by Mike Geary, aka – The Nutrition Watchdog
Certified Nutrition Specialist, Best-Selling Author
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.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
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 recipes like this, make sure you have the PaleoHacks Cookbook as a resource in your kitchen!