I had this pie last week at our CSA year-end potluck. It was made with raw apples from the farm, and had no grain, sugar, or dairy. And it was delicious! I unashamedly hunted down the creator of this pie until I found her so that I could ask how she made this miraculous thing. The secret?
This was the pie that launched me into the world of dates-as-a-sweetener, and I knew I had to make it for Thanksgiving. A dessert that I can eat as much of as I want? Yes, please! My husband eagerly ate up 2 pieces of it, and my niece and nephew (who eat a Standard American Diet) both were really excited about it and wolfed their pieces down! THAT’S endorsement.
Now, if what you’re jonesing for is really a sugary-sweet pecan or chocolate cream pie or something – this obviously isn’t going to cut it. Without sugar, your brain won’t get that sugar high. But if what you want is a great fruit-based pie that even kids will love, you’ll love this. The nut crust adds a spicy, satisfying crunch that perfectly complements the sweet apples, and the sauce that covers the apples is really incredibly sweet and satisfying. It’s perfect!