Sweet Apple Pie

“Clean” Eating. It’s a term that is thrown around a lot at the moment (yep, you may notice even I have used clean hashtag on Insta) but what exactly is “Clean” eating? To put it bluntly clean eating is eating healthily… Not even joking. There is no special formula or expensive bars/shakes or cardboard (tasting) boxed meals. “Clean” is a term used to encompass a diet that involves eating regularly throughout the day, eating wholesome fresh foods and avoiding processed foods/drinks. See, it’s basically eating healthy aka how we should be eating anyway! No special secret here!

There is something to be said about putting in a little effort and making food that you know tastes better than it’s overly produced and packaged equivalent & better yet is actually good for you. Yep you heard right, even dessert can be good for you! And I will prove that to you by sharing one of my tried and tested recipes. My family & friends have been subjected to trying to various versions of my “clean” apple pie (poor them…) and I have this recipe down to perfection. It’s got a thin, crumbly base (full of good oils and nutrients) with tart, tender apples and finished off with a sweet cinnamon topping. Yummy & nourishing!

Are you drooling yet? I am, so let’s start baking!

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Healthy (Clean) Apple Pie

Heat oven to 180oC (fan forced).

Base:

  •  2 cups of almond meal (helps lower blood cholesterol)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (can be cooked at high temps, boosts the metabolism & helps support the immune system)
  • 1 egg or substitute (full of vitamins A, B2, B5 & B12 plus other nutrients) for vegans such as 1/4 cup of pureed plain soft tofu
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar (low GI)
  • Zest of 1 lemon (high in vitamin C)

Filling:

  • 2 apples: peeled, cored & sliced thinly – I chose Granny Smith apples (high in antioxidants & full of soluble fibre)
  • 3 tablespoons of almond meal (good source of vitamin E)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste (high in antioxidants)
  • 1/2 cup of honey (helps fight infections) for vegans use maple syrup
  •  2 teaspoon of cinnamon (helps control blood sugar levels)
  • 2 teaspoon of nutmeg (helps reduce bloating)
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao butter: melted (good source of omega 6 & omega 9)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (helps reduce indigestion)

Method:

Coat a 30cm tart pan with coconut oil and place on top of a baking tray.

Combine all base ingredients in a food processor and blend (using dough blade) until combined.
Press the dough into the base of a pan and smooth out flat.
Put the base in the middle of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile… Fill a bowl with water & squeeze 1/2 of the lemon juice into the water.
Place apple slices into the water & let soak for 2 minutes (this will stop the apples turning brown).
After 2 minutes drain the apple slices of the water mixture.
Once the base is baked, layer apple slices on top.

Combine the rest of the filling ingredients (including the rest of the lemon juice) in a bowl & mix until combined into a thick sauce.
Pour the sauce topping over the apples.
Place the apple pie in oven & bake for 20-25 minutes (until apples are tender to touch).

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Yay! Your healthy apple pie is now ready for eating (nom nom nom!)

Serve the apple pie warm (of course) with vanilla coconut yoghurt or coconut ice cream & topped off with coconut flakes or flaked almonds. Delish!

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Enjoy! If you make this yummy apple pie (which I am sure you are now dying to make…) make sure you show me on the Facebook page or tag me in on Instagram or Twitter using @juvellebehrendorff – I would love to see your creation and hear whether you love it as much as I do!

Anyway I’m off to go eat another slice…
JB xx

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