Sunday, September 14, 2014

Caramel Apple Crisp


This healthy and delightful Caramel Apple Crisp is just one more reason to love cooler temperatures.  It is quick and easy with just 6 ingredients!

It is during these early fall days when we are all holding off on turning on our heat that I always opt for baking so that the oven can do double duty...warm our house and our tummies!  

There is nothing better than being warmed inside and out by the best tastes and scents of the season. 

Additionally, we had the boys' grandparents in town on Friday, so wanted to have the perfect seasonal dessert that would keep us all, both more and less young, at the table just a little longer.  


This apple crisp started with about 4 peeled and sliced Zestar apples that we picked up at the
 The Apple Barn in Elkhorn, WI last weekend.  

Tricky thing about knowing how much fruit was used was that once I started peeling and slicing, I had kids coming from all angles for a few slices of their own.  

That is one of the best things about fruit based desserts!  
I'm always happy for my kids to munch on fruit. 

The apples were topped with 1 tsp cinnamon and the juice from 1/2 of a lemon and gently tossed.

Since caramel topping was part of this dessert, I did not feel the need to add any sweeteners to the apples at this point, or any point, for that matter.  


As for the topping, 1/2 cup almond flour, for the gluten free option, 
or standard wheat flour will also work just fine, 
1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/2 stick of softened butter.  

Again, no sugar here, but if you aren't going to top with caramel or serve with ice cream, I wouldn't blame you for adding some sweetener to the topping as well.  

Using a fork, blend the butter into the dry ingredients until it crumbles.  


Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples and bake at 375F for 30 minutes.  


Serve with ice cream and caramel sauce for the perfect fall dessert!  

RECIPE:

Ingredients:
4 baking apples - peeled and sliced
2 tsp ground cinnamon - divided
Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1/2 cup flour, almond for gluten free, or wheat
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 stick of softened butter
Caramel Topping
Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions:
Peel and sliced at least 4 apples. They bake down, so looks can be deceiving
Layer into 9x13 baking dish, top with cinnamon and lemon juice. Toss gently. 
Mix flour, oatmeal and blend in softened butter. 

Sprinkle topping over apples. 
Bake at 375F for 30 minutes. 

Serve with caramel and ice cream.