Paleo Apple Cranberry Pie

Happy National Pi Day!! Even though it’s supposed to be a day spent appreciating pi (3.14), we are appreciating pie. I suppose you could always discuss the significance of pi while eating pie. Fun fact- while 3/14 is National Pi Day, July 22nd (or 22/7 day/month form) is Pi Approximation Day because 22/7 is the fraction approximation of pi. I have a nerdy side if you haven’t picked up on that yet.

I had seen a few recipes for paleo pies and had been wanting to try one, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity! Really the only difference with a paleo pie is the crust and lack of sugar in the filling. I did use honey and maple syrup as sweeteners, although I know those are “iffy” in regards to being paleo. But this is definitely a “cheat” food, so I didn’t see any reason to not use them. The crust is very soft, not near as “easy” to work with as a regular pie crust, but it tastes good and gets the job done.

Paleo Apple Cranberry Pie
Notice the "dough"- not as cohesive...but still works.

Paleo Apple Cranberry Pie

  • 2 C Almond Flour + more for dusting the board
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil
  • 6-9 Tbsp Ice Water
  • 4 C Apple, peeled and sliced
  • 3 C Cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder

Preheat to 325*. In a bowl, combine almond flour, honey and salt. Using two knives, cut solid coconut oil into crust to form pea size clumps. A few tablespoons at a time, mix in ice water till crust forms and will hold together between your fingers, but does not become sticky (I only used ~4 tablespoons). With 3/4 of the crust, form in the bottom of a greased pie plate with your fingers.  Once crust is formed, mix together remaining (filling) ingredients and pour into crust. Using the remaining 1/4 crust form a lattice topping. Once completed, place in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Take it out and eat it.

Paleo Apple Cranberry Pie
Warning: The smell alone will make you want to eat all of it. Cinnamon mmmmm.

Now this isn’t going to be your ooey gooey fruit filled pie because you’re lacking the sugary syrup to hold that all together. I suppose you could add more honey and maple syrup to get that affect…but honestly there’s no need to. It tastes yummy and definitely satisfies any fruit pie cravings. Enjoy your pi(e) today!!

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