Who says dessert can't be small part of a healthy lifestlye?
This season embrace a healthier version on a fall favorite with this cleaned up Apple Crisp.
I added in a bunch of whole grains, ground flax seeds and fiber filled fruit and left out all the added sugar and white flour to give us a sweet, crunchy crisp without all the junk.
Here's to you and lots of fun, fall family memories. Stay committed to your healthy habits and enjoy dessert every once in awhile.
Oatmeal Apple Crisp 2.0 with salted caramel sauce
prep time: 10-15 minutes
cook time: 25-35 minutes
3-4 apples, cored and diced into thin slices or small cubes
1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice ( about a half of a small lemon)
1 cup of uncooked rolled oats
1 1/2 cup of oatmeal flour
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds
2 tablespoons of Earth Balance or Coconut Oil/'Butter' of your choice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
Salted Caramel Sauce:
Chef Notes: If I added my homemade sauce to this recipe it might make you go running from the kitchen. It takes time and lots of patience near the stovetop. I also burnt my hand a few times while testing this recipe. So for the safety of all of us, do yourself a favor and pick up already prepared caramel sauce or just skip it. :)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare casserole dish with cooking spray or grease pan with butter of your choice.
Dice apples and place in prepared casserole dish.
Squeeze lemon juice over the apples and gently toss to coat.
Drizzle the maple syrup or honey over the apples and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl prepare the crumble or crust mixture. Start by combining all the dry ingredients and cutting in the 'butter' at the end. Forming a meal like dough.
Pour crust mixture over the prepared apple dish and dot with a little more butter if desired.
Bake in the oven until apples are soft and tender and juices are bubbling. About 25-35 minutes, depending on your oven.
Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce under the plate or on top. Enjoy every delicious bite of the Fall Season!