Saturday, September 21, 2013

Recipe Redux: Raw Apple Pie

As part of LUNA’s nutrition team, Lisa and I have been hosting webinars over the past few weeks to empower individuals to feed their strength and trust their nutrition intuition. We're all about ditching diets; instead, we focus on eating habits that are sustainable and maintainable long term.  

Last week, Lisa and I addressed the importance of fulfilling our cravings with the foods we eat by listening to our bodies and choosing foods that are truly worthy of our taste buds. Not only is food meant to satisfy our hunger and meet our nutritional needs, it’s also meant to be enjoyable!

What’s more, food can also deliver a sense of style. As funny as it may sound, apples are one of those foods that give me a sense of identity – they satisfy both my nutrient needs and my palate. In fact, it's a rare day when I do not eat an apple.  So, I have to admit that I get a little excited when apple season is in full swing – Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious – the options are endless.

This Recipe Redux below was inspired by our love of apples. One reason we love no-cook desserts is because they can be made in a cinch. And let’s face it, a dietary pattern that is sustainable and maintainable long-term is one that includes dessert from time to time. As someone with a self-proclaimed sweet tooth, I love turning to nature’s natural sweetener, fruit as an ingredient for my go-to desserts.

This recipe & photos were developed by our wonderful contributing blogger, Jaime – who also has a love and appreciation of apples (and dessert!).

Raw Apple Pie

There’s no better way to welcome fall than with this dessert. Quick to make, nutrient dense, and simply fun to eat – this dessert is dietitian’s dream.


1 large apple
1 graham cracker sheet
¼ cup walnuts
¼ cup raisins
2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
2 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt


1.      Wash and peel apple. Cut into quarters.

2.      Combine sliced apple, walnuts, raisins, and apple sauce. Put mixture into a food processor. Process until well mixed and apples are at a fine dice.

3.      Pour syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and salt into apple mixture. Stir well.

4.      Crush the graham cracker sheet. Scoop a tablespoon into a cupcake foil. Fill the foil with apple mix and top off with another scoop of graham cracker. Serve.

Makes 3 mini apple pies

Enjoy, preferably with those you love.


  1. Oh, YUM! Perfect for the upcoming apple season, too! Pretty photos :)

    1. Thanks so much! Love fall for all it's seasonal produce :)

  2. I love this idea for apples I have to try it!