Raw Apple Pie

I thought I might take a minute to share with you all one of my absolute favorite recipes just in time for the holidays. A raw apple pie. Yes, totally raw- no oven required! This recipe is paleo, vegan, and beyond indulgent. It is even healthy enough to eat for breakfast. This recipe was adapted from Ani Phyo’s All-American Raw Apple pie, a very talented raw vegan chef. Check out her books.

Ingredients: 

Crust:

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups dates
  • almond flour (about 1 tablespoon)

Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1 peeled orange
  • water as needed

Filling:

  • 5 cups very thinly sliced apples (about 5-6 apples preferably softer apples like a gala or red delicious)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

For the crust: 

  1. Place almonds, salt and dates in a food processor.
  2. Process until almonds are ground fine and a dough is formed.
  3. Sprinkle a little almond flour on the bottom of a standard pie pan. (This will keep the dough from sticking.)
  4. Spread dough out evenly with your fingers. Wet your hands a little if needed. Pinch the edges to form a pretty crust.

For the syrup and filling:

  1. Cut apples and slice very thinly with a mandoline  slicer.
  2. Place is large mixing bowl.
  3. Add dried cranberries and cinnamon.
  4. Place 1/2 cup dates and peeled orange in blender. Add a little water at a time if needed.
  5. Blend until very smooth.
  6. Pour syrup over apples and mix until apples are coated.

Assembly:

  1. Add apples to pie crust. Assemble the very top layers of apples into a pretty circular pattern.
  2. Let sit for 1-2 hours before serving. (Best results are actually the next day when it sits in the fridge over night.)

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