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As you enjoy the season of “PUMPKIN SPICE ALL THE THINGS! “, don’t neglect the humble apple. In my opinion, apples are the best part of Autumn. An apple is a healthy, portable treat loaded with good nutrition and lots of fiber. What’s better than biting into a crisp, sweet apple? Or baking a bunch into a pie? Or throwing together this yummy, gluten-free Apple Crisp, compliments of the 12 Minute Athlete?

This apple crisp is so good and good for you. It’s made with coconut oil and NO REFINED sugar. And because it’s good for you, you won’t feel guilty about topping it with vanilla ice cream. If you want to stay on the healthy track, serve it with a dollop of plain yogurt made from coconut milk that you sweeten yourself with a touch of honey or maple syrup.

Here’s how to make it:

For the apple mixture:

1 T cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
5 medium apples, (granny smith apples or other tart apples work best)
Optional: 1 T honey or 2 packets Stevia

For the crumble:

1 cup old fashioned gluten-free oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2-4 T honey (depending on how sweet you want it—Stevia will work too)
2-3 T almond milk
2 T coconut oil, melted

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and core the apples then cut them into thin slices. Put the apples into an 8 x 8 baking dish, then toss with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Make sure all the apples are coated and there are no dry bits of spice anywhere. Add honey or Stevia if you like things extra sweet. Personally, I think the apples are sweet enough.

Set the apples aside, and in a medium bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the melted coconut oil, honey, and almond milk, and stir until everything is completely coated. The mixture should be slightly sticky but not liquidy at all. If it looks a little too liquidy, just add a little almond flour or oats to soak up the moisture. If it’s too dry, just add some more honey or almond milk. The key here is to make sure the entire mixture is coated so it can all bake together.

Once the crumble is ready, sprinkle it over the apples. You can toss it around a bit or just leave on top. Place it into the oven and bake @ 350 for 40 minutes, or until the top looks browned and crispy. ENJOY

yours in good health