Keto Mini Apple Pot Pies


Step 1Start by making the apple flavored zucchini filling. Preheat the oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F (fan assisted), or 195 °C/ 380 °F (conventional). Peel and halve the zucchini lengthwise and use a melon baller or teaspoon to scoop the soft core out.
Note: To get 450 g (1 lb) zucchini to be used as the base, you'll need 3 to 4 medium zucchini.

Step 2Slice the zucchini into 1/2 inch (1 cm) pieces and chop the core.

Step 3Place in a baking dish (I use a round 24 cm/ 9 1/2 inch baking dish) together with the chopped core. Add slices of butter and sweetener. Dust with cinnamon and nutmeg. Drizzle with lemon juice.

Step 4Place in the oven, loosely covered with a piece of baking foil and bake for about 20 minutes, and then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until the zucchini is tender.

Step 5Remove from the oven and sprinkle in the chia seeds. Stir to combine and let them soak up the liquids. Once soaked up, divide the mixture evenly between 4 ramekins (at least 3/4 cup capacity or up to 1-cup ramekins).

Step 6Meanwhile, prepare the dough for the pastry topping. Melt the shredded mozzarella (in a microwave oven or on the stove over a low heat), and then mix in the almond flour (nut-free options in recipe tips).
Note: Make sure to use part-skim, shredded mozzarella, not fresh mozzarella. If the cheese is too moist, the dough will be too sticky to roll out.

Step 7Roll the dough out until it is about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick. Cut circles slightly bigger than the top of your pie and brush the edges of the ramekin with beaten egg before placing the dough circle over the top.

Step 8Cut small steam holes in the top and then use dough off-cuts to make decorations if you like.

Step 9To make the egg wash, combine the egg yolk and a teaspoon of water. Brush the tops with egg wash (it's ok to have leftovers) and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the dough is golden and crispy.

Step 10Remove from the oven and let the pies cool down for 20 minutes, or until cool enough to eat.

Step 11Optionally, dust with some powdered sweetener combined with cinnamon.

Step 12Enjoy warm or cold, on its own or with some whipped cream or Keto Vanilla Ice Cream. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.