Tonight we took a major twist on the traditional apple pie! This past year we’ve gotten more into the crumb topping over the crust topping, which has kept us experimenting in the kitchen 🙂 After the holidays there are so many heavy desserts that I was feeling something more lite with less carbs..that is how this creation began. I wanted to use fruit (one of the healthiest dessert options you can choose), but also try something new and fun. We also love using our crockpot and thought trying to make an apple crisp out of it would be super fun! We couldn’t have been more happy with the outcome- not only is it healthy but tastes great and you don’t miss the bottom crust! 🙂
We began with spraying the crockpot with butter spray to prevent any sticking. From there I took 7 gala apples (our favorite 🙂 ) and diced them. You could do the traditional slices, but we prefer the smaller pieces. We also kept the skin on to keep it more rustic along with containing the nutritional value, but you could peel them too.
From there we added the additional ingredients in the crockpot including- 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon butter (diced). Then mix all the ingredients together coating the apples and even out the layer of apples.
Next we begin the crumb topping in the food processor this includes- 2/3 cup oats, 2/3 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Pulse that mixture a few times. Then add in 6 tablespoons diced up cold butter- pulse a few times till smaller crumbs. We also add in pecans (as many as you like) and pulse a few times. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a spoon to mix and pastry cutter to cut in the ingredients, works just as well :).
After the crumb topping is all ready place the mixture on top of the apples in an even layer. Place the lid on top and cook on high for 2 hours and 20 minutes. If you have more time to cook you could put it on low for 4 hours and 20 minutes. This timing allows the apples to get nice and soft, but still holds their firmness. Serve it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy! (You could have it without ice cream…but why? lol)
I hope you enjoy this warm and delicious apple dessert! If you decide to test out the recipe please let us know how you like it 🙂
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