For some people, fall is all about pumpkin spice however I personally love a more apple cinnamon flavoured season. So naturally I celebrate with apple crisp! Its way easier and quicker to make than pie and that crunchy top paired with smooth, sweet apples is perfection!
That is the inspiration for this recipe. As always I'm trying to make classic simple dishes healthier and delicious. I decided to up the amount of oats, cut down the sugar and add pumpkin and chia seeds for healthy fats, zinc, fibre and protein and a little extra crunch! Plus of course the fibre, antioxidants and detoxing nutrients in the apples. (Learn more on that here...)
I also added pears - although this wasn't the creative stroke of genius it appears to be - the true story is I didn't have enough apples on the first recipe test but had two pears so my lack of desire to go to the store made this delicious dessert the masterpiece it is today!
This crispy, crunchy recipe is perfect (and easy) for a holiday dinner, to bring to a party or simply enjoy it on a cozy, autumn night in. I've been known to eat it for breakfast and will these new healthy additions, I'm feeling even more confident in that decision...you should too ;-)
I like this ratio of pears to apples but feel free to change it up if you want more pear or have that on hand.
I've been strapped for time and simply left the skins on the apples and it turned out great - there are so many nutrients in the peels!
The seeds in this recipe add healthy fats for brain and cardiovascular health. The oats are full of fibre and protein and the cinnamon is full of antioxidants.
Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a 8 x 11 baking dish using vegan butter ( I use the soy free Earth Balance).
Place the chopped apples and pears in the baking dish and sprinkle with 1 tsp of cinnamon.
In a large mixing bowl stir together the oats, flour, seeds, 1 tsp of cinnamon and coconut sugar. Use a large fork to mix in the maple syrup and melted vegan butter until well combined.
Pour the oat mixture over the apples and pears and spread it around so it evenly covers the fruit.
Bake in the oven for 45 - 55 minutes or until the apples and pears are soft and juicy and the crumble is golden crisp.