Raw Apple Pie
My girls with their raw apple pie
With the holidays quickly approaching I thought I would share this recipe for Raw Apple Pie I used to make with my daughters every thanksgiving and Christmas. They really loved it and we had a fun time in the kitchen measuring, mixing and sampling the fruits of our labor as we went along.
It was a great way to involve them in food preparation and all that entails. This is one the whole family will enjoy whether they're into raw foods or not.
It is high in both fat and sugar so should be eaten in moderation which is why we only make it during the holidays.
Ingredients for Raw Apple Pie
6 large apples
1 cup of pitted dates
2 cups soaked almonds
4 pitted dates (or more)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
juice of one lemon
4 tablespoons of ground chia seed
Making the crust - add almonds to food processor and mix until finely chopped. Add pitted dates and mix until you get a dough like consistency, adding a tablespoon or more of water if needed. Press the dough into an 11 inch pie pan and refrigerate while making the filling.
Preparing the filling - chop one of the apples into ½ inch pieces and set aside. Using a blender mix the other apples, the 4 pitted dates, lemon juice, the teaspoon of cinnamon, and chia seed until smooth. Mix the diced apple into the mix as you pour into the pie shell then refrigerate for 1 hour. This recipe serves six.
It's hard to get slices of pie to come out perfectly, and it serves up more like apple cobbler when all is said and done. I suppose adding in more chis seed would make it firmer and set up more.
Update- 15 years later my girls and I are still making this recipe together. Whenever they come to visit this recipe is a must on their list of things to do.