A warm, baked Healthy Almond Walnut Apple Crisp bursting with almond & cinnamon. This gluten-free, Paleo, low sugar messy goodness is the perfect healthy desert to add to your holiday menu!
Hi Guys! Happy Thanksgiving week!!!
With all I’ve been through this year, it’s been easy to focus on the bad recently and forget about the good. I’m thankful it’s Thanksgiving this week because it’s forcing me to think about the good. I’m writing down all the things I’m thankful for because writing them down cements them in my brain. Here’s what I got so far: Family/Friends, Mom’s recovery, my home, my new job, living in Arizona (I could never live in the cold again), my weight loss experience, my blog and for my
stubbornness determination to never give up.
I’m also grateful for my kitchen skills. My Mom is always raving how good my food is. It usually happens unplanned which is ironic because everything in my life is planned or scheduled. By the way, I’m getting better at that. You seem to let go of more as you age. Getting back to cooking. The truth is I never liked cooking until a few years ago. It was my weight loss that sparked my interest in food and nutrition. If it hadn’t been for my injury this year, I’m not sure I would’ve developed my cooking skills this much. I haven’t figured out what those skills will do for me in the long run. I’m definitely interested in health and nutrition. One day it will come together and make sense. It always does.
I’ve never had a creative gene in me. My Mom is a decorator. I always look at the beautiful things she creates and have no idea how, when, where or why she was able to imagine putting those things together. I can analyze and problem solve almost anything and everything and figure it out but creativity is not my strength. A few years ago, I had a personality test done and was told I am one of few people who uses both sides of their brain.
Now I’m not an expert in this but from my limited understanding, one side of the brain is creative and the other is analytical. The person who did the test asked me if I wrote with both hands. I told him I’m right handed, but have always felt I could write with my left hand if I wanted to. This is supposedly one of the characteristics. I walked away thinking the guy was full of crap. Looking back, I guess maybe he wasn’t. Or did I convince myself that I am creative? I’m a firm believer that mind over matter plays big into making things happen in life. When you think it, it happens. Like magic. Maybe if I think I’m recovered, it will happen? Believe me I’m trying to convince myself of that.
And like this magic healthy almond walnut apple crisp happened. I don’t bake pies. It seems daunting. Just too much work. I really like to keep recipes simple. I don’t have time for complicated. I know one thing’s for sure. I’ll certainly be thankful this Thanksgiving for this delicious, warm, messy goodness once it hits my mouth. A perfect healthy desert for breakfast, lunch, dinner or all the above. Enjoy!
- 5 medium red apples (softer is better, I used Gala)
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp almond extract or vanilla extract
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- 1½ cups almond flour (oat flour would work well too)
- ¼ -1/2 cup chopped walnuts for topping
- Preheat oven 350 degrees
- Prep 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray
- Peel apples, remove core & slice into thin pieces
- Place apples on baking dish evenly
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients leaving walnuts to the side
- Spread mixture on top of apples evenly
- Sprinkle walnuts on top
- Bake 30 minutes @ 350 degrees
Do you like pie? Are you creative or analytical? What are you thankful for this year?
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