Hankering for a quick, easy, tarty dessert or breakfast? Try this Oaty Apple Crumble recipe with freshly chopped apples topped with a crunchy oat topping that’s hot and scrumptious!
This is warm and bubbly and great for breakfast or dessert.
Phytonutrients in Apples
Some of the nutritional value found in apples comes from their phytonutrients. Apples, particularly apple skins, come packed with polyphenols — a type of antioxidant — reports a study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” in 2012.
The study found that the polyphenols from apple skin help regulate skin cell growth, and the researchers suggest that they might help treat or prevent skin conditions. An additional study, published in the May 2013 issue of “Food Chemistry,” notes that phytonutrients in apple skins reduce blood lipid oxidation — a process that contributes to cardiovascular disease.–LiveStrong
This is such as simple recipe that came from a member of the McDougall Friends facebook group named Emily Robertson. Emily’s original recipe is sweetened only with date paste and is a little tarty, which many people enjoy.
We like it a little bit sweeter, so I added 1/4 cup agave to ours and found it to have the perfect sweet/tart flavor. This addition of agave is optional and can be tweaked to your personal preference. Instead of agave, you could even add other dry less refined sugars like sucanat or Turbinado.
What Exactly is Date Paste?
Date paste is the healthiest, all-natural way to sweeten baked goods. It is an excellent natural sugar substitute and best of all it is entirely homemade, so you know exactly what is in it.
Date Paste can be made with two simple ingredients–dates and water. Simply soak pitted dates in enough water to cover them. Soak at least a few hours or overnight. This will help soften them up.
Then, pour dates and soaking water into a blender until smooth. This paste can be used as a natural, healthy sweetener in many dishes. It’s so delicious, and without any guilt!
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Other Plant-Based Apple and Snack Recipes You Might Enjoy Include:
Hankering for a quick, easy, oaty apple crumble dessert or breakfast? Try this--freshly chopped apples topped with a crunchy oat topping that's hot and scrumptious!
- 3 large apples diced into 1" chunks
- 5 large Medjool dates, chopped (or 1/2 cup date paste *)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup agave (optional but recommended) (or maple syrup)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 large banana very ripe
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
- 1 cup rolled oats
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all of the filling ingredients, making sure all of the apples are covered in spices. Pour into baking dish lined with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mash the banana. Stir in the spices and coconut. Add the oats, and mix to combine.
Crumble evenly over the apple mixture, Bake for 30 minutes. (The last 10 minutes of baking, cover with lid or foil).
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