It’s back to school time. Whether you are a parent or a student, you are probably going back to structure, organization, and a schedule. Part of me is looking forward to more structure in our home, but the other part of me is dreading the extra work…I can no longer allow my kids to watch morning shows until 9am while I get things done – or while I enjoy my breakfast in the dining room alone. Now I have to get up, get the kids showered and dressed, and be out the door by 8:45am, which doesn’t seem to early to most of you, but we are NOT morning people in this house. None of us are, so 8:45am is early for us.
Anyways, the other day, my mom called, and asked if she could submit a recipe request. I immediately said YES, I love getting recipe requests – so if you have any please send them my way. She asked if I could make her a healthy apple crisp, since it was apple season. What a great idea, and she was right, apples and back-to-school go together like peas and carrots (as the saying goes)!
After doing a little bit of experimenting, I came up with this delicious Apple Crisp recipe that is made without refined sugar and is vegan and paleo friendly…Plus, all the people that taste tested it LOVED it, so it is safe to take to a family gathering or serve to a crowd. I don’t know about you, but I love bringing my own healthy desserts to big gatherings, then I feel like I can indulge with the rest of the crowd. I highly recommend whipping up a batch asap – you won’t regret it – promise!
- 4 large apples, peeled and diced
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- Juice of half an orange
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2/3 cups pecans, chopped
- 2/3 cups walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Toss the apples with all the ingredients for the filling and pour into a 9x9 baking dish
- Combine all the ingredients for the topping, forming a crumbly "dough"
- Sprinkle the topping over the apples
- Bake for 1 hour or until apples reach desired doneness
- I used sonya apples, if you use a less sweet apple (i.e. granny smith) you may want to increase the coconut sugar in the filling to 1/3 cup
- Calories: 198 Fat: 15 grams Carbs: 18 grams Protein: 2 grams
Are you a morning person?
Do look forward or dread back-to-school?