No-Stress Apple Crumble
Fall is my favorite time of year – I love the weather, the holidays, the clothes, and of course the food. One of my all-time favorite fall treats is apple crisp (specifically my mom’s recipe).
The traditional apple crisp is pretty high in sugars, processed carbohydrates, fat, and calories; so a pattern that I’ve noticed each and every fall is over-indulging in my favorite treat, feeling guilty, getting stressed out, trying to avoid it all-together, and then repeating the cycle. Definitely not a good food relationship, and definitely not conducive to my health and fitness goals.
So I decided to create a no-stress apple crumble! Pre-portioned, low in processed carbohydrates and added sugars, rich in fiber, whole grains, and healthy fats, and brimming with all of the flavors and textures I know and love. This way, I can enjoy my favorite fall dessert, without the negative habits and behaviors that I have observed.
In this recipe I give the option/nutrition information for 2 large portions, or 4 medium-sized portions. The recipe itself stays the same, just use different sized tart pans or ramekins! The 4 medium sized portions are perfect for entertaining, and the large portions are perfect for date night!
-2c chopped and peeled Ginger Gold apples (or other sweet apple).
-1 tsp. honey
-Juice of ½ small lemon
-1 tsp. pumpkin spice
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-1/2 cup oats
-1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
-1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 dash cinnamon
-1/8 tsp salt
-2 T cold coconut oil
In a medium bowl, combine apples, honey, lemon juice, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon until spices are well combined and coat apples evenly. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, protein powder, pecans, cinnamon and salt. Mix until all dry ingredients are equally distributed.
With clean hands or a fork, cut in cold coconut oil and vanilla extract until a sand-like texture is formed. This may take a few minutes.
Grease 2 medium tart pans, or 4 ramekins, and fill to the brim with the apple mixture. Spoon crumble topping over the top of the apples – distribute equally bet
ween each container.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of your baking containers) until the crumble topping is golden brown.
Cool slightly, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information – makes 2 large servings or 4 medium servings
2 servings: 405.5 kcal, 24.7g fat, 36.1g carbohydrate, 15.6g protein
4 servings: 203 kcal, 12.3g fat, 18g carbohydrate, 7.8g protein