A Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert: Dutch Apple Pie with Oat and Flax Crumble

I was asked to make a Dutch Apple Pie for a dear friend from the Dutch islands some time ago, and since then, I have been tweaked it over and over again, making it at least once a week for dinner parties, guests or for a Sunday brunch. It is so simple to make and the crumble you an opportunity to integrate nuts, seeds and wheat germs, adding crunch and healthy elements.Plus, it saves you time by not having to roll out the top layer. I make this pie with different fruits – pear, peaches, figs – whatever is in season, and it is wonderful every time.

It is a perfect healthy dessert for Thanksgiving, with DHA Omega 3, calcium, vitamins C and D, complex carbs and other good things. And you can indulge with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top.

Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal and Flax Crumble



Multigrain Pie Shell (Store-bought multigrain pie shell is fine also)

1/2 cup multigrain flour

1/2 cup oat flour

1 cup butter, cold and cut into pieces

1 egg yolk

1 or more tablespoons of cold water

Apple Filling

5 cups apples – cut into chunks

2 tablespoon whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmet and allspice

2 tablespoon butter

For the Crumble:

3/4 cups multigrain flour

3/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 cup butter


For the Pie Shell:

1. In a bowl, combine the flours and add the cold butter and mix with a mixer until small crumbly pieces form.

2. Add the egg yolk and the water and make a ball.

3. Cover with flour and fold over with a kitchen towel. Put in the fridge for a few yours or overnight.

4. Roll our the pastry and line a pie mold. Make small holes with a fork and put in the fridge for one hour.


For the Filling and Crumble:

1. Preheat oven to 435 degrees.

2. In a bowl, combine apples with flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmet and allspice and mix.

3. Add the apples into the pie shell and top with pieces of butter. Cover lightly with foil and bake for 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, make the crumble – in a bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, sugar, oats and lemon peel.

5. Add the crumble mixture to the pie, topping it over the apples. Reduce the oven to 375 degrees and bake for another 30-35 minutes.


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