Pumpkin Pie with a Walnut Crust, Caramelized Apples, and Maple-Balsamic Drizzle
- 2 cups 2 cups 2 cups Walnuts, Organic
- 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup, Pure, + 2.5 Tbsp, + 1 Tbsp
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, Organic, softened or melted, + 1 Tbsp
- 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup Cashews, raw, soaked overnight, then drained and rinsed
- 1 whole 1 whole 1 whole Coconut Meat, (the meat of one young Thai coconut)
- 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp Coconut Water
- 0.75 cup 0.75 cup 0.75 cup Pumpkin Puree, about half a 15 oz can
- 1.5 Tbsp 1.5 Tbsp 1.5 Tbsp Primal Palate Pumpkin Pie Spice, + 1 tsp
- 2 whole 2 whole 2 whole Apples, Honeycrisp, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1.5 Tbsp 1.5 Tbsp 1.5 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
- 1.25 Tbsp 1.25 Tbsp 1.25 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 0.5 tsp 0.5 tsp 0.5 tsp Water
- For the Crust: In your food processor, pulse the walnuts until they resemble coarse crumbs. Pulse in the maple syrup, coconut oil, until your dough forms. Do not let it blend for too long, or it will turn into walnut butter. Grease a 9 inch removable-bottom tart pan with coconut oil. Press the walnut dough into the tart pan, and freeze for at least 30 minutes, or until the pumpkin filling is done
- For the Pumpkin Pie Filling: In your food processor, pulse the cashews, coconut meat and coconut water, until it forms a wet, dough-like consistency. Blend in all the other ingredients. Pulse on and off until the mixture is very very smooth and there are no big chunks of cashews. This may take up to half an hour. Remove the crust from freezer, and scoop the filling into the crust. Spread it until it's smooth on the top. Place the pie back in the freezer for 2 hours, or until the top is very firm.
- For the Caramelized Apples: Place the coconut oil in a medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat. Once the coconut oil is melted, gently add the apples. to make sure that each apple slice gets coated on both sides with the coconut oil, you can flip them once they start soaking up the oil. Add the coconut sugar, sprinkling it on evenly. Add the spice, sprinkling it on each side of the apples. Let the apples cook until they begin shrinking, get more soft and tender, and the apples have soaked up most of the coconut oil. This might take about seven minutes. Remove the apples from heat and let them cool.
- For the Maple-Balsamic Drizzle: To make the balsamic drizzle, add your 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir about every few seconds, for about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the 1/2 tsp water, and 1/4 tsp balsamic. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Let it cool before drizzling on the pie. If it starts hardening too much, you can stir in another ¼ tsp water, too thin it out.
- To Assemble: Take your pie out of the freezer, and gently remove the sides of the tart pan. Assemble the cooled apples on top, in a pretty design. Now, I'd recommend letting the pie sit at room temp for about fifteen minutes. Drizzle the maple-balsamic on top, and serve the pie immediately. Enjoy!
If you wait too long before serving the pie, the filling and crust will get too soft. Eat it while it's cold!
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