Dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan alternative
If you are looking for a healthier version of a traditional apple pie but equally delicious then this is the recipe for you. Flaky pie crust filled with a delicious apples mixture and baked to perfection. So without any further ado let’s get into baking this easy and delicious apple pie with whole wheat crust!
What you will need
- Whole wheat flour. I have made this with white whole wheat, pastry whole wheat and regular whole wheat flour. Definitely my favorite is pastry whole wheat as it is more delicate. But you can definitely bake this pie with regular whole wheat, just make sure that you shift the flour.
- Coconut Oil. This is a great alternative to the traditional butter and shortening for a dairy-free and vegan version. You can substitute it with butter of course.
- Apples. The start of the show! You can use any tart apples that you like. My favorites are pink lady and granny smiths apples. I used pink lady this time.
- Honey. This is the sweeter for this recipe. The recommended portion is 1/4 cup but I have tried it with just 2 tbsp and it was equally delicious so you can adjust to your preference. Of course if you want to keep this vegan you can sub with maple syrup.
- Pumpkin pie spice. If you want to know how I make this at home you should check out the portions at my pumpkin soft cookies. Of course you can use any store bought or even substitute with cinnamon.
- Pecans. I love the combination of pecans and apples. Another great substitution is walnuts.
I tried to keep it simple and minimal ingredients but in your filling you can add a lot of delicious addins. Raisins, dried cranberries or cherries, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, flaxseeds to name same.
Tips to perfection
- I highly recommend to shift the flour as the final result is lighter.
- The coconut oil needs to be cold before you use it so I suggest that you measure it and place it in the fridge for 5 min before you add it in your blender.
- Do not over water the dough. Add as much cold water needed to just put the dough together. Usually it takes 1-3 tbsp of cold water.
- Make sure that the dough is chilled before you roll it with your rolling pin.
- If the dough is too crumbly and you can’t roll it, put it together again and start over. When the dough has the perfect temperature (not too hot not too cold) it will roll very easily!
How I served this
Panos loves apples, but he is not a huge fan of caramelized apples. However, this apple pie was a huge hit! So on his Bubba Boo penguin plate* I served a piece of this easy and delicious apple pie with whole wheat crust along with kiwi, cheese and pomegranate. But imagine this apple pie along with a scoop of my homemade almond butter frozen yogurt!
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Easy and delicious apple pie with whole wheat crustCourse: DessertDifficulty: Medium
- Pie crust
2½ cups whole wheat flour, shifted
1 cup coconut oil, not melted
3½ cups apples, cubed
½ cup pecans, finely chopped
¼ cup honey
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- Place the shifted flour and cold coconut oil in a blender or food processor and pulse for a few times until the dough starts to assemble
- Place in a bowl and add a tbsp cold water and form a dough. If it needs 1-2 tbsp more then add
- Split the dough in half, press each half down to form a disk and wrap in plastic wrap
- Chill the down for 10 min in the fridge
- In a pot, add the cubed apples, pumpkin pie spice and honey and simmer over medium heat for about 5 min until the apples start to soften
- Add crushed pecans and stir
- Preheat the oven at 360F (182.22 degrees Celsius) and grease a pie dish
- Roll with a rolling pin each chilled dough between two parchment paper pieces to 1/8 inch (20.32 centimetres) thickness
- Place one crust in the pie dish and make holes with a fork
- Bake for 10 min
- Fill in the pie with the apples mixture
- Cut the second crust in stripes and place then on top of the apples mixture in lattice
- With any remaining dough cut out any shapes and place on top
- Bake for 25-30 min or until golden brown
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