We are fortunate to have many hard-working farmers growing food for us all, from nuts and fruit to vegetables and grains.
At harvest we are surrounded with an abundance of fresh and healthful foods.
Apples are a treat to enjoy as is. They make such a great addition to lunches and are a much-loved snack. One of the ways we love to enjoy our local fresh apples is to make them into crisp – an especially delightful treat now that fall has arrived and our evenings are getting cool. We’d like to share a very quick and easy way to make crisp topping using a food processor.
This method makes it very simple to quickly mix up a crisp topping that can be used to top any fruit crisps. We’ve also made this gluten-free by using all oats instead of wheat flour. The addition of nuts gives a extra nutritional boost, as well as richness and depth of flavour that is hard to resist.
It is such an easy way to pull together a dessert, making it a snap to have our crisp – and eat it too! 🙂
Nutty Apple Crisp
- 10 baking apples, such as McIntosh or Granny Smith
- 1½ cup oats
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup almonds
- ¾ cup palm sugar or whole brown sugar
- ½ cup butter, cold
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
Peel the apples and slice into a shallow 9″x 12″ baking dish. You don’t need to slice too small, as these baking varieties of apples will soften as they cook down. Set this aside for now while you make the crisp topping.
In the food processor, first process the almonds until they are ground. Then add the walnuts and process until ground. Next, add the oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt, and pulse just a few times until mixed. Now, with a knife cut the butter into small cubes and add them to the processor container on top of the other ingredients. Process a few times until the whole mixture looks like bread crumbs and is well-mixed.
Spoon this crumb mixture over your sliced apples so that all the apples have an even thickness of the crisp topping.
Bake for approximately 35 minutes at 375°F.
Serve warm or enjoy cold. If there is any left over, it makes a yummy breakfast treat too, especially with a dollop of local yogurt and a spoonful of our flax or hemp seeds!
The nuts in this topping are delicious on plum crisp as well, and I like to add half a teaspoon of nutmeg or cloves to the mix when using it with plums. Try it with any local fruit you have available in your area and let us know how you like it!
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