Paleo Recipes: No-Bake Apple Pie


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Fall…Thanksgiving…fires…cinnamon…apple pie. That’s what I’m thinking. How about you? Today we have a wonderful, *no-bake* apple pie from Louise over at Ancestral Chef. And just in time to fill that craving I know you have. 
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No-Bake Apple Pie
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As a kid, I used to treasure the times when we would go to McDonald’s.

It wasn’t really that I loved the burgers and fries. On the contrary, I was always most excited that I’d be allowed to order an apple pie. (And as I’m sure that Alison will agree, pies are simply an essential part of cuisine (even McDonald’s cuisine) in England, where I also grew up).

I’ve been Paleo for quite a while now and have spent many hours in the kitchen trying to recreate Paleo versions of baked goods. However, making Paleo pies often involves labor-intensive baking sessions involving overly-complicated pie crusts!

And who has time to slave away like that all the time?

Perhaps more importantly, so many “Paleo” desserts are filled with added sugar in some form or another (whether it’s honey, maple syrup, or some other “Paleo-approved” sweetener). All that added sugar is not something that I’m OK with eating very often.

So, to take the labor out of apple pie making, I created this simple and delicious no-bake apple pie recipe, which has zero added sugar but is nonetheless absolutely delicious. And when you do serve this to your friends and family, please let me know in the comments below how much they enjoy it!

- Louise

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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 2 apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  2. 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  3. 1 cup unsalted chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts) - you can use a blender or food processor to roughly chop these
  4. 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  5. 2 Tablespoons ghee (or replace with another 2 Tablespoons coconut oil)
  6. 6 whole raw almonds as topping
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. pinch of ground nutmeg
  9. pinch of ground cloves
  1. 1. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of ghee in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. 2. Add the apples to the saucepan and stir regularly to cook the apples until they’re soft (8-10 minutes).
  3. 3. Add in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and the chopped nuts and cook for 5 more minutes so that the flavor sinks in.
  4. 4. Divide into 2 individual ramekins packing it down, making sure that you don’t scoop out the extra oil at the bottom of the pan.
  5. 5. Place the 6 whole raw almonds into the extra oil left in the pan to coat them (it gives them a glistening look and some flavor).
  6. 6. Place 3 almonds (in a clover leaf arrangement) on top of each apple pie as decoration.

louise ancestral chef, paleo, paleo dietLouise is “beyond gluten-free,” grain-free, paleo/primal, a lawyer, an ex-physicist, a cook, a blogger, a Brit living in the US, an ex-violin player, an occasional crossfitter, a mystery book junkie, and of course, the Ancestral Chef. 🙂
Louise struggled for years with common health problems like heartburn, bloating, frequent colds, and stubborn fat around her stomach, before finally trying paleo. Now, however, she’s very glad she made the change.
If you liked this recipe, then Louise has developed a free four-week meal plan for Paleo/NonPaleo readers that you can get by clicking here. Louise also blogs at where you can find paleo recipes, tips, and science.
You can also follow Louise on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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Alison Golden writes on the topic of paleo over at Paleo/NonPaleo. She aims to share ideas, inspire and motivate readers by teaching them how to live paleo in a non-paleo world. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Modern, No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo, a unique tool that gives the reader hundreds of strategies to navigate the learning process to successful paleo living.

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