17 Jan 2012
Happy new year everyone! Are you excited about flipping open a new page in the journey of life? Do you make new year’s resolutions? I have to admit that I don’t write anything formal down, but I have many mindful practices that I practice each and every day. If we have not yet met online or for reals then *hi* Nice to meet you.
My goal each and every day is to love openly, eat well and get in some exercise. All of that keeps a smile on my face and keeps me in great shape to mother my two little kiddos. Great food drives us in our house!
To me life is about taking small calculated risks and to have gobs of FUN. I love to do things that give me great energy & things that give back to others in return.
I am so excited to share healthy + delicious recipes with you. If there is a slogan that drives my recipe creations & photography it is “making healthy food beautiful” I enjoy diverse flavor creations that give back BIG returns in energy & health.
Sweets are a favorite of mine, but honestly I no longer enjoy traditionally, over processed goodies. Through the years my palate has adapted to the likes of whole food ingredients. No refined sugar for this gal. Thankfully I have found many ways to satisfy my sweet tooth with recipes sweetened naturally.
The Apple Date Crisp I am sharing with you today is simple to prepare and can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, as a snack and even as dessert! I take great pleasure in creating recipes that can be enjoyed throughout the day.
You can keep this vegan, by simply omitting any dairy based yogurts or creams. You could also find a soy yogurt or ice cream to dollop on if you want to add some protein & creaminess to your crisp. I love a small dollop of homemade whipped cream. It adds just enough fat to keep me bouncing around for a few hours.
Yes, I have this for breakfast. Yes, I was able to pass this off as a decadent dessert for my kids and husband.
I combined Uncle Sam cereal with a little unrefined coconut oil and pecans to create the heavenly crisp topping. Heating them together in a hot pan combined the flavors & gave it a more toasty flavor and even more crunch! Apples and dates combined give back just the right amount of sweetness and texture play.
Hope you enjoy your crisp!
Healthy Apple-Date Crisp Recipe
This is a vegan recipe. For a gluten-free option, feel free to substitute Erewhon Organic Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free Cereal for the Uncle Sam.
YIELD: 4 servings
- 4 Apples cleaned, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
- pinch of fine Sea Salt
- a few dashes of ground Cinnamon
- 4 ounces chopped, dried-pitted dates (about 7 dates)
- 1 tablespoon unrefined Coconut Oil
- 2 ounces chopped, toasted nuts such as Pecans
- 1 cup Uncle Sam cereal
- dairy or dairy free thick Greek yogurt, whipped cream, frozen
yogurt or ice cream
In a medium saucepan heat apples over medium high heat with 1 tablespoon of water. When they start sizzling reduce heat to medium, partially cover and cook about 10 minutes until softened. Stir occasionally adding the salt, cinnamon and dates towards the end. Remove from heat and divide apple mixture into 4 ramekins or bowls.
Heat Uncle Sam’s cereal with the nuts in a fry pan about 4-5 minutes over medium heat until fragrant. Watch carefully so it does not burn.
Scoop some crisp topping over your warm apples and enjoy.
As far as apples go, I love Pink Lady, Gala and Granny Smith. Use your favorite(s). Instead of or with the dates you can use raisins or dried cranberries.
Recipe and photos © Marla Meridith.
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