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Raw Apple Caramel Pie

Raw Apple Caramel Pie: A Delicious Blast from the Past

raw apple caramel pie

Hey there, food enthusiasts! I'm here to share a fantastic recipe from my raw food days, originally featured on my RawRifficFood.com blog more than a decade ago. This recipe is timeless, making it an ideal dessert not just for the holidays but also for celebrating apples, especially in September when they're in season.


As I've transitioned to my PlantBasedFlex.com blog, where I explore a mostly plant-based flexitarian lifestyle, I've found that this Raw Apple Caramel Pie still perfectly aligns with my philosophy. It's a delightful sweet treat that combines the goodness of apples, nuts, and natural sweeteners, making it a healthier alternative to traditional pies. So, let's dive into this timeless recipe that's both nutritious and delicious.


Raw Apple Caramel Pie:

Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 cup crushed raw pecans

  • 1 cup crushed raw walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter (lightly melted)

  • 1 tablespoon raw agave nectar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Healthy Benefits:

  • Pecans and walnuts are rich in heart-healthy fats and antioxidants.

  • Coconut butter provides healthy fats and adds creaminess.

  • Raw agave nectar is a natural sweetener with a lower glycemic index.

  • Himalayan salt offers essential minerals in trace amounts.

Preparation:

  1. In a food processor, combine the crushed raw pecans, crushed raw walnuts, lightly melted coconut butter, raw agave nectar, and Himalayan salt.

  2. Pulse the ingredients until they become crumbly and sticky.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch pie pan and evenly press it to cover the entire pan.

  4. Dehydrate the crust for 3 to 4 hours at 115°F (46°C).

Recommended Storage:


Store any leftover crust in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.


Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. pitted Medjool dates

  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract (non-alcoholic)

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar

  • 1/4 cup lucuma powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice/cloves

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

  • 1 cup raisins or mixed dried berries or currants

  • 1 lb. Fuji or other similar flavored apples

Healthy Benefits:

  • Medjool dates provide natural sweetness and are a good source of fiber.

  • Lucuma powder adds a unique flavor and is rich in antioxidants.

  • Cinnamon and allspice offer anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Coconut oil contains healthy fats and imparts creaminess.

  • Raisins and dried berries contribute vitamins and minerals.

  • Apples provide dietary fiber and vitamin C.

Preparation:

  1. Cover pitted Medjool dates with purified water. Soak in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 to 8 hours. Do not discard water.

  2. Place soaked dates, organic vanilla extract, water, raw agave nectar, lucuma powder, ground cinnamon, and allspice/cloves in a high-speed blender.

  3. Blend on high until the mixture becomes smooth and thick.

  4. Add the Himalayan salt and coconut oil while continuing to blend until smooth.

  5. Transfer the blended mixture to a bowl and add the raisins or mixed dried berries or currants. Mix well and set aside.

Serving Suggestions:

Layer the apple slices over the crust and pour the caramel filling over them. Optionally, garnish with additional crushed nuts.


Recommended Pie Storage:

Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator for up to five days. Cover it to prevent drying out. Enjoy chilled or at room temperature.


Nutrition Facts (per serving - crust and filling for 8 servings):
  • Calories: 120

  • Total Fat: 6.5g

    • Saturated Fat: 1.5g

  • Carbohydrates: 15.75g

    • Fiber: 2.25g

    • Sugars: 11g

  • Protein: 1.5g

  • Sodium: 70mg

These nutrition values are approximate and are based on the assumption that the entire pie is divided into 8 equal servings. Adjust serving sizes according to your dietary needs and preferences.


This Raw Apple Caramel Pie is not only a delightful dessert but also a testament to the creativity and variety that can be achieved in a plant-based diet. As we celebrate the apple season in September, there's no better time to enjoy the natural sweetness and wholesome goodness of this pie.


raw apple pie

So, whether you're planning a holiday gathering or simply indulging in a pre-fall sweet treat, give this recipe a try. It's a wonderful addition to my PlantBasedFlex.com journey, and I hope it becomes a beloved part of your culinary adventures as well.


Don't forget to share your experience with this Raw Apple Caramel Pie and tag me on social media. Let's savor the flavors of the season and continue on our plant-based journey together. Cheers to good food and a healthy, balanced life!


Disclaimer: Please note that the nutrition values provided are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes. Always consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized dietary advice.


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