Paleo Apple Crisp version 2.0

27 Sep

My original paleo apple crisp recipe (found in Paleo Made Easy) is pretty great, but not up to Lurong Living Paleo Challenge 2012 standards, so I have tweaked the recipe!  Here is version 2.0 which got me a huge hug from a fellow challenge participant on the day I made it 🙂

Ingredients:

Filling –

≤ 1 1/2 cups water or organic, nothing added, apple juice (depending on your paleo restrictions)

15 pitted dates

5-6 apples depending on size (I used Empire and Cortland), peeled, cored, and diced

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage (this time I used So Delicious brand)

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping –

2/3 cup Earth Balance soy free buttery spread, melted or coconut oil, melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup almond meal (this time I used homemade)

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (I measured out 1/2 cup then started to sprinkle in more)

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Method:

Heat 1 cup of water or organic apple juice (depending on your paleo restrictions) in a 2 cup glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Place 15 dates in the hot liquid then bring the volume in the measuring cup up to 1 1/2 cups with more, non heated, water or apple juice.  Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes.  Puree the date mixture in your food processer.  To the pureed dates add the coconut milk beverage, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1 tsp. vanilla.  Place your diced apples in a rectangular glass baking dish and pour the date seasoning mixture over the apples, mix evenly.  For the topping mix together the melted coconut oil or Earth Balance and then mix in the remaining ingredients.  Sprinkle the “crisp” evenly over the apple mixture.  For added sweetness you can sprinkle one stevia packet over the entire assembled crisp (optional).  Bake your apple crisp at 375°F for 35 minutes.
If you LOVE cinnamon, add more, it is good for you!

Love a topping on your apple crisp?  Check out my paleo whipped cream recipe in Paleo Made Easy!

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