Keto Orange Pie

Keto orange pie – an artistic foodie project

Keto orange pie with no orange juice or pulp is our next fun project! Yes, you’ll enjoy creating this piece of art as much as you’ll enjoy eating it afterwards. Not only you, this brave “little” Keto orange cake (well, not so little) will impress just about anyone. Keto, Low-Carb, people will finally enjoy the seductive aroma of orange without worrying about those 6 teaspoons of sugar each orange fruit contains.

A quick overview of oranges on Keto

Even though orange is not a Mediterranean fruit originally, (we got it from China many centuries ago) in the past decades it became the symbol of southern European countries. Numerous Mediterranean recipes are including orange juice, orange peel, orange bloom water or even orange seeds. My Keto Orange pie will taste very similar to these original versions.

Greek oranges

In Greece, they can be seen growing everywhere! A special bitter orange tree grows all around Athens streets. In the springtime, the smell of orange bloom fills the air. It even protects the city from the bad odour of garbage that can be accumulated in some areas. Greece, in fact, is one of the main producers of oranges in Europe!

The unforgettable aroma

Yes, oranges taste and smell great. We are all used to drinking orange juice in the morning. Sometimes we have it in salads, stews, soups and of course – desserts. Especially around winter holidays. Everything smells like cinnamon and oranges. This goes for north and south! But when you look at it from a ketogenic point of view, just a small amount of orange juice will kick you out of ketosis! Why? – you might ask yourself. Well, an orange contains about 6 cubes of sugar. Of course, it’s fructose, but fructose is very hazardous to our liver health. Especially if we consume a lot during our whole life. It can create fatty liver, fat around the waist, and even around your gut.

So, in the end, modern fruits are not that healthy as we usually think.

What about the colour?

Now, you might miss the specific colour between yellow and red. Luckily, carotene is a natural food colouring and you can use a drop or two of it to get your sunset hue. In my next projects, I will explore the possibilities of keto friendly smoothies that resemble orange taste and aroma, while still keeping the amounts of sugar and carbs very low. Furthermore, I am working on an excellent lemon marmalade that will make you believe it’s made with lemon’s round and cheeky cousins. The only difference will be that it will not contain those 6 cubes of sugar per fruit. There are millions of ideas! Stay tuned and explore all the possibilities of Mediterranean Keto lifestyle.

You can read more in this LINK

Keto orange pie creation

My wife is the artist of the home. Well, that’s her main profession, but when it comes to decorating our food, I leave things in her safe hands. As you can see in our tutorial video, she was inspired by the artistic technique of Jackson Pollock. After that, she incorporated some geometry into the chaos and created something that resembles Mandala art. When it comes to taste, rest assured – nobody will know that this pie contains no orange. And don’t worry about the flavouring, it’s 100% natural, made of orange peel essential oil and carotene natural food colouring.

Let’s get creative!

Keto orange Pie

Prep Time50 mins
freezer1 hr
Course: Keto Dessert
Cuisine: Keto Mediterranean
Servings: 15
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Apollonas Kapsalis

Ingredients

Crust

  • 150 g (1 cup) walnuts chopped or ground
  • 4 tbsp ground flaxseed organic
  • 1 pinch Fleur De Sel or Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp almond flour organic
  • 2 tbsp Stevia blend sweetener (you can use Monk fruit blend)
  • 1 tsp natural rum flavouring (You can use plain rum)
  • 120 g (1 cup) melted butter grass-fed

Cream

  • 6 medium eggs free-range
  • 2 tbsp Stevia blend sweetener (you can use Monk fruit blend)
  • 1 whole lemon zest organic
  • 12 drops natural orange flavouring (or orange peel essential oil)
  • 2 whole lemon juice organic
  • 600 g (2, 1/2 cup) sour cream organic

Decoration

  • 2 tbsp earlier prepared pie cream
  • 8 drops natural orange flavouring you can use natural food colouring

Instructions

Crust

  • Melt the butter and add the natural rum aroma.
  • Mix walnuts, flaxseed, salt, stevia and almond flour and add melted butter. Mix with your hand and tap in this mixture into a pie pan. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Cream

  • Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with stevia, lemon zest, natural orange flavouring and slowly start adding lemon juice. Beat until you get a foamy emulsion.
  • Heat the sour cream in a deep saucepan and at the moment it starts boiling remove it from heat. Slowly start pouring in the eggs mixture and keep mixing with a whisk. At this point return the saucepan to very low heat and keep stirring. You will want the cream to thicken, so be patient and wait for it to get a nice creamy consistency. Don't stop stirring.
  • Let the cream cool down for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Take 2 tbsp out in a small glass and add extra orange flavouring to get a darker orange colour. This will serve as the decoration. 
  • Using a ladle, pour it slowly over the frozen crust. Decorate the pie by sprinkling it with your darker orange cream. Using a wooden stick, create mandala art effects. You can see how it's done in the video tutorial. 
  • Freeze for 1 hour or leave it in the refrigerator for at least 15 hours before serving. 

Keto Orange Pie