Easy to make, even easier to eat, this apple dessert will please everyone this holiday season

As the holiday season creeps upon us, desserts are obviously at the forefront of your mind. Cakes, pies, fudge, the possibilities are endless…and can be complicated. If you need something tasty, easy to make, but still gives off that holiday ~vibe~ you’ve come to the right place. Apple pie might be a classic dessert, but apple crisp is the better alternative in my book. Same warm, sweet and spicy taste, but without the hassle of dealing with pie crust. 

This recipe is gluten-free without even trying, and can easily be made vegan by substituting coconut oil for butter. So easy, a baby pig could do it! If you haven’t been apple picking yet, go get yourself some apples and get started! 

Time: 30-40 minutes

When to eat it: dessert, breakfast (I won’t tell anyone)

Perks: Not a lot of added sugar, gluten-free, can be vegan, crowd pleaser, can be reheated

Sh*t You Need:

For the filling:
2 lbs of apples, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons lemon juice (not totally necessary, but if you can grab a lemon, do it!)
3 tablespoons maple syrup (or more if you like it sweeter!)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the topping:
2 cups of nuts, like almonds, pecans, walnuts, or a mix
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Oven safe dish
Blender or food processor

The Recipe:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Thinly slice the apples, and place them in a pot or large pan with the rest of the filling ingredients over medium-high heat. Allow the liquid to boil, and stir to evenly coat the apples. Cook until the apples have just started to tenderize, about 5-10 minutes.

2. While the apples are cooking, place all of the ingredients for the topping in a food processor and pulse a few times. If you like a chunkier topping, only pulse a few times. If you want a more cohesive topping, pulse until all the nut pieces are finely ground.

3. Put the apples in an oven safe dish. Cover them with the topping mixture, and place in the oven for 20 minutes. 

4. Check to make sure the apples are tender by poking it with a fork. If the apples are still hard, cook for 5 minutes longer. Otherwise, let the crisp cool slightly (or not, if you don't mind third degree mouth burns), and top with vanilla ice cream to take it over the top!




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About The Author

Michelle is an avid weightlifter and home taught cook. Her favorite warm up activity is dancing like no one is watching, and she loves changing up her fitness routine with the occasional yoga sesh or hiking excursion. She loves trying new recipes, eating chocolate, and drinking coffee first thing in the morning!

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