Each week I buy a box of organic fruit and vegetables from Affordable Organics (also known as A Life To Live) as their store is near me on the Gold Coast. The owners, Bec and Lou have only recently moved into their shop having previously run organic box collections from another location. I use to drop in and get my box from them and they became so in-demand that they decided to move into another premises. These two lovely ladies are as vibrant as the produce they sell and it is always a pleasure to shop there. They have staple boxes as well as smoothie boxes, juicing boxes and other organic pantry staples.
Each week my organic box contains the staples: carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, avocado, tomatoes, baby spinach leaves, apples and bananas as well as a combination of the following cucumber, celery, zucchini, beans, capsicum, asparagus, cauliflower, oranges and pumpkin.
Whilst I love everything in there and relish the flavours of all the fruit and veg, it’s the apples that get me every week. These apples aren’t just regular apples, they’re organic (obviously, when they come from an organic store). If you’ve never had organic apples, then you’re missing out. They are sweet and crunchy and juicy and divine. They remind me of these apples that I found on a tree in Royal Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden.
Apples have always been one of my favourite fruits. I can’t say the favourite, because it changes regularly, but it is definitely the fruit that I eat the most.
So, each week I get my box of fruit and veggies and each week there are apples. Did someone say heaven? I’ve been thinking for a while about turning these little buds of sweetness into a big bud of sweetness aka apple pie.
And so here it is. An apple pie. I can’t say raw because the oats are not raw. The apple centre is definitely raw and it is totally refined sugar free, getting its sweetness from the apples and dates. The apple filling comprises apples, dates, fresh orange, fresh lemon and cinnamon.
Because the apples are not cooked it’s important to leave it for 3 to 4 hours in the fridge. This allows the date syrup to marinate the apples and soften them. And serve it with a big dollop of coconut yogurt or dairy-free ice cream.