How to Make Healthy(ish), Locally Sourced Apple-Bacon Mini Pies

By Stephanie Eckelkamp

First, let me just say, holy mother of baked goods, these are delicious. 

I've been craving pie lately, but as a someone who's pretty health conscious and really damn busy, I just couldn't muster the energy to make a traditional, pain-in-the-ass, nutritional shit-show of a pie crust.  So I decided on mini single-serve pies with an almond flour and nut crumb topping that lets you truly appreciate the apples. Oh, and just for fun, I added some bacon (from Breakaway Farms, purchased at the Emmaus Farmers' Market!) to the filling, because bacon makes anything good, great. It adds just the right touch of smokiness, and the saltiness actually enhances the sweet elements of the pie. 

So, go get your hands on some Lehigh Valley apples (check out one of these local orchards!) and whip up these bad boys ASAP. 

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Mini Apple-Bacon Paleo Pies

Filling:
4 medium to large apples, cored and sliced
2 slices bacon, chopped (preferably uncured and organic)
Sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice

Crumb Topping:
1 cup almond flour
½ cup chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp allspice
2 Tbsp grass-fed butter, chilled
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup

1) Prepare filling: Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add chopped bacon and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add sliced apples to skillet with bacon and sauté until soft, about 8 minutes. Add spices and sauté an additional 2 minutes. 
2) Prepare crumb topping: Add almond flour, pecans, and spices to a medium bowl and mix to combine. Add butter, “cutting” it into the dry ingredients with a fork until it’s well combined and mixture has a crumbly consistency. Add maple syrup and combine all ingredients, mashing them together with the fork and trying to maintain the mixture’s crumbly texture.
3) Divide filling among four custard cups and top each with about two heaping tablespoons of crumb topping. Place custard cups on a baking sheet.  
4) Place mini pies in oven and broil on low until tops start to brown and crisp up, about 10 minutes. You may need to finish them up on high for about a minute.
5) Enjoy! These things are freakin amazing.