Apple pie is one of those all-time classic desserts and loved by most, including us! Having revised the classic apple pie recipe to a healthier version means we can now eat lots and lots of apple pie, and not just as a dessert. This apple pie works very well as a snack at any point of the day as it has a great nutrient profile containing plenty healthy fats, protein and low GI carbohydrates.  We happened to take some to a Crit cycling race over the weekend. Why have energy gels / bars when you can have apple pie?

Coincidentally, this recipe is incredibly easy and quick to prepare and takes 10 minutes of active preparation only while it will need about 30 minutes in the freezer before serving. This recipe serves six.

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

  • 200 grams of nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts or Brazil nuts)
  • Six large Medjool dates
  • Three table spoons of coconut oil

For the filling

  • Six large apples
  • Lemon juice from one lemon
  • One teaspoon of chia seeds
  • One teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

PREPARATION

  1. Add the crust ingredients into the food processor and process until the ingredients are well processed into small chunks
  2. Transfer the crust mixture into a pie dish and press the mixture down firmly with your hands until the bottom of the dish is covered
  3. Remove the seeds from the apples and cut these into smaller pieces before adding them to the food processor together with the other filling ingredients and process until well mixed (but not too well mixed – it is not an apple sauce recipe)
  4. Transfer the filling mixture onto the crust and add the pie dish into the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes

Tip: buy your apples from your local farmers market for optimal flavor and add this delicious coconut creme as a topping for extra deliciousness!