|First assemble three crazy helpers|
First, we started with the crust. This is where most of the over-sweetness was. I will have to think of something other than dates to hold this crust together. Or maybe see if less dates would work. We used 1 cup of nuts, about 3/4 cup of dates, about a tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of oats for the crust. Just whiz it up in the food processor.
|Make sure to cover your ears while the food processor is on!|
Next for the filling, we cut up three apples (I would do four or five next time!) and chopped them in the food processor also. Then I added 2 TBS chia seeds, 1/2 cup of water and about 1 cup applesauce to a bowl and let it sit for a bit. When you put chia seeds in water they kind of make a gel, which is what I was going for. This is where the other extra sweetness came in-- we had sweetened applesauce that someone had given us leftover from Thanksgiving. I put the apples into the pie crust and then the applesauce mix, but next time I would stir them all together before dumping it in the crust.
|The chia seed mixture|
Finally, we let it chill in the refrigerator until it was time to eat.
As I said before, this was good, but it was too sweet. I would try this again with less dates in the crust (and more nuts to replace them) and unsweetened applesauce.
I am really interested in using chia seeds as a thickener, especially to make pudding like foods. I hope to have more experimenting on this soon!
1/2 cup dates
1- 1 1/2 cups nuts
3/4 cups oats
1 TBS coconut oil
blend together in the food processor. press into pie pan.
4-5 apples chopped in food processor
1+ tsp cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
2 TBS chia seeds
1/2 cup water
mix all ingredients in a bowl. dump into pie crust. let the pie set up and/or chill before you eat it. mmmm.