Healthy Apple Pie

Yup, Apple pie!  Truly delicious, truly healthy, apple pie!

The credit for this one goes to three people, Cathy Fischer for the crust, Dr. Fuhrman for the filling, and our friend Jenn for having the genius idea to put the two of them together.  I’m really glad she did too, because this is a great recipe that everyone will love.  The fact that it’s healthy is just a bonus!

In fact, this one is so healthy that I will even let my kids eat it for breakfast!  If there are leftovers…  Why not, it’s just apples, oats, walnuts, dates, raisins, and some spices.  Some plant based whole food desserts use a lot of dates and a lot of nuts, making them very rich.  This one is actually pretty light.  There are only 8 dates and 1 cup of walnuts total.  That means, with 8 slices, each slice contains 1 date and a few (~1 ounce) of walnuts.  I can deal with that.

First, make the crust.  It’s very similar to the pumpkin pie crust, only that this one uses walnuts instead of pecans.

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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup walnuts (2 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 Medjool dates (2½ ounces), chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons non-dairy milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Put oats, walnuts, and cinnamon in a food processor and blend until ground almost into a flour It takes about about 40 seconds.
  3. Add chopped dates and blend for about a minute, until it begins to clump
  4. Add the non-dairy milk until it balls up, almost like dough
  5. You can either roll the dough on parchment paper, about ⅛th inch thick, and then transfer to the pie pan and push into the corners. OR, if you have a glass or heavy metal pie pan you can place the ball of dough in the pan and just push it into shape with your hands. It gets a little sticky, so kitchen gloves may be helpful if you go this way.
  6. Cover the pan with foil, and bake for 10 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and the crust is ready to fill!

Then make the filling, put it in the crust, and bake it!
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  • 6 apples, cored, peeled, and chopped, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened soy, almond, or hemp milk
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a high-powered blender, combine 1 cup of the chopped apples with cinnamon, walnuts, dates, flax seeds, and soy milk
  3. Place remaining chopped apples in a mixing bowl, and add the blended mixture
  4. Add raisins and mix well, making sure all of the apples are coated with the mixture
  5. Put the filling into the pie crust, even it out and sprinkle with rolled oats
  6. Cover the exposed edges of the crust with foil, to prevent them from burning. You can re-use the foil that you used to cook the crust
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and then uncover and bake for another 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown

The uncooked filling in the par baked pie crust.

Topped with a sprinkling of rolled oats.  The next step is to cover the exposed edges of the crust with foil so they don’t burn while the pie filling is baking.

It comes out of the oven looking beautiful!!

Enjoy!!

 

This article has 3 Comments

  1. Looks absolutely delicious!!!
    Can’t wait to try this tomorrow as I have a pot-luck luncheon and this will perfect to bring!!!
    Thanks,
    Bev

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