A Very Healthy Apple Crumble

I love my desserts, but I also love looking and feeling good and for the most part those two don’t go hand in hand. This is a rare instance in which they do and I am mighty thankful for it. Many gluten/sugar/dairy free desserts call for uncommon ingredients or use flavours that people who don’t normally eat this way find displeasing. When I began making healthier substitutions in my cooking I realized you sacrifice a lot of textures and tastes that you’re accustomed to. It took me a bit to adjust, but I began preferring the textures and other flavours I was adding in instead. Cutting out white sugar was the most noticeable, but then I began to prefer the addition of maple syrup or the distinct sweetness of dates.

So for those wanting to experiment with a healthier dessert this is a good starting point. It’s simple, made with common ingredients and I much prefer the flavour in comparison to a traditional crumble. Almond flour lends a nuttiness instead of flour, coconut oil replaces butter and maple syrup and coconut sugar replaces its processed counterpart. Give it a try!

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Apple Crisp – Gluten, Sugar & Dairy Free

Ingredients 

5 Apples

¼ cup Coconut sugar

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

Lemon

Crumble Topping

1 cup Almond flour

¾ cup Oats

¼ cup Maple Syrup

1 tsp Baking powder

2 tbsp Pecans, chopped

5 tbsp Coconut oil

½ tsp Salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Peel, core and chop apples into about centimeter cubes. Toss with coconut sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and juice of a lemon. Place apples in a baking pan. In a medium size bowl combine all topping ingredients and mix until incorporated. Top with crumble and cook uncovered for 45-50 minutes or until apples are soft and crumble is golden. Top with coconut cream or ice cream.

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