Clean Eating: Apple Crisp
I’ve recently fallen in love with “clean eating.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term (like I was a few months ago), it’s eating little to no processed foods, avoiding alcohol, white flour, white sugar and artificial sweeteners. It’s eating a ton of fresh produce, egg whites, lean meat, rice, beans and other “whole” foods. Most things that come in a pretty package (think Pop-Tarts, granola bars, pretzels and cookies) are off limits, or to be enjoyed only as a special treat, not every day.
If you’d like to give clean eating a try, check out a “Clean Eating Shopping List” for beginners here.
In the Northeast, the fall season means apple picking season so I was giddy at the thought of finding a clean eating recipe for apple crisp. I tried this one and LOVED the results. This recipe was the inspiration, but I did tweak it a bit to make it work for me.
- 7-8 large apples (peeled and sliced)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 tbs pure maple syrup
- 3 tbs honey
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oats (quick cooking or 5 minute)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 tbs coconut oil
NOTES: You could use any combination of agave, maple syrup, honey or Stevia to fit your taste. Stevia is quite strong though, so less is more! Also, you could substitute olive oil for the coconut oil.
1. Peel and slice the apples and throw them in a bowl. Add the cinnamon and 1 tbs of the maple syrup and mix well.
2. Pour the apples into a greased casserole dish. I used a round pan, but a 9×13 would work.
3. In the same bowl, combine the remaining maple syrup, honey, lemon juice, flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt and coconut oil. Mix well.
4. Spread the oat mixture over the apples.
5. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. The top should be golden brown.
This recipe makes about 6 servings. Our whole family enjoyed it straight from the oven. If you’re not really into the clean eating thing and just an apple fan, you’d probably enjoy a scoop of vanilla ice cream with it. Either way, it’s a delicious fall treat! It’s easy to prepare and a crowd-pleaser for sure.