Healthy Apple Pie

by Dannii on March 7, 2014

Healthy Apple Pie
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Apple pie is total comfort food. You wouldn’t expect that with it being fruit and all, but it must have something to do with the sugar and pastry. For some people it could spark fear, but for me, I know that I can still enjoy apple pie and not gain weight. For one, it is all about balance and secondly, I have a healthier apple pie recipe.

Of course I am going to share it with you. I know, I know – I am too kind!

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This literally just came out of the oven and we couldn’t resist having a tiny slice (before dinner) and it is perfect for this cold day. I am still planning on eating it on a summers day, but maybe not heated up. Add some homemade frozen yoghurt and you have yourself an apple pie party! Can you imagine? An apple pie party?

You may have noticed now that in pretty much all my baking, I use dates in replace of sugar. This means that it is all naturally sweetened with fruit. In case you don’t usually like dates, you really can’t taste them at all – it just adds sweetness to it. Although it is not super low in calories, that is because dates are quite high in calories – but it is a natural sweetener. This isn’t something you are going to be eating every day, but it is a healthier option considering the average slice of apple pie has 450 calories in it. This recipe is low in fat though.

I don’t want to be the one to bring up next Christmas when last Christmas was only a couple of months ago, but this is a favourite during the festive season. Be the best party guest ever and take some with you to a Christmas party.

 

Ingredients – serves 8:

Pie Crust:

- 210g/ 1.6 Cups Whole Wheat flour

- 60g/Quarter Cup butter

- 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt

- Half teaspoon salt

- 1 egg

- 5 tbsp cold water and 4 pitted dates

 

Filling:

- 7 apples

- 15 dates

- 12 tbsp cold water

- Half a teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

 

1) Put the flour and salt in a bowl.

2) Put the water and dates for the pie crust in a food processor and blend.

3) Cut the butter into cubes and add to the flour and mix with your fingers until it becomes a breadcrumb consistency.

4) Add the yoghurt, egg and date syrup and mix with a fork.

5) Then mix with your hands and put on the flour dusted surface and knead for a few minutes. If this is still fairly sticky, add some more flour.

6) Divide the dough into two and put one half in the freezer to either make another pie another time, or some homemade pop tarts.

7) With the bit of dough that is left, divide that into two as well and roll one piece into 10inches/25cm in diameter (I used 10 inch/25cm diameter dish for my pie).

8) Grease your pie dish with a little butter and lay the rolled out dough inside it.

9) Roll out the other bit of dough and cut into 8 strips to use on top of the pie.

10) Next you need to make your apple pie filling. Put the dates and water for the filling and a food processor and blend. Peel and chop your apples and put them in a large pan with the date syrup and add your spices. Cook for 10 minutes. Add a little more water if it gets too dry.

11) Add cooked apples to the pie dish and place the strips over the top of the filling. Brush with an egg wash (egg and milk).

12) Place in a preheated oven at 220C/400F for 25 minutes.

 

 

Nutritional Information – per slice:

Calories: 265

Fat: 3.75

Carbs: 60.5 (due to all the fruit)

Protein: 4

Fibre: 7.1

 

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 seema

We have to cook chocolate topping for rice crispes.please tell me and tell me what to use instead of coconut oil.

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2 Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

I will be trying both the date and the yoghurt in the pastry tricks. Great ideas, and a lovely pie!

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3 Dannii

Enjoy!

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4 Morgan @ Peaches, Please!

Mmmmm. Apple pie is pretty much the best thing ever, isn’t it?

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5 Dannii

I think it pretty much is.

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6 Janie

Corr, that looks seriously tasty! Love using dates in lieu of sugar, I do that with a flapjack recipe but have never thought about doing it with other bakes too.
Janie x

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7 Dannii

I love date flapjacks.

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8 Louisa

Lovely pie recipe, particularly liking the use of yoghurt in the pastry and the dates in the filling. Shall be bookmarking for sure!

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9 Dannii

I wasn’t sure if it would work, but it really did.

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10 Tina @ The Spicy Pear

That pie looks gorgeous. My mum and both my in laws are diabetic so substituting sugar for dates would be good for them and my waistline.

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11 Dannii

Yes! Great for diabetics.

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12 Karen

Having drooled over this pie on Instagram, I have not come back for second helpings please! Karen

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13 Dannii

Enjoy a second slice ;)

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14 Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

Intrigued by the use of yoghurt. Looks rather delish.

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15 Dannii

I use yoghurt in everything.

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16 Jacqueline Meldrum

That looks so so good. I want a slice with cream, no, ice cream, no I mean custard.

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17 Dannii

Maybe all 3?

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18 Janice Pattie (@FarmersgirlCook)

What an interesting recipe, fascinated by the dates instead of sugar thing – I love dates

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19 Dannii

I make my own date syrup to bake with all the time. It works really well.

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20 Heidi Roberts

Never tried yoghurt in a pie crust – interesting!! Your pie looks lush!

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21 Dannii

It works really well.

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22 ManjiriK

such a pretty looking pie ! I loveeeeuh apple pies !

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23 Dannii

Thank you :)

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24 Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

I love apple pies! Warm straight out of oven with scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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25 Dannii

Yes! Perfect comfort food.

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26 London Unattached Lifestyle and Travel

Looks lovely! I am sure mine wouldn’t be so pretty!

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27 Dannii

I am sure it would. Doing a lattice pie is a really easy way to give something the WOW factor.

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28 Nayna Kanabar (@citrusspiceuk)

Love the addition of the dates very different. Love the lattice on the pie.

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29 Dannii

You can’t beat a lattice pie.

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30 lisa prince

oh my ,,,, i absolutely love homemade sweet pies specially with cream x

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31 Dannii

Me too.

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32 chloe griffiths

i’m not a fan of apple pie, as it’s too sweet for me, but you make it look so yummy xo

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33 Dannii

Cherry pie is also good.

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34 Annie Miller

Wow. This apple pie looks so delicious. I am fond of apple pies and I can’t wait to try this recipe.
Thanks for sharing.

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35 Dannii

You’re welcome.

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36 Genie

I wish I had this for dessert today :( Your dessert recipes are my favourite. I love that you don’t use artificial sweetener.

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37 Dannii

Artificial sweetener is scary! I love using dates as they are totally natural and really sweet.

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38 Tina

I wish I had all the ingredients to make this now. I love that you don’t use sugar and just use fruit. I have only just discovered your blog and I LOVE it. Do you have a book I can buy? I had a look on amazon but I can’t see anything.

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39 Dannii

I am working on a book at the moment. Watch this space!

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40 Christine

I love your photos :) This sounds delicious too, the ingredients are on the shopping list for tomorrow.

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41 Dannii

Enjoy!

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42 Nicole

Save me a slice please ;) I am making this tomorrow. Yum!

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43 Dannii

I will try. But I can’t promise anything haha.

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44 Kelly

My mouth is watering just looking at that. Your photos always make me want to eat everything you cook. I have made so many of your recipes and they have really helping me to enjoying losing weight. Thank you.
Kelly x

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45 Dannii

You’re welcome. I am glad you are enjoying them :)

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46 Lisa

You have so many wonderful ideas, thank you for sharing them with us.

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47 Dannii

Thanks :)

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48 Emily

I am so taking this to thanksgiving at my mom’s. It is her favourite dessert but she is on a diet. Thank you :)

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49 Dannii

That is some forward planning!

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50 Brenda

You rock Dannii. I am off to the store to buy some dates to make this tonight!

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51 Dannii

I have loads more dessert recipes that use dates too if you need to use them up. But they also make a good snack by themselves.

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