Apple Pie

Healthy Apple Pie (from Chef AJ)

Unlike most pies that are made with white flour, sugar,  butter and other unhealthy ingredients, this pie is made out of rolled oats, seeds, fruit, and spices. This is a pie you can feel good about eating when you want something sweet!

For the Crust:
  • 1¼ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • 4 ounces of sulfite free dried apples
  • 8 ounces of pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol free vanilla extract
Crust Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a high-powered blender grind oats and seeds. Transfer to a food processor fitted with the “S” blade.
  3. Add the spice and dried apples and process until they are finely ground.
  4. Add dates, a few at a time, until mixture start to stick together and you can clump it together easily into a ball.
  5. Then add vanilla and briefly process again.
  6. Evenly press mixture into a 9″ springform pan.
For the Filling:
  • 3 pounds of apples, before peeling
  • 1 cup of date paste (recipe below)
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice (add zest if using fresh)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol free vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
Filling Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the chia seeds and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Peel apples and finely chop.
  3. Stir in date paste, spice and vanilla.
  4. Add chia seed/lemon juice mixture and mix well.
  5. Pour evenly over crust. Sprinkle with coconut.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 -55 minutes until coconut starts to brown.

Date Paste:

  1. Soak 1 pound of dates in 1 cup water overnight or for several hours until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. In a food processor, process dates and liquid until completely smooth.

This recipe yields 2 cups. Leftovers can be stored in the freezer.

This pie is delicious served hot, warm, cold or at room temperature.

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