Growing up on a small family farm was nothing short of magical. Although becoming an adult and a big move (out of state!), I find myself making the effort to travel back home for the annual “Harvest Day” festivities. Dates are chosen from August or September to be the best for picking the fruit and all the family members gather together to complete the task of harvesting the delicious apples.
The apples on the property are crisp and slightly tart, great for baking. Today I’m sharing my favorite recipe for these McIntosh and Granny Smith varieties but feel free to use any firm crisp apple of your choice. I hope you enjoy this plant based healthy apple crisp as much as we do!
A usual look below for the beauty benefits of apples!
3-4 Large firm apples
Maple syrup* (optional)
Spiced Crumble Topping:
¾ cup oats
¼ cup almond meal (or sub flour of choice)*
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice (or sub cinnamon)
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
⅛ tsp allspice
⅛ tsp ground cloves
Pinch of salt
¼ cup chopped nuts (i used walnuts)
3 TBL maple syrup*
1 heaping tsp creamy all natural nut butter
¼ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)*
-Slice apples and add to an 8X8 square baking dish. Lay out first layer of apples to cover bottom, sprinkle with cinnamon and a light squeeze of lemon and repeat with another layer until all the apples are placed. Add a light drizzle of maple syrup if you want it extra sweet but be mindful not to drench the apples as they will release a lot of liquid as they bake. I never add maple and still really enjoy it!
-In a bowl add all your ingredients and stir until well combined, sprinkle and even coating on top and cover with tin foil and bake at 325 for 25 minutes then remove tin foil and bake another 10-15 min or until your topping is lightly toasted.
-Serve warm and enjoy!
*flours* You can use oat flour, gluten free flour blend, or any whole grain flour.
*sugars* If strictly whole food plant-based you can omit the coconut sugar and use shredded unsweetened coconut flakes, or a little additional maple syrup. Any maple syrup can be replaced for equal parts honey.
Apples are an amazing detox . They contain phytochemicals (called flavonoids, rutin and quercetin) that pull heavy metals out of the body. Keeping the skin intact (when eating) is important to help cleanse our organs and repair damaged skin. It’s important to note that red apples have the highest amounts of antioxidant properties and this is the type I usually keep in my kitchen. I eat a red apple or 2 almost everyday!
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