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Healthy Grain-Free Apple Crisp

Posted Sep 27 2012 10:55pm

One of my favorite things about fall are fresh, crisp apples…


I love slicing up a nice fresh apple…


but think I love baked apples even more.


I made these mini apple crisps Tuesday morning as part of breakfast for Ella and I. This is the kind of recipe where it’s a dash of this, a pinch of that…I’ll get as close to exact as I can, but you may need to add or take some of the spices to suit your taste!


This is more of a dessert or treat. If you have for breakfast, you need to have it more “with” breakfast because, well, I know for me I need some more protein to fill me up. Ella usually gets a variety of things, and this was just something else I wanted to try to spice things up. I hope you enjoy them! They taste even better the second day, you can cover with foil in the fridge (after they cool down from baking) and when you’re ready re-heat in the microwave for 30 seconds!


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Mini Grain-Free Apple Crisps

make: 4 crisps


  • 2 large honey crisp,  Fuji or granny smith apples
  • 1 1/2-2 Tablespoons grass-fed organic butter (or Earth Balance for vegans), divided
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax
  • 1/2 Tablespoon hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water (or more)
  • 3/4 teaspoon date sugar or 1/2 packet NuNaturals powdered stevia
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt


In a small bowl combine coconut flour, ground flax, hemp hearts. sugar/stevia, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another small bowl combine the water and vanilla. Peel and core the apples. Slice them down and divide the slices into four ramekins. Pour water/vanilla liquid equally over each ramekin (about 1 Tablespoon water each or more, there should be a shallow amount of water, maybe 1/4 inch at the bottom of each). Slice a pat of butter on top of apples. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar-flour mix equally on top of each. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. Top with full-fat Fage total or coconut cream if desired to make it “ala mode”.

Tuesday mornings Ella has her class, and I have off so we get up early and eat breakfast together. Don’t yah know, my house smells fab from the apples in the oven and this little bugger goes in the snack drawer and demands to have kale chips for breakfast…..


Back up a few weeks ago:


We are at Whole Foods and the Brad’s raw kale people have a sample stand. I have tried their products before, but spending $8. on a small bag of kale chips when I can make them myself (for half the price) falls under the category of impractical. I know my grocery budget is pretty high, but not because I get frivolous with my purchases. It’s produce, meats, nuts, seeds, cheeses, etc. I really don’t buy chips or anything…especially not $8.00 ones.

Granted these chips I can’t make because I don’t have a dehydrator. AND they are a little healthier because they are raw and all—but still.

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Anyway, I give Ella a sample and she goes crazy for them. She proceeds to eat several of the woman’s samples (did I tell you this story already—I forget?) I felt bad (for the person giving the samples) so I bought a bag. Ells can not get enough of them! I prefer the actual kale chips (that I can make), so I can easily stay away from these so they will last a couple of days. Once I bought their naked cheesy kale and it lasted until I got to the car, between my lil’ girlfriend and I.


So long story short…she wouldn’t touch her apple crisp until she ate about 15 kale chips. Then she gobbled up the apples…and a few bites of banana with sun butter and chia seeds too. This girlfriend can eat –and I love it!

We are at WF again (what else is new) last Friday and I’m getting some nuts. She starts grunting and pointing like she wants something. Busted. She seeds Brad’s kale chips and demands them. I give the bag to her thinking I’ll put them back because there’ s no way I am spending $8. bucks on them again. Nope. She wants me to open them. How can I deny her? It’s not like she’s freaking out for oreos! She loves KALE! They are so healthy and a complete “meal” nutritionally so why not let her snack on them before lunch?

When we went car shopping the salesman  did a double take (and gave a crazy look)when she was taking these out of my purse and going to town on them. My daughter ladies and gents.


This is a baby who loves salad and will eat coconut oil by the handful if I give her the jar (she has her own that I slather on after her bath). Gotta love her.


In other news we finally decided on our new cars. Mike’s was totaled, so we obviously had to get his, but I also wanted to trade mine in because the gas mileage is killing me (and the company is out of business so after our warranty is up it will be sketchy). The color I want is 100 miles away so I should get it by Monday!  It will be very sad saying goodbye to the Saab. It was the first car we bought together. Mike proposed to me in it, he drove to our wedding in it with his brother and we brought Ella home from the hospital in that car. A lot of milestone memories were made! But it’s time to move on

I have so many notes and a few recipes and workouts jotted on papers all over my house. There are a few great subjects I want to discuss on the blog…but life outside of the internet has been a little more important lately


I am off to study before bed.

(PS- I was kind of too lazy/anxious to get this post up so please excuse typos and run on sentences, amongst other grammatical errors)


Happy Happy Happy 50th Birthday to the best lady I know…my mother!!!!! You are amazing and we can’t thank you enough for everything you do for us!

Love you! Can’t wait to celebrate Smile

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