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Apple Pie with a Surprising Sweetener

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A dessert that never fails, one of the most classic and nutritious pies and one of the best options for the summer months.  

You can easily pack up some Apple pie when you head to the beach or a picnic. Which is why today, I’ve prepared an even fresher version of classic Apple pie. In this recipe the apples are soaked in a special mixture of spiced lemon juice.

Apples, an amazing summer fruit for athletes

  • Provides energy and revitalizes.
  • Contains a high amount of vitamins and minerals that help to replenish the body with water and electrolytes that have been lost after you sweat.
  • The skin of an apple is rich in soluble fiber aka pectin, which is very easy to digest and is fulfilling, meaning you’ll maintain your energy levels for longer.
  • Its skin also contains quercetin, a flavonoid that improves performance and helps increase muscle mass. 


And the best thing about this fruit is that you can find it on supermarket shelves all year long!

Sugar-Free Apple Pie 

This version of apple pie has no trace of sugar or sweeteners, yet if you try it you will realize it is in fact sweet and the flavor is incredible! My secret date paste, have you heard of it?

Dates have become a popular choice for those who have decided to cut out refined sugar from their diets. It is a natural sweetener that has lots of nutritional benefits: helps regulate the intestinal transit, facilitates the elimination of toxins, regulates the nervous system, strengthens bones and provides us with lots of energy. 

To make this paste, which is similar to jam, I recommend you choose Medjool dates, which are the sweetest and juiciest of all the dates. I’ve been doing a lot of research with date paste these days, I always have a jar in the fridge and I use it to sweeten everything: from smoothies to desserts like this one, even ice cream or I pour some of it on top of my pancakes and yogurts. It is definitely something you have to try!  😉 

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Apple Pie

Course Tags Dessert
Keyword apple, apple pie, date paste, sugar free


For the date paste:

  • 27 Medjool dates
  • water

For the dough:

  • 50 ml coconut oil
  • 80 ml water
  • 120 gr almond flour
  • 100 gr quinoa flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp date paste

For the filling:

  • 4-5 apples
  • lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp date paste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • Almond Cream


For the Date paste: 

  1. Remove the pit from each date and soak them in boiling water for 15 minutes. Then beat well until you obtain a creamy paste.

For the dough: 

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan add in the 2 tablespoons of date paste and water.

  2. Combine all the flours together in a bowl, add in the salt and mix well.

  3. Next pour in the heated mixture from the saucepan into the bowl with all the flour.

  4. Layout some parchment paper on a baking sheet and place the dough in the center making sure to stretch it out well. Refrigerate.

For the Filling:

  1. While the dough is cooling, slice the apples as thinly as possible with a slicer if you have one.

  2. Put the lemon juice in a bowl with the 2 tablespoons of date paste, the cinnamon and the cardamom

  3. Remove the base of the pie from the refrigerator and spread the almond cream all over the top , next place in the apples.

  4. Bake for about 30 minutes.


Chef’s Trick: 

If you want you can add a professional finishing touch by slightly burning the top of the pie with a blowtorch to give it a nice caramelized touch.

You can pair the pie with a little more almond cream, ice cream or even add cream cheese on top. Hope you enjoy!



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