During the week, I am very happy to drink green juices or green smoothies for breakfast, and then munch on fruit and a few nuts during the morning, but on the weekend I really do enjoy making more of an occasion of breakfast.
Instead of stodgy croissants and muffins, this raw apple pie will make you feel that you are treating yourself to something very special, yet with all the goodness of a super healthy breakfast. It’s pretty quick to make, and it doesn’t require any planning (as long as you have the ingredients, of course) so if you get the urge you can whip this up on a cosy Sunday morning.
Obviously it also makes a wonderful dessert or snack. Seriously, I LOVE this way of eating – when ‘treating’ yourself to something actually treats your body too! When your yummy dessert-breakfast is healthier than most people’s choice of food for the entire day, you know you are on to a great thing!
So here is the recipe. Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy some more!! You are worth looking after.
Serves 2 – 4
I really do think this is a fantastic alternative to apple crumble. OK, so it’s not hot, like an oven-fresh crumble, but it really does resemble the room temperature ‘left-overs’ of a cooked one that I have enjoyed on more than one occasion. Serve this with raw (or regular dairy-free) versions of ice-cream or vanilla sauce and you will be even more convinced!
1 cup mixed nuts e.g. almonds, cashew, hazelnuts
4 dates, stones removed
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoons Maple or agave syrup (or a couple of moist dates)
500 g apples plus 1 large apple
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/5 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/5 teaspoon ground ginger
1/5 teaspoon ground cloves
1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
4 dates, stones removed
½ tablespoons agave syrup (or 2 extra dates)
Pinch of vanilla powder / ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon psyllium powder
¼ cup raisins
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Core and quarter the 500g of apples (reserve the large one for later) and process to a purée in a food processor. Add the orange juice, cardamom, ginger, cloves and cinnamon, dates, agave syrup, vanilla, and salt. Blend together well. While the food processor is on, sprinkle in the psyllium powder. Stir in by hand the raisins and orange and lemon zest. Core the remaining apple and chop into small pieces, then stir this into the filling mixture, also by hand.
Spoon the filling into a dish. Make the topping by processing all the ingredients together to get a nice crumble texture. Spoon over the filling. Store in the fridge if you are not eating this dessert straight away.
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