I grew up on apple pie made by my grandmother, some of my best memories involve her delicious apple pie. So, when we first made a change to our diet several years ago that involved cutting out gluten and sugar, it seemed a little devastating. I mean, who doesn’t need a good pie or a plate full of macaroni and cheese once in a while?!
What would we eat to celebrate birthday’s, triumphs and other happy occasions? And what would we eat when we just needed a little bit of happy comfort food?
Neither of us claim to be the best cooks in the world, but with time and using resources such as Elena’s Pantry we have found a lot of recipes that help satisfy those cravings, celebrate the good times and ease the bad times.
Despite the fact that we had substitutes for some of our favorite foods, one thing that we still really missed was apple pie. Warm, gooey and delicious. We were skeptical that there could be a decent gluten free, sugar free apple pie substitute. And it DEFINITELY wouldn’t hold a candle to my Nana’s homemade apple pie!
It took a few tries, but we came up with a super yummy version! (Still not quite what my grandmother could do, but who can beat your grandmother’s cooking?)
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Below is our take on yummy gluten free, sugar free apple pie:
3 cups Almond Flour
3 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
6 medium apples
8 approximately 40 dates
2 Tbs water
1 tsp cinnamon
8 ounces of heavy whipping cream
1 tsp of vanilla
1) You will first want to get your date paste going. You will put your dates into a container with the water and let them soak.
2) Next, you will want to make your pie crust. We basically use the recipe we found on Elena’s Pantry (here), but made a few changes in amounts of ingredients. (We however, give Elena’s Pantry FULL credit for this crust recipe).
3) Combine your almond flour, coconut oil, salt and egg in a food processor and blend until you get what resembles a dough ball. Then press the dough into your pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
4) While your crust is baking, you can prepare the pie filling. You will want to slice and core your apples. You can make the apple pieces as large or small as you like.
5) You will then want to make your date paste by putting your soaked dates and water into the food processor with the cinnamon and blending until it is a paste consistency.
6) You can then combine your date paste and apples in a large bowl.
7) Once your crust is done and pie filling is ready, dump your pie filling into your crust and stick it back into the oven at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.
8) While your pie is baking, you can whip up the whipping cream. We simply use heavy whipping cream and a whisk. We whisk the cream until is it the consistency of whip cream (this takes about 8 minutes). And then add in your vanilla for a little extra flavor since we do not add any sugar.
If you give this gluten free, sugar free apple pie a try leave us a comment below and let us know what you think!