Dear Ask Alison,
I'm working out, but not losing weight. What is the best way to eat clean?
- Kevin Y., St. Charles
One of the best 'eat-clean' tips I've read is from Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. He says: "Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." With the holiday weekend coming up, I tried a healthy version of a classic American recipe that all of our grandmothers would recognize: Apple Pie!
Store-bought desserts can have excess sugar and trans fats. This recipe for Apple Pie from the Eat Clean Stay Lean cookbook contains whole foods, natural sugars, and pure Americana goodness in every bite.
See recipe below. Serve at your Memorial Day BBQ or just enjoy this healthy classic on your own!
Cinnamon apple pie with oat crumbles crust
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
6 Pink Lady apples, sliced
8 pited Medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
2 tablespoons cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
1. Heat over to 350 degrees F
2. Make the crust: Place the oats, walnuts, maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt in a blender or food processor and pulse until the oats are broken up but not powdery. Add 1 tablespoon water and pulse a few times until the dough sticks together. Scrape into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate and press into the bottom and up the sides.
3. Bake the crust until light brown, about 25 minutes. Leave the oven on and increase the temperature to 375 degrees.
4. Make the filling: Heat 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and cook until golden and just soft, about 15 minutes.
5. Drain the dates. Add them to a blender along with the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, lemon juice, orange juice, 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh water, and the remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a blender and process until smooth. Pour over the apples and gently toss to coat.
6. Pour the apple mixture into the pie shell and bake until the pie is golden, about 40 minutes. Let cook completely before serving.