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Heart-Healthy Apple Crisp – Gluten & dairy free

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Feel good about dessert while you enjoy a dish of heart-healthy apple crisp.



I’m always on the lookout for healthier desserts. My husband loves apple crisp…any fruit crisp for that matter. But right now since we have an excess of apples, I am focusing on apples.

I found this recipe in a cookbook called, Forks Over Knives, The Cookbook. This is a great cookbook; I love the lower-fat options. I have made this apple crisp twice now, and my version has a few changes as far as spices, a thicker crispy crumb topping,  and gluten-free oats vs regular.

My household likes lots of topping, so I doubled the recipe, and I used sunflower butter instead of cashew butter. As I mention below, any nut butter is fine. I also added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the topping.

Heart-Healthy Apple Crisp                        Serves 6-8
8 apples, peeled and sliced (I have also made this with 1/2 pears)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 cloves
2 – 2 1/2 Tbsp corn starch ~ substitute arrowroot or tapioca for corn-free diets
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400.  Prepare  9″x 9 ” baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl add sliced apples. Sprinkle vanilla extract over sliced apples. In a small dish mix dry ingredients. Add dry mixture to sliced apples mixing well to coat. Pour pure maple syrup over apples and mix well. Pour into pan. Push down a little if it looks like there won’t be room for the topping, not to worry…it will cook down.

*Note: Optional tip. I like to pre-cook my filling for about 3-5 minutes in the large mixing bowl before placing it into the baking pan. This always ensures the apples are fully cooked.

4 1/2  tbsp nut butter, I used sunflower seed butter. Almond, cashew, hazelnut are ideas too.
6 Tbls pure maple syrup
3 Tbls applesauce, I use unsweetened
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups gluten-free old fashioned oats, regular if gluten-free is not needed
*optional 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a small mixing bowl add nut butter, pure maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix well. Add oats, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Spread the topping over the apples.

Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Set oven temperature at 350 and continue to bake another 30 minutes. If necessary cover with foil the last 10 minutes to prevent over-browning.

Heart-healthy apple crisp is a perfect treat for picnics too!

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