Healthy Apple Pie Wins First Place in Pie Contest!

applepie3WooHoo! You’re not going to believe this…

Last weekend I went to a UPS Freight employee picnic with my boyfriend, and entered the pie contest. My healthy “Raw Apple Pie”, with a date and nut crust won first place!

I’ve won vegetarian cooking contests before with this pie, and some of my other favorite fruit and veggie recipes – but never a contest where I was pitted against gooey, fat and calorie laden desserts! This is proof that eating whole plant foods does not doom you to a life of tasteless, dull food.

Check out the competition!

Second place – Pecan Pie

Third Place – Lime Meringue

Second Place

So, to celebrate, I’ll share this amazing recipe with you!

Before I do that, just a thought… I’ve got a rough draft of my “Holiday Recipes” cookbook you may be interested in.

It hasn’t made it into print yet. But, if enough people want it now, I’ll finish it up into an eBook and make it available next week.  Still in time for Thanksgiving and all the December parties.

Comment below if you want me to get busy and finish it, and your wish is my command.  You can still eat delicious holiday food, and feel good afterwards!

Okay – the recipe:

“Jill’s Raw Apple Pie”

First, soak 4 large Medjool dates in a small glass for at least 4 hours. Add just enough water to cover the dates. This will eventually become the paste for the apple filling.

Prepare the Crust:
2 cups dates (dry, pits removed) (or 2 1/2 cups dates, and omit the nuts for a low-fat version)
1 1/2 cup walnuts (or cashews, pecans, macademias, almonds)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Run these 3 ingredients in a food processor with the “S blade” until thoroughly chopped
Press this “dough” into a pie plate, and refridgerate

Next, the pie filling:
4 apples, with skin (Fujis are my favorite)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
1/2 cup walnuts  (optional)
1/2 cup raisins

Drain the dates, and keep the soaked water (the paste may be too thick).
Add the lemon juice and spice, and then blend. It helps to have a very small blender to do this.

Next, use a food processor to grate the apples.
Place the grated apples in a large bowl and fold in the date paste.
Stir in raisins and walnuts.
Spoon this into the date crust, and garnish with some extra walnuts.

This is an unbelievably simple and delicious and healthy apple pie.
Blue Ribbon guaranteed to be loved by all!

Also – if you don’t want to hassle with the crust. This still makes a delicious dessert without the crust.

Remember – if you want me to finish up an electronic holiday cookbook in time for the year’s holidays, email me or reply up above, before the post!

Gooey Hugs,

24 thoughts on “Healthy Apple Pie Wins First Place in Pie Contest!

  1. Elaine Fleck

    If this recipe is any indication, I would like to get the “uncook book” you have in the works, but don’t want to rush you. I can make these kinds of things all year round.

  2. Harriett Rowe


    Once again I thank you for all that you do. I think it would be great to have you do an electronic holiday cookbook.

    Warm regards,


  3. Arleen Tishler

    Brilliant idea. I would love the e-cookbook before the holidays- at least early enough to peruse the recipes and create a shopping list if need be. Thank you!!!

  4. Leila

    This pie looks delish! One question, the pie filling ingredients don’t include walnuts, but the directions do. If I’m to fold walnuts into the filling about how much did you use? If not, I bet they are to just be used as a garnish. I think a holiday eBook from you would be lovely!

  5. Barbara Taranto

    Yes, your idea of an E-book of recipes sounds great! From these posts, we all are looking forward to your recipes. Thanks for the work you are doing. How about a mince pie?? or a plum pudding??

  6. Tanya Marquez

    Yes, I struggle cooking new dishes for my lupus family member so any helpful hints and recipes are greatly appreciated. A holiday cookbook would be wonderful. Thank you for all that you do!!! :-)

    1. Jill Post author

      Hi Joanna,
      I don’t peel the apples. I always use organic apples, so the skins are full of wonderful nutrients. You’ll see that, once you slice the apples in a food processor, the skin is so thin that it doesn’t stand out and detract from the texture. Sometimes the food processor creates a piece of skin that has no apple with it, and I just toss those pieces out. If you cook apple, then the skin separates. That’s why cooked pies don’t have the skin on them. So glad you’re making the pie Send me a photo please :-)

  7. Lane

    You mention grating and slicing the apples. If I’m not using a food processor, would I use my hand grater (which tends to make the apples soupy) or just thinly slice them. If grating them, do I squeeze out the moisture?


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