Delicious Raw Vegan Apple Pie
I am so excited to share with you this amazingly simple, delicious raw vegan apple pie! It calls for only six ingredients and six simple steps to make it. It is so simple and quick to make there is no excuse not to make such a yummy and healthy dessert. This is a dessert that even if you are not raw or vegan you will love. Sometimes as raw foodies we tend to classify foods as raw or vegan that others would just look at as a ‘salad’ or ‘lettuce wraps’ or in this case ‘no-bake dessert’. But when something is really good, non-raw foodies just look at it as…good. So even though it is raw meaning no baking needed, and vegan meaning no eggs used and dairy-free, it is something that everyone can enjoy. I have taste tested it on my dad and he loved it, even asking for more. I shared it with my friends who are not the least bit interested in what it is made of as long as it tastes good, and they loved it! And I know you will too.
What I love about this apple pie recipe is how close it tastes to the baked apple pie I grew up with, yet this one is gluten-free, has no added refined sugars, is much lower in calories and guilt-free. You can rest assured that this baby is 100% wholesome goodness for the body. While eating a delectable dessert you are be feeding and nourishing your body, thus healing it. How fantastic is that? Only on the raw food diet, bebe!
Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. A diet rich in omega-3 is beneficial in reducing depression, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. The omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, help keep the nervous system working smoothly, improves memory, contribute to a healthy heart, healthy blood pressure levels, are great for keeping the skin healthy and glowing, and are an anti-cancer food.
This is the type of food that we should be putting in our bodies. You are what you eat. If you want to feel alive, vibrant, and energetic then that is the type of foods you should be filling your body with. Foods that are naturally vibrant in color, in smell and in taste. Even more so for our kids, their growing precious bodies need only the purest nutrients to nourish them. Sugar, sodas and pastries made from refined sugars, preservatives, color dyes, chemicals, etc really should have no place in a childs’ diet. On the other hand, these raw desserts made with only whole, natural, pure, fresh, fruits and nuts are feeding and nourishing them and boosting their immune systems not taking away from it.
Servings: 2 4×4 pie pans
1 cup raw walnuts, soaked 6+ hours drained and rinsed
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 10-12 dates)
2 granny smith apples, cored peeled and sliced very thin
1/2 cup packed dates
1/2 heaping tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3-1/2 cup water (start with less water add until becomes a syrupy sauce)
1. To make pie crust, pulse the walnuts and dates in food processor until it becomes a coarse meal. Be careful not to over process, it should not be mushy, it should have coarse texture. (Set asides 1/3 cup to use as garnish).
2. Press dough gently into pie pans and set aside to chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
3. Slice the apples into fine slices, if you have a mandolin that would work great for this. Place the slices into a medium size bowl and set aside.
4. Blend 1/4 cup water with rest of the ingredients for the sauce in a blender, as it blends slowly add more water until the consistency is liquified enough that it is a syrupy sauce consistency. (roughly 1/2 cup water total)
5. Pour the sauce over the apples, mixing it in well. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes to let the flavors enhance, and the apples will soften.
6. Pull the pie crusts out of the freezer, layer the apples in the pie tart pans evenly creating a spiral of apples. Garnish with the rest of the crumble.
Enjoy immediately with a cold glass of coconut or nut mylk!
I would love to hear your comments on how you enjoyed this recipe. Please fell free to leave a comment below!
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I just wrote it all down! Will be trying it out asap!!
Oh yay! I am excited for you to try it. Hope you love it!
Sounds and looks delicious!! I am definitely trying this!!
Do you think another nut would work for the crust? My daughter is allergic to walnuts. ???
I have also tried it with pecans and that is a really great alternative, hope you love it too! XO
What do you think about making individual “little pies” in muffin tins?
And would you grease, in some way, the little tins before you put in the crust?
Oh that’s a fun idea! You could use cupcake wrappers to make it decorative and to avoid greasing it. Let me know how it turns out! 🙂
I made this today. Have to say Thank You! This is so so good. Tastes like a caramel apple
only better! I used pecans instead of walnuts….oh this is so good! Put in a Tupperware
square container and this worked out great. Thank You for this recipe!
Hi Cindi, I’m so glad to hear it worked out so good for you! Pecans are a wonderful substitution to walnuts. Isn’t it wonderful how raw desserts can be such an enjoyable guiltless pleasure! Xo
I’ve been slowly getting into the raw vegan life style the last few weeks. I love it, but it seems that all the recipes I find contain dates. Dates are incredibly expensive everywhere I shop. I know this diet is an expensive venture, but I’m a cheap girl. Where do you get your dates? Are they /really/ worth the cash? Is there an alternative that would be able to bind these raw doughs? … all I can think of is maybe raisins.
Hi Maggie, welcome to the raw vegan lifestyle that’s so exciting to hear! That’s a great question and you’re right they are everywhere in raw recipes. I totally feel you wanting to keep things cheap I’m the same way. And to tell you the truth once you get the hang of where and how to shop it really isn’t expensive (of course depending on where you live and how much access there is to fresh produce).
Dates can usually be replaced with other dried fruits like raisins, dried figs, or any dried fruit that’s fleshy. But, to tell you the truth dates are so incredible they’re so worth the price and I honestly don’t pay more than $6 a pound for organic fresh dates. I order them online from http://www.7hotdates.com and when you buy in bulk they come out cheaper and with free shipping. Buying in bulk will last you for months, they really don’t go bad.
I do have a video I made sharing my tips on how to save money while shopping if you’d like to check that out here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPXNd2cGoUs. Hope that can be of help!
Wish you the best on your journey!