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Fall Ingredient Highlight: Apples



It is finally apple season, and here at Abundelicious, we are EXCITED.


The sheer variety of apples available in the grocery store or farmer's market is both beautiful and overwhelming. Do we pick a super sweet Fuji, tart Granny Smith, or a juicy Honey Crisp? As many of you know, the beauty of buying from local farmers is that we not only know where the fruit is sourced, but half the fun is talking to the people who grow the food about specifics on taste, texture, and the best recipes for each.


Craving a big fall salad? Toss in some diced apple, walnuts, feta, and your protein of choice.


Sweet tooth? Dip your apple slices in some greek yogurt, honey, or melted dark chocolate sprinkled with nuts.


Do you want to spice up your morning oatmeal or chia pudding? Add some apple, crushed nuts, and a dash of cinnamon.


In addition to being one of the most versatile fruits available to the consumer, apples have plenty of health benefits that can add a nutritional punch to any fall dish.

  • Apples contain soluble and prebiotic necessary for lowering blood pressure and improving digestion by feeding the good bacteria in our gut

  • The phytochemicals and antioxidants in apples are both great for our immune systems and help fight inflammation.

  • Due to the fiber cell that holds the natural sugar in apples, there is a slow release of blood sugar as opposed to a hard crash - making this fruit the perfect sweet treat!

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If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser apple recipe to kick off the autumn season, this APPLE CRISP will not disappoint!


Ingredients:

  • 12 cups peeled, sliced apples

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

  • 1 Tbsp. water

  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats or old-fashioned oats

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1/8 tsp. salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter or non-dairy alternative


Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 375°.

  • In a large bowl, stir together sliced apples, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice, and water. Scoop into a 9x13 baking pan.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all topping ingredients except butter. Use a pastry cutter or 2 knives to cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.

  • Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and browned.

  • Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream or a non-dairy alternative.


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