DIY Apple Pie Tarts

Raw Republic DIY Vegan
By: Brooke R. and Olga G. November 21, 2017

We’re back around for another Raw Deets blog a little earlier than usual this week because we are excited to share our latest Do it Yourself video!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday. We’ll see you again next week for our regularly scheduled programming 😉


Having a turkey-free Thanksgiving… (+ a DIY holiday dessert to follow!)

We recently covered some ground on how harsh the reality is of our current meat industry on our blog “Meet the Real Meat Industry.” It was our way to segway into this smaller topic we wanted to touch on before we gather with our families for the Thanksgiving holiday. When most of us sit down to enjoy our meal that evening, on the center of most American’s tables will be a roasted Turkey.

Sure, we can go into much more depth on the topic of Thanksgiving and how the holiday actually had come to pass, but being that we are a plant based community, we wanted to stay focused on the bird. This is simply a gentle reminder for our readers to see what it means to either promote this holiday habit, or choose to not participate while still enjoying all the nourishing family time and other delicious entrees!


Did you know that approximately 238 million turkeys are raised for meat in the U.S. annually? Similar to chickens, most turkeys are housed in groups on the floors of long sheds where they are denied fresh air, sunshine and pasture. They are forced to breathe dangerously high levels of ammonia emanating from their own waste.

Modern, factory-farmed turkeys actually look very little like their wild ancestors. For one, they are disproportionately breast-heavy (a result of genetic selection), reflecting a consumer preference for breast meat, and selective breeding has resulted in extremely accelerated growth. Their unnaturally fast and disproportionate growth causes turkeys extraordinary suffering, including pain and difficulty to simply walk or even breathe.

Turkeys’ bodies have become so unnaturally disproportionate that they can no longer mate with one another. They are bred year-round via artificial insemination, damaging their bodies that were only meant to reproduce once per year.


Quick Facts

  • Between 1965 and 2000, the weight of the average turkey raised for food in the U.S. increased by 57%.
  • Turkeys have the innate urge to perch and fly, but the selectively bred turkeys on factory farms are too large to do so.
  • Unlike the domestic turkey, wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour and run as fast as 25 miles per hour.

Progress for Turkeys

  • Welfare-conscious consumers and companies are committing to certifications that address certain physical alterations as well as the effects of fast growth and require adequate space, better lighting programs and other enrichments.


DIY Apple Pie Tarts


  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Servings: 3 mini pies, 6 servings



Pie Crust:

1/3 cup raw walnuts

⅓ cup almonds

⅓ cup shredded coconut

1 cup Medjool dates, pitted

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

Pinch of salt



1 red apple, cored, peeled and sliced very thin

1/2 cup packed Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

( if we had water add 2 tablespoons of water)



2 granny smith apples, cored peeled and sliced very thin

1 red apple, cored peeled and sliced very thin



1. To make pie crust, pulse the walnuts, almonds, shredded coconuts and dates in food processor. Add chia seeds and pulse briefly so it can mix in well. We are looking for crumble consistency.

2. Press dough gently into pie pans and place to chill in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. Set aside the remainder of crumble for garnish.

3. Blend all the sauce ingredients together in a high-speed blended at a high speed.

4. Slice the topping apples into fine slices,use a mandolin if you have one. Place the slices into a bowl and set aside.

5. Pour the sauce over the apples and gently mix it all in so all of the apples are submerged; let the apples marinate in the sauce for 20-30 min.

6. Remove the pie crusts out of the freezer, layer the apples on the pie tart pans evenly, creating a spiral of apples. Garnish with the rest of the crumble.