Warm Spiced Apples with Quick Crumble and Maple Yogurt
This week has been a busy week in the world of food, with Pie day (3.14), Dietitians day (March 16), AND St.Patty's day (yes I'm counting this as the world of food!). Clearly my post this week is falling a bit short as it's not pie, green, or something super fancy and 'dietitaney' BUT I will still leave you with this treat I throw together with ingredients I usually have around my house - and in honour of all of the celebrations I've missed in this post, I'm making big future promises involving green things, pie, and fave dietitian treats! Before I get on with it, I'll also share this little peice of commonly known dietitian wisdom with you...
Let's face it - we could all use some more sexy beasts in our diets.
Sadly, I have not come up with the perfect sexy beast recipe - but I'll let you know when I do! Now, on with the good stuff.
When I'm craving a warm dessert like an apple crisp but I don't want to go to the trouble of making one, this quick version tides me over! No, it's not quite the same as fresh-out-of the oven crisp a la mode, but it's warm, spiced, and satisfying. Plus, it's made from whole, nourishing ingredients like apples, oats, greek yogurt and spices - it's a nutritional step up from apple crisp. The 2 serving recipe will also save you from having all those leftovers calling your name from the fridge, and I've added maple yogurt instead of ice-cream to boost the protein. This recipe is adaptable - nutritious enough to be breakfast, but delicious enough to qualify as a sweet treat too! If I'm having this as breakfast I'd up the portion of yogurt so it's more substantial.
- 2 medium apples
- 1 tsp apple pie spice (if you don't have any, just use cinnamon)
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
For the maple yogurt:
- 1/2 cup plain, 0% yogurt
- 1/2 tsp good quality vanilla
- 2 tsp maple syrup
For the quick crumble topping:
- 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- 2 Tbsp rolled oats (GF if needed)
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Cut apples into thick slices using paring knife, removing core. Leave the skin on your apples - it adds extra fiber and colour to your dish!
- Toss sliced apples in a small mixing bowl with apple pie spice and 1 tsp vegetable oil.
- Heat frying pan over medium heat and sautee spiced apples, stirring every 1-2 minutes.
- While apples are cooking, make your maple yogurt - combine yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small bowl and mix. Set aside or pre-portion into 2 serving bowls. I use lactose free yogurt because it makes my tummy happier - it's becoming more and more available so if you avoid lactose like me, check your local store to see if they have it or request that they bring it in.
- Next, prepare the topping. Chop nuts. This is a great time to use your food chopper if you have one; otherwise use a paring knife. Combine chopped nuts, oats, additional 1 tsp maple syrup and cinnamon in a small glass prep bowl and mix well.
- When apples soften remove them from heat and set aside. Put topping mixture (crumble) into the hot frying pan and sautee over medium heat quickly (no more than 1 minute) to heat.
- Add 1/2 warm spiced apples to each serving bowl and top with warm crumble topping. Serve warm.
* If making for breakfast I'd increase the portion of yogurt and oats, and reduce the maple syrup in the yogurt, or eliminate all together.
Happy cooking! :)
- Desserts with fruit are a good go-to - they usually offer more vitamins, minerals, and fiber compared with traditional desserts.
- Oats and Walnuts also contribute to your fiber and healthy fat intake for the day.
- Did you know walnuts are the nut richest in heart-healthy omega 3 fats? A great choice, but very dense source of calories, so be sure to keep the portion size small (like in this recipe)
- Although we're adding maple syrup to our yogurt in this recipe, adding your own sweetener allows you to control how much you add. Usually you'll end up with less sugar than the commercially sweetened varieties.