Apple Date Crisp

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Apple Date Crisp is an easy and delicious dessert you can make with only a few ingredients. It’s so good, you won’t be able to have just one! This delicious recipe is gone in a flash. Quite possibly because it’s so delicious that you’ll keep eating it. You may need to make a double batch. If you’re a fan of apples, granola, and cream cheese, then you’ll love Apple Date Crisp!

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THE HEALTHY-ISH APPLE DATE CRUMBLE (THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE GLUTEN-FREE TOO)

It’s still dessert, but this apple date crumble will have you feeling good as you end the meal.

Salads should be healthy. Desserts, not-Apple Date Crisp.

I’ve learned that it’s very hard to make a completely healthy dessert that’ll give you that after-the-meal satisfaction that desserts are supposed to bring (there are some rare exceptions). Rather than trying to make a dessert healthy, I’ve found it’s much easier to make ‘em healthy-ish. 

This has its problems. When I make a healthy-ish dessert, I think it’s ok to have that instead of the meal itself (this makes a great breakfast … just top it with vanilla Greek yogurt instead of ice cream).  

Those who like “healthier” ingredients can make this using any sweetener they like if coconut sugar, monk fruit, or xylitol is your kind of thing. And it can also be gluten-free if gluten-free oats are used. 

There’s one thing that does work very well here, and that’s the applesauce/oil replacement. 

I’ve never had applesauce so successfully replace most of the oil as it does in this recipe (it kinda makes sense, right?). And those dates!  Dates make apple crumble even better. Don’t leave them out! They’re like little bites of caramel throughout the mixture_Apple Date Crisp

This is the first crumble where the fruit part is the star and I want it over the crumble!

This crumble is quick, simple, and delicious. Dates are added for some natural sugar and provide an antioxidant boost alongside a tasty burst of sweetness. Print Recipe


Ingredients

Crumble:

  • ⅔ cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour (see Chef Tips)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons Greek yogurt, more if needed

Filling:

  • 3 pounds of any variety of baking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks (See Chef Tips)
  • ½ cup  dates, chopped
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Nutrition Facts

Calories

414 cals

Fat

17 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

5 g

Carbohydrates

67 g

Sugar

43 g

Fiber

9 g

Protein

6 g

Sodium

32 mg

*per serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together almonds, oats, whole wheat pastry flour, sugar, salt, and coconut flakes. Stir in the melted butter and yogurt until the mixture feels moist and sticks together, adding more yogurt if needed. Set aside-Apple Date Crisp.
  3. Toss apples with sugar, cinnamon, and dates. Pour the apples into the prepared baking dish and crumble the topping evenly over the apples.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the topping is golden and the apples are tender. Eat warm with cream, ice cream, or our favorite, Greek yogurt.
Apple Date Crisp

INGREDIENT NOTES

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy vegan apple crisp.

  • Apples. You can use any kind of apple you want. You’ll need 5 medium-sized peeled apples.
  • Cornstarch. Cornstarch helps the apple mixture thicken up a bit. You can use arrowroot powder as an alternative.
  • Maple Syrup. Maple syrup adds a little extra sweetness to the apple mixture. It can be substituted with raw honey, coconut sugar, and Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener for a sugar-free option, agave, or any granulated sugar of choice.
  • Fresh lemon juice. The acidity of the lemon brightens up the flavor of the apples.
  • Raw almonds. The crust is made from a simple blend of almonds and dates. The almonds can be subbed with pecans or walnuts for a different flavor.
  • Dates. You’ll need 1 cup of tightly packed, soft, pitted dates. Soft dates are important so the crust mixture holds together. If you only have dry dates, I’d suggest soaking them in hot water for 10 minutes before using them, however, for best results, use soft, fresh Medjool or neglect noor dates.
  • Coconut oil. This helps the crust bake up into a nice thick layer.
  • Cinnamon. Cinnamon is always a welcome pairing with apples and also goes well with almonds and dates.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You’ll need a couple of pieces of basic kitchen equipment to make this recipe:

  • Food processor or high-speed blender. You’ll need a food processor or blender to make the crust for this recipe. Both work great!
  • Peeler. You’ll need a vegetable peeler or apple peeler to prepare the apples.
  • Pairing knife. A Pairing knife is handy to peel the apples. If you have an apple corer, that makes life a little easier too!
Two plates of grain-free healthy vegan apple crisp.

I hope you enjoy this simple, vegan apple crisp. It’s wonderful in the Fall when apples are in season but makes a lovely dessert any time of the year.

Your home will smell incredible and it’s healthy enough to enjoy on a daily. Or you can top with a huge scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream and call it a day. Comfort food made for fall.

GRAIN-FREE HEALTHY APPLE CRISP

  •  PREP TIME: 10 MINS
  •  COOK TIME: 35 MINS
  •  TOTAL TIME: 45 MINUTES
  •  YIELD: 6 1X
  •  CATEGORY: DESSERT
  •  METHOD: OVEN
  •  CUISINE: VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE

This grain-free apple crisp features a thick crust made from almonds and dates that’s the perfect cover for delicious, soft, and fragrant, sweet baked apples.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups sliced apples, peeled (5 medium-sized apples)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup packed soft dates, pitted (10 Medjool dates)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Place the sliced apples in a baking dish.
  3. Mix the cornstarch, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a small bowl and then pour over the apples and mix well. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Break down the almonds in a food processor or blender until they form a coarse flour, add the dates, coconut oil, and cinnamon and mix until it forms a dough.
  5. Press the dough over the apples, covering well.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes.
  7. Store any leftovers in the fridge, covered or in a sealed container

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NUTRITION

  • Serving Size: 1/6th of the recipe
  • Calories: 382
  • Sugar: 38 g
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 7 g

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