Heart Warming Raw Apple Pie

by Chef Melissa Friesen, and a Grail Springs favorite!

A healthy alternative to the traditional American Apple Pie! Try it this weekend!

Crust Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups     ground fine almonds
  • 1 cup         pitted Medjool dates
  • ¼ tsp         Himalayan salt

Crust Directions:

  • Process the dates and almonds in food processor with “S” blade until they resemble crumbs. Be careful not to over process otherwise the nuts will become too oily.
  • Place this mixture (the dough) into a 9 inch tart pan (with removable bottom) and distribute the crumbs evenly along the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Start pressing it in tightly along the sides to form a pie shell.
  • Place in freezer for 15 minutes.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 medium  apples, peeled , cored and chopped
  • 2 medium  apples  cored and thinly sliced (to fold into mixture)
  • 1 tbsp  fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup pitted soaked Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup soaked raisins
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Filling Directions:

In a food processor, combine the 2 chopped apples, soaked and drained raisins and dates. Process with an “S” blade stopping to scrape of the sides. Add the cinnamon, lemon juice, maple syrup and coconut butter. Process until very smooth.
In a large bowl, sprinkle the thinly sliced and cored 2 apples with lemon juice and fold in the mixture from the food processor.
Remove crust from the freezer and pour in the apple filling. Press it down with spatula and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to set. Covered with plastic wrap, the pie will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serves: 6

Bonus Tip:

Green apples are a very good system detox cleanser!

The health benefits of apples include reduced risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer, the ability to lower cholesterol and to promote healthy weight loss. The high fiber content of apples is also of great benefit to the bowels. A 5-ounce apple can supply the body with more than 3 grams of fiber, 10 percent of the daily-recommended intake.  So eat up this guilt free raw apple pie and enjoy :)

Remember what they say:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”