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Amazing Paleo Apple Crisp Recipe (gluten-free, grain-free, no refined sugar, reduced-carb)

 

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By: Mike Geary
Co-author of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning KitchenThe Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging & The Diabetes Fix

How would you like to enjoy delicious “sinful” Apple Crisp again, but not feel guilty about it?  Well, now you can!

My wife and I absolutely LOVE this recipe, and we usually make it at least once or twice a month!

This healthier Paleo Apple Crisp recipe removes all the worst ingredients (the wheat flour and the sugar), and uses healthier versions of all ingredients, including a mix of almond & coconut flour, which is much more nutritious and lower-carb than wheat flour and without any gut-harming gluten.

In addition, we use a smaller amount of sugar  than is in most recipes, and we substitute coconut sugar instead of normal refined sugar, since coconut sugar at least has some beneficial minerals and other nutrients.  With the wheat flour removed and the sugar lessened on this recipe, this apple crisp won’t give you the normal blood sugar bomb that most apple crisp recipes would.

To make this even healthier, we use a pasture-raised butter (such as Kerrygold or Organic Valley brands), rich in healthy CLA fats, vitamin K2, and other powerful nutrients for your health.  If the concept of butter being healthy is a new concept for you, just read this article about why cream and butter can actually help prevent heart disease.

Enjoy!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
5 pounds McIntosh or any apple you prefer
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the topping:

¾ c almond flour
¾ c coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar **
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
¾ c organic coconut flakes
1/2 pound cold pasture-raised butter, diced

** To make a lower sugar recipe, you can cut the coconut sugar by half and add in a couple of stevia packets

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch oval baking dish.  Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, and spices. Pour into the dish.

To make the topping, combine the flour, coconut sugar, salt, coconut flakes, mix thoroughly. Add in the cold pasture-raised butter in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands as a last resort), mash and cut the butter into the dry ingredients for several minutes, until you have pieces the size of peas. Scatter the topping evenly over the apples.

Optional healthy/tasty addition:  Add some pecan pieces mixed into the topping.

Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm.  Enjoy some fresh whipped pasture-raised cream for a decadent yet healthy dessert.

I LOVE having this apple crisp with my daily coffee!

For more amazing , mouth-watering Paleo dessert recipes like this, make sure you have the brand-new Paleo Sweets dessert cookbook as a resource in your kitchen!

About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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18 comments

  1. Love your recipe, but how about a Print Button???

    • it was really weird that there was no print button, but…….. when I hit print it only printed out the recipe NOT all the advertising! Good Luck! I cant wait to try the recipe!

  2. Too bad you do not offer dairy free option for those who are allergic to casein eggs.

  3. My family doesn’t care for coconut – and honestly – I would miss the traditional oats in the topping – can they be substituted for the coconut flakes?

    • Yes, you can use oats in the topping and that’s still fairly healthy. It will increase the carb count a bit and the blood sugar response a little, but of all the grains, oats are one of the healthiest, and oats are gluten-free as well with the exception of traces of gluten if the facility processes wheat or barley too.

    • I hope the coconut can be replaced….we hate coconut.

  4. Do you think it woyld work to substitute coconur oul for the butter for a dairy free option?

  5. Swerve instead of coconut sugar?

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe!! Love apple crisp!

  7. You could use ghee instead of butter. Ghee is clarified butter with no traces of milk proteins.

  8. I’m allergic to all nuts (except coconut of course). What can I substitute for almond flour? Many of your recipes include nuts or thier by-products.

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