Quick Bites from Pender

Phyllo Apple Turnovers – Vegan & Sugar-Free

In Recipes on June 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm


These are easy, quick to assemble,vegan and sugar free — yet they`re flaky, sweet and (just) gooey enough to satisfy everyone.

Think McDonald`s Apple Pie — ONLY MADE WITH REAL FOOD.

organic-apples apples

The shopping list is pretty simple.  I used:

  • Organic BC Golden Delicious Apples gathered from the deep corners of the cellar (these shriveled skin babies had seen better days — it is, after all, June)
  • Spelt Phyllo (making these lower on the gluten scale than regular phyllo)
  • Cinnamon from the Gathering Place Trading Company (quite simply the best cinnamon I have ever come across.  One smell and you`ll be hooked)
  • Unprocessed Stevia from the Gathering Place – it’s a swampy-green colour, not the “clean” white of processed stevia.  (Stevia comes from a plant.  What colour do you think it should be?)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil


Of course, in my world, there is nothing wrong with butter and sugar — so if you want to use those in place of the olive oil and stevia, then go crazy.  I made these for a bake sale fundraiser, and I wanted to make something for the crowds of vegans that live here on our little left-coast island paradise.

And I must say, there’s really no need for the butter or sugar here — it would simply weigh down what is a delightfully spiced and lightly sweet apple filling.  So there.


For 12 Apple Turnovers

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Peel, core and chop 6 apples into small pieces.  Toss the apples with lemon juice, cinnamon to taste, and 1/4 teaspoon of powdered stevia.

Keep unused phyllo sheets under a slightly damp cloth to prevent them from drying out as you work.  Brush 1 sheet of phyllo lightly with olive oil.  Fold in half lengthwise, brush lightly with oil, then fold in half again.  You now have 4 layers of phyllo in a 4.5″ x 13″ strip.

Place approx 1/2 cup apple near one end of the phyllo, then fold as you would a spanokopita:  bring the left bottom corner up and across to the right edge to form a triangle.  Fold the triangle up and over.  Now bring the bottom right corner up and across to the left edge.  Fold the triangle up and over, and secure the last corner with a drop of olive oil.

Place on a baking sheet and brush the top lightly with olive oil.  Fold the remaining turnovers, then bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.


  1. Lovely easy way to make yummy apple turnovers!!

  2. Beautiful and I bet it works well with other fruit too. I would still use the butter- but I am not trying to please the vegan crowd 🙂

  3. Great turnovers. Healthy and delicious.

  4. Very nice! Love turnovers…

  5. That looks amazing! Apple turnovers sounds delicious, I’ve never tried making that actually. Thanks for your pretty pictures!

  6. I like it. I’m going to try…

  7. LOL. I was thinking McDo’s apple turnovers when I saw that filling… not that I’m an afficianado of fast food side dishes or anything. Great job!

    • I will admit to a weakness for their fries…luckily, I can only get tehm when I sail off our little rock here…not often enough to ruin my health!

  8. Yummy looking turnovers.

  9. Yum! Tasty looking apple turnovers. I love the fact that they are vegan. These would be perfect for our church’s bake sale this fall.

  10. These look like quick and elegant turnovers. I’ll be on the lookout for the spelt phyllo (maybe Trader Joe’s?). Great idea!

  11. This is good post, I will keep this in mind. If you add more video and pictures because it helps understanding 🙂

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