This peanut butter apple pie consists of an apple filling along with a peanut butter crumb topping. The combination of the apple and peanut flavours are the perfect blend between a Fall apple pie and the childhood favourite snack of apple slices and peanut butter.
About PB2 Original Powdered Peanut Butter
This post is brought to you by PB2 whose Original Powdered Peanut Butter infuses both the apple filling and topping of this peanut butter apple pie with peanut butter taste.
PB2 Original Powdered Peanut Butter is a powder form of peanut butter. This is because PB2 makes this product by crushing roasted peanuts and pressing the oil out of them, resulting in lower-calorie peanut butter. The result is essentially powdered roasted peanuts with a little bit of salt and sugar for flavour. In fact, those are the only ingredients PB2 peanut butter contains.
The powder form of PB2 Original Powdered Peanut Butter is extremely versatile in the kitchen. If you are someone who enjoys protein powder in a smoothie, you can easily replace it with this peanut butter powder. Not only will PB2's product give you a delicious peanut taste in your pancakes, smoothies, or other baked goods, it will also give you a protein punch. You can obtain 12 percent of your daily-recommended intake of protein from just 2 tablespoons. Its powder form also makes it great for baking.
The high protein and simple ingredient list of this product make it an ideal choice for vegan diets. Additionally, those on a gluten-free diet can enjoy it because there are no fillers, only peanuts, sugar, and salt.
Preparing the Pie Crust
This peanut butter apple pie highlights PB2 powdered peanut butter in both the topping and the filling. It has all the components of an apple crumble pie, including crust, filling, and topping. The one difference is that it also has a peanut butter flavour.
To start making this apple pie recipe, you have to decide whether you would like to make your own homemade crust or would like to use a store-bought one. If you have a perfectly flaky pie crust recipe that you love, now is the time to use it. However, I have a few options you might love such as my Easy Pie Crust and Coconut Flour Pie Crust. The first one is perfect if you want a traditionally flaky crust while the second is ideal for those looking for a low-carb or gluten-free option. Store-bought pie crusts are fine, though, and offer a ton of convenience.
I recommend starting this apple pie recipe by blind baking your crust. While it isn't an essential step, it helps create a flakier result than if you didn't. You do this by lining a traditional-sized pie plate (9-inch) with the crust, covering it with parchment paper, and filling it with pie weights or beans. Then you bake it for a total time of 10 to 15 minutes in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven. The parchment paper offers some separation between the beans/pie weights and crust and makes them easy to remove. Make sure the flaps of the parchment paper come up so it is easy to lift it out of the pie shell along with the weights. You should set aside the crust to cool completely before moving onto the next step.
How to Make Peanut Butter Apple Pie
After you have prepared your crust, you can make your peanut butter apple filling. Simply toss peeled and sliced apples with lemon juice, melted butter or coconut oil, sugar, PB2 peanut butter powder, tapioca or cornstarch, apple pie spice or cinnamon, and some salt until combined. The apple slices should be no larger than a ¼-inch thick. This will ensure that they cook through in the same time the crumble browns and crisps up on top. The resulting filling is reminiscent of an apple peanut butter caramel due to how the juices, brown sugar, and peanut butter come together. If you are a fan of apple pie, caramel, and peanut butter, imagine that combination together!
I have allowed some versatility in the ingredient list, giving those on traditional, vegan, and gluten-free diets the option to make this pie. If you don't want to use butter, you don't have to. Coconut oil is another wonderful option. It will coat the apples, add flavour, and help the apple pie spice and sugar stick to them. Both the tapioca starch and cornstarch are gluten-free but interchangeable, so feel free to use whichever one you have on hand.
The next step to this pie recipe is the peanut butter crumble topping. To make it, you stir the PB2 peanut butter powder with all purpose flour, sugar, apple pie spice, salt, and fat. The mixture should be crumbly. The prep time is fast here. Similar to the filling, you can use either melted butter or coconut oil. In the case of the flour, all purpose flour or gluten-free oat flour both work well.
Finally, to assemble this pie recipe, fill the pie shell with the apples and spread them out so they are in an even layer. An even layer will promote even baking. Next, sprinkle the crumble over the surface to cover everything right to the edges of the crust. This pie uses a higher oven temperature than the crust at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. A total time of 50 to 60 minutes is all you need to create a golden pie with a bubbling, apple and peanut butter filling.
Serving the Peanut Butter Apple Pie
The apple pie recipe should cool for a couple of hours before slicing and serving. If you try to slice it too warm, the slices won't come out evenly. It is better to let the juices settle.
As with most pie recipes, a dollop of something creamy on the side is a must. A scoop of vanilla ice cream or some freshly whipped cream is great here. However, you could also serve it with dairy-free ice cream or coconut whipped cream if desired.
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Peanut Butter Apple Pie
- 1 pie crust *
Apple Pie Filling
- 6 cups peeled & sliced apples (5-6 apples) I used a mix of Gala + Granny Smith
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil
- ¾ cup brown sugar muscovado or coconut sugar
- ½ cup PB2 Original peanut powder
- 1 tablespoon tapioca or cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Peanut Butter Crumb Topping
- ½ cup PB2 Original peanut powder
- ½ cup flour all purpose or oat flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar muscovado or coconut sugar
- ¾ teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
- This step is optional but makes for a flakier crust. If using an uncooked or homemade pie crust, blind bake the crust for 10-15 minutes at 400°F. Use a piece of parchment paper over the crust and pie weights or beans to keep the crust from puffing up.
- Let the crust cool before adding filling.
Peanut Butter Apple Pie Filling
- Peel the apples and slice them into ¼-inch thin slices.
- Add the slices to a large bowl together with lemon juice, melted butter/coconut oil, sugar, PB2 powder, tapioca starch, apple pie spice, and salt. Toss until everything is evenly mixed.
- To a small bowl add PB2 powder, flour, sugar, apple pie spice, salt, and melted butter/coconut oil.
- Stir everything together until a crumbly mixture that looks like wet sand forms.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Add the peanut butter apple pie filling to the pie crust and spread out evenly. Press down gently to create a level surface.
- Spread the crumb topping over the apple filling to cover the entire surface.
- Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes until the topping is brown and the filling is bubbling.
- Let the apple pie cool for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to each slice.
- Gluten free coconut flour crust
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Unfortunately, offended all taste buds of my entire family. I wouldn't recommend as the instructions are off and flavor is not right. I had to throw away the entire pie. 🙁
Jennifer @ Leelalicious
Hi Lisa, I'm sorry this pie wasn't to your family's taste. Feel free to let us know what instructions you found were unclear so we can improve them.
Could I use peanut butter itself instead of peanut butter flour and oil ?
Regina | Leelalicious
Maybe? I have only tested the recipe as written above