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Who cares about lemons when you have awesome fruit like pears in the fridge! I don't want lemonade, I want PIE!!! Hahaha, but really though, I love me some desserts and it's so hard to find ones out in the world that aren't going to kill my healthy eating style. Super sad face about that...so the solution: make it myself, I guess?

After a lot of random recipe reading and mental "healthy substituting" over the last year, I somehow just managed to wing this one in the kitchen last night. Luckily, it all worked out just fine, tee hee (I wouldn't bother posting if it had turned into a disaster, just so you know :P). Anywho, the recipe is completely "clean" as the health buffs like to put it, meaning that there are no processed sugars or chemicals added to this recipe. I think the most processed this in the recipe is the protein powder I used, but even that can be replaced if you don't have any. So have fun, make pie!


Clean Pear Pie

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Finished product is always so satisfying
Makes 1 pie (serves 8-12)

Ingredients:
Crust:
  • 1/2 C oat flour (or heaping 1/2 C old fashioned oats)
  • 1/2 C almond flour
  • 1 C walnuts, unsalted (preferably raw/unroasted)

Filling:
  • 4 ripe (but firm) pears
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20-30 drops liquid stevia (or 2-3 packets sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon protein powder (or flour of choice)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional: 1/4 C old fashioned oats (for topping)

DIrections:
  1. Soak walnuts in a bowl of water (should cover them) for at least an hour.
  2. Meanwhile, peel, core, and thinly slice the pears.
  3. Mix lemon juice, vanilla extract, and stevia together in a small cup. Pour half of it over the pear slices, toss well, pour the other half, and toss again making sure that the mixture is getting between all the slices.
  4. Mix all remaining dry filling ingredients (except for oat topping, if using) together in a small bowl/cup. Sprinkle one-third of the cinnamon mixture over the pears at a time, alternating between sprinkling and tossing so all the pears are well coated. Leave pears covered in the fridge until ready to use.
  5. When walnuts are done soaking, drain the water and dry them with paper towels.
  6. Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 9" pie pan with non-stick spray.
  7. Throw walnuts and other crust ingredients into a food processor, and process until walnuts are a flour consistency and all ingredients are holding together like a crumble. If crumble consistency doesn't come together on it's own, add 1 tbsp of ice water at a time until they just hold together when compacted.
  8. Press all of crust mixture into the bottom of prepared pie pan (works best if you use your hands). Press it up the sides of the pie pan if you can manage, but it isn't necessary if you can't or don't want to do it.
  9. Bake crust for 5-7 minutes.
  10. Pour entire pear mixture over cooked crust, spreading them out as flatly and evenly as possible. If using, sprinkle (uncooked) old fashionedc oats over the top.
  11. Bake 40-45 minutes (still at 400F), and let cool at least 20-30 minutes before cutting in and serving.

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Should be crumbly after processing; I added 2 tbsp of ice water
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I only made a partial side crust. It's up to you how far up the sides to go.
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Don't forget to toss everything well! You want that cinnamon flavor in every bite, right?
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Before the oven and after look similar, but don't worry if the pears pile a little in the center; it's bound to happen.



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