Maple Sugar Sweetened Apple Crisp – Gluten Free Style
A healthier version – delicious and just right sweetness.
2 ¼ lbs Granny Smith apples (about 6 medium) cored and sliced into 1/4” slices
1/3 Cup maple sugar or maple syrup
1/4 Cup water
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tsp vanilla extract
2 Tsp cornstarch or arrowroot starch
1 1/2 Tsp cinnamon (divided)
1 Tsp ground nutmeg (freshly ground is the best!)
¼ Tsp ground cloves
Pinch of good salt
1.5 Cups of gluten free oats
½ Cup almond flour (firmly packed)
¾ Cup chopped pecans
1/3 Cup chopped almonds
1/3 Cup lightly packed coconut sugar
¼ Tsp good salt
1 Tbs Butter + 2.5 Tbs Maple Cinnamon Ghee
¼ Cup coconut milk (the firm part)*
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Place the apples in a big bowl. In a measuring cup, whisk together the maple syrup (or sugar) and water. Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract, starch, cinnamon, clove and salt. Pour over apples and mix well. Place apples in to a 9” square baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, blend the oats, almond meal, pecans, almonds, coconut sugar, rest of cinnamon and salt. Melt the Maple Cinnamon Ghee and butter together, and stir in the coconut milk. Add this to the dry mix and stir until the mixture is incorporated and moistened throughout.
Upon removing the apples from the oven, give them a good stir and then top with the oat mixture. Return to the oven and bake for at least another 40 mins. Keep checking it to make sure the apples have softened to your liking. The edges will be bubbling. The top should be golden.
Allow the crisp to rest for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla yogurt or ice cream.
Covered leftovers will keep for about 4 days in the fridge.
*Place a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight and open it upside down to remove the “meat” of the milk. Discard the watery part.