Why bother with gluten-free pie, when gluten-free fruit crisps are so easy to make? I don't know about you, but my motto in the kitchen is usually "Quick & Easy". I was craving apple crisp (or "crumble" if you live in the UK) the other day and decided to hack the classic apple crisp recipe at Simply Recipes into a gluten-free/dairy-free version. I also decided that some cranberries would jazz things up a bit and add some color. Oh, and this just happens to also be dairy-free, refined sugar-free, corn-free, vegan, and therefore, guilt-free.
More importantly, it's amazingly delicious!
Apple Cranberry Crisp
7 apples, unpeeled, (it's easier!) cored and chopped; use a few more if they are small apples
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 vanilla bean cut into bits; or use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3/4 cup fresh cranberries (optional)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup quinoa flakes, or gluten-free oats
1/2 cup coconut oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Put the apples in a 9x13x2 inch Pyrex casserole dish. (If you don't have a dishwasher, like me, then you'll appreciate the fact that you don't have to dirty another mixing bowl. I experimented with this the second time I made this.)
Sprinkle the lemon juice over the apples.
Sprinkle the cut vanilla bean, or extract over the top of the apples.
Stir the mixture around a bit with a spoon.
Combine maple syrup, cinnamon, and quinoa (or gluten-free oatmeal) in a bowl. Cut in coconut oil.
Sprinkle mixture over apples.
Bake 45 minutes or until topping looks crisp.
More reasons to eat this…
I'm not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I do enjoy reading about how food can affect your health. Below are some interesting food factoids about some of the ingredients in this recipe.
Apples= antioxidants and chemicals that protect cells particularly in the brain and heart (Psychology Today)
Cinnamon= antioxidants and chemicals that improve insulin function (Medical News Today)
Cranberries= flavanoids that appear to inhibit cancer growth (RealAge-Dr.Oz)
Quinoa= high in protein and one cup has more calcium than a quart of milk, loaded with iron, magnesium, other minerals and B vitamins (RealAge-Dr.Oz)
Walnuts= lots of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids (The World's Healthiest Foods)
More tasty looking gluten-free fruit crisp recipes…
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