I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, and one of the first things to go was dessert. Unfortunately, my sweet tooth didn’t get the memo. I’ve been craving sweets and looking for some healthy alternatives. Being on any sort of restricting diet is hard for me to begin with (I have almost no self-control when it comes to food), but it’s especially hard when I’m trying to create new recipes for the blog. I hate trying to figure out what I can and cannot eat, instead of being creative and experimenting in the kitchen. To change things up, and satisfy my sweet tooth, I decided to try to recreate one of my favorite desserts, all while following the “rules” to the letter.
Apple Crisp. It’s one of my favorite fall desserts, and the basic components are pretty healthy: apples, oats, spices. What isn’t so healthy is everything else that gets added: butter, sugar, ice cream, caramel. Could apple crisp still be delicious without all those extras?
For my twist on apple crisp, I baked everything inside a hollowed out apple. This also helped define clear portions so I wasn’t tempted to eat more than I should (like that’s EVER happened before). The result was fragrant, spicy and sweet- everything I love about apple crisp! Even though apple crisp is usually associated with fall, these baked apples make a perfect guilt-free dessert year round.
Line a baking sheet or pan with tinfoil, and set aside.
Wash apples and cut off the tops.
Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh to make a bowl for the filling. Leave about 1/4 inch around the edge for the "rim" of the bowl, and be careful not to puncture the bottom of the apple.
Discard cores and seeds, and finely chop the remaining "filling" of the apple (the part you scooped out).
Mix oats, spices, apple pieces, vanilla, honey and coconut oil in a small bowl until well combined and the oats form a crumble.
Fill apple "bowls" with a heaping 1⁄4 cup of crumble, and place on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown and apple is tender.
I experimented with mixing apple pieces into the filling and leaving it out. I preferred the version with apple included, but you can also leave it out if you don't feel like chopping up a bunch of apples- it will still be delicious!
This recipe is 21 Day Fix approved! Each baked apple is one serving of fruit (1 purple), half a serving of carbs (1/2 yellow) and one serving coconut oil (1 teaspoon). While honey does not fit into any of the 21 Day Fix containers, it is included under the “tea and coffee” section, where it specifies that 1-2 teaspoons of honey in your coffee or tea is permitted. Each apple has about 1.5 teaspoons. I thought these apples were delicious plain, but you could also drizzle them with a little yogurt. Enjoy!