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Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free

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Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free

One night my husband and I were browsing around an organic supermarket in southern California. The fresh food display was filled with all sorts of handmade treats: raw grain free pizza, hummus wraps, gluten free coconut macaroons and an amazing looking raw apple strudel. We sample it: delicious. The crust almost melts in your mouth and the apple filling really testes like the real thing.

As my husband is about to order a piece to take home, I pull his sleeve and whisper: “Wait, I can make this at home. Let’s go prepare one together”!

I personally love creating my own dishes much more than eating out or buying them already made. You get to express your creativity, make sure you only use the best ingredients, and feel safe from gluten contamination and potential allergens that in big, industrial kitchens are always hard to keep under control

Raw Apple Strudel

After I gave a quick look at the ingredients, I came up with my own idea for a home made raw apple strudel recipe that was also free from gluten and grains. I shopped around the isles, buying all that I needed and headed back home to enjoy a fun cooking night with my husband.

Raw Apple Strudel

This is really how this recipe was born, and this raw apple strudel is so easy and quick to make that I recommend you try it too, maybe on a night you just want to relax with a friend or the person you love, having fun in the kitchen without getting too serious.

Raw Apple Strudel

This recipe is pretty much suitable for everybody since it’s raw, grain, gluten and dairy free… and, if you can’t tolerate nuts, I put a seed replacement in there so can you have an allergy free alternative.


Raw Apple Strudel – Grain & Gluten Free

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    For the Raw Apple Strudel Filling
  • 3 organic Pink Lady Apples
  • 3 organic dried Figs
  • 3 tbsp organic Raisins
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Flakes
  • *1 tbsp Coconut Sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed Lemon
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • For the Walnut Crust
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts (for a nut-free version use 1/2 Pumpkin Seeds and 1/2 Sunflower Seeds instead)
  • 3 dried Figs
  • 3 tbsp soaked Mulberries
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Himalayan Salt

For the Garnishing

  • 6 Walnut halves
  • 1 dried Fig
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Flakes
  1. Peel, core and cut the apples in half. Place them in a food processor together with all the other ingredients and and pulse a few times until coarsely grated.
  2. Set the filling aside and start preparing the crust.
  3. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and and process until you get to a dough kind of consistency.
  4. Cover 2 small flat bottom bowls with Saran wrap; spread a layer of walnut dough on the bottom and press it down well with a spoon creating a crust.
  5. Top the crust with some apple strudel filling, create one more middle layer of walnut crust and top it with the remaining apple filling. Press well with a spoon.
  6. Decorate each raw apple strudel with the remaining walnuts, coconut flakes and thin slices of dried fig like you see in the photos.
  7. Cover and refrigerate your Raw Apple Strudels overnight before serving.

So what do you think? Isn’t this a great quick and easy recipe to use those time you want to have some fun in the kitchen? No oven not major cooking skills required, just a simple food processor and the desire to make something good that’s also good for you, without gluten, grains and refined sugar!

Enjoy your Raw Apple Strudel and I will catch you next time with some more tips on allergy free living!


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Ambra Torelli
Born and raised in Italy, Ambra visited over 20 countries and now she divides her time in between Italy and the US, where her husband is from and where she moved in 2011 work as university professor of Italian Literature. She writes about food, travel and things that inspire her! more about ambra

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    Ieva April 26, 2016 2:14 pm

    This is amazing! And yes, it happens to me all the time in the supermarket! I enjoy making the healthier versions or treats and of course indulging as well. 🙂

  • ambra
    ambra April 26, 2016 6:41 pm

    Awesome! We think alike then! I hope you enjoyed the recipe and of course I’d love to see your version of it!! ??

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