Our healthy take on a beloved American classic!
There’s no denying that apple-based desserts are on the list of all-time American classics. Their warm and comforting flavors are unrivaled! Unfortunately, most of these beloved recipes are made with unhealthy, processed ingredients, and they’re chock-full of empty calories. That’s why we love coming up with desserts that taste amazing and won’t break the calorie bank. We make our delectable clean-eating apple pecan crumble with natural ingredients that you can feel good about.
Made with 100% Clean-Eating Ingredients
I love working with clean ingredients for two main reasons. For starters, I know the meals that I’m eating are good for my body and my health. The second reason is that cooking with fresh, unprocessed ingredients produces better-tasting, higher-quality food!
Granny Smith Apples for Our Apple Mixture
The main ingredient in this dessert is obviously the apples. We recommend using Granny Smith apples because they have a tart flavor. This tartness keeps the recipe from getting too sweet. Granny Smith apples also maintain their shape and texture better than other apples throughout the baking process, so the apple crumble doesn’t get too mushy.
For this recipe, we toss the chopped apples in lemon juice to keep them from browning. Then, we add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut sugar for that classic apple crumble flavor.
Healthy Swaps for a Scrumptious Crumble
The most processed ingredient in this recipe is the quick oats. Quick oats (or rolled oats) sometimes get a bad rap for being processed. Don’t fear; oats are still an excellent source of fiber. They also contain vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy metabolism, bone health, heart health, and more!
This recipe also uses coconut sugar in place of refined white sugar. While coconut sugar should still be consumed in moderation, it’s less processed and contains more nutrients than refined sugar. We’ve also chosen to use unsweetened shredded coconut to cut down on sugar content.
Adding in almonds and pecans adds just as much texture and flavor to the crumble as it does nutrients! These two ingredients are nutritional powerhouses that will provide your body with loads of essential, heart-healthy fats. Coconut oil also adds in more good fats that fight high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
A Simple, Low-Calorie, High-Quality Dessert
Our clean-eating apple pecan crumble takes just 40 minutes from start to finish, most of which is hands-off baking time! This ridiculously easy, high-quality dessert is perfect for new bakers looking to build on their culinary skills and impress guests. They’ll adore the flavors and be pleasantly surprised that each serving contains fewer than 300 calories!
Clean-Eating Apple Pecan Crumble
- 8 apples peeled, cored, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, we recommend granny smith apples
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 lemon juiced and zested
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- 1/2 cup almonds chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut shredded and unsweetened
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine apples, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/4 cup sugar, and lemon juice and zest in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a second mixing bowl and mix well.
- Spray a 8x8-Inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Place the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with crumble. Bake for 25 to 30 min or until bubbly and top is browned. Serve hot.
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