From the In Balance Kitchen: Raw Apple Pie

This dessert makes a healthy alternative to a Thanksgiving feast (one that doesn’t beg to have a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream like traditional apple pie!). Because this recipe is so satisfying and nutrient dense it isn’t limited to dessert – with a scoop of plain yogurt on the side it’s great for breakfast! Like they say – “start with dessert”!


“Just Like Mom’s” Raw Apple Pie


From: Karen Toews  Makes: 12 servings



5 large apples – Jonagold, Granny Smith or other favourite crisp variety
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened, sulphate free)
1 1/2 Tbs ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbs raw honey


1 cup toasted hazelnuts
1 cup cashews or pecans
1/2 cup chopped Medjool dates
2-3 Tbs creamy whole coconut milk (like Nutiva Coconut Manna)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp coconut oil


1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup rolled quinoa flakes
1/4 cup dried cranberries
pinch of sea salt

1. Coarsely grate or thinly slice apples (a mandolin is great for this) and put into a bowl with the lemon juice, spices and honey and let sit for 30 minutes.

2. To make the crust, place nuts in a food processor with dates, vanilla and cinnamon. Pulse until mixture sticks together and is the texture of crumbs. Coat a 9 x 9-inch pan with coconut oil (or line with parchment paper), then press in crust ingredients. Put pan in freezer for 20 minutes. Drain apples (press with a spoon) and place inside crust.

3. Put topping ingredients into food processor and pulse until fine. Sprinkle over apples.

4. Refrigerate until serving.
If you’re feeling really decadent, serve with a dollop of coconut milk whipped cream!

Recipe credits to Slimming Meals That Heal by Julie Daniluk

Karen Toews, RHN – “Real food matters!”

Karen Toews is an In Balance Consultant and RHN, in Nova Scotia. Karen believes that being well in body, mind and spirit is an on-going journey of commitment and time – starting with real food! You can find her online at

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