A classic thanksgiving treat made healthy with a vegan crust? Count me in! My Healthy Apple Pie with Olive Oil Pie Crust is truly a beautiful, easy, and tasty dessert to make year round - made with NO sugar - and the pie crust couldn't be easier!
While I adore challenging myself with recipes that have complexity, when it comes to the holiday season, I do enjoy recreating those simple classics that bring sweet nostalgia to leave more time to spend with family / friends, rather than being in the kitchen. That's one of the many reasons I love this pie! It's beyond simple and easy, yet still scrumptious!
My favorites include Jonagold, Honeycrisp, and Lady Gala. These apples are well-known for holding their shape in slow-cooked apple desserts, and complement the warmth of holiday spices. For a more tart apple pie, I'd recommend combining both Granny Smith and McIntosh apples - perfect for keeping things different year round!
The key to not burning the edge crust is to gently tint the edges with aluminum foil immediately once you see the edges browning. Typically, you can estimate this to be around the halfway baking time point.
Another secret is to use an egg wash (one whisked egg) or olive oil to brush the top pie crust and edges with. This will help the crust become beautifully golden and shiny.
For a little sweet crunch, sprinkle turbinado sugar on the crust after brushing with the egg wash or olive oil.
Patience! LOL ... This is the hardest part of the recipe, but definitely worth having patience. Allow the pie to cool for at least 15 minutes, so that the apples can absorb the juices and become more firm. The cooling time will depend on the temperature in your house, but shoot for the pie being at room temperature prior to serving.
The pie is safe sitting at room temperature (on the counter) for up to 2 days or in the fridge (covered) for up to 5 days.
To reheat the apple pie, I'd suggest heating it in the oven at 350F until warm or pop it in the toaster oven for a few minutes. While the microwave is quick and effective, it will leave you with a soggy crust.
Now, it's time to grab our aprons and begin baking deliciousness!
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“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?.“
Mark 8:36 (ESV)
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If you loved this delicious recipe I would truly appreciate it so much if you would give a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #abrightmoment and tagging me @brightmomentco. It always makes my day seeing y’alls creations!
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