A New View of Healthy Eating Recipes: Spiritual Adrenaline Holiday Dessert Guide: Aromatic Apple Crisp

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By Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, and speaker. Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC

It is such an honor to be part of the Spiritual Adrenaline Holiday Dessert Guide. Thanks so much to Tom Shanahan for coming out to Arizona to experience these healthy holiday recipes. The Aromatic Apple Crisp with Freshly Ground Spices is one of my very favorite desserts for the holidays, as it brings back childhood holiday memories of cooking with my Mom and Grandmom.  The natural aromatherapy of the freshly ground spices – cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg – is an incredible mindful experience of the cooking. Enjoy preparing and eating this delicious dessert.

Excerpt from A New View of Healthy Eating: Aromatic Apple Crisp with Freshly Ground Spices (pages 126-127)

DESSERT: Aromatic Apple Crisp with Freshly Ground Spices

This apple crisp is one of my all-time favorites. From cooking with local organic apples to mindfully hand-grinding and enjoying the aromatherapy of freshly ground warming spices, from the aromatherapy of the apples sautéing in the spices to memories of eating pies when I was a child, this dessert (or breakfast) is outstanding. Enjoy the process of setting up your mise en place, cooking, and enjoying this dish with your family and friends.

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SIMPLE INGREDIENTS

Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almonds, walnuts, or pecans, sliced
  • ¼ cup maple sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, fresh ground
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, fresh ground
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds, fresh ground
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil

Filling

  • 8 apples, sliced
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 4 tbsp maple sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, fresh ground
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, fresh ground
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds, fresh ground
  • ½ tsp cloves, fresh ground
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

 SIMPLE STEPS

  1. Prepare your mise en place.
    • Hand-grind all spices in mortar and pestle.
    • Hand-squeeze and zest the orange and lemon.

Prepare topping.

  • Mix all dry ingredients for topping until well combined.
  • Pour in grapeseed oil and mix.

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3. Cook the apple crisp.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place sliced apples in a large sauté pan.
  • Turn heat to medium and add remaining filling ingredients.
  • Cook until apples slightly soften; stir occasionally.
  • Pour cooked apples with sauce into 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish.
  • Top with oats topping.
  • Bake on middle oven rack for 20-30 minutes.
  1. Enjoy!

If you are interested in more simple whole food, plant-based, gluten-free recipes that are healthy and delicious, my book, A New View of Healthy Eating is available.  I’m happy to gift-wrap for your family and friends.

Come on over to our Facebook page and share your holiday dessert creations, www.facebook.com/NewViewHealthyEating

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