Guess what? Washington apples are in season. And while the rest of the Internet is bursting with whole-wheat apple muffins, apple pie and apple and cheese sandwiches (have you ever had a grilled cheese with apple? AWESOME), I was determined to find a Paleo apple treat perfect for October.
I could have made an apple pie with a date-and-seed-based crust, like the ginger peach tart I posted about last month. I probably could have made applesauce. But what I wanted was an apple crisp. An amazing blend of apples, cinnamon and nutmeg, all swimming around beneath a perfect crumble topping — eaten warm after dinner or cold for breakfast.
Thankfully, Paleo Comfort Foods came to the rescue. This topping perfectly combines pecans, almonds, coconut oil (or butter, if you’re primal), vanilla and honey, lending sweetness to the apples without being cloying. Like a lot of things I have been posting lately, it might not make you actively healthier, but it is not nearly as bad for you as a typical apple pie.
If you like, you can top this with coconut whipped cream. I make mine with full-fat coconut milk, whipped with an immersion blender until it forms soft peaks. Amazing.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup pecans, chopped into a rough meal
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil or butter
- 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup (if desired)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 large Washington Fuiji apples, peeled, cored and diced
- Juice of one lemon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine almond flour, pecans, 2 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. In another small bowl, combine honey, vanilla and coconut oil with a fork. Combine with almond flour mixture until it forms crumbles.
- Combine apples, lemon juice, and one remaining teaspoon of cinnamon in a 9×9 baking dish. Sprinkle crumble mix on top.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes, or until the apples are soft and bubbly. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until topping is brown and yummy.
- Eat for dessert tonight and breakfast tomorrow — and enjoy the way your entire house smells like fall.