Grandma's Apple Crisp

I've been asking what you'd like to see on this blog, and several people have said "healthy comfort food!" So, although this recipe is a dessert (and therefore not something to eat three bowls of or make a meal out of), it's still pretty healthy in the grand scheme of things. Especially compared to how MY grandma used to make it--with way more sugar, fat, and with only refined ingredients. However, the great thing is, as with many foods, you can healthify (my word) almost any recipe and still keep it tasting divine.
Case in point: This dessert. It is absolutely scrumptious! Plus, it's made using whole grains and vegan ingredients. With apples still in season, it's also something that can be made with local, organic produce. So, I hope you enjoy this recipe and find it yummy, comforting, and just the thing on a cool Autumn day.

This recipe is from my 2nd edition of Radiant Health, Inner Wealth, which includes over 240 delish, color-coded recipes, all with your greatest health and enjoyment in mind!

Grandma's Apple Crisp
This dish brings me back to winter nights of childhood, savoring this homey creation next to a crackling fireplace. No, we didn’t live in a little house on a prairie, but I felt like we did when we ate this! In our family, this was always served with a little milk poured over the top. However, it’s also great plain or with some nondairy vanilla ice cream. Whichever way you end up, it’s simple, easy, and delicious every time!

Thrilling Filling:
4 cups chopped apples (skins on)
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Crumble Topping:

•¼ cup melted non-hydrogenated margarine
•¾ cup flour (whole wheat pastry, white, or gluten-free all-purpose)
•½ cup organic “white” sugar
•Pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. If you’re like me and don’t have a microwave, this is a great time to put the margarine in the oven to melt (in a heat proof container).

2. Mix together the apples, cinnamon, salt, water, and lemon juice. Place this mixture in a lightly oiled 10 x 6-inch baking dish or a round pie pan. Next, mix the melted margarine with the flour, sugar, and salt until thoroughly combined. Crumble this evenly on top of the apples.

3. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the topping is nicely browned and “crisp.” This is best served hot (or very warm). If you like, pour a little nondairy milk over the top. If you have any Little House On the Prairie reruns handy, this would be an ideal time to bust them out.

Serves 6; GF (with substitution)/Purple

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