After weeks of running around, sweating profusely in the 100 degree heat during team games, the temperatures are finally beginning to drop; and I could not be any more thankful. With temperatures falling into the ‘50s, and the Lancer football season in full swing, it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall.
Fall is my favorite season. Brightly colored leaves, pop-up Halloween shops, pumpkin flavored everything…
What’s not to love?
In celebration of this change of seasons I decided to make one of my favorite recipes, Apple Crisp.
This is the perfect treat to keep you warm on a chilly fall day, and it’s GUILT-FREE. Unlike traditional apple crisps there’s no butter, refined sugar or gluten, making it so healthy you could even eat it for breakfast.
To make this recipe even better than it already is, try using organic apples purchased from the Farmer’s Market. This is such an easy and fun way to get fresh, quality produce while supporting local farmers at the same time. My favorite ones to go to are the City Market and the Overland Park Farmer’s Market.
(picture taken before I devoured half the pan)
If you want something to put you into the fall mood, this is for you, and trust me, it’s good.
If you don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and let me know what you think.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
4 apples peeled and sliced (I used honey-crisp)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp plus 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I used gluten-free)
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1. Put oil and honey in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until melted
2. In a large bowl, mix together the apples, lemon juice and 1 tbsp of flour. Toss until the apples are well coated.
3. Layer the bottom of a baking pan with the apple slices
4. Add the rest of the flour, nuts, cranberries, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg with the oil and honey, mixing with your hands until it crumbles.
5. Spread the crumble mixture evenly over the top of the apple slices.
6. Bake at 375 for about 50 mins, or until the top is golden brown.
(Recipe adapted from Jillian Michaels)