Apple Crisp (paleo, vegan, and nut free!)

Have you ever baked something, and at the first taste, wanted to shed a tear of pure delight? Well I did when I made this... this Apple Crumble is cozy fall perfection. You want to know the funny part? I made it when it was 90 degrees outside. I know. It's not actually that funny because the weather has gone haywire and I'm not happy about it. 

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I was in the grocery store earlier this week just grabbing a few essentials when I stumbled upon this beautiful cast iron skillet on sale. My heart skipped a beat, and before I could think twice I was lugging it up front to checkout. Immediately, my brain started spinning with ideas centering around using my new skillet. Now, I have a new weapon (seriously... this thing is HEAVY) in the kitchen, and I cannot wait to throw all kinds of fun recipes at ya! 

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If you don't have a skillet, simply use a similarly sized pan, and monitor the baking time. You may need to bake your treats a little longer or shorter depending on the pan. 

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I think you'll really enjoy this crumble. It's soft, warm, crunchy, and comforting. With a deep, complex, and soothing flavor, it will keep you begging for more. It's great served with dairy free ice cream. My favorites are Revolution Gelato vanilla or cardamom kiss. Did I mention this crumble is completely nut free, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, paleo, and vegan??? You have no excuses for not giving it a shot! I can't wait to hear what you think!

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Ingredients:

For the filling...

  • 5 apples peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla 

For the topping...

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  • 1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut shreds
  • 1 Tablespoon sunflower butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
  2. Chop the apples into small, bite sized pieces. 
  3. Add all the filling ingredients to a bowl, and mix well. 
  4. Transfer filling mixture to a cast iron skillet. 
  5. Grind 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds in a coffee grinder, food processor, or blender, until a very fine powder is formed. 
  6. Add all topping ingredients to the bowl (you can use the same one from the filling), and mix well. 
  7. Sprinkle the topping over the apples, and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping begins to lightly brown.
  8. Enjoy!