This tasty dessert is my latest creation.
The thought of biting into a crisp, tart apple picked fresh from a tree makes me beyond happy. I grew up eating loads of green apples off the trees in our orchard, and that’s certainly why green apples are among my favorite foods. And you can’t go wrong when you combine apples with cinnamon. As my grandmother would have said “the flavors marry quite well.”
With the holidays quickly approaching, something about this colder weather gets me excited about baking warm, healthy treats. I’m not a fan of processed sugar, but honey works well.
My apple crisp is also paleo friendly, meaning it’s gluten, dairy, sugar, and grain free. Why paleo? Gluten, dairy and sugar are among the most inflammatory foods that we eat and our bodies have a hard time breaking down grains. Food that doesn’t get broken down cannot be used as energy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea of eating something that I can’t digest. No thanks!
In addition to being gut friendly, this tasty dessert is also nutrient dense and extra crisp. An apple with the peel is loaded with fiber and vitamin C, A, and K. That’s why I leave the skin on. Most of the nutrients and over half of the fiber is found in the peel. Pecans are also chock-full of minerals and antioxidants, which have been shown to boost cardiovascular health, have anti-inflammatory benefits, help reduce the risk of developing cancer, and boost immune system.
Traditional apple crisps are made of flour and lose their “crisp” after a few hours. But that’s not the story here: loaded with nuts and coconut flakes, my apple crisp doesn’t get soggy, and makes great leftovers too.
Don’t forget to add a scoop of So Delicious vanilla ice cream or Coco whip – you might not guess by the taste that both are sugar and dairy free. They’re two of our favorites around here.