Chia apple pie filling

 

This versatile apple pie filling can be used in not only in apple pie, but in apple crumble, or just on its own with ice-cream or custard. Its also great with yogurt for breakfast. You can use either black or white chia seeds. I like to use the white chia seeds for this recipe because the seeds blend into the apple mix and it looks more traditional.

There is no added sugar in this recipe. To make it sweeter, use a sweet variety of apple instead of a more traditional cooking apple. This makes a very nutritious and healthy dessert base.

If you are going to use this mixture for an apple pie, its best made the day before to allow any extra juice to separate out. Pour this extra juice off before making your apple pie or the pastry could become soggy.

Ingredients

4 large apples

1 cup of apple juice

2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

Method

Peel, core and cut the apple into small pieces

Put into a saucepan with the apple juice

Simmer over a very low heat with the lid on until the apples are soft enough to mash

Take off the heat, add the chia seeds and allow to stand until the seeds soften and swell

Note. Its important to have enough liquid to allow the chia seeds to expand and take up all the excess. You can add a little more chia if the mixture is not firm enough, or you can add a little more juice if the mixture is too firm.

You can add a sweetener if you need to but its healthier without.




5 Responses to “Chia apple pie filling”

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  2. subhadra says:

    hi,can i give this to my 16 months old kid?

    • admin says:

      Hi Subhadra. The FDA has classed chia seeds as a healthy food, and as long as your child is already eating a fairly varied diet, there should be no reason for your child not to have them. As always when trying a new food, try a very little at first. There are no known alergic reactions.

  3. Ellen says:

    Is it necessary to grind the chia seeds before baking with them? I’d enjoy the crunchiness like when I cook with poppy seeds but I don’t want to lose any nutritive value. Is that why they must be ground?

    • admin says:

      There is no need to grind the seeds to get more nutrition Ellen. The apple pie filling has a much better texture if you use whole chia seeds, but they will not be crunchy in this recipe because they swell and soften when added to a wet mixture. The most you will get is the occasional delicious apple flavoured “pop” when you bite down on a chia seed

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