With the first day of fall right around the corner, it only seems fitting to share one of my favorite fall recipes. Before I share the recipe with you, I want to emphasize the fact that I don’t believe in cutting food groups from your diet, unless of course you have allergies or intolerances. I’m a firm believer and promoter of a balanced lifestyle, which includes whole foods, lots of veggies (the greener the better!), and sweet treats (yes, I eat sugar filled goodies on occasion!). Many personal trainers don’t share this same belief and look at nutrition as more black and white. There’s nothing wrong with this, but from my own personal experience and what has worked well for both me and my clients, I live and thrive in the grey areas. I do however try to “healthify” my favorite recipes so that I can enjoy these recipes, guilt free, and also avoid spiking my blood sugar throughout the day.
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Bake Time: 30-40 minutes (every oven is different!)
4 Baking Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Water
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Oat Flour (I grind old-fashioned oats in a blender)
1/4 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp Truvia*
4 tsp Butter, melted
Optional: Small squirt of non-fat Reddi-Whip
* If you prefer your desserts to be less sweet, reduce the amount of Truvia used to combine with the sliced apples.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon, Truvia, and salt. In a large bowl, toss sliced apples with cinnamon-sugar-salt mixture. Set aside.
3. Spray an 8x8 metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. (If using a glass baking dish, reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees and bake for slightly less time).
4. Pour 1/4 cup water into the greased baking pan and spoon in the sliced apple mixture.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the old-fashioned oats, oat flour, and 2 Tbsp. Truvia. Pour melted butter into the flour mixture and mix them together thoroughly. It should be crumbly.
6. Spread the crumble mixture out evenly on top of the layer of apples. Bake for 30-40 minutes until apples are soft and the crust has hardened and turned golden brown. For an added "crisp" to your topping, broil for 1 minute. (Don't let it burn!)
7. Serve hot by itself or with nonfat whipped cream. Enjoy!