The other day I received a free bag of walnuts and almonds, so naturally, I thought of apple crisp! But baking an apple crisp/crumble that’s healthy too can be a bit challenging because we all know that the more butter and brown sugar you put in it, the more “oooo’s and aaaah’s” you get from people. My goal was to still get a great tasting dish with much, much less fat. Serve this as a dessert, breakfast or snack!
I made this recipe that could serve 5-6 nice portions. So first, peel and cut up 2 apples of your choice. I like the pieces pretty small so they break down and get gooey in the oven, but do whatever floats your boat.
I put in a nice amount of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, about a tablespoon of honey, maybe a teaspoon or so of molasses, a pinch of salt, and about a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Once well mixed, put the apples in a small oven safe dish.
Now grind up the nuts however you can. Use whatever nuts you want, but I especially like walnuts because they’re a bit softer and go really well with this theme. I used maybe 1 1/2 cups?
In the bowl of nuts, add a hearty splash of olive oil- at least 1-2 tablespoons. Also add honey, oats and a tiny splash of vanilla if you have it. Mix it very well- get your hands all up in there.
Place the topping on top of the apples and bake at 350* for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the top is nice and golden brown.
Mmmm…. that looks good. What’s nice about not using brown sugar or white sugar is that it doesn’t feel like you’re really cheating. It’s not so overwhelmingly sweet and perfect for breakfast because of it. (Btw, I won’t judge you if you eat this with vanilla ice cream!) Enjoy!
2 apples – $.28
~1-1 1/2 cups of nuts – ~$2.00
Hand full of oats – $.10
6 servings – $2.38
1 serving – $.39