Whether you’ve gone apple picking, or like me, simply grabbed a bag of organic apples at the grocery store, apples are at their peak right now. So, if you’ve got apples, what do you make? How about whipping up some applesauce, apple cake, apple pie, or apple crisp, they are all droolingly delicious.
As we head closer and closer to Thanksgiving, I’m thinking about pies. Apple pie is an old Thanksgiving tradition at my family’s house. Yet, I’m not going to lie, I never really liked it! The crust was always my favorite part. Hoardingly, because I wasn’t the only one who loved the crust, I’d always vie to get a piece with chunks of crust or steal some crust off the piece next to mine so I’d have extra! Then, as I ate my pie, I’d push the apples aside, gobbling up every single morsel of the yummy crust soaked in vanilla cream, leaving the naked, unappealing, mushy apples on my plate for their inevitable fate of the garbage disposal.
Well, of course the crust is the best, it’s made with flour, sugar and butter – go figure! No wonder I loved it. Back then, I ate a lot of sugar and flour. Baking cookies and cakes was my favorite past time. But, I also rarely ate or enjoyed fruit, it upset my stomach more than sugar. Once I gave up flour, gluten, grains, dairy and sugar, making pie crust is much harder to do. So, I tend to make an apple crisp, or what I call crumble, instead of a pie.
The topping is still the best part, but I no longer push aside the apples – now, I can and want to eat the whole thing. That may sound insignificant, but is hugely significant to me because it is a sign of healing, yay!
Here’s my favorite apple crumble recipe. I highly recommend eating it with So Delicious or Coconut Bliss coconut milk icecream, yum……
What’s your favorite apple dessert recipe? Leave me a comment below
Amazing Apple Almond Crumble
10 -12 Gala apples
2 tablespoons honey or agave
1 cup water
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
pinch sea salt
Peel skin off apples. Core and cut them into large chunks (say 5-6 chunks per apple). Place in a sauce pan. Add all the other ingredients and stir to combine. Bring water to a simmer then turn down to medium low and cook for about 25 minutes or until they are soft but not mushy. Drain and save liquid for topping. Grease a 8×8 or 9×13 baking dish with coconut oil and place apples in bottom of the dish.
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ – ½ cup sauce from the cooked apples
2 cups almond flour
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add oil and honey and mix well. Add ¼ cup of sauce from cooked apples and another ¼ if needed. Spoon topping over apples in clumps or as you like it.
Bake for 35 minutes, until topping starts to brown and apples are bubbling. Serve with Coconut Bliss vanilla ice cream. YUM!