After eating this in Palm Springs at Palm Greens Café, a great vegan-minded restaurant, I decided to try and recreate this fantastic dessert that I had as part of my pre-race breakfast. This is a WAY yummy raw vegan rendition of a classic apple pie.  You might notice that I used a lot more cinnamon than I would in a cooked pie, as I do find that in raw food preparation you should increase seasoning amounts for maximum flavor.  I have been enjoying slices and scoops of this pie all week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 Cups Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 2 Cups any combination of Raw Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Walnuts or Cashews (I actually used some dried buckwheat groats in my first attempt but they do soften rather quickly-thus producing a somewhat soggy crust)
  • a small amount of Coconut Oil for lightly greasing the pie plate

Filling

  • 6 cups thinly* sliced apples (from about 5-6 large apples such as Granny Smith)
  • 12 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/2 Cup freshly squeezed Orange or Tangerine Juice
  • ¼ Cup Real Maple Syrup (I used my friends’ organic farm in Vermont called Running Saps)
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Raisins

*cut as thinly as possible-between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch

Method

To make crust

  • Lightly grease a 9” pie plate with coconut oil
  • Process Dates in food processor and pulse on and off for about a minute
  • Add Nuts and process until a ball of “dough” starts to come together in the food processor
  • Remove “dough” from food processor and press into greased pie plate

Mixing the Pie Crust

Pie crust ready for filling

To make filling and assemble the pie

  • In a blender, puree the Dates, Orange Juice, Maple Syrup, Salt and Cinnamon
  • Pour over apples and toss together
  • Stir in Raisins
  • Transfer apple mixture to crust-lined pie plate
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours to let the flavors meld together and the apples soften
  • Serve plain, with vegan ice cream or with maple-cashew cream

Mixing the Apple Pie Filling

The delicious Raw Vegan Apple Pie