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Dr. Ney’s Family’s Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe
The following is our family’s favorite Apple Crisps recipe that is a bit healthier than other Apple Crisps recipes. It is sweetened with maple syrup and apples.
It is so flavorful and not too sweet – the whole family loves it! I’ve made it for school functions (leaving out the nuts) and I am always asked for the recipe. We adapted it from Cynthia Lair’s Pear Plum Crisp recipe in her fabulous cookbook, “Feeding the Whole Family”.
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter, melted
6 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
1/3 cup chopped nuts (we use walnuts)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups of apples (roughly 6-7 apples)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix oats, flour, and salt together in a bowl.
Add butter and 4 tablespoons of the maple syrup; mix well. Stir in nuts and set aside.
In a small bowl combine water, the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup, spices, and vanilla. Set aside.
Put apples in a lightly oiled pie pan or an 8 x 8 – inch baking dish. Pour the liquid mixture over the fruit and toss gently. Spoon the oat-nut mixture evenly on top of the fruit. Cover and bake 40-45 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more to crisp the topping.
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!
Dr. Maggie Ney is Director of the Women’s Clinic and co-founder of HelloPeri, an online resource for women going through Perimenopause. She specializes hormones and healthy aging.