autumn apple crumble

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Yes, autumn is right around the corner. Ususally I get all tingly inside with thoughts of the crisp air at night, pulling out my cashmere sweaters and making big pots of vegetable soups. However, this year I am majorly feeling that summertime sadness that Lana Del Rey sings about. I just reallllly don't want this season to end. It's been too glorious and magical. I suppose change is inevitable and all good things must come to an end. meh. To combat this seasonal sorrow, I decided I must embrace the autumnal flavors and make something sweet with spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. 

So, here you go. This apple crumble is deliciously sweet, satisfying and completely healthy, vegan, gluten free, no refined sugars, etc. etc. etc. It's all good, basically. 

Apples are a favorite in my household. We have a massive bowl that lives on our kitchen counter that needs restocking pretty much every other day. They say one of these a day will keep the doctor away. "They" say a lot of things but this phrase may just be accurate after all.  Apples are packed full of antioxidants- which fight disease before it begins and keeps you looking and feeling youthful. So yes, apples will make you look fantastic and all that but we should be more concerned about the goodness these apples bring that we cannot see. For example, they keep your mind sharp and decreases the chances of neurological disorders later in life. 

I guess you could say that eating dessert doesn't always need to be a guilty pleasure. This one is a health promotor containing heaps of vitamins, minerals, disease fighting antioxidants annnnnd some comfort for the colder months ahead. 
 

I N G R E D I E N T S

4 honey crisp apples, about 6 cups
6 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 1/4 teaspoons of nutmeg
1 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 cup of almond flour
1 cup of oats
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt


R E C I P E

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees farenheit.

Peel and core the apples, then cut into thin slices. Put the apple slices into a large mixing bowl with 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and  the lemon juice. Mix until apples are coated in the syrup and spices. 

Place the apple mixture into a baking dish.

Mix together the almond flour, oats, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, olive oil and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Once all the ingredients are combined, spread evenly on top of the apples.

Bake for 30 minutes until crumble is a little crispy and the apples are bubbling. Serve with dairy free ice cream or on its own. 

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