Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Raw Apple Pie

As Thanksgiving draws near (less than a week up here!), I'm trying to figure out what to make for a main course.  I'm happy enough with a Tofurky, but since I'm teaching a class at the end of November on veganizing holiday food, I figure I should put in a little more effort than that.  Stuffing a winter squash is always classy, but sort of predictable, so I'm waffling on this one.  Any ideas?

Dessert, however, was a no-brainer.  I'm teaching this other class in November (I know, busy bee Allysia) on raw food desserts, so I wanted to multitask that with a Thanksgiving dessert.  So raw apple pie it was, since it's easy (albeit time consuming), not super expensive to make like a lot of raw desserts, and everyone loves apple pie (except Mike since he's weird about cooked fruit, which means maybe this one will go over well).  Plus I've made it a zillion times.


I've learned a couple of hard lessons with this pie.  Since it's raw, the ingredients should be tip-top.  No sad, languishing apples here (I've done it and it makes a big difference in the bad way), and use those awesome, caramel-y medjool dates that hang out with fresh produce in the store, not the crappy dried ones in the baking section.

When I first made this pie, I followed Ani Phyo's recipe to a T, and upon making it a handful of times I've modified it to my preference.  I'll share my modified version here, though I highly recommend checking out her books if you haven't already!

Raw Apple Pie

For the crust:
1 cup dry almonds
1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt

For the sauce:
1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 orange, peeled
water, for consistency

For the pie:
5 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

1.  In a food processor, process the almonds until fairy well-ground (some chunks are okay).  Sprinkle some of the ground almonds on the bottom of a pie plate to "flour" it.  Add the dates and salt to the food processor and process until the mixture sticks together when you squeeze it with your hand.  Press the crust firmly into the pie pan so the bottom and sides are covered.

2.  Using the food processor again (don't worry about cleaning it), make the sauce by processing the dates and orange, adding enough water to keep the mixture running.  When it's relatively smooth (some chunks are okay), set it aside.

3.  In a large bowl, combine the apple slices, cinnamon and sauce, tossing well to combine.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and press evenly.  Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to help it become more sliceable and enjoy!


This pie takes on more of a cooked texture when it has the chance to sit for about a day, but since it's made from fresh ingredients it's best to enjoy in the course of 2 days.  Trust me, it won't last that long anyway.

In addition to being a great holiday dessert, it also makes a fairly fancy guilt-free breakfast!  I want to mention, too, that the type of apples you use here makes a big difference in flavor (obviously).  I absolutely love using tart Granny Smiths since it contrasts the sweetness of the syrup and crust so nicely, but go with your preference.

Well have fun with the MoFo, folks, and I'll catch up with your blogs tonight!

28 comments:

  1. Hey Allysia, long time no see! I was really happy to see your blog pop up in the MoFo feed!

    This apple pie looks delicious and it's been ages since I've tried a raw dessert so I will have to give this a go!

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    1. Ditto to you Mandee! MoFo is a happy time. :)

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  2. This should be a nice change from the raw brownies and cookies I usually depend on when I make raw desserts. I think I might try to make individual portions -- thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Oooh, I like the individual portions idea! And yeah, for teaching a class I wanted to mostly avoid the obvious desserts like brownies, despite how awesome they are!

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  3. Gorgeous! I have so little patience making food sometimes, even when I'm sure they're worth it...and this does look it. How do you slice yr apples? On a mandoline?

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    1. Whoops, forgot to mention that! I use a mandoline, and then thinly slice the leftover pieces.

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  4. Cool, I've never seen a raw apple pie before. Are the apples crisp, or do they soften up?

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    1. They kind of fall somewhere in the middle. They soften up beyond what a sliced apple would be, but they're not as soft as cooked. It makes it taste nice and fresh. :)

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  5. So beautiful and sounds delicious! Apple pie is definitely a dish that lends itself really well being eaten raw. Yum! Yours is lovely, definitely need to try this!

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    1. Yup, many fruit pies are great raw! That reminds me of the lemon pies we made in school...so good...must recreate...

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  6. Beautiful! I've been thinking I'd like to try a raw apple pie and this looks perfect. Maybe I'll trek to Trader Joe's to get some dates tomorrow :-)

    XOXO!

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  7. Mmmm, pie! Looks delicious. For the past few years I've made a shepherd's pie as the main dish at Thanksgiving. The "meaty" part is mushroom, eggplant and other random veg in vegan gravy topped with garlic mashed potatoes. It's a hit with vegans and omni eaters alike. Looking forward to see what you end up making :)

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    1. Hey, Shepherd's pie is a pretty good idea, because most people already think of it as comfort food! I'll keep that in mind, thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Anything with dates in gets big love from me. I always associate raw food with a lot of effort - cheers for completely proving me wrong! I think even I might be able to make this one with adult assistance!

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    1. It's not a fast recipe to make, but it's very easy, good to zen out to with some good tunes. :)

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  9. This looks really good! I like that it diesn't require a dehydrator and it also looks like the most toddler friendly dessert in the world (no sugar). Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Dehydrators are awesome, but I don't have one and neither does most of the population, so yeah, it's good to make raw stuff without 'em!

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  10. This is perfect! I'm struggling this year about Thanksgiving because my family is really not very accomodating about how I like to eat. This was fine in the past because I lived close to them and it was no problem to cook at my home and bring food over. But now I live across the state from them and I'm trying to, like, work out with my step-mom what to bring, but it's not going so well. I feel like some of our family would appreciate lower-calorie options, especially my sisters and uncle and aunt, and I offered to make cauliflower mashed potatoes instead of regular ones, but she still wants to have the regular ones. And I would like to make this instead of our normal apple pie, but I know she'll still want to make an apple pie. I don't want my stuff to be "extra"! I want to be a real part of the meal. It's annoying.

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    1. I know what you mean! When my family has these big food gatherings, I definitely tend to bend on what I eat, especially because most of my family takes the time and care into veganizing things for me, which is awesome in and of itself. In the past, it's meant an entire meal of side dishes, things like that. So I guess it's a question of what's more important, then - keeping consistent with your healthy lifestyle, or going off the wagon for a day (that is, you know, if the mashed potatoes and pie are vegan :) ).

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  11. Cool, I've never had a raw pie before, looks super good! I doubt we're doing anything special for thanksgiving this weekend as we're having a big dinner at a friend's place the following weekend. I'm thinking of making a pot pie, or something wrapped in puff pastry. That's so awesome that you're teaching a class, hope you post about it:)

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    1. Thanksgiving came up so quickly, hey? I'm not ready for it this week! Definitely been considering the pot pie angle, especially since Vegan Dad just did a pot pie post! I've never done anything with puff pastry before, that could be fun too.

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  12. Yum! I'm drowning in apples right now, so this one's def going onto my to-do list!

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    1. Drowning in apples, eh? Doesn't sound like too terrible of a fate. :)

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  13. This looks so wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  14. Your pie looks amazing! I love the idea of orange and date flavors in an apple pie.

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    1. It's nice because the orange doesn't really come through prominently, it just adds a sweetness and a somethin-somethin. :)

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  15. I love the pressure cooker, you can write a tutorial I use it?

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