I found a fantastic apple crisp recipe in my new cookbook, The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook by Cathe Olson. I have always loved apple crisp, but what I like about this particular recipe is all of the wholesome ingredients. It's still a dessert, but I don't feel quite so bad about enjoying it when it contains apples, oatmeal, maple syrup and other great foods. Give it a try this fall and enjoy!
6 cups peeled, cored, and sliced apples (6 to 8 apples)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon water, apple juice, or apple cider
2 tablespoons maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, or honey
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ or whole grain flour
1 cup chopped walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds (optional)
*1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted or oil
6 tablespoons maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, or honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish. Toss apples with lemon juice, apple juice or water, sweetener, and cinnamon. Spread in bottom of pan.
Mix oats, wheat germ, nuts, spices, and salt in food processor with metal blade or by hand. Heat butter or oil and mix with sweetener until smooth. Add to oat mixture and stir until completely combined. Cover apples with topping. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Serve with your choice of topping.
Makes 9 servings.
*Another option instead of the ground nutmeg and cloves is to use 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
Variation: Use pears, peaches, plums, or a mixture of fruits instead of apples.