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Apple Maple Crisp

apple maple crispEveryone loves a little something sweet now and then. How about a dessert that’s both good and good for you? A crisp is one of the easiest desserts to throw together, and is made up of more than half fruit. We went all apple with this crisp, but feel free to substitute pear for some of the apple, or add in some fresh cranberries.

We swapped out the traditional sugar in favor of maple syrup. Maple syrup is packed with vitamins and minerals, and has a lower glycemic index than sugar and even honey. And it’s so delicious that we can’t believe we haven’t tried this before! Try to use local maple syrup if you can. And definitely make sure that you’re not using anything called “pancake syrup” or “breakfast syrup” – basically just liquid sugar dressed up to look like maple syrup.

This recipe can be gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats and buckwheat flour. You’ll notice it’s also vegan, using oil instead of melted butter in the crumble topping. Of course, you can still serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! Enjoy.


4 apples, cored and chopped into ½ inch pieces

½ cup + drizzle of pure maple syrup, divided

1 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, divided

1 cup rolled oats

½ cup raw sunflower seeds

½ cup buckwheat or whole wheat flour

¼ cup canola or sunflower oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put chopped apple in an 8×8 inch baking dish. Drizzle a little maple syrup on top, add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and stir well.

In a medium bowl, combine oats, sunflower seeds, flour and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well. Stir in remaining ½ cup maple syrup and canola oil. Once the wet ingredients are absorbed into the dry, use your fingers to combine until mixture becomes crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples.

Bake until apples are tender and crumble is lightly browned, about 45 minutes.

Makes 6 serving

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