Healthy and Easy Apple Pie Recipe

by Pamela

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Craving – an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing.  A food craving is an intense desire to eat a specific food as opposed to normal hunger for food.  Specific food cravings are generally found in people that are on restricted diets.  Another thought on cravings is that the body realizes it’s missing a specific vitamin or mineral and craves the food it knows contains it.  A-ha, my body is craving vitamin sweet!

So that explains my raging urge for something sweet.  I can only eat fruit for so long before my body finally says: “Are you kidding me with this bowl of sliced apples?  Do you think I’m stupid?  Do you think I can’t tell the difference between an f’ing apple and a piece of cake?”  So as I stumble around my kitchen and find odds and ends of Christmas treats, I feel rather virtuous as I toss them out, but deep down I know that I want to dig into them and stuff them down my pie hole.  Besides, if no one’s around who’s gonna know I slipped up on my detox?

Easy-Apple-Pie

I hunkered down over my cookbooks and did a little research on the internet to come up with a healthy apple pie recipe (because I have a bushel of apples in my kitchen at the moment) that I could eat, while on my detox, and not feel like I just set myself back to square one.  It wasn’t easy…no sugar, gluten free, no eggs, blah blah blah.  I conquered the crust by making it an almond crust (nut crusts aren’t just for cheesecakes anymore).  Plus, almonds work really well with apples.  Baking the almond crust gives it more of a firm crust texture than a traditional nut crust like you would find on a cheesecake.  The filling was a bit easier to come up with because apples already have a good amount of sweetness to them, so it’s really more a matter of enhancing their flavor.

Craig, of course, was rolling his eyes as I told him we were going to have dessert.  He was expecting a plate of fruit and wasn’t exactly looking forward to it.  As the aroma’s began wafting from the kitchen he started perking up and asking me what I was cooking.  Being the snarky bitch that I am, I simply told him dessert.  He went into the kitchen but couldn’t see into the oven to figure out what was in there.  It was driving him nuts and I was totally enjoying watching him try to figure it out.

This apple pie has a couple of benefits that you don’t ordinarily get with a pie. One, it’s an easy apple pie recipe and two, it’s a healthy apple pie (no, that’s not an oxymoron).  It is possible to take favorite recipes and make them healthier.  Remember the healthy cream sauce from a few months ago?  Granted, pie has a few more benefits than most desserts, because it’s full of fruit, but I wouldn’t exactly classify it as a health food.  This easy apple pie is truly a healthy recipe.

Relationship Advice

Being able to enjoy your sexual self even when you’re not fucking is the feminist bit – it’s about having desire, celebrating desire, your power and hotness and vulnerability. It’s that feeling of power-in-reverse, walking around with the inscrutability of Mona Lisa, knowing, as you run around doing your mundane errands or going to classes that you could turn anyone you choose into a sweaty, exhausted, happy mess.

-Helen Boyd

In the 60’s, the feminist vibe (okay, lots of people had the vibe) was FREE LOVE.  With the availability of the the pill, sex was an easier proposition because there existed a method of birth control that was far more reliable than anything else on the market to date.  So all those women craving sex were able to engage in it when, where and how often they wanted without the pregnancy hang up that may have been holding them back.

While AIDS and std’s over the years may have curtailed some of the sexual escapades to levels below the 60’s, not much has changed some 50 years later.  But does feminism mean going out an banging anyone you like whenever you like?  Or is feminism more about knowing that you could screw someone and turn them completely inside out while not physically acting on it?

I tend to follow Boyd’s reasoning.  I think feminism is more about having the choice and deciding what you would like to do rather than feeling like you are required to do it.  How about you?

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Healthy and Easy Apple Pie Recipe

Makes 4 individual pies or 1 9 inch pie

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Agave Nectar
  • 6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

Filling

  • 4 Cups Peeled and Sliced Apples (loosely packed)
  • 3/4 Cup Apple Juice (I used freshly juiced apples)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Guar Gum
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Arils

Directions

Crust

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit.

Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl until thoroughly combined.

Divide mixture between individual pie pans (or pour into single 9″ pan) and press mixture on to bottom and up sides of pan.  Make sure that crust is even in thickness.

Prick the crust, that is on the bottom of the pan, several times with a fork.

Place pie pans on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until crust is evenly browned.

Remove from oven to cool.

Filling

In a 2 quart saucepan, over medium high heat, add all of the ingredients EXCEPT the guar gum and the pomegranate arils. (Those will be added later.)

Continue to cook, and stir, until the apples begin to soften and the juice is reduced by half.  The amount of time this will take depends on how thick you cut your apples.

Once the apples reach the texture you are looking for and the juices have reduced, lightly sprinkle the guar gum over the top of the mixture and stir thoroughly.  Do not just drop this in directly from the spoon in one big clump.  If you do this, you will probably end up with a big blob of congealed mess in the middle of your apple mixture.  This thickening agent is far more potent than cornstarch and will thicken on contact.  So sprinkle lightly and stir.

Once stirred in and you see that your mixture has thickened, remove from heat.

Let sit for 10 minutes then stir in the arils.

Assembly

Spoon the mixture into the pie shell.

I topped mine with chopped pecans, but you could use chopped almonds or walnuts or even nothing at all.

Serve

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16 comments

Stephanie January 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Ooh this looks delicious and healthy! I’m not eating refined sugar this month and I wish I’d seen this earlier. I made a chocolate chickpea cake that’s gluten and sugar free but is really moist and chocolaty. There are eggs in it, but you might be able to use an egg replacer. I just made it into cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, which really put it over the top.

SinoSoul January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

Question, does that relationship advice apply to married women? And are you implying cougars are feminists?

(No thoughts on the pie except there are clearly already too many comments focused on the pie. hehe.)

Pamela January 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Sort of. Just looking at a guy and knowing you could rock is world is very satisfying to a woman regardless of marital status. Sometimes it’s all about the mind games. ;) I suppose some cougars are feminists, but some probably are not. They can decide if they want to be a teacher in the bedroom or not. :)

Lora @cakeduchess January 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Apple pie is my favorite dessert. This caught me eye the other night and I’ve been meaning to get a closer look. It’s gorgeous! And healthy! Wow! Nice job:)

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks January 15, 2011 at 12:09 am

Another must try. What is your preference for baking apples? I usually like to mix ‘em up – some galas, pink ladies, jonathan’s, etc. fyi, i always thought “pink ladies” was a little risque for the name of an apple.

Pamela January 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I like to bake with jonathan and rome apples (when I can find them out here). But for this pie I used a green apple (not a granny smith) whose pedigree is unknown. Someone that Craig works with has lots of trees in his backyard and he was looking to offload a bunch.

marla {family fresh cooking} January 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Love what you got going on with this Healthy & Easy Apple pie. Great ingredients – and no you cannot beat a craving for sweet. Ever. xo

Nancy@acommunaltable January 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Actually, I think I might prefer your crust to the normal pie crust – I think the texture would be terrific with the apples and I am a sucker for cooked apples!!!

Pamela January 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

Nancy – I prefer crusts like this to the more traditional dough crusts. I think they add more flavor.

Brian – It’s always the simple things that are so sexy.

Brad – This healthy dessert looks so delicious because the fruit is so fresh. Those apples were picked just a couple of days before I made the pie. Freshness rules!

Brian @ A Thought For Food January 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

There’s nothing sexier than apple pie… but the fact that this is a bit healthier is just wonderful.

EATnLISTEN January 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

How do you make a healthy dessrt look so tasty. I think I could eat the whole pie!

Vicky January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for the Healthy and Easy Apple Pie Recipe! I love apples.

Pamela January 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

Vicky – I hope you enjoy this pie recipe as much as we did.

Lauren – Let us know how it turns out for you.

Mary – I’m glad you like this healthy twist on a classic recipe.

Lauren January 13, 2011 at 9:45 am

Apple pie is an all-time favorite comforting cold-weather dessert of mine, and this healthy version sounds absolutely fantastic! I especially love the crust made out of almonds and the brown rice syrup in the filling. I can’t wait to make this pie!

MaryMoh January 13, 2011 at 2:03 am

That’s a very healthy apple pie, very different from the normal ones that I see. I love the crust…very special. Thanks very much for sharing.

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