This apple pie is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweetened. Full of flavor, this apple pie is sure to be a hit no matter what your diet! The added benefits from the protein powder makes this good enough to eat for breakfast!
Happy Wednesday! It’s another What I Ate Wednesday – Thanks Jenn for hosting and Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m sure everyone is busy getting ready for the holiday tomorrow (if you are in the US that is) and you probably already have your menu together for tomorrow. I hope everyone that has to travel to go see friends and family has safe travels. If you are hosting family and friends, you might want to read these tips to be a stress free host! 🙂 I can’t wait to sit down with family and enjoy the day off and the good company.
Like I mentioned on Monday, I joined two different online groups to help me stay accountable during the Holiday season, Elf4Health and Holiday Sweat Challenge. What a treat it’s been to have my facebook feed full of people that are equally motivated to eat well and support each other. Intrested in joining? Sign up with Elf4Health and you will even get your own elf come December 5th!
The weather here has been crazy. You guys might remember that I was having a green smoothie every morning to make sure I got my protein and my greens in. Well I have to admit, I tried to keep this going, but one morning it was 30 degrees and I just could not enjoy my smoothie freezing me from the inside! So I’ve moved to oats for my new breakfast go to! I’ve been loving steel cut oats and make a big batch to eat through the week.
My new favorite addition: The New Formula for Vega One. I am in love with this new formula. One scoop has 20 grams of protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals, fiber, omega-3, antioxidents and probiotics. I can tell you right now, this is going to be my new protein powder of choice. This New formula is in stores January 1! You have to try it!
As you can see it turns my oats GREEN (from the greens)! So festive 🙂 My oats this morning had a scoop of the NEW Vega One Vanilla Chai with steel cut oats, pomegranates, almond hazelnut butter and a few dried cranberries. This kept me full for 5 hours. Talk about breakfast of champions!
When I did finally get hungry for lunch, I was craving kabocha squash croutons and asparagus soup. This combo is fantastic. I sprinkled some parmasen cheese and was SOOO full after eating it. Adding the parsnips and chickpeas was so smart! I love how hearty this soup is.
I have been craving sugar cookies. You know the kind with the frosting that are so soft on the inside but have that nice hard shell and SLATHERED in frosting. Yes those. I want them all in my belly. But that really wouldn’t be ideal for my figure and my tummy would hurt within 10 minutes of overdoing it. Seeing how the greens in the Vega One turned my oats green, I decided to make protein sugar cookies shaped like trees. These turned out so amazing. Dave said the texture was spot on and I agree. I’ll share the recipe with you Friday!
So Dave dropped a bomb on me this weekend. Apple pie is apparently his favorite and he asked if we would be having apple pie at Thanksgiving. Not wanting him disappointed, I decided I would try an apple pie recipe for him. He’s sensitive to gluten and dairy so I didn’t want to just wing it the day of Thanksgiving. As I was drafting a recipe, I was thinking of adding protein powder to the base, just to see how it would turn out. Then I decided to add a scoop of the new Vega One formula vanilla chai since it has greens and probiotics. I’m not sure about you, but after a heavy meal, that is exactly what my body will need! The vanilla chai pairs perfectly with the clove and cinnamon filling of apple pie.
This apple pie is undercover healthy – no one will know it is healthy because it’s that good. Besides the added benefits from the Vega One Protein, I also used dates to sweeten the apples and maple syrup to sweeten the walnut oat crumble. I used flax eggs to keep this pie vegan as well.
Walnut Crumble Apple Pie
- 3 small apples I used 2 honeycrisp and 1 granny smith peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup dates soaked in 3 tbs. hot water 2 hours
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- Soak dates in 3 tbs. hot water for 2 hours
- Make flax eggs: combine 2 tbs. ground flax and 6 tbs. water in a small dish and allow to sit in fridge 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the crust. Note: If your apples sauce has been in the fridge you may want to microwave the coconut oil and applesauce together for 20-25 seconds so the applesauce doesn't harden the coconut oil.
- Once well combined, put the crust ingredients in the fridge for 20 minutes. This dough is very sticky and putting it in the fridge makes it MUCH easier to work with.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Once dough is refrigerated, spray a tart pan with non-stick spray. Add the dough to the tart pan and press from the center up the sides. Even out the top of the dough, so there are not any rough edges. Place in oven 15 minutes.
- While dough is in the oven, peel and chop the apples. Add to bowl and cover in the juice from 1/2 lemon.
- In a food processor, add the dates and 1 tbs. of the water from soaking. Add remaining water from soaking to the apple mixture.
- Pulse the food processor until the dates form a paste. Add date paste to the apple mixture. Add cinnamon and cloves and stir until combined.
- Once the crust has baked 15 minutes, take it out of the oven. Carefully (with hands or back of a spoon) slightly press down the crust in the center to the edges (don't push down the edges) so that you are creating a small bowl for the apples to sit in.
- Add the apple mixture and place in oven 10 minutes.
- While pie is baking, make the walnut crumble. Chop walnuts, add to mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir until fully combined.
- After 10 minutes of baking, take pie out and top with crumble mixture. You may have to gently move the crumble around so the pie has full coverage.
- Bake the pie an additional 15 minutes until crumble is lightly brown. Stay close by after minute 10.
- Enjoy. No guilt in having 2 slices of this pie!
What About You?!
- Craving Christmas cookies yet?
- Do you decorate your cookies? With what?
- Any last minute requests for the Thanksgiving menu?
Safe travels and happy early Thanksgiving!
Disclosure: I received the Vega One for review, and was not otherwise compensated. As always, all the opinions in this post are my own.