Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with Vegan and AIP options)

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

While this fall has been one of the busiest I can recall, I have also been fortunate to be traveling a ton, living life to it’s fullest and doing my best to enjoy each and every moment. While visiting San Diego county a few weeks ago, in the adorable town of Julian, my husband, Mark, and I were walking the Main Street of this quaint old gold mining town. Julian is an enigma of Southern California, experiencing all 4 seasons, even including snow in the winter. It’s unlike any other place I have been out here. It was an instant love-connection for this east coast girl.

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

We went at the start of the fall season and autumn was already in the air. Crisp cool breezes, chilly nights, the leaves of many of the trees already changing color and the sweet scent of apple pie in the air. This town doesn’t mess around when it comes to apples. After the gold rush was over, the pioneers remained in Julian, as they began farming the rich land. While many crops were planted and animals raised, apples seemed to be their new “gold”. To this day, during apple season, you will find fruit stands filled with fresh organic apples, locally pressed real apple cider and pies galore. Oh the pies! Quite literally, Main Street in Julian is filled with the aroma of this spiced comfort food.

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

As we strolled the tiny Main Street, Mark was seeking out what he deemed to be “the perfect slice”. I am pretty sure we walked into every single bakery and he looked on as if he was making a major investment purchase. Only a few city blocks long, Main Street had near 10 bakeries, all specializing in their version of this American classic. I was convinced, being gluten-free, I would only be experiencing this as an observer, enjoying the smells and the smile on my husband’s pie-loving face. But alas, I found one amazing bakery, tucked away a bit off the beaten path, Apple Alley Bakery. The only bakery in ALL of Julian offering gluten-free pies. I opted for the Apple Boysenberry Crumb Pie and as soon as my slice was gone, I wanted more.

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

I bought a 3-lb bag of organic Julian apples on our visit, just in the hopes of recreating this pie. With 90-100ºF temps for much of September, I kept putting it off, avoiding turning the oven on. I finally got a cool morning last week and this pie was first on my list. I have a big 10-lb bag of Otto’s Cassava Flour and it has quickly become my baking staple. I prefer to limit the grains I consume these days, but I tire of the nut flours and coconut flours. While they are a great option, it just isn’t the same as the grain containing flour. The cassava flour is the answer for me, creating a more starchy/flour type consistency, so it was definitely the answer for this pie.

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

The crust is flakey and chewy. The filling tart and sweet, the apples retaining the perfect amount of crisp. I couldn’t find boysenberries, so I went with a mixed-berry blend of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and it was perfect. The sweet and crisp crumb topping finishes this beautiful pie off nicely. This pie is delicious served warm, with a dollop of whipped coconut cream or homemade dairy-free ice cream.

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

Grain-free Apple Berry Crumb Pie (Paleo with vegan and AIP options)

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1 Mary Elizabeth April 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

Great recipe! Made this last week except I replaced all purpose gluten free flour for the cassava and added some wheat free/oat granola into the crumble with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts. I used some monk fruit to help sweeten along with a lil agave so I could use a bit less raw sugar. I also am not a ‘dough/crust’ person and have always bought my crusts, but found a gluten free pie crust at the market. The only other thing about that is next time I’d take that crust and put it into my own pie pan as those were really cheap and thin.

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2 Jess June 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm

Just wondering if you’ve tried to make bars out of this flour – like fruit crumble bars of some type, where you have the crust (often like a shortbread crust) and then the fruit mixture, then a crumble topping. I’d like to try it but am not that skilled at making up recipes. Thanks!

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