I love Fall – leaves are scattered across the sidewalk and the air is slightly brisk. Apples are in season and there are so many varieties to choose from. Many of them are begging to be turned into a delicious Apple Crisp. Can you really make a healthy version of Apple Crisp – oh yes you can! Wholesome oats, apple juice and date paste makes a crumbly topping for your favorite apples, perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve it up piping hot with a generous scoop of your favorite plant based nice cream. The perfect comfort food dessert for fall, but of course you can make this all year long!
This has quickly become a family favorite! I am getting requests for it weekly.
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Believe it or not this recipe is oil free, butter free and refined sugar free! It is sweetened with all natural fruit and fruit juice. Our little Sweet Pea (our oldest grandchild) told me I can bring Apple Oat Crisp to her house all the days. Meaning any day I go there I have her permission to bring her some Apple Oat Crisp. She loves this dessert and it is healthy enough to be a part of her breakfast!
We enjoy topping our Apple Oat Crisp with Banana Nice Cream. This one was a Banana – Mango Nice Cream.
We love the spices from Local Spicery. They are milled by hand and made in small batches. If you put Nutmeg Notebook in the message box you will get 2 free spice samples.
If you assemble all of your ingredients before you start cooking it makes it so much easier to follow the recipe.
The Vidalia Chop Wizard makes perfect uniform apple pieces. It is easy to use and makes quick work of cutting the apples. I use mine all the time. You could sub fresh peaches for the apples to make a Peach Crisp!
Get your children or your grandchildren involved helping to make this recipe. They can enjoy making it and then eating it!
Apple Oat Crisp Vegan – Gluten Free
- Oven, Pie Plate
- 4 cups apples, peeled, cored, diced or thinly sliced 1/8 inch I use 2 Granny Smith & 2 Honey Crisp apples (Sub peaches for a peach crisp)
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 Tablespoons apple juice unsweetened
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats, certified gluten free for those who are GF
- ¼ cup almond flour or oat flour certified GF oat flour for those who are GF
- 2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract
- 5 Tablespoons Apple Juice unsweetened
- ¼ cup date paste *see recipe below
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- For the filling in a large mixing bowl combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, oat flour, vanilla powder, raisins and apple juice stir until well combined. Place in a 9-inch round or square baking dish.
- For the topping, in a medium size bowl combine the rolled oats, oat flour (or almond flour) apple pie spice, vanilla powder or vanilla extract, apple juice and date paste using a fork mix until well combined. Spread it evenly over the apples in the baking dish. It will be lumpy -that’s what we want so it will get crispy.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned on top and the apples are cooked through.
- Serving suggestion, serve warm with a scoop of your favorite nice cream. We like using frozen bananas and frozen mango processed in either our Vitamix blender, food processor or Champion Juicer. Give it a little dusting of ground cinnamon for the finishing touch.
- Food Processor or High Powered Blender
- 1 pound dates, pitted
- boiling water
- Pit the dates and place them in a bowl, cover with boiling water and let soak for at least 30 minutes to an hour to soften dates. How long to soak will depend on how moist the dates are. The dryer they are the more soaking time they will need.
- Drain dates reserving soaking water.
- Place soaked dates in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade, or in high speed blender, add 1 cup of the reserved soaking water and process until smooth., stopping to scrape down the sides when needed. Add more water if it needs to be thinner.
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