Healthy Apple Pie

Healthy Apple Pie

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Apple pie has always been a favorite in our household, especially during the autumn months when apples are in season. I remember the first time I baked this healthy version of apple pie for a family gathering. My grandmother, who had a sweet tooth but was watching her sugar intake, was thrilled. The coconut sugar and coconut oil give it a unique flavor that’s both rich and light, and the walnuts add a delightful crunch that makes every bite satisfying.

One of the things I love about this recipe is its versatility. If you’re not a fan of walnuts, you can easily substitute them with almonds or even skip the nuts altogether and add some rolled oats to the crumb topping for a bit of extra texture. The white whole wheat flour provides a slightly nutty taste and more nutrients compared to regular flour, making this pie not just a treat but also a healthier dessert option.

This pie is perfect for any occasion, from a casual family dinner to a festive holiday feast. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the natural sweetness of apples with a health-conscious twist. Enjoy!

How to Prepare a Healthy Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (Homemade or a healthy store-bought kind * See notes)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup walnuts (chopped ** See notes)
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 5 cups apples (sliced, approximately 7-8 medium-sized apples)
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour (or plain flour)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

Directions

  1. Set your oven to 400°F and get your pie crust ready.
  2. In a bowl, mix the sliced apples with flour, cinnamon, and coconut sugar until combined.
  3. In another bowl, create the crumb topping by combining white whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, chopped walnuts, and melted coconut oil until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  4. Fill the pie crust with the apple mixture.
  5. Evenly distribute the crumb topping over the apple filling.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the topping is golden and the apples are bubbling.
  7. Allow the pie to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes:

  • Pie Crust: Opt for a whole-grain pie crust for added fiber, or make your own using healthier ingredients.
  • Walnuts: If you have a nut allergy or prefer a different texture, consider substituting the walnuts with oats for a nut-free option.

How to Make Healthy Apple Pie

FAQs:

Can I use a different type of sweetener instead of coconut sugar?

Yes, you can substitute coconut sugar with other natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. However, keep in mind that liquid sweeteners might affect the consistency of the filling and crumb topping, so you may need to adjust the amount of flour accordingly.

What type of apples is best for this healthy apple pie?

A mix of sweet and tart apples, such as Granny Smith and Honeycrisp, works well for this pie. The combination of flavors adds depth to the taste. Additionally, using firm apples ensures they hold their shape after baking.

Is it necessary to peel the apples before slicing them?

While peeling the apples is optional, leaving the peel on can add extra fiber and nutrients to the pie. However, if you prefer a smoother texture, peeling the apples is recommended.

Can I make this apple pie gluten-free?

Yes, to make the pie gluten-free, substitute the white whole wheat flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure the pie crust is also gluten-free. The texture and taste should remain delicious with these adjustments.

How should I store leftover apple pie?

Store leftover apple pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, warm individual slices in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

Can I prepare the pie in advance and bake it later?

Yes, you can prepare the apple filling and crumb topping in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. Assemble the pie just before baking. This method ensures the crust does not become soggy and the topping remains crisp.

Healthy Apple Pie

Healthy Apple Pie

Enjoy a delicious and healthy apple pie with coconut sugar and whole wheat flour. Perfect for family gatherings or a cozy dessert night.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Pie
Cuisine American
Servings 8
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 9- inch pie crust Homemade or a healthy store-bought kind
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour or plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 5 cups apples sliced, approximately 7-8 medium-sized apples
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400F. Prepare your pie crust and set it aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, flour, cinnamon, and coconut sugar, mixing well.
  • In another bowl, mix together the crumb topping ingredients: white whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, chopped walnuts, and melted coconut oil, until a crumbly texture forms.
  • Transfer the apple filling mixture into the pie crust. Spread the crumb topping evenly over the top of the pie.
  • Bake the pie for 40-45 minutes, or until the crumb topping is golden brown and the apples are bubbling.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Keyword Apple, Healthy

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