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Sweet Apple Pie (No Refined Sugar)

With a flaky, buttery pie crust and a naturally sweetened filling, this Sweet Apple Pie is guaranteed to be a favorite. It’s perfect for the holidays or a weekend dessert.

Apple pie is one of those treasured dishes that brings on memories of childhood laughter, togetherness and the comforts of your mother’s kitchen.

This classic apple pie recipe makes the best apple pie from scratch. It substitutes refined sugar with honey and has a flaky buttery pie crust. The secret is the thinly sliced apples combined with the flavor of honey and vanilla. It’s sure to be a pie that everyone will love!

Can I prep this ahead?

You certainly can! If making this in advance, follow the prep instructions (stop just before baking). Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from fridge and bake. If you bake your pie straight from the refrigerator (or your pie is chilled), your bake time may increase slightly.

Pie Crust

Making your own crust can be pretty intimidating, which is why we kept this recipe extremely simple. The trick is spending some time kneading it! If you don’t have time to make your own crust, no problem. You can grab one at the store with FfL-friendly ingredients. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

Don't have oat flour? Quickly make your own!

We use oat flour in many of our baked goods recipes. Oat flour is a nutrient-packed whole-grain flour that is naturally gluten-free. It works wonderfully in a variety of recipes to boost nutrition and flavor.

Making it is very simple! Add old-fashioned oats to a blender or food processor and blend them until they reach a fine, flour-like consistency. For a step-by-step guide including the recipe and tips, check out How to Make Oat Flour.

Recipe Tips:

  • To save time, you can use a store-bought pie crust instead of homemade. Don’t worry, we won’t tell!
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar in the pie filling depending on the sweetness of your apples and how sweet you like your pie.
  • Want to give your pie a pretty flare? Sprinkle a pinch of coconut palm sugar (or whatever sugar you have on hand) on the crust after brushing it with egg wash.
  • If you use overly tart apples, you may have to add a little more honey. We’ve had a lot of luck with Braeburn and Granny Smith apples.
  • You can use any fruit you’d like, depending on the season. We’ve made this recipe using peaches and pears. If you try something different, be sure to share how it turned out in the comments below!
  • Some people prefer to peel their apples when making apple crisp. Because this recipe uses thinly sliced apples, and for the sake of time, we don’t typically peel our apples.
  • If you notice your crisp is starting to get overly brown (some ovens heat differently than others), loosely cover it with foil until it finishes baking.

Did you make this recipe?

If you make this Sweet Apple Pie, we would love to hear how it turned out! Leave a comment below sharing what your family thought of it. We love hearing from you and your ideas inspire us all! Don’t forget to tag @fullforlifegal on Instagram so we can admire your masterpiece! 🌟

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Sweet Apple Pie (No Refined Sugar)

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With a flaky, buttery pie crust and a naturally sweetened filling, this Sweet Apple Pie is guaranteed to be a favorite. It’s perfect for the holidays or a weekend dessert.



Pie Crust: Store bought or use our homemade recipe

Apple Filling:


Pie Crust:

  1. In a food processor, add the flour and salt. Pulse until mixed together. If you don’t have a food processor, follow directions and generously mix by hand.
  2. Slice cold butter into small chunks and spread evenly into flour mixture so it doesn’t clump. If making by hand, mash butter into flour with a fork. Blend until the mixture is a crumbly texture.
  3. Gradually add cold water (without ice cubes) to the mixture until you get to the right consistency. This is usually around 1/2 cup but may be slightly more or less. You don’t want your dough to be too dry or too wet. The dough will form a ball.
  4. Once thoroughly mixed, remove dough ball and any excess dough stuck to the sides. Separate dough into two equal-sized pieces. Lightly sprinkle tablespoon of flour over the area where you’ll be rolling out your dough and onto rolling pin. Roll out both sections of the dough with a rolling pin.
  5. After flattening dough into a circular shape, transfer to the bottom of your pie plate and press into place. Make sure not to tear holes in crust as you press into place. Stretch crust just over the edge of the pie plate and trim excess dough from edges.
  6. Roll out the second dough ball and set aside.

Pie Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. If you aren’t using homemade pie crust, press one crust into pie plate.
  2. This step is key: Core and THINLY slice your apples, placing the slices in a large bowl.
  3. Gradually add flour into bowl and work into apples until they’re evenly coated. Add honey and vanilla, mix by hand. To taste, gradually sprinkle cinnamon over apples and mix. Repeat with nutmeg, about 1/8 teaspoon depending on your preference.
  4. Once evenly coated, pour apple mixture into crust and spread. Place remaining crust on top. Pinch the edges together with your fingers or for a beautiful finish, use a fork. Trim excess crust. In the center of the pie, slice four 1-inch slits toward each corner of the room for ventilation.
  5. Mix egg and milk in a small bowl. Brush just enough egg-wash onto pie crust to lightly coat it.
  6. Place pie on bottom rack in oven, bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow pie filling to set for at least 15 minutes before serving. In order to achieve tidy slices, pie needs time to set. For best results, allow pie to cool for at least 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!


Dairy-free: To make this pie dairy-free, substitute homemade pie crust with a dairy-free crust.

Gluten-free: To make this pie gluten-free, substitute homemade pie crust with a gluten-free crust.

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

  • Prep Time: 35 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Category: Recipes
  • Method: Prep Now, Cook Later, Too Easy
TAGS: Holiday

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  1. Janice

    I’ll definitely be making this again! It was absolutely awesome, and my family couldn’t get enough of it!


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