A couple of weeks ago, we brought you some raw food tips from holistic health and founder of Maty’s Healthy Products, Carolyn Harrington. And now, she’s back to share a raw apple pie recipe that we’re pretty sure we’ll be whipping up a few times this spring and summer.
I have to admit, there’s nothing like the smell of a delicious, homemade apple pie baking in the oven. Unfortunately, when you cook your food, especially at a high temperature, it destroys the naturally occurring enzymes which can help your body heal. Your body needs these enzymes to metabolize foods efficiently.
If you’re looking for easy healthy desserts, this raw apple pie is one worth not cooking. Besides being yummy, it’s chock full of enzymes.
I often refer to cooked foods as dead. They have no life in them. They are hard to metabolize efficiently, and your body becomes overwhelmed just trying to process them. If your body is working overtime to metabolize junk, it has no energy left to fight off illness and help you heal.
By adding raw foods into your diet, it helps you absorb the crucial vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health. While I am not advocating you start eating a fully raw diet, adding fresh foods to your plate during each meal is a good way to get the crucial nutrients you need.
If you want to give it a go, begin with this Raw Apple Pie Recipe by Fully Raw Kristina. The ingredients in the easy dessert are packed with essential nutrients and enzymes.
Here are just a few of the numerous benefits you’ll get from these healthy ingredients:
Apples: Rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber.
Dates: A good source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and essential minerals.
Figs: Contains beneficial nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.
Cinnamon: Can be used to help treat the common cold and lower blood sugar.
Nutmeg: Increases immune system function and soothes indigestion.
- Approximately 10 apples of your choice (Fuji or Honeycrisp)
- 3-4 pounds of pitted dates
- Raw dried figs (fresh figs work as well)
- For the crust: In a food processor, combine the dried figs and approximately 2 lbs of dates until it reaches a cookie dough consistency. Press this crust into the bottom of your pie pan dish.
- For the apple pie filling: Blend 3 apples with approximately 1 lb of dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a small bit of water until it reaches a thick, smooth, pie filling consistency.
- For the layers: Thinly slice your apples with a knife or with a mandolin and start layering your apple slices with your pie filling, alternate between an apple layer and an apple pie filling layer. Layer up to the top and slice yourself a little piece of heaven!
Got any raw dessert recipes you want to share? —Caroline Harrington