I want everything apple in the Fall. Cider, pie, oatmeal, you name it. I wanted some kind of warm apple dessert and ice cream, because I love that hot and cold contrast, but I didn’t want to completely say screw it and make a pie or something. It might not make sense– but there are so many things I’ll eat out at a restaurant that I no longer want to make at home. Sure, if I order dessert somewhere I know it’s loaded with sugar, but there is something different about me keeping these ingredients I know aren’t good for me at home and using them to cook. So, I created this healthier combination of an hasselback apples meet an apple pie or crisp. These are super easy to make and are Paleo friendly. Aka I didn’t load them with a ton of sugar or anything too terrible for you. I served it with vanilla coconut ice cream to keep it dairy free, too. I must say– it was delicious and I’ll be making these again ASAP. Like, this weekend.
The recipe for these delicious little apples is below:
- 4 honeycrisp apples
- 1 cup of gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup of almond flour
- 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2.5 Tablespoons of honey
- 1.5 Tablespoons of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put a little melted coconut oil on the bottom of a baking dish.
- Peel your apples. Slice them in half. Cut or spoon out the core. Slice the apples into 1/4 inch thick slices without going all the way through. You want the half to all stay connected on the side so it spreads or fans out as it cooks. Place the apples into the baking dish with the slices facing up.
- Melt 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave. Then, add cinnamon and stir to combine. Pour over the top of the apples and drizzle a little honey (about 1 Tablespoon) over the top of the apples.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- While the apples are baking, melt the rest of your coconut oil in a small bowl. Then, add almond flour, oats, a little more cinnamon, the rest of the honey, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Spoon the oat mixture over the top of the apples, pushing some inside the slices. Recover and bake for 20 more minutes until apples are soft and oats are cooked.
- Serve with your favorite ice cream!
*Like I mentioned above I used coconut milk vanilla ice cream. I bought Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss ice cream found at Whole Foods. It’s seriously delicious and I would never know it was dairy free if someone didn’t tell me.