We went to our first vegan potluck tonight, hosted at the Green Lotus Cafe in Hyannis, MA. Last week we had gone apple picking and I knew when I got an invite to the potluck that I had to do something with the apples. I wanted to do an apple bar but as we got closer to the event, apple pie bites made the most sense. So, I tried my hand at them and even went so far as to make them gluten free. The end product? I wasn’t satisfied completely, the crust was rather delicate. I thought the flavor was pretty damned good, but have to figure out something to help the crust bind up a bit more.
1 1/2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup vegan butter
6 tablespoons cold water
3 tablespoons cane sugar
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons cinammon
Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Combine rice flour, 1 tablespoon of the cane sugar, 1 teaspoon cinammon, butter and 3 tablespoons of water in a food processor. Pulse anough that the dough starts to come together. Pull out of processor, form into a ball and chill for 20-30 minutes.
Chop 3 of the apples into small cubes, 1/3 to 1/4 inch cubes. Core the 4th apple and pulse in the food processor until it’s mashed pretty good. Put the cubed and mashed apple into a bowl with the other 3 tablespoons of water, chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of cane sugar and 1 teaspoon cinammon.
Since these are apple pie bites, I used a mini-muffin pan that made 24 pies. Use some nonstick spray, conservatively as there is enough butter that these won’t stick to bad. Spoon a bit of the mixture into each.
Pop into the oven for 35-40 minutes.
Once done, let cool before pulling out. These are very delicate, and can crush easily. I am still working the recipe out, so I will update as I have more success.