Apple Crumble Pie {Simple, easy, whole-foods, no added crap & Gluten-Free}

Apple Crumble Pie {Simple, easy, whole-foods, no added crap}

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Is it a bar, is it a pie... or is it both?

Not sure, but I am sure that it is one of the yummiest things I have made in a long time. They are Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Oil-Free, and can be grain free if you want.. But keep the grains in there!

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First off lets get to why I made this recipe in the first place. I was inspired by one of my favorite healthy recipe creators, Natalie from Feasting on Fruit..

this is Natalie's version that I was inspired by, watch it to understand the process and to see how easy it is!!

I watched her great recipe video on her vegan & Paleo Apple Crumble Bars and decided this was a must make and Katieize it.. which means find a way to include ingredients that I am currently obsessed with for health reasons, like Walnuts, Turmeric, Ginger, and to make out of cheaper, whole food ingredients

-Rather than focus on the paleo/grain-free aspect that Natalie does with the coconut flour, my recipe focuses on making it out of ingredients that I ALWAYS have in my kitchen. Rolled Oats, Apples, Dates, Walnuts and right now I even had some almond meal (ground almonds or almond flour basically) so I used that in there too. 

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Saying that, if you want to make them grain-free you totally can use almond flour or coconut flour in the place of the oat flour that I prefer to use. Tastes amazing either way, its just that grain-free flours are much higher in calories.. and there are no real scientific reasons to not eat grains, whole-grains are associated with all sorts of health benefits!!! (that is why i make my own oat flour and use rolled oats in there too) More on this rant below.

What I found was that I like the apple pie filling part to be really really gooey and moist, so I added a little more of that to her version.. which I have to say, i love love love.. I even made a few batches of just the filling to immediately eat as a meal and snack on its own!

You can make this in a pie dish and eat it like a pie, or you can make it in a square dish like I did and make square bars out if it.. which is really fun!

I use this bigger baking dish with extra tall sides for so many things, .. I bought this set on amazon and they double as storage containers.. I use all 3 sizes to bake with too, but for this one I used the 6 cup size.

Like always my recipes are flexible and I make them different each time. So don't worry if yours does not turn out just like this photo, mine didn't either but it does taste just as good every time!


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INGREDIENTS:

Apple Date Sauce:

  • 3 cups chopped apples (about 400g)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or water)
  • 13 pitted medjool dates (or about 2 cups date pieces or 200g)
  • 1/4 cup Nuttzo or your favorite nut/seed butter (about 60g)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crust + Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup of the apple date sauce
  • 1/2 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (fresh oat flour by blending outs yourself tastes the best)
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional, like I said I put it in everything)

Apple Filling

  • Remaining apple date sauce
  • 3 apples thinly sliced ( i used a mandolin slicer on the thin setting, or cut them with a knife as thin as you can get them)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
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DIRECTIONS

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  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. Make the apple date sauce: Add the apples and lemon juice to a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and blend until smooth, I use the tamper to make sure everything stays under control in the blender…

  4. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of the apple date sauce and all other crust/topping ingredients. Mix until sticky and combined. You can optionally sprinkle in a few tbs of rolled oats for texture if you want.

  5. Press half of this dough into a baking pan or pie pan lined with parchment paper (like I said before I use a rectangular glass one, it is 7”x10” but a 9x9 would work too. Set the remaining dough aside

  6. In a separate bowl, mix together the apple filling ingredients, toss them so all the apple slices are covered.

  7. Now the filling goes onto the crust, and this part is up to you. If you want this to be a bar where the apples are more tightly packed, arrange the apple slices in a way so they are all laying flat on top of each other. If you don’t really care about that just scoop it all onto the crust and press it down tightly with a wooden spoon, trying your best to make the apple slices lie flat (this is what I did and it was fine).

  8. Crumble the remaining crust over the top and press lightly down.

  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350F until golden brown on top, this may take a little longer if you have an ancient oven like we do…just keep checking to top color

  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes or you will burn your tongue like Gwen did! ;)

    Enjoy!!! Best with Banana Nice Cream!

Note to those who feel that it turned out too moist for you, it is because we like the apple filling to be really gooey rather than sticky, so we added more apple to the sauce ingredients than the original recipe… so if you want to firm up the filling, try only 2 cups chopped apple in the sauce and see how that goes. 

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As promised above, a continued rant on why not to go Grain-Free.

I don't really want to pretend like I am the expert here and spend a bunch of time writing things that I am not a specialist in, but I have done plenty of homework on this one and ALL of the healthiest populations on the planet eat whole-grains. Not only that but multiple meta-analysis now (of thousands of peer reviewed scientific papers on whole-grain consumption) find that eating whole-grains (like oats, barley, rice, etc) is associated with LESS DEATH, that is, lower mortality and healthier individuals over all... even lower inflammation in the body.. which is what most people are worries about.

Here are some Videos by my favorite Dr. Greger who can explain this better than me, and who has the links to the studies and science to back it all up.


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