Healthy-er Apple Pies

I love sweet things… my food allergy/intolerances to egg and dairy do not. Not to mention, I am pretty much weaned off of white flour and white sugar. So when a dear friend gave me a mini pie press (because we’re moving to England, and ‘I needed to know how to make pies!’), I knew I also needed to figure out an option to keep them as healthy as possible, but still satisfy my sweet tooth. Okay, I know the British make a lot of mince (meat) pies, but I couldn’t help it, it was my way of bringing ‘comfort food’ into our new flat. Mince pies can wait, right?!

Troy loved them too. He even took one on the road for breakfast the following morning. (Remember when you were little and wanted to eat pie for breakfast?!) 

Here is the result.

Pie Crust:

  • 3 cups whole grain flour
  • ½ cup ice-cold water
  • ¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¼ cup oil (I used sunflower, but will be trying coconut next time!)

Pie Filling:

  • 6 peeled, cored, and sliced apples – I used Gala, again, my sweet tooth.. but others enjoy Granny Smith for their tartness
  • ⅓ cup Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ c water

Preheat oven to 375 F (170 C).

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, crushing apples lightly.

Press pie crust into mini pie press, according to press instructions (or 9 in pie pan if you want to make a single pie).

Fill with pie filling

Brush crust lightly with oil (coconut)

Bake at 375 F (170 C) for 45 min, or until golden brown.

Cool.  Enjoy.


Notes:
1. If you are just thinking of getting away from white foods (i.e. flour, rice, etc), then start slowly, incorporating brown foods in ratio so you (1) wean towards the better option and it is not so shocking – causing you to run from the healthier option completely! For example, in our home, I started mixing 50% brown, 50% white, then 60% brown, 40% white, and so on.

2.  I am learning about the health benefits of coconut oil, therefore, you are likely to see it in my recipes more and more. For more information on coconut oil, check out this article. A friend shared it with me, so I am just sharing the good word! There is also information on YouTube. This link is part one of six, or so about one Dr’s findings, but the comments share much more! (Thanks for sharing, A!)

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