Mini apple pies (raw)

Post by Megan Stulberg

This were so good. Like, TOO good. Is there such thing? Well if there is, these are exactly that! I made these little food dudes a while back. I prefer making bite-size versions of desserts because I honestly tend to just make a huge mess whenever I attempt to slice into a large cake or whatever, but you could totally modify this easily by using a pie pan instead!

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Ingredients…

  • 3 medium apples, peeled + chopped into small chunks
  • 2 cups pitted dates, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup raw almonds (walnuts work)
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch sea salt

Directions…

  1. Line a muffin tray with plastic wrap or long, thin strips of wax paper (the latter is easier).
  2. Use a high-speed blender or food processor to combine almonds with 1 cup pitted dates. Press mixture firmly into each muffin cup to form base/crust. Pat down with fork if needed. Set aside in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While crusts are setting, prep the apple pie filling! Combine remaining dates with water, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt in blender into a sauce that’s gooey and semi-liquid in consistency (think caramel). Peel the apples and cut into small, bite-size chunks. Mix everything together in bowl (or if your blender has a removable blade, combine in there and save yourself from doing extra dishes) until the apple chunks are thoroughly coated in the sauce.
  4. Remove muffin tray from freezer. Pop crusts out of each cup and place on large cutting board or plate. Spoon filling into each cup so that it’s full well over the top of the crust, but the sauce isn’t overflowing over the side.
  5. Place back to freezer at least 1 hour to set. When ready to eat, partially thaw and serve immediately. Enjoy cold! You could even top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream.

Makes approximately 9 individual treats.

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Easy Vegan Holiday Season: Day 9

By Raven Steepe

Apple pie, in my humble opinion, is the best winter comfort dessert. There is something about the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and apples that just makes my mouth water. Unfortunately, traditional pie crust usually contains a lot of butter, lard and shortening to get it super flakey so I came up with a super easy and delicious alternative.

This is a recipe for Vegan Apple Crumble or if you want to get fancy…Vegan Deconstructed Apple Pie! If you are pressed for time but want something that is satisfying and wholesome, give this a try.

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Ingredients for Filling 

  • 6-8 small – mediums apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 heaping 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Ingredients for Topping

  • Heaping 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend*
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup or 1/2 one stick of non-dairy butter (I used Earth Balance)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a glass dish or baking pan.

2. Slice apples evenly and place in a large bowl, then sprinkle with lemon juice. Toss and coat the apples with sugar, cinnamon and salt.

3. Transfer the coated apples to your baking dish.

4. In a bowl mix together oats, almonds, flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add the non-dairy butter while stirring.

5. Sprinkle the mixed ingredients over the apples and bake until the apples are soft and the topping is a golden brown.

**You can use an all purpose gluten-free flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill Brand.

Enjoy!