Baked Apple Pie Fries

I’ll take apples that are breaded and baked with oats, cinnamon and sugar over regular French fries any day.

Especially when I can dip them in salted caramel. I love ketchup, but caramel sauce will always win.

Baked Apple Pie Fries - Breaded and baked with oats, cinnamon and sugar! And dipped in caramel! Totally beats regular French fries!!

What I love about these ‘fries’ is that they remind me of apple pie, minus the work.

Anything that can give me the taste of apple pie, but save me from actually having to make one is a bonus. Unless we’re talking about this Caramel Apple Crumble Pie that even non-pie makers can make in 10 minutes.

Baked Apple Pie Fries - Breaded and baked with oats, cinnamon and sugar! And dipped in caramel! Totally beats regular French fries!!

The apple pie fries have a crunchy coating that reminds me of pie crust that meets granola. It’s a combination of quick cook oats, unseasoned Panko breadcrumbs, cinnamon, and sugars. Whatever coating falls off the apples and onto the baking tray is the best tasting ‘granola’ ever.

If you don’t normally buy quick-cook oats, pulse old-fashioned oats in the blender for 10 seconds and now you’ve got quick-cook. Panko breadcrumbs are sold nearby regular breadcrumbs, but they’re larger, coarser, and get crispier in the oven. I use Panko for my savory breaded recipes and swear by them for crispy results.

Baked Apple Pie Fries - Breaded and baked with oats, cinnamon and sugar! And dipped in caramel! Totally beats regular French fries!!

The fries aren’t as firm as traditional French fries and the apples have the texture of apples in an apple pie, but they’re breaded for crispiness. Soft warm apples, chewy oats, and crunchy breadcrumbs are a wonderful combo and the scent while they bake is heavenly.

There’s a bold but pleasant pop of cinnamon that perfectly complements the apples. For a twist, add pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nutmeg or your favorite warming spices.

Baked Apple Pie Fries - Breaded and baked with oats, cinnamon and sugar! And dipped in caramel! Totally beats regular French fries!!

There’s so much big flavor packed into the little fries that they don’t need dip, but The Best and Easiest Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce doesn’t hurt. Twist my arm.

When you’re up to our eyeballs in apples, you’ve got to try these. We inhaled the entire batch in 15 minutes.

Baked Apple Pie Fries - Breaded and baked with oats, cinnamon and sugar! And dipped in caramel! Totally beats regular French fries!!

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Baked Apple Pie Fries

I'll take apples that are breaded and baked with oats, cinnamon and sugar over greasy French fries any day. Anything that can give me the taste of apple pie, but save me from actually having to make one is a bonus. The apple pie fries have a crunchy coating that reminds me of pie crust that meets granola. Whatever coating falls off the apples and onto the baking tray is the best tasting ‘granola'. The fries aren't as firm as traditional French fries and the apples have the texture of apples in an apple pie, but they're breaded for crispiness. There’s a bold but pleasant pop of cinnamon and for a twist, add pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nutmeg or your favorite warming spices. There’s so much big flavor packed into the little fries that they don’t need dip, but caramel sauce doesn’t hurt.

Yield: about 4 cups, serves 2 generously, 4 modestly

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 to 30 minutes

Total Time: about 45 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large or 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4-inch wide strips (I used Fuji and recommend a firmer apple like Fuji or Gala. Granny Smith is okay if you like tarter apples)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (3/4 of 1 stick)
1 cup quick-cooking oats (pulse whole-rolled for 10 seconds in a blender to get quick-cook)
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon cinnamon
optional pinches of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, ginger, etc., to taste
caramel sauce, optional for dipping (The Best and Easiest Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, Trader Joe's, or your favorite)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat, parchment, or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Peel, slice and core apples into 1/4-inch wide segments. Error on slicing apples thinner rather than thicker side for best results. Place apples in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  4. Pour butter over apples and toss to combine with a soft-tipped spatula; set aside.
  5. In a separate large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients (except caramel sauce) and stir to combine.
  6. Add apples to the coating mixture and toss lightly but thoroughly with a spatula to coat well.
  7. Place apples on prepared baking tray, spaced evenly and with as much space in between as possible. If any are stuck together, break them apart. You want the oven air to circulate freely on all pieces so they get as crispy as possible. If there's a bit of extra coating mixture in the bottom of the bowl, feel free to sprinkle it over the apples. It bakes up into delicious crunchy 'granola'.
  8. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until coating is drier, set, and lightly golden brown. Start watching closely after 15 minutes and watch so the undersides don't become overly browned or burn. The moisture content in the apples will dictate baking time and juicier apples will take longer to bake; bake until your apples seem done without watching the clock. The fries are not 'firm' like French fries, and the texture is more like the apples you'd find in an apple pie, but breaded. Fries are best warm, fresh, and served with caramel sauce.

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69 Responses to “Baked Apple Pie Fries”

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    Kingston home cleaners — August 21, 2014 at 12:33 am

    These apple pie fries looks so tasty! I feel like they will becamemy favourite dessert that fall :)

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    Ellen — August 21, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Whoa! Totally intriguing and original recipe…sounds tasty too:)

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    lisatberry — August 21, 2014 at 2:00 am

    These look insanely good…I love apple desserts…how does your mind work???…your recipes are so original and your pictures make it impossible to not want to drop everything to make these…Can’t wait to try.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thanks, Lisa, for the compliments!! :) After making breaded zucchini tater tots, breaded chickpeas, and a few other savory breaded veggie recipes, I had extra Panko on hand, lots of apples, and didn’t want to make (another) apple crumble, crisp, dessert in a pan, etc. and these came to me on a run one day!

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — August 21, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Gah these sound incredible!!

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    Paula — August 21, 2014 at 3:41 am

    I’ve never seen anything like this before–such a creative way to use apples and the perfect vehicle for caramel sauce!! This reminds me of a sweet version of your breaded and baked veggies.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 9:27 am

      This reminds me of a sweet version of your breaded and baked veggies. <— It is!! I had extra Panko, lots of apples, and didn’t want to make (another) apple crumble, crisp, dessert in a pan, etc. and these came to me on a run one day!

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    Mir — August 21, 2014 at 3:42 am

    These are more than a little bit amazing and brilliant, Averie! And I love putting ketchup and salted caramel on the same plane. Because salted caramel wins every time, as a condiment and as a food! I could eat it 24/7.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 9:26 am

      I love condiments and ketchup is a fave but nothing can touch salted caramel :)

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    Debbie — August 21, 2014 at 4:46 am

    With my family, I could bake these all day, and have noting to put on the plate at the end. They will disappear quickly.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Debbie, I’m the same! The more I baked, the faster they ate them. GONE, refill, bake more, eat, repeat!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — August 21, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Wow these look fantastic! What a fun treat. :) I’m still in summer mode over here, but filing these away for when autumn arrives.

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    jenna @ just j.faye — August 21, 2014 at 5:06 am

    AMAZING. These look absolutely amazing!

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — August 21, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Wow, Averie! These look amazing! Such a creative recipe! And I’ll take caramel sauce over ketchup any day! Pinned!

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    Laura Dembowski — August 21, 2014 at 5:44 am

    These are such a good idea! I would have loved these as an after school snack as a kid too.

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 21, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Such a creative idea! Love these apple pie fries, Averie!

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    Katy — August 21, 2014 at 7:05 am

    These actually make me think of apple crisp fries! But “apple pie fries” certainly has a better ring to it. I love that these are quick to make and they’d make a great dessert for a party!

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    Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate — August 21, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This looks like my kind of fry! I have a TON of apples I need to use up, so these may be on the menu around here soon!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Glad you have lots of apples to use!

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    heather @french press — August 21, 2014 at 7:43 am

    okay so now I’m even more excited for the start of apple season – what a genius idea Averie

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    Emma @ Life's A Runner — August 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

    OH MY GOODNESS. If i wasn’t the queen of apple consumption already – and as if I needed a reason to eat more of them. ;) The idea of veggie fries doesn’t do much for me, but these are brilliant! I can’t wait to try them / eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I could eat a whole plate of these apple fries! Love the crunchy coating and hello, caramel sauce for dipping – heaven!! Pinned!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — August 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness, what a FUN recipe! And just in time for apple season! I def need to try these this fall.

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    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — August 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

    My goodness. These sounds incredible! What a unique idea! Definitely going to have to give them a whirl once September rolls around.

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    Kris — August 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Do you think these would work if I sprayed the apples with non-stick cooking spray instead of using butter? Love the idea but I’m looking for a lighter treat!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Possibly…or you could still use butter but just do a super fast dunk. Of the 3/4 stick called for, I didn’t use it all and there is lots of ‘waste’ in any breading/battering/dunking type recipe. Lots wasted to the baking sheet, bottom of bowls, etc. I would probably just think of it that way :)

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    Heather @ Shards of Lavender — August 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    What a absolutely divine way to have the taste of apple pie without all the effort! The caramel sauce just puts them over the top. Love it!

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    Katie — August 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    This is just…wow. Very unique recipe. I’ve never seen anything like this! And the caramel dip….sure it isn’t necessary, but when you are dessertifying an apple, why not go all out, right? ;)

    I can’t believe how many apple recipes you have!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Thank you for noticing how many I have…I can’t believe it either. Every fall, another 3 or 4, and after 5 falls now of blog baking, I have amassed quite a few!

      These were so good, too! I know you’d love them and you could use crushed Corn Flakes for the Panko to keep them GF!

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    Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl — August 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I am in full-on fall mode. This is a great fall recipe and so fun and different from traditional apple recipes. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Okay I need that coating. I think I’d have a hard time not just eating that. I’d be like one of those kids who ate the crunchy part off a chicken nugget and left the chicken on the plate. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      GREAT analogy! And the coating that fell off the apples and onto the baking sheet was like the best granola ever! As a fellow crumble topping fiend, I know you can appreciate that :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — August 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    What a clever idea! Apple pie without all the work!

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    Julia — August 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    What a fun idea!! I am trying these out this fall.

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    Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake — August 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    These look absolutely sinfully delicious! Feeling the need to go pick up some apples….pinned!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — August 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! i love that you used oats :) I bookmarked quite a few of those apple pie-inspired recipes… can’t wait to try them out during the fall months!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Awesome and if you try anything, LMK how it goes!

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    ahu — August 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Holy moly – my brain was confused at first but once I sorted out what these were, they look amazing!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      I know, if I stumbled on this post I would probably have been confused too…LOL :)

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    Mira L — August 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    You got some wonderful flavors in this healthy recipe! I love the combination of apples and cinnamon, and salted caramel sauce is a great addition! Pinning.

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    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen — August 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    These remind me of a treat we had at Legoland a few years ago but way BETTER! Love how crispy-crunchy-sticky-sweet-delicious that coating is!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Now I want to go to LegoLand and see what they sell that’s close to this!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — August 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    you always come up with the most interesting food ideas averie! these apple pie fries look and sound delicious, i definitely am curious to know what they taste like.

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    Ala — August 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I’m not sure whether to love you or love you even more for this. What an awesome, travel-friendly idea for apple pie! These sound as dangerous as candied sweet potato sticks. Cheerios, and an awesome transition to Fall, if I say so myself!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      candied sweet potato sticks = Oh wow, I think I have to make that, ASAP!

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    Norma — August 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Wow! What a novel idea! I’ve got to try these on my family ASAP! Everyone loves apple pie, so they’ll probably love these, too. I wish I had your imagination when it comes to devising new recipes that are absolutely delicious!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 21st, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks for the compliments, Norma! :)

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    Michele Sparrow — August 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I love this recipe. What a fun idea! And, what a great little snack instead of just sitting down for a big slice of pie. I am so making this tomorrow for the boys. They will love it. Thanks, also, for the tip about blending up the oats for quick oats. We only have the other on hand right now and I want to make this tomorrow! As for the Caramel Apple Crumble Pie…Oh. My. Gosh. That looks delicious and it is so easy! That’s the dessert for Sunday this week!

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen — August 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Love this idea Averia – and these apple pie fries look absolutely to die for!! Pinned :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 22, 2014 at 4:36 am

    These are so unique Averie!! Love this idea!

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    marla — August 22, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Seriously I could live on these fries!

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    Julie Blanner — August 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

    So much easier than trying to get the first piece out of pie, but looks just as delicious! Looks like a great finger food, especially when entertaining!

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    Jamie — August 22, 2014 at 8:39 am

    These look incredible, I might make them tonight while my husband works late and eat the entire batch myself!

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    Jocelyn@BruCrew Life — August 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I would totally take these apple fries over regular fries any day!! :) Everything about them is genius! That coating, I can’t even! Pinned :)

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    Melissa @ Bless this Mess — September 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    This is such a cute idea!! I can’t wait to give these a girl because who doesn’t need more pie and fries in their life!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — September 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Ohmygosh. Mind completely and utterly blown. Averie, you’re SO creative!! I’m a french fry fiend (my guy can’t go out to eat without me if he’s planning on ordering fries as a side… and I’ll sometimes beg him to go out to Wing Stop or Buffalo Wild Wings because they’re the closest with the best fries… and yes, that’s the 100% truth), but never in a million years would I have thought to mix apple pie with fries. That sounds incredible, especially for someone like me who (a) loves granola and (b) has no patience for pies. Wish I could’ve been there to help your family devour them! ;)

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    Jess — October 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I bought some fresh apples from a local farm today and made these. They were amazing and so simple!! I drizzled some apple caramel sauce from Williams Sonoma on them, yum!! Thank you for sharing this!! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 15th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks for trying this recipe and glad you loved it!

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