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What could be more delicious than decadent apple crisp? How about decadent apple crisp that doesn’t have refined sugar or flour? BOOM!
I know I’ve hit a home run when everyone in the family says, “it doesn’t taste healthy”.
My job is done here.
desserts on my terms
Before I share how to make the best apple crisp ever, I want to talk a little bit about desserts. I do allow myself to have treats but try to do it on my terms.
That means I don’t keep processed, “get sugar into your bloodstream asap so you can have more”, cookies, cakes, ice cream, etc. around for easy access.
Until someone else does the grocery shopping, you won’t find that stuff around here.
With that said, I do make desserts on the weekends and use natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Or, I use natural sweeteners that don’t cause blood sugar spikes.
That is what I’m trying to avoid – nasty spikes in blood sugar and insulin. The highs and lows that jack me up. That’s what my life became at the height of my drinking. I was always chasing a high and then crashing with feelings of emptiness because what I thought would make me feel better, only made me feel worse.
I want to feel as good as possible consistently and I want that for my family.
Also, let’s keep it real, I have 3 eleven-year old boys. If I close my eyes, it literally feels like a stampede of wild boar has occupied my home (love you guys!!). Why on earth would I want to regularly add refined sugar into the equation?
It’s important to remember that bad habits, behaviors, addictions, need to be replaced, not removed quickly, which would only leave us scrambling to find the next negative fix.
When I’ve had to change habits, it’s been helpful to focus on what I can enjoy, not what I’m giving up.
Although I can’t drink wine and eat Oreos, I CAN enjoy an ice-cold seltzer water (in a wine glass) with fresh fruit and mint. I CAN enjoy low carb peanut butter blondies.
It’s helpful to identify your triggers (like wine and Oreos) and come up with a plan. I’ll talk more about identifying triggers in a future post.
For now, how ’bout them APPLES…
how to make decadent apple crisp
To begin, add the peeled, sliced apples to a bowl and then add the lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, almond flour, Swerve and sea salt. Hold off on the water until you mix and see how much you need (if it seems dry, you can add a little more).
I love using Swerve in my baking (granular, brown and confectioners). It caramelizes and bakes like sugar and has no aftertaste. Plus, you get the benefit of it being zero-calorie, non-glycemic and no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels.
Once apples are mixed, add them to your greased pan. Now add all of the topping ingredients in the food processor. Pulse a couple of times until you get the desired consistency (see above) and then place on top of the apples.
That’s it – easy breezy!
This recipe was slightly adapted from therealfoodrds.com.Print
Nothing says “autumn” like warm apple crisp! You’ll love these sweet, cinnamon apples topped with a crispy layer of nuts, almond flour, coconut and maple syrup.
For the apples
- 5–6 medium apples, peeled, diced or sliced (I used gala and granny smith)
- squeeze of 1/2 lemon
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 tablespoons almond flour
- 1 tablespoon Swerve brown (brown sugar or maple syrup work too)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup of water
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9X9 in. baking dish.
- In a large bowl, add the apples, plus the remaining apple ingredients, except for the water, to the bowl. Toss until apples are evenly coated. Stir in water. Add 1-2 additional tablespoons of water if apples seem dry. Add these to the greased pan.
- In a food processor (or blender), add the topping ingredients. When adding the coconut oil, break up into smaller chunks. Pulse just a few times or until ingredients resemble a course texture and stick together slightly.
- Spread topping evenly over the apples.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes uncovered. Check to see if top is getting too brown. If so, cover with foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft. Let set for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Serve warm. Top with a bit of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if you like! You can also garnish with chopped nuts and a dusting of cinnamon.
Keywords: apple crisp, low-carb apple crisp