Speaking of rocks, this pie rocks.
. . . okay, that was an incredibly uncreative way to dive into the recipe but my brain is really only half functional at midnight anyway (do you feel me?) I'll make up for it by giving you this insanely delicious recipe. It's very similar to my raw apple tart from last year but with a few additional steps and ingredients.
Raw Vegan Apple Pie
1 1/2 cups walnuts (you can also use almonds or a mixture)
8 pitted deglet noor dates (or 6 medjool dates), diced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups walnuts, soaked in water
6 pitted deglet noor dates (4 medjool), diced
1 knob of ginger (about 1/2 tsp), minced
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 inch piece of vanilla, or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
Layer & Topping:
3 medium apples, thinly sliced
Soak the filling walnuts in water for at least 2 hours (the longer you soak, the softer and creamier they will be--if you have the time, soak overnight).
Prepare the crust: pulse in a food processor the nuts until they become coarse granules. Add the dates and the cinnamon and pulse until the "dough" comes together. Press into a 9 in/23 cm round cake pan (it's important to use one that unclips on the side for easy removal) and chill in the fridge until the filling is done.
Prepare the filling: drain the nuts and pour into the same food processor along with the 1/4 cup of fresh water. Depending on how long you soaked them and the power of your machine, it may take longer than a few minutes. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and pulse until a thick paste is formed and everything is well combined (make sure to scrape the sides every few seconds during this process for best results).
Prepare the pie: Take the crust out of the fridge and spread about 3-4 tablespoons of the filling mixture on top (essentially just enough to form a thin layer of the walnut cream). Now create a layer of sliced apples. Repeat these steps until the filling is used up and you have just enough apples to garnish the pie. Chill in the fridge for an hour before serving, then sprinkle cinnamon on top. Guten Appetit!