Can't Believe It's Raw, Apple Pie
A raw apple pie is easy to make and super healthy, it's just fruit and nuts! I brought this pie to a raw food potluck and everyone there was amazed at how yummy it was and asking me for the recipe, so I decided to add it here! This pie is big enough to give six people a good sized slice.
The crust is made from nuts and dried fruit. You can use whatever kind of nuts you like! My three favorite nuts are almonds, walnuts, and cashews so I usually use some combination of the three. You can experiment with any kinds you want including seeds like hemp, chia, and sunflower.
For the dried fruit you can use dates for a super sweet crust, or raisins to go a little bit healthier (and cheaper), or any other dried fruit you have like apricots, figs, or cherries. In the photo I used raisins and goji berries. I wouldn't recommend using goji berries if they are really dry like mine were, they were much too chewy and didn't blend well with the nuts.
To make the crust, just blend up 2 cups of whatever nuts you choose in a food processor until they turn crumby, then add one cup of dried fruit until it starts to clump and stick together a little bit.
Next, pour the mixture into a pie tin and and mold with your fingers into a crust. It should look like this:
You can experiment with whether or not you like to make the crust flat or go up at the outside. I usually leave it flat if I'm making the raw apple pie for myself.
Once it's good and pressed, put some plastic wrap over the top and pop it in the freezer so it can harden while you take care of the rest of the pie.
I love using apple as a topping in my raw pies because it gives it a nice crunch. Banana is good for the sauce because it's so sweet. For a simple recipe, that's all the undried fruit I use!
The raw apple pie I brought to the potluck had raisins, almonds, and walnuts for the crust, banana and a little apple for the sauce, and chopped apple with a little blueberry for the toppings! Blueberries are a nice touch to the rest of the ingredients in the raw apple pie.
For the sauce take two bananas and throw them into the food processor. This should come out to about two cups, if it doesn't just add some apple. Other goodies you can add to the sauce are some cinnamon or about a tablespoon of lemon juice.
If you have some bananas frozen you can make them into ice cream for the sauce! Click here to learn more about raw fruit ice cream.
For the toppings chop up two large apples or about 4 cups. Done!
Bringing it all together
Take the crust out of the freezer, add the sauce on top, and spread it around evenly. Add the chopped apples on top and you're ready to eat! If I'm making this for others and using blueberries, I'll make a pattern with them like a smiley face or a heart or and infinity symbol ∞.
If you don't have blueberries on hand (like me), you're pie should look something like...
That's it! Enjoy your simply divine, raw apple pie!
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