Even though we don’t eat turkey on Thanksgiving, we did miss the big holiday back at home. And even though we don’t participate in Black Friday, we were nostalgic of the whole fiasco of Thanksgiving. What I miss terribly around this time is pumpkin pie – I love it! Unfortunately I do not have the available ingredients or tools in Nice to make a raw pumpkin pie, or even a baked one for that matter. So, what did we do here? We decided to go out for dinner. A vegan Indian fare was what we feasted on, and because I wanted the holiday spices of cinnamon and nutmeg but couldn’t make a raw pie, I decided to make a crumble instead. Apple Spice Crumble is what I call this recipe. It turned out to be fresh and delicious, and it hit home for us.
3 to 4 apples, chopped (save a few thin slices for topping)
2 to 3 cup dried apples
1 cup “raw” unroasted pecans, pulsed blended into powder/small chunks
FYI: All nuts sold in the stores in the USA—despite what the labels say—are not really raw as it is against the law to sell truly raw nuts. However, you may be able to find some raw nuts at a farm in California. Some nuts here in Europe are really raw, so we’ve been able to enjoy some truly raw ones here, and they taste nothing like the presumed raw nuts.
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
2 tsp real maple syrup
Soak the dried apples in apple juice for 15 to 20 minutes.
Pulse-blend the pecans or process it into powder, but not too fine, and add 1 tsp of maple syrup and mix with a spoon, pressing until it becomes crumbly. Set aside.
Start with 1/2 cup apple juice and blend the chopped apples, all spices and 1 tsp maple syrup all together. Add small increments of apple juice as needed, but don’t make it too runny. Once that’s blended smoothly like apple sauce, drain the soaked dried apples, and pour the apple sauce mixture over and mix.
Plate and pour the crumble and sliced apples over the filling. Refrigerate for a half hour to firm it up a bit, or enjoy right away. We enjoyed it right away. Yum!
This filling would be great for a pie or tart filling. If I had the tools and ingredients to do so, I would have done just that. But the crumble turned out to be a delicious treat. Either way, this recipe is all about the filling and is perfect for a holiday dessert. If you like apple pie, this would make a great substitute for it as a healthier choice. So, if you decide to give it a go, enjoy!