60-70 minutes, or until pie is cooked and bottom is lightly browned (if you're using a clear pie crust! :)).
  • Allow pie to cool. Dig in.