Home made, organic gluten free apple pie


I rarely make home made apple pie, but I am moved to do so on Thanksgiving and other special occasions. I use a recipe very close to my mother’s recipe which serves as a nice reminder of my mom, whose sweet memory I carry with me. I use less sugar than the original recipe and play with the crust, using a gluten- free crust which seems to vary a bit each year. I usually serve it warmed with home made vanilla ice cream. It is definitely a family favorite in our household.


  1. 3-5 pounds organic apples, peeled and sliced
  2. 1/4 to 1/8 cup organic cane sugar
  3. organic cinnamon and nutmeg
  4. 2 2/3 cup gluten-free flour mix, arrowroot flour, millet/tapioca flour mix, organic sprouted wheat flour, or organic unbleached wheat flour
  5. 1 cup organic palm vegetable shortening or butter, softened
  6. 8 tablespoons cold water
  7. xanthum gum (optional, add per directions for gluten-free mix)


  1. Mix flour of choice with palm oil/butter and water. Shape into 2 balls and spread out with roller on top of wax paper placed on counter top (1st dampen counter so paper will stay)
  2. Shape dough into 2 round flats
  3. Place 1st dough into pie pan
  4. Top with a little flour, cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. Cover bottom of crust with a layer of apples in pie pan
  6. Sprinkle some sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg on top of apples. Repeat until apples are used up and top with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
  7. Cover apple mixture with  2nd pie crust dough and seal ends. Make holes with fork and bake at 400 degrees for half hour, followed by 350 degrees until fork goes through easily or apple juice comes out of pie top. To protect oven from spills, first place aluminum foil on oven bottom. Total baking time is usually 45 minutes to one hour.
  8. Enjoy warmed alone or top with Delicious, real raw vanilla ice cream

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Michelle Goldstein
Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic principles into her full time counseling practice. She is passionate about holistic nutrition, natural healing and food/ medical health freedoms. After immersing herself into alternative medicine, seeking answers to a family health crisis, she discovered that conventional healthcare recommendations often contribute to illness. She has written for Natural News, Vac Truth and other health news sites, beginning in February 2013. All of her articles and recipes to date can be found at her site Holistic Health to Go, http://holistichealthtogo.com/.