Vegan Apple Crisp



Hot or cold, how do you enjoy your Apple Crisp? That ooey-gooey apple-cinnamony taste is like a warm hug in a bowl. My mother used to make the most amazing apple crisp, and it was always a nice little treat every time she would make it. However, the recipe my mother used to make was not a vegan nor gluten-free since it would use butter and flour. So, with a few little changes, I’ve adapted it to be vegan and gluten-friendly if you do not have sensitivities to oats.




Just pop it in the fridge with a little plastic wrap, and you can keep it as long as a week and a half. Eat it as comfort food curled up on the couch watching your favorite movie or enjoy it with company. I personally love it with a chai tea to warm myself up after a long hike; it really is that great.



It is an easy recipe to make, but it does require a little bit of elbow kitchen grease to peel and slice the apples. Once that’s done, all you have to do is mix all the apple filling ingredients in a bowl, then empty in your baking dish, then do the same with your crust ingredients. Bake for 40 minutes in a convection oven or 50 minutes in a regular oven. Let it cool for 15 minutes and serve with some vanilla ice cream and you have magic in a bowl!





INGREDIENTS:


APPLE FILLING INGREDIENTS

8 medium-sized apples (I used pink lady)

1 lemon, juiced

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3 Tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch (for thickening)

1/4 cup water

Pinch of nutmeg


CRUST INGREDIENTS

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup almond meal (or ground almonds)

1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup melted coconut oil


METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Peel apples then slice into ½ to ¼ inch slices while removing the cores and put into a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the remaining apple filling ingredients. Toss to combine. Empty the contents into a greased 9x13 baking dish.

3. Rinse and wipe out your mixing bowl and mix in your crust ingredients. Pour evenly onto your apples.

4. Bake for 50 minutes in a regular oven or 40 minutes in a convection oven. The apples should be fork tender.

5. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream.




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