Frugal-licious – Apple Pie

For those of you that have been here before, you probably know by now that we strive to eat very healthy, in an attempt to make sure we can really enjoy our FI for as long as possible, with as much energy as possible and the least amounts of aches and pains (and/or disabilities). Based on available science today, there is only one lifestyle that actually allows for this: a plant-based whole foods diet.

After having given this a try about 2 years ago, we were amazed by some of the results: I’ve never recovered quicker from intense workouts, which I’ve been doing for the last 20 years of so. Certain annoying conditions disappeared (afternoon dip, acid reflux, occasional headache, etc.). And hopefully we are on our way to unclog our arteries and avoid having a heart attack, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and lots and lots more (see link above for available research and data).

However, it takes much more efforts to prepare because you make pretty much everything from scratch. Which brings us to the topic of today: Apply Pie – the (almost) whole foods approach.

Frugal-licious – Apple Pie
Frugal-licious – Apple Pie

Frugal-licious – Apple Pie

Before we get started this apple pie can be a very frugal desert as well, but it depends on what you grow in your yard (in our case, both the apples and the walnuts came from our own yard). If you have to buy all items in the grocery store, it might become relatively pricy. But at least it will give you an desert that actually makes you heathy, so it’s worth some money in our opinion.


  • 250-300g (10 ounces) of medjool dates (others work as well– avoid the ones with sulfite as preservative) – softened in water for 30-60min, if necessary (cost ~€1.5)
  • 600ml (2.5 cups) of rolled oats (cost ~€0.2)
  • 250ml (1 cup) of soaked nuts (pecan, walnut or cashew) (Free!)
  • ½ table spoon cinnamon (or to taste) (€0.1)
  • 50-75ml coconut oil (about 4-5 table spoons) – limit where possible as this is not a whole food and not particularly healthy for you. However, the curst needs to stick together with something obviously. (€0.75)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt – limit where possible (we normally don’t use any) (€0.0)


  • Apples (about 7-8 small ones or 5-6 large ones) (Free!)
  • Raisins (about 1-2 cups depending on your preference – avoid the ones with sulfite as preservative) (€0.5)
  • Cinnamon (1-2 table  spoons) (€0.1)

Total cost of for us for this pie (8 large pieces or 12 small pieces): €3.15 (if you buy everything, its around €5.0-5.5)

Preheat oven to about 175 degrees Celsius (350F).

Peel, core and cube the apples, add rinsed raisins and cinnamon, stir until mixed well.

Add rolled oats, nuts, cinnamon and salt to food processor (you can try this my hand, but I would not recommend this unless you have too much time on your hands). Continue mixing until the mixture has a “coarse sand” texture.

Add in dates and coconut oil, mix well until it starts to come together. If it does not, add some water. Once ready, add into pie dish to make the crust, add sides, but keep some crust to complete the top. Next pour in filling and complete top. Bake for about 45-50 min.

Apple Pie

Enjoy your healthy desert, we sure did!


  1. This looks good to me. I make Gluten free cookies for my wife using some of these same ingredients. blanched almond flour works really well as a flour replacement. The more finely ground the almonds are the better the cookies turn out. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Funny thing is that rolled oats are actually gluten free. But the caveat here is that the oats cannot be polluted with other grains, which they commonly are. In that case, almonds definitely are a good alternative. However, in this recipe, you’d be eating a lot of nuts…… 🙂

  2. Wow that looks amazing. Isn’t it interesting when you are working out and eating healthy how junk food isn’t as appealing. I know when I fall of the wagon a bit, junk food looks delicious. Funny how that works out like that 🙂

    1. You can actually do lots without suger and still have a sweet dish or desert. Yams or sweet potatos are also really good for this. But dates remain my favorite.

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