Apple Cranberry Caramel Crunch Pie

This recipe will make 2 whole pies.

Your hardware includes:
2 (TWO) ready made pie crusts.
2 LARGE Honeycrisp Apples (or other SWEET red apple) or 3 Medium Red Sweet Apples
2 1/2 cups of Quick Oats (finely chop 2 1/4 cups into Oat Flour. keep 1/4 cup aside.)
2 sticks of butter (not margarine, but an olive oil butter works well.
2 cups of Truvia Baking Blend (a mix of Stevia and Sugar… 75% less calories)  blended with 1 tablespoon of Molasses (imitates brown sugar)
3/4 to 1 cup of fresh Cranberries (fresh or frozen, but not out of a can. You want them to POP while cooking!)
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of Allspice

Step One:
Cut your apples into bite size chunks. Place them into the pie crusts. Put in half of your cranberries into the crust now as well.

Step Two: 
In a blender, combine the finely chopped oats with the cinnamon, allspice and your faux Truvia brown sugar. (as an alternative, you can use sugar and brown sugar in similar amounts, but the calories in this pie will explode.)

Step Three:
Add 1 3/4 sticks of melted butter to the mixture in the blender. It will loosen up. Blend until the mixture looks gritty.

Keep 1/4 stick of butter aside. You’ll be using that later.

Step Four:
Spoon the mixture from the blender into the pie. Use it like mortar, and fill the nooks and crannies between the apples and the cranberries.
Add any remaining cranberries, so a few are “sticking out” of the top.

Step Five:
Mix the remaining oats with about 1/2 tablespoon of Truvia, cinammon and allspide. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the pie and press it down into the mix a bit with a spoon.

The pie is now ready to cook.

Cooking Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the pies on a cookie sheet and let cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sugar mixture in the pie begins to bubble. Don’t take it out immediately. The sugar bubbling is GOOD. That’s the “Caramel” part of the recipe.

Serve with some whip cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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