If you follow me on insta then you know my fam and I went apple picking in Wisconsin a few weekends ago. It's something I've always wanted to do but apparently it took my sister and bro in law having a pair of rugrats to actually make it happen. Those boys are going to be such a great excuse to indulge my inner kid... I really can't wait until they get a little older!
I digress... so we went to Apple Holler just over the IL/WI border and I highly recommend it whether you pack up your kids or just your fun friends! Apple picking aside, there was a small pumpkin patch and an area with games and farm animals. Can you say the Golden GOAT Bridge and Pig Races?!?! Yep.
While that was all fun, my favorite part was dessert! Isn't is always?!?! I tried the Apple Turnover and Puff (don't know the difference but they were both delish) and I carted home some Apple Cider Donuts. Let's just say that if I lived closer to the Holler, I'd be there on the daily for one of those bad boys. YUM!!!!
I spent the ride back into the city (after the pit stop at Mars Cheese... oink oink) thinking about what I might make with my 1/2 peck of apples...
Monday morning I picked up a pork loin and cooked that up for dinner with some homemade Paleo Applesauce. That may have to be in the regular rotation because it was probably the best applesauce I've ever had and it was sooooo easy!
The next day, after checking out a bunch of recipes, I attempted my version of paleo apple crisp or as I'm calling it, Cavewoman Crisp (I like alliteration). It turned out WAY better than I expected...(I'm not a baker)... so good in fact I made another batch the next week to finish off the apples and I may replace my mom's apple pie recipe (gasp) with it for this year's Turkey Day. I like sweet but not too sweet and this was just the right level of sweetness for me as well as mix of apples to topping. If you give it a whirl I would say to experiment based on your own personal preference.
Here you go... hope you like it as much as I did and let me know what you think!
what you need
6 apples – You’re going to peel and chop these guys up into bite size pieces. I used a mix of apples I got from my apple picking adventure but would say you can use the ones you prefer or like me, a mix. The common school of thought is that granny smith work best for baking as they’re moderate on the sweet and tart scale but again I think it’s personal preference.
1/2 cup + 1 T coconut sugar
1 cup + 1 T blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup + 2 T unsalted, grass-fed butter – Ideally this will be room temperature so you can easily cube but if you’re like me and want instant gratification, just throw it in the microwave for 10 – 15 secs until it’s softened enough to cube but NOT melted.
1/2 lemon – We’re going to make the most of it by using the zest and the juice.
1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp kosher salt
how it happens
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
While the oven is doing its thing, peel the apples and cut into bite size pieces placing them into a medium sized mixing bowl. Next, you want to add the lemon zest and lemon juice to the apples and stir to combine. Now sprinkle ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar over the apples and again stir to combine evenly. Finally, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter and pour over the spiced apples. Stir to combine.
Once your apples are prepped, use some of your unsalted butter to liberally grease a 9-inch pie pan or similar size baking dish. Pour the apple mixture into the pan.
Now you’re going to make the ‘crisp’. In a food processor, add 1 cup of blanched almond flour, ¼ cup of coconut flour, ½ cup of coconut sugar, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ¾ teaspoon of ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, and ½ cup of the cubed butter. Pulse until you create a ball of dough in the food processor. The dough will be more ‘doughy’ than crumbly so you’ll want to use your fingers to “crumble” the dough evenly over the spiced apples. Basically you just want to place it down in small pieces so it looks like crumbles. After you’ve covered your apples, sprinkle the top of the crumble with the remaining tablespoon of almond flour and the tablespoon of coconut sugar.
Bake this deliciousness on the middle rack in the center of the oven for 45-50 minutes. As you know, ovens vary so just keep an eye out around 40 – 45 minutes. You want soft apples (they will be by then) and a nice toasted brown top.
Treat yo’ self by serving it a la mode and ENJOY!