Caramelised Apple and Chickpea Pies

Apple and chickpea pies… sounds weird right? Don’t knock it until you try it! The chickpea pie crust works amazingly well with the sweet but tangy caramelised apple filling… plus the peanut butter crumble on the top… I have no words!

Chickpea flour is incredibly underrated in my opinion. It is lower carb and calorie than wholewheat flour, plus contains more protein! It also doesn’t contain gluten, so is a great alternative to regular flour. You can often find it in the world foods isle in the supermarket and is often labelled as ‘gram flour’ or ‘besan’. It does have a particular taste to it though, so in sweet recipes it is best to add a little sweeter to balance it out.

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Apple Filling

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cooking apple, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

Method:

  1. In a pan, pour in the almond milk and coconut sugar and bring to a boil
  2. Turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the apple by cutting it into chunks
  4. Add to a small frying pan and cook over a medium heat, along with the cinnamon
  5. Once the almond milk mix has been simmering for 15 minutes, pour over the apples
  6. Stir and combine, set aside and make the pie crust

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Peanut butter crumble

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp boiling water
  • 1/3 tsp coconut oil

Method:

  1. Place peanut butter in a small bowl and pour over water
  2. Heat in microwave for 15 seconds, remove and stir
  3. Place in the microwave for another 15 seconds, again remove and stir, adding in the coconut oil
  4. Microwave for another 15-30 seconds, remove and stir well – it should go a thick-paste like consistency – add back to the microwave if it is too runny

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Pie crust:

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or any other sugar/sweetner – I used 1/2 syrup 1/2 coconut sugar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-4 tbsp cold water
  • Coconut/sunflower oil for greasing (spray is easiest)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 and spray a muffin tin with a little oil to grease
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour, oat flour, cinnamon and salt
  3. Pour over melted butter and maple syrup and mix
  4. Now, add in water slowly, until a dough is formed – you may not need all the water
  5. Divide dough into 8 balls and press each ball into a sprayed muffin tray
  6. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, before spooning in the apple filling and peanut crumble
  8. Optional: drizzle over icing sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon

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