So, while scrolling through Pinterest on the hunt for a new healthy Thanksgiving dessert to share with my family this year, I stumbled upon this little gem and I couldn't help but smile.
I've been making this simple dessert every so often for years, but never thought to look to see if it was actually a bonafide "Pinterest-worthy" recipe. Well it looks like it is! A few years ago, I'm sure it was around this time of year since my apple pie cravings always seem to kick into high gear when the cold weather comes to stay, I was DESPERATE for something cinnamony-warm and comforting. I had two issues though. 1 - I was definitely NOT going to get out of my pj pants to go to the store. And 2 - I really didn't want to overly-indulge in my sugar craving. I headed to the kitchen and found two apples, a canister of oats, some honey, cinnamon and powdered ginger. I diced the apples up, threw them in a pan with a touch of honey, water, and spices and voila! Perfect apple-pie-like filling without the side of guilt. I mixed a handful of oats, some cinnamon and a little more honey to bring it all together, threw it on the apple mixture and baked it for 20 minutes or so. So simple, so yummy and all-in-all a guilt-free treat.
They add a few more ingredients than I do (I use honey instead of maple syrup and opt for no cornstarch) but all in all it's essentially the same. This is a GREAT option for those nights where your sweet tooth starts screaming, but you don't want to wake up feeling guilty the next morning. The natural sweetness of the apples is more than enough to satisfy any sugar craving, especially when cooked and gooey-brown. Yum!! Let me know if you give it a shot.
5 medium apples, (I used Fuji and Granny Smith), peeled and diced
1/4 cup maple syrup, or sweetener of choice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon tapioca starch, or cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon or, 1 tsp coriander plus a pinch of cardamom
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 cup Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, (Bob Red Mills)
1/2 cup almond flour (optional in my opinion)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup, coconut sugar or organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Pinch of salt
1 h 10 min
For the Filling
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish or similar size and set aside. Peel, core and dice apples, and place in a bowl.
Add lemon juice and maple syrup and stir to combine. Sprinkle tapioca starch, cinnamon (coriander, cardamom), ginger and toss to coat.
Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and set aside.
In another bowl add oats, almonds flour, salt and stir well. Mix in coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix with fingers or fork until crumbly. Spread oat mixture on top of apples.
Cover baking dish and bake for 45 -50 minutes or until apples are tender, uncover baking dish and bake for 10 more minutes or until topping browns. Delicious served with vanilla ice cream warm or can be served cold.
Recipe found at - https://healthiersteps.com/recipe/healthy-apple-crisp/