Apple pie is a beloved Thanksgiving classic, and while we don’t always like to mess with our favorite family recipes, apple pie turns out to be a good candidate for producing a more nutritious dessert. This variation is sweetened strictly with date paste, whose deep brown sugar notes pair wonderfully with tart apples and warm fall spices.
Sweetened only with dates, this simple variation on apple pie offers great nutrition alongside the natural sugar. Enjoy a small portion as a treat! For a little creamy goodness, top with a tablespoon or two of vanilla Greek yogurt.
Servings: 8 (234 g )
Prep Time: 25 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
- 30 pitted dates, divided
- 1 cup warm water, divided
- 1½ cups walnuts
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. salt
- 4 apples, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8″ tart pan with parchment paper.
- Cover 18 dates with half of the warm water and set aside.
- Place walnuts in food processor and grind to a fine meal. Add the remaining pitted dates and water and process until dates are blended with the walnuts to form a coarse, sticky meal. Press mixture into tart pan.
- Place soaking dates and their liquid in blender along with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt. Blend until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, toss apple slices with the date sauce. Layer into crust.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until apples are tender when poked with a fork. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon to serve.