Apple Pie with Pecan Crumble: How to make a clean version of a classic fall favorite

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Apples come in SO many varieties and there are literally endless uses for them in meals, snacks and of course baking. They are one of my favorite fruits for tossing into recipes and also for playing around with for creating clean eating desserts because they are so naturally sweet.  Too many recipes call for WAY more sugar than is necessary!  Why over sweeten something already SO sweet?!


Pie is such a classic use for apples, and you almost can never go wrong with an apple pie.  So, when my father-in-law, who celebrated his 70th birthday today, requested that I bring a pie for his birthday party I knew exactly what I was going to make…


This IS a clean recipe, in my opinion, but I will disclose that there is some white flour in the crust.  Why?  Because pie crusts can be finicky and therefore having some refined white flour can be necessary.  Here are the ingredients I used for my crust.


If you’ve never made your own pie crust or have tried and failed, I must encourage you to keep trying!  I tried and failed MANY times, but I can be stubborn and kept trying.  I always struggled with:

1) The dough sticking to my rolling pin

2) The crust falling apart when I tried to place it into the pie pan.

My favorite trick that solves both of these problems involves two words, parchment paper.  In the recipe below, I’ll show you exactly how I make my perfect pie crust!

Also, to really make it easy and quick, having a food processor is a MUST.  My pie crusts only really started turning out well once I purchased and started using a food processor to combine the ingredients for the crust.  LOVE my food processor!

I also can’t live (or bake apple pie) without my apple peeler, corer, slicer.  It does it all!
Before I get to the recipe, here are some wonderful photos my husband captured while I was prepping and making this oh so yummy sweet treat.

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I hope you enjoy this apple pie as much as we did today!


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Apple Pie with Pecan Crumble
Amazing blend of whole grains and fresh sweet apples, with an easy whole grain pie crust base and apple crisp crumble topping. Made with coconut sugar for unrefined lower glycemic sweetness. A cleaner version of a grandma's apple pie.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30-45 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Pie Crust
Pie Filling and Crumble Topping
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30-45 minutes
Cook Time 35-40 minutes
Pie Crust
Pie Filling and Crumble Topping
Pie Crust
  1. Combine both flours, salt, and COLD butter in a food processor. Pulse until evenly combined. Add COLD water one tablespoon at a time pulsing in between each time until dough balls up. Gather dough into a ball and lightly flour all the way around.
  2. Place dough on a cutting board lined with parchment paper. Make sure the paper is secure around the board, Press dough down and place another piece of parchment paper on top. Use a large rolling pin to roll out dough into a 9-10 inch circle (for an 8" pie pan)
  3. With parchment paper still in place. Fold rolled out dough in half. Carefully peel the exposed (what was the bottom) side of parchment paper away from the dough. Turn over, placing the exposed side of dough into pie pan and remove the rest of that piece of parchment paper. Unfold dough evenly into pie pan and carefully remove the top piece of parchment paper.
  4. Lightly press dough into pie pan and fold over any dough that is hanging over the outer edge of the pie pan and press in. This is where you might choose to press into a pattern for a pretty edge.
Main Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Peel and thinly slice your apples, then fill them into your pie crust.
  3. Combine all ingredients for the crumble, except the pecans and the 2 tbsp of coconut sugar in your food processor and pulse until evenly combined. Evenly spread onto apples making sure they are completely covered.
  4. Sprinkle the pecans and extra coconut sugar evenly over the crumble topping.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. After 25-30 minutes cover crust to prevent over browning. Pie is done when crust is lightly browned and apples start to bubble through the crumble.
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I love simple and healthy living. Even when things are super complicated, there is always some peace in the simple things in life. My goal is to explore and share all the ways of incorporating a back to basics and natural approach to this crazy thing called life.

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