Whole Food Wednesdays and “Better Than Apple Pie” Apple Pie

Welcome to Whole Food Wednesdays! You’re invited to come and share your real food recipes using the Linky below. We’re excited to see what yummy things you’ve been creating and what great informational posts and videos you’ve got for us!

It’s not often that I post dessert recipes on BTP. It’s not because we don’t love them, because we do, but to be honest, I haven’t been super successful changing out processed ingredients with real food ingredients when it comes to sweets. The texture is off, or the palm sugar didn’t dissolve leaving a granular texture, or it darkens too quickly because the honey caramelizes at a lower temperature and/or the flours are all so different which changes the taste or texture.

Another Risky Dessert Test Pays Off

When I told my sister I was remaking a Best of Bridge recipe into a whole food recipe her response was “good luck with that” in a sarcastic tone. She’s not wrong. If a person is going to try and healthify a recipe, starting with the Best of Bridge might not be the best plan of attack. Too late now. The desert was already in the oven. She had me believing that this was going to be yet another dessert flop.


This is NOT one of those. I can’t tell you how relieved I was that this turned out so well. First, I was relieved because it was the dessert I was bringing to a friends house when they invited my husband and I to dinner. Nothing like experiencing a flopped dessert when you’re trying to impress.


Secondly, it’s always heart breaking when it doesn’t turn out because its an expensive mistake. We end up trying to eat our way through it because we don’t want to waste but don’t really enjoy it either.

Not only did this one taste delicious but it also presents beautifully. Wouldn’t you agree?

A Kid Approved Whole Food Dessert

It even past the kid test. My friends children asked for seconds! I didn’t tell them it was made with spelt, maple syrup and contained no refined sugars. The best part is I doubt they would have cared anyway.

What’s Next?

Now how am I going to burn that piece of pie off? With a challenge of course.

I’m starting a 30 day yoga challenge on Monday, May 7th. I just started using this great online yoga streaming website called My Yoga Online and love it. For $10 bucks a month, I can practice as often as I want and for however long I want. There’s hundreds of classes to choose from, taught by a variety of instructors (find a few you like) and of all different lengths of time, that you stream right to you computer.

The last time I did a yoga challenge it was with Bikram style yoga (aka hot yoga). The challenge was 30 days in a row (an hour and a half each time) in a 104 degree room! I’m not ready for that intensity again, but I am challenging myself to a minimum of 30 minutes a day for 30 days.

One of the most common complaints about yoga is that it is expensive. If you have to go to a studio to practice (especially if you’re not advanced enough to practice on your own), it absolutely can be. With technology where it is these days, that’s no longer necessary, which means becoming a yogi just got affordable. If you’re interested in joining me in my challenge, here’s the site to check it out.

The site is super user friendly, with tons of different styles of yoga practice to choose from, as well as first time beginner to advanced classes.  I’ll post a bigger write up about it on Friday, but I wanted to give you a heads up in case anyone wanted to do the challenge with me. The more people that do it the more accountable we all are to follow through!

“Better Than Apple Pie” Apple Pie

The Base

  • 1/3 cup palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup sprouted spelt flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 450F. In a food processor, add the palm sugar. Process the sugar until almost powdery. Add the other ingredients and process until it is uniformly crumbly.  Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. If the mixture sticks to your hands, use a piece of parchment paper to get a uniform layer.

The Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 6 dates
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Add the cream cheese and the dates to a food processor and blend until smooth (or mostly). Add the egg and vanilla and process until well combined. Spread the mixture over the crumb layer using a wet spatula.

The Topping

  • 5 apples
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Peel, core and slice the apples and place in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup and the cinnamon and toss to coat. Arrange the apples in a fan pattern and drizzle with any of the remaining syrup that has dripped to the bottom of the apple bowl. Bake for 10 minutes at 450F. Reduce the temperature to 400 F and bake for 25 minutes. Because the maple syrup is fairly runny, don’t be alarmed if it looks like there’s liquid around the apples after 25 minutes. It’s just the syrup and it will set nicely once it has cooled.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Run a wet butter knife around the edge of the pan before removing the sides. Serve at room temperature.

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  • 4. If you’re sharing recipes, the only requirement is that the ingredient list be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour or white and brown sugar.
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Now it’s your turn to share your whole food recipes and ideas!

I’m sharing this with Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, A Little Birdie Told Me, Fat TuesdayThis Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives ThursdayPennywise Platter Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Food Flicks, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

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61 Responses to Whole Food Wednesdays and “Better Than Apple Pie” Apple Pie

  1. Tessa May 2, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Welcome back France!!  This pie looks seriously amazing….I could devour a piece of this, I am sure!  Pinning  it to try!

  2. Kalinda May 2, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    Hey France! The pie looks awesome. Great job of arranging the apple slices. I’ve been flaky the past couple weeks, but I’m back with a mushroom spinach soup that uses steel cut oats like you would barley.

  3. mjskit May 2, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    You names this pie correctly! It is better than apple pie! WOW! Looks delicious!  Thanks for hosting!

  4. smallfootprintmama May 2, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Hi! Thanks for hosting!

    This week I’ve posted on preventing and even reversing osteoporosis with nutrition, which should be a concern for everyone over 30. I also posted on how to enjoy dandelions as a delicious nutrient dense food and medicine, including 2 recipes—1 for dandelion wine!

    Have a great week!

  5. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Delicious pie, France!  I could easily make this gluten-free by substituting the spelt flour. Gorgeous picture too!  Thanks for sharing.

    I’m linking Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers.  Great for using up veggie pulp!  Have  a great day!

  6. Victoria Rockcliffe May 2, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Hi! Thank you for hosting! This week I shared a recipe for grain free Rosemary & Garlic Bread Rolls!

    Have a lovely week!

  7. Jill May 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    That pie looks awesome!  I am pinning it to try out when I need a good dessert!

  8. Katie May 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    That apple pie looks amazing! 

  9. Debbie @ Easy Natural Food May 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Hi France, that apple pie looks divine! This week I’m sharing my (Sour) Cream of Asparagus Soup, my Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry and a Potato and Egg Scramble with Chive Flowers! Thanks for hosting!

  10. Rachel May 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Wow! That pie does look amazing! I’ve been having some of the same issues as you have been with desserts, except I’ve been trying to remove eggs and dairy. So far, some have turned out ok, but some haven’t. Hope you have more successes you can share with us!

  11. Koko May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    This is great France!! And I use yogatoday.com for what sounds like quite similar purposes- they offer a ton of classes online, too. I will have to check out that site!

    • beyondthepeel May 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi Koko, it’s basically the same this. Join the challenge. We’d love to have you join in no matter what site or studio you use!

  12. Amber H May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Good for you, France!  Yoga is amazing, and so healing.  Thanks for that great on-line resource!  I’m also a huge fan of Yoga.  I started about 15 years ago and it has been an integral part of my healing from Crohn’s disease and Lupus.  Stress is the #1 trigger for me, and the practice of yoga makes a huge difference.  Such a wonderful difference, in fact, next fall I am going to become a certified yoga instructor.  They have a great 3 month program near by, followed by a 6-day yoga retreat  (in the gorgeous Santa Cruz mountains).  I’m so excited about it!  

    I also wanted to share that I’ve started oil pulling.  Thank you, thank you for your video and information (and to Jill).  I’ve pulled twice now, once with coconut oil and the other with grapeseed (for 5 minutes each).  I’m working up to the 20.  I already feel a difference, France, it’s truly amazing.  :-)

    Thanks for hosting this week!

    This week I am sharing 3 delicious and healthy recipes: (1) Raw Lemon Cookies (nut free, gluten free, grain free, vegan, raw, SCD) http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/04/raw-licious-lemon-cookies-scd-friendly.html(2) Carrot Apple Soup with Lemon and Ginger (dairy free, gluten free, nut free, vegan SCD)http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/04/carrot-apple-soup-with-ginger-and-lemon.html(3) Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes (SCD, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, cane sugar free)http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/04/blueberry-lemon-cupcakes-for-go-ahead.htmlHugs,–Amber 

    • beyondthepeel May 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

      Hi Amber. I hurt my foot in the last few weeks and finding excersice hard. I do bikram traditionally but most of the poses are just to hard on my foot. I’m really excited about this 30 day challenge. Exactly what I need to get motivated.

      I’m so glad you tried the oil pulling. Pretty cool that you feel a difference right away!

  13. Amanda May 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Goodness. We’re going to have to try that apple dessert. :) Thanks for hosting. I shared a recipe for meatloaf with chard and spinach on my iron site and a tahini cookie recipe.

  14. Christina May 3, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    I’m curious as to the texture of the apple slices on top? Are they chewy like dried apple, or are they still moist like  apple pie filling? Either way, it looks tasty!

    • beyondthepeel May 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      The pie slices are more like apple pie. There only in the oven for 30-35 minutes so they should be soft.

  15. inspirededibles May 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Wow, France, this is one gorgeous looking whole foods apple pie…loving everything about it including the sprouted spelt…thanks also for that great yoga link – I might just have to join the challenge! :)


    • beyondthepeel May 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Kelly, we were pretty happy with it. Would love you to join the yoga challenge, and feel free to invite anyone else!

  16. Mary Bergfeld May 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Whata beautiful creation! This has enormous eye appeal and I suspect it tastes every bit as good as it looks. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  17. Karen (Back Road Journal) May 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    My goodness, that is so gorgeous. 

    • beyondthepeel May 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you Karen. Thank you for stopping by!

  18. Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits May 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    What an absolutely gorgeous apple pie. I’ve got to try that.

  19. Trader Joes Recipes May 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Nothing better than a fresh baked apple pie. Thanks for sharing. 


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