Friends are made in mysterious ways. One common way to begin a friendship is with a similar interest, opinion, or common goal. For instance, the bonding factor can be music, books, or a mutual friend. Here’s an example: once I made a friend because of writing. The conversation went like this:
Me: “Are you (person’s name)?”
Future friend: “Yes…”
Me: “Are you a writer?”
Future friend: “Yes…”
Me: “Me too! We are going to be friends!”
Future friend: “Okay.”
Me: “Great!” (Walked away)
To be fair, I found out that this person was a writer because her roommate told me beforehand. Yet we are friends to this day so my unconventional introduction seemed to have worked.
Another time, I befriended a girl because of a more obscure interest: apples.
We were discussing food allergies, and I mentioned my food sensitivities. At that point in time, I was following an IGG blood levels food intolerance test. It told me to stay off 27 foods including dairy, eggs, most grains including oats (but not rye and spelt), almonds, peanuts, celery, rice, and many other random items, some of which I have never tried before. (After six stressful months of feeling worse, I tossed away the blood test and resumed a gluten-free diet with much better results.)
While I was explaining the blood test, she asked the question you all must be wondering: “So what can you eat?”
“I can still have dark chocolate,” I said half-jokingly. “And apples. I don’t know what I would do if I can’t have apples.”
Boom. That was our bonding factor. She went into great detail about the making of apple cider, one of the only apple-related foods I have ashamedly never tried.
Therefore, I dedicate this recipe to that friend.
Apple crisp is an easy recipe to make healthy so it’s a shame when it’s not. I cringe when recipes spoil the fruit with sugar and margarine. Apples are versatile in cooking and baking but they also have their own unique flavor that is complemented by ingredients like honey, cinnamon, and nuts, all of which I have incorporated into this dessert. Together, this creates the perfect ending to any meal or a snack by itself.
I used pecans in this recipe, but you can substitute them for any nuts like walnuts or almonds. That is, after you bake it with pecans. Be prepared to make this recipe over and over.
Oh, and share it with friends!
Pecan Apple Crisp
For the Crumble:
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup crushed pecans
- 3 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
For the Filling:
- 6-7 organic apples, diced
- 3 tbsp honey
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add the dry ingredients for the crumble in a medium-sized bowl. Add the oil and maple syrup and mix well with a fork.
Dice the apples. Keep the skin on for more fiber and nutrition! (I used an apple corer to speed the dicing.) Coat with the honey and spread in a 9″ or 10″ round pie plate. Remember the apples will shrink. Using a fork (or your fingers) sprinkle the crumble over the apples
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown. Cover loosely with tin foil and bake for another 3o minutes until the apples are soft.
Serve hot or cold.