A Little Something Sweet

January 23rd, 2011

By  Jenn Hwang, Contributing Writer

I admit it—I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I really missed sweets during the first few days of the diet.  But after a few days, the cravings went away. I thought I was in the clear but no such luck.  Last week, the sweet cravings came back.  I think I even dreamed about pie one night. Mmm, pie. And while I’m not beyond eating a little honey just to kill the craving (hey, it’s good for you), it’s not the same.  So after a few failed attempts at cleanse-friendly cookies and muffins, I decided to try something that wouldn’t normally involve a lot of wheat flour. . .an apple crisp.  It may not be exactly like your usual apple crisp, but it’s not bad. . .and not too bad for you either. Let me know how you like it, and if you’ve come up with your own sweet treat, please share!

Apple Crisp

1 Granny Smith apple

3 ½  TB of cold unsalted butter

1 ½  tsp of honey

¼ tsp of cinnamon (or more if you really like cinnamon)

A pinch of salt

¼ c of almond meal

¼ c of oatmeal

¼ c of date sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

Slice apple into thin slices. Melt 1 ½ TB of butter, add honey and mix over heat until liquid and mixed. Add cinnamon and a pinch of salt, mix well.  Take off heat and add apples. Stir to coat apple slices and pour everything into an ovenproof baking dish. Use a dish small enough that the apples overlap a bit.

In a separate bowl, mix almond meal, oatmeal and date sugar with butter.  Using your fingers work the butter through mix until it all forms small clumps. Cover apples with topping. Cook for 20-25 minutes until topping is toasted and apples are tender.  Let sit 5 minutes before serving.  Serve with whipped cream, crème fraiche, greek yogurt—or just eat it plain!

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