Recipe: Grain-Free Dehydrated Apple Pie, Sweetened with Molasses

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Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer

It seems like so long ago now, but the apples I used to make this pie were picked from my father’s apple tree during our visit in August. It was the last day of our week long visit, so full of wonderful memories of seeing my father carry my sons on the same shoulders I once rode upon and the meeting of my brother’s first baby.

That bittersweet day that ended our vacation also saw bags upon bags of apples being picked. We must have eaten our way through 1/4 of them in the first few days and by the end of the week I was dehydrating tray upon tray of them. All totaled we ended up with over a gallon of dehydrated apple pieces.

Those apple pieces have been eaten as snacks and in oatmeal, but on a cold January day when no fresh fruit could be found pie just seemed right. With all of the foods we eat for winter wellness, a treat now and then really hits the spot.

After a bit of research I found that you can, in fact, make a very good apple pie using dehydrated apples.

This pie is made grain-free through the use of almond flour in the crust. The filling is refined-sugar free, sweetened with just a touch of molasses for a deeply warming flavor. When we were out of fruit and honey and just about everything else after two months of living off the foods put up from the harvest, this pie really hit the spot.

Grain-Free Dehydrated Apple Pie Sweetened with Molasses

Recipe notes: You could substitute honey for the molasses if you are so inclined.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter

Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups diced dehydrated apples
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup molasses (not black strap)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the crust: Combine almond flour, cinnamon, and sea salt in a medium-sized bowl. Pour over melted coconut oil and mix until combined. It should be a crumbly texture. Press this into a 9″ pie pan and poke all over with a fork. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden brown. Remove and set aside while filling is made.
  3. Make the filling: Add apples and water to a saucepan and turn the heat on to medium. Bring to a simmer. If you are having a hard time keeping the apples below the water you can place a clean plate on top. Simmer the apples and water for 10-20 minutes, or until apples are tender and have rehydrated. Turn heat down to medium-low and add molasses, sea salt, and cinnamon. Simmer until the filling has thickened nicely. It will not be baked so be sure it is thick enough to stand up in the pie shell.
  4. Pour the filling into the pie crust and let stand until room temperature. Serve warm or refrigerate.

Have you ever made a pie with dehydrated fruit?

About Shannon

Shannon is a mama to two hungry little boys and wife to her favorite recipe tester. While her background is in chemistry, she has studied sustainable living since the birth of her first child. She spends much of her time growing, seeking out, and preparing nourishing local foods. Between the laundry, dishes, and snuggles she writes about it all at Nourishing Days.

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Comments

  1. Rhea Steffen says:

    I am wanting to get a dehydrator to dry fruits mostly. Is there one that anyone recomends that is not big and takes up a lot of room? Also can I get the same results using my oven so I don’t have to purchase a dehydrator?

    • @Rhea Steffen, It is definitely harder to get good, consistent results with an oven. The reason is simply that most ovens get too warm. Some ovens are closer to dehydrator temperature when you simply use the oven lights, and not turn the power on. You’d need to really test it with a thermometer to know what kind of temps it is reaching. I have the huge 9-tray Excalibur, which I love but it does take up a lot of space. They also make a more compact 4-tray model that works well.

  2. This is a really interesting recipe. I’ve never thought to make a dehydrated apple pie before!

  3. Ummm… Yum. That’s all I have to say. =)

  4. We do this all the time, although I have to admit, I totally cheat and just make it a crisp (with ground soaked oats & crispy nuts on top). SO good, esp. with some of our dried apricots or cherries mixed in too. :-)

  5. Love her posts! Sounds like a good recipe. I will give it a try as we have A LOT of dehydrated apples.

  6. This sounds great! Do you have a dehydrator? I’ve been using our oven, but it takes so long and I can only imagine how much energy it’s using.

  7. Is there a substitute for the almond meal? My husband is allergic to tree nuts, and he LOVES apple pie!

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