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
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!