The World's Healthiest Apple Pie

Prep: 40 minutes Cook: 50-55 minutes

Serves:6-8

By Chef AJ
Most pie is made from white sugar, white flour and butter, but this one is made from gluten free oats, seeds and fruit. You could even eat it for breakfast, and I do, I do!!!

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • 4 ounces sulfite free dried apples
  • 8 ounces pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp alcohol free vanilla extract
  • Filling:
  • 3 pounds apples
  • 1 cup date paste
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (add zest if using fresh)
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp alcohol free vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:
In a high-powered blender grind oats and seeds. Transfer to a food processor fitted with the "S" blade. Add the spice and dried apples and process until they are finely ground. Add dates, a few at a time, until mixture start to stick together and you can clump it together easily into a ball. Then add vanilla and briefly process again. Evenly press mixture into a 9" springform pan.

For filling:
In a small bowl, mix together the chia seeds and lemon juice. Set aside. Peel apples and finely chop. Stir in date paste (recipe in Desserts), spice and vanilla. Add chia seed/lemon juice mixture and mix well. Pour evenly over crust. Sprinkle with coconut. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 -55 minutes until coconut starts to brown.

Delicious served hot, warm, cold or at room temperature, with or without pear whipped cream.

Chef's Note: You can also warm this in a dehydrator for 6-8 hours for a raw apple pie.

Serve with Pear Whipped Cream, recipe in Desserts.