This Low Carb Cinnamon “Apple” Goat Cheese Dip is rich with the lovely flavor of cinnamon apples, browned butter and pecans. We add chayote squash to mimic the flavor of apples without the carbs.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Warm your cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cut your chayote squash into bite sized pieces. Rough chop your pecans. Set aside.
Melt your butter in the skillet, then add in your chayote squash, cook until softened quite a bit, about 5-7 minutes.
Add in your pecans and cook for another 3 minutes or so.
Next, add in your cinnamon, salt, and ground sage, then add in your sweetener. Squeeze in your lemon juice. Cook until very soft, another 5-7 minutes or so.
Add in your cream cheese and goat cheese, cook until very soft, stirring consistently.
Put the skillet in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes. Top with some more pecans and lemon slices if you want.
Serve with some low carb chips of choice. We use Joseph’s Lavash Bread to make crackers by coating them with some oil and salt and cooking them for a few minutes in the oven.
Serve and enjoy!
If you have chayote squash around, we think this will be such a game changer for you if you’re missing apples! You can find it in most produce markets and large grocery stores. It’s shaped like a pear with green skin and it has a very mild taste that adapts well to sweet or savory seasoning! You can make “fries” or “mash” with it.
For crackers, we made a quick “cracker” with Joseph’s Lavash bread brushed with coconut oil, salt and ground sage. We cooked them in the oven for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
Sweeteners: We link our favorite products so you can try for yourself, but as always, this is just our suggestion and you can feel free to use whatever sweeteners are your favorite! This goes for if you are not concerned about the sugar content as well. We think the granular sweeteners we use as sugar substitutes measure and taste just like sugar, so we imagine subbing 1:1 would work just fine. We also like things a little less sweet, so we recommend adding more sweetener to things if you love very sweet things.
Secret Ingredients: You will often find a couple “secret” ingredients in our recipes. They are optional, however, we think adding them really brings the flavor to the next level. They are ingredients that make people think “mmmm… what is that??” or make the texture incredible. In this case, we feel that ground sage is the secret ingredient. This is a very rich, decadent dish, so adding some savory goodness really elevates the flavor.
Macros: Makes 12 servings, 155 calories per serving, 3 net carbs (1 gram fiber), 14 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein. These macros are provided as a courtesy and are approximate. We calculate them using MyFitnessPal.