Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Apple Caramel Pie

I had a bunch of red delicious apples that weren't looking so delicious.  My sweet tooth, Dolores, convinced me to try to make a raw apple pie.  *Note*:  this pie is not technically raw as I've used agave and coconut palm crystals as sweeteners.  It's also very rich and sweet; TH and I happily shared one serving.

Quick and Easy Pie Crust 
2 cups pecans
1/2 cup chopped dates 
1/4 cup coconut
pinch of salt

Pulse above ingredients in a food processor until well mixed.  

Lightly grease custard cups (or small tart pans) with coconut oil before pressing in the crust dough.  

Apple Pie Filling 
5 small apples, peeled and sliced into chunks
1 lemon, squeezed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut palm crystals, or sweetener of choice
dash of salt

Mix above ingredients together gently in a bowl.  

Coconut Whipped Cream
(I used macadamia nuts and let the cream harden in the fridge for a while)

Yum Caramel Sauce
5 dates, soaked (place dates in a one cup measuring cup and add water to brim)
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup agave
1 tablespoon vanilla
pinch of salt  
1/8 cup melted coconut oil (added after everything else has blended)

Blend all of the above ingredients, including the water the dates soaked in.  I like to store my sauce in a squeeze bottle.  

End result:

Great idea, Dolores!
(Random) Question:  What is special about the place you live?  


  1. 'my sweet tooth, Dolores'--lol! That really got my funny bone. Yes, they really can have a mind of their own...

    The place _I_ live is special because it is sooo close to the edge of the bluff, and the bluff is eroding, so it could all fall down with us in it like humpty-dumpties. The view across the bay is awesome too: we can see Mt Augustine smoking out in the ocean and on clear days we can see round to Redoubt and Iliamna too. So I guess all those active volcanos are kind of special, but I used to live near an even more active one in HI. And the earthquakes are cool, but that was something special about the last _two_ places I lived (HI and CA).

    The apple pie looks great and I love your mis-en-place photo.

  2. dolores!lol mine's pretty obnoxious so i think i'll call her big bertha.=)

    that pie looks perfect!

  3. @Ela

    Your view sounds amazing, Ela. I would love to see it. Living near active volcanos is definitely special. Do you have a picture of the view somewhere on your blog?

  4. @kelli

    Big Bertha- that's the perfect obnoxious sweet tooth name!

  5. How did you like the cream subbing macs for the cashews?? I bet it was amazing--looks spectacular.
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