• Karen C Uthus

Tasty Apple Crisp to Share

Updated: Nov 18, 2018

I stumbled on this recipe that offers a delicious vegetarian option. The sweetness of the low-glycemic dates are packed with Vitamin B3 (Niacin) which contribute to a host of metabolic pathways converting food to energy. Dates, high in fiber and a wonderful source of minerals, like potassium that contribute to a healthy fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. Potassium is essential to normalized nerve and muscle function. Select gluten-free oats, as desired. If you missed my first apple crisp recipe post, see the blurb below on the benefits of apples and eating seasonal foods, otherwise skip straight to the recipe.

In autumn as the days become cooler, drier and shorter, we look to fortify ourselves with warming, moistening and comforting foods. According to ancient Chinese medicine, it is important to honor the seasons by eating those foods that are in harmony with the environment and support our adaptation to seasonal change. Autumn is a time to boost our immunity and prepare for the introspection that comes with turning our energies inward. Apples are a fabulous fall food, rich in antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients. The nutrients of an apple are concentrated in the skin, so it is best to select organic, if possible. Scrub all produce before eating or preparing. This is a simple recipe and can serve as a breakfast item or treat. Pair the sweet apple crisp with a plain or vanilla yogurt. Be aware of the added sugars in the yogurt.

Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe


* 4 chopped apples, skin on. (Suggestions: Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Braeburn, Crispin, or Pink Lady.)

* 4-6 pitted dates

* 1/2 cup of oats, raw or toasted. (**I toasted in oven for a nuttier taste.) Select gluten-free oats, as needed.

* 4 tsp coconut oil, melted (divided into two)

* 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

* 1 tsp cinnamon (divided into two)

* 1 tsp honey (divided into two)

* pinch of sea salt

* 1/4 cup toasted pecans (**I toasted. Watch closely, as they can burn.)

** Note: Toasting oats and pecans is quick and easy and adds dimension and depth of flavor to this dish. So worth it!!


1.) Brush chopped apples with 2 tsp melted coconut oil, 1/2 tsp honey and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

2.) Bake apples at 375 for 30 minutes.

3.) Process dates, oats, 2 tsp coconut oil, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp honey and sea salt into a "crumbly" texture.

4.) Top apples with crumble mixture and bake 10 more minutes.

5.) Top with toasted pecans and serve warm.

Pairing note: Non-dairy yogurts are available to make this a truly vegetarian treat.

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