The World’s Healthiest Apple Pie

You want to enjoy dessert but you are worried about derailing your diet. The solution? Chef AJ’s recipe for The World’s Healthiest Apple Pie! The crumbly crust is a combination of oats, flax seed and dates, which is then pressed into a spring form pan and filled with a wholesome combination of apples and spices. Serve hot, warm, cold or at room temperature, with or without a dollop of creamy Pear Whipped Cream.

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 8 ounces pitted dates
  • 4 ounces sulfite-free dried apples
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol-free pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • Filling
  • 1 cup date paste
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 3 pounds apples
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon alcohol free vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • PREP TIME 15
  • COOK TIME 60
  • Serves 4-6

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a high powered blender grind oats and seeds. Transfer to a food processor fitted with the “S” blade.
  2. Add the spice and dried apples and process until they are finely ground. Add dates, a few at a time, until mixture starts to stick together and you can clump it together easily into a ball. Then add vanilla and briefly process again.
  3. Evenly press mixture into a 9-inch spring form pan.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the chia seeds and lemon juice. Set aside.
  5. Peel apples and finely chop. Stir in date paste, spice and vanilla. Add chia seed/lemon juice mixture and mix well. Pour evenly over crust. Sprinkle with coconut. Bake at 350°F degrees for 50 to 55 minutes until coconut starts to brown.
  6. Delicious served hot, warm, cold or at room temperature, with or without Pear Whipped Cream.

Note: To finely chop the apples you can use a tool like an Ulu or Mezzalune or briefly pulse in the food processor fitted with the “S” blade.