It’s fall, and apples are in abundance. I’d love to go apple picking, but I’ve been a little too busy with this… In any event, I found myself with some red delicious apples (which are not my first choice to eat in pure form), so I decided to make some apple crisp (wedding diet, be damned)!
My mom made some gluten-free/diabetes friendly apple crisp the last time I was up north for a few days, and it was delicious. I’ll be honest and say that my attempt was not as amazing as hers, but I am coming to the realization that when it comes to baking, she’s untouchable. It might also have to do with the fact that I halved the amount of butter in the recipe in a feeble attempt to make it “healthier”, and the crisp was more of a crumble. I’ll be posting her recipe first, from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, and then a different, somewhat healthier version I’ve tried in the past that is pretty tasty. Two roads diverged in a wood…
Mom’s Apple Crisp (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)
5 cups/4 medium apples (or pears/peaches), peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp. sugar/Splenda
1/2 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free certified oats if sensitive)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar/Splenda brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill and a dash of xanthan gum)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg or cinnamon
1/4 cup butter (I reduced this to two tbsp.)
1/4 cup coconut
1. Place apples or other fruit in the bottom of a round baking dish, stir in sugar to coat.
2. Mix all other ingredients in a mixing bowl, cutting in butter till the mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
3. Sprinkle over filling, and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
Healthier Apple Crisp (and by healthy I mean no butter, and slightly less sugar and flour)
3 apples, peeled and sliced
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. sugar or Splenda
2 Tbsp. gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill and a dash of xanthan gum)
1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if necessary)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 cup brown sugar or Splenda brown sugar
1/8 cup Splenda
2 Tbsp. water
1. Combine filling ingredients in round baking dish.
2. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over filling.
3. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Either way, enjoy 🙂