Gluten Free Vegan Apple Custard Blender Pie10
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My "easy peasy" blender pies have been incredibly popular, and they are still some of my most requested recipes. When my honey lemon blender pie was featured by Udi's Gluten Free Foods last year, 11,000 people came to check out that easy peasy pie in 1 day! Needless to say, I was overwhelmed with emails of piggy love after people had sampled it. Many of those people became "blender pie devotees" and hopped into the gluten free blender pecan pie and blender chocolate hazelnut pie and wrote to me telling me they were in "piggy heaven." Trust me, these simple blender pies will save your life for those "last minute dessert emergencies" on more than one occasion! The beauty of these pies is that they are SO easy. You just throw everything into the blender, bake, chill, and devour. It is literally child's play. In fact, many people write to me and tell me they made the pies with their children and they had a real sense of satisfaction. What a great introduction to baking. ANYONE can make these pies. They are fool proof!
However, as delicious as these gluten free blender pies are, they are not vegan. I have had many requests from vegans for some easy peasy VEGAN blender pies. So I answer that call today, with Vitamix Recipe #21: Easy Peasy Gluten Free Vegan Apple Custard Blender Pie. I call it a "custard pie" because it tastes like creamy apple cinnamon custard. For those of you looking for flaky apple pie with a generous crust, you will be disappointed. This pie is crustless. But that is what I like about it. I have never been a fan of thick crusts. But, I have friends tell me that that is what they look for in a great piece of pie. If you have a flag in that camp, then this pie is not for you.
But, if you like creamy pudding-like desserts, then you will love this pie. It is very mild and not too sweet. The cashews replicate a nice nutty pastry flavour and create the creaminess, and the tapioca and flaxseeds help the pie to set. I will admit, that I had several goes to get this pie right. In my first attempt I added in some grated apple, which added a gorgeous depth of flavour, but made the pie too runny.
A few notes about making this pie: it is important to cook this pie on a low oven so that the top and bottom don't burn. Check the pie after an hour. It should be slightly wobbly if you shake it a tad. Cook for another 1/2 an hour and the pie should be firm to the touch. The secret to firming up this pie is to allow it to cool completely, and then chill it in the fridge overnight. This will yield the best results when cutting. Use a sharp knife and the pie should come out in nice firm clean pieces that you can actually eat with your hands!
Gluten Free Vegan Apple Custard Blender Pie
- 2 1/3 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews
- 1 cup hemp milk or soy milk
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/3 cup of coconut sugar
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp natural alcohol free vanilla extract or 1 tsp regular extract
- 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp xanthan
- ½ tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Preheat oven to 150 / 300 F
- Pour all ingredients except flaxseed meal into the blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Stir through the ground flaxseed until well combined.
- Pour into a well greased 9 inch/23cm pie dish and bake for about 1 1/2 hours until there is a slight spring to the top.
- If the pie wobbles it is not done. If it starts to brown too much, cover with foil.
- Allow to cool completely, and then chill in the fridge for about 5 hours or overnight to allow the pie to firm up.
- Slice with a sharp knife and you should get clean firm pieces that you can almost eat with your hands!
- Serve with vegan cashew cream, vegan tofu cream, or raw vegan vanilla ice cream and a dusting of cinnamon. YUMMO!
Piggy Cooking Tips
selecting and storing raw cashews
“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.