Fall is coming and apples will be all the rage once again (At least here in Canada!). Apple this, apple that… I don’t know about you, but every year in we always end up with way, way too many apples to eat.
Way. Too. Much.
It feels like we’re storing food for an upcoming Armageddon. Well… Maybe not THAT bad. But pretty close.
I mean, going apple picking is fun and all … but who needs 15 pounds of apples? Then going twice? You see, I only eat McIntosh Apples, but my wife and the kids, they eat everything BUT McIntosh. So yes, now I have TWO bags. That means 30 pounds of apples, more or less. We used to always have that argument about which variety tastes better and I would always lose.
Damn you, democracy. (Daddy is always right, they just don’t know yet.)
Two bags. fine.
That’s when I had to become creative.
Until that very day, I didn’t know you could actually get tired of apple pie… until I had to force myself into eating more of it just to free up some space in the fridge.
But why don’t you freeze some, you ask? The freezer is already packed-full … of apple pie.
And yes, I know what you’re thinking. I’m about to tell you that to switch things up a bit, I made “No-Bake Apple Pie Parfaits” instead…
Of all the things I could come up with, I decided to still make apple pie, but in a cup… Without baking it.
I must say you have a point…
BUT! Surprisingly enough, the taste is pretty close to traditional apple pie while being very different at the same time. It is hard to describe.
It is refreshing, not too heavy and so, so good…
But the best part about this dessert is that this version is a lot healthier than traditional apple pie, as most of its ingredients are healthy, unprocessed foods.
Actually, there is a 100% healthy version of this dessert: Simply replace whipped cream with the same amount of coconut whipped cream. You can easily make it by yourself by whipping coconut cream instead of heavy cream. There are plenty of tutorials all over Google on how to properly do so.
It is delicious, easy to make and your body will thank you.
But for those of you who don’t mind cheating once in a while, I suggest you simply stick to whipped cream.
No-Bake Apple Pie Parfaits
No-Bake Apple Pie Parfaits, very much like the real apple pie dessert yet this recipe is no-bake and served in a cup. Not too heavy and full of flavour!
- 4 apples peeled, cored and diced
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp topioca flour
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, cold
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 500 ml heavy cream
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan - combine the diced apples, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/2 cup water (*Warning* NOT the whole 1 cup of water!) and the topioca flour.
Cover and cook for about 8-10 minutes over medium heat, stirring every minute.
Mix the topioca flour with the remaining 1/2 cup water and gradually combine with the apple mixture, constantly stirring, for about 1-2 minutes, or until the preparation has thickened.
Set aside and let cool for at least an hour.
Combine the almond meal, rolled oats, coconut sugar, chopped pecans, grass-fed butter, cinnamon in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.
Combine the heavy cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a large, cold bowl. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute.
Make sure the apple filling isn't hot anymore.
Start by pressing about 1/3 of an inch of crumb in each glass, then layer about the same amount of apple filling then whipped cream on top of each other. Repeat those steps one more time.
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