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.
4 large apples
1 cup of apple juice
2 Tablespoons of chia seeds
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.