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Now, how about taking this classic dessert and giving it a vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free twist? Sounds too good to be true, right?! Not anymore. Here’s introducing the vegan apple crisp that will redefine the way you enjoy this traditional treat.
You must be wondering about the bourbon in the ingredient list. Well, bourbon and apples are a match made in heaven. The rich, deep flavors of bourbon accentuate the sweetness of the apples while adding an unexpected depth. And don’t worry, the alcohol bakes off, leaving behind just the essence that will make your apple crisp stand out from the crowd.
The secret to the perfect apple crisp lies in the texture. While we adore that crunchy, nutty topping, the apples underneath should be soft, gooey, and bursting with flavors. By baking the apples first, we’re ensuring they reach that perfect level of tenderness. This step transforms the apples into a saucy, decadent layer, ensuring every bite is a perfect balance between soft and crunchy.
Instead of the usual butter and sugar-laden toppings, this recipe employs coconut butter, coconut sugar, and a personal favorite; maple syrup. Not only do these alternatives provide a healthier touch, but they also add unique flavors that perfectly complement the dish. The addition of almond flour and gluten-free oats ensures that this dessert remains celiac-friendly without compromising on taste.
Sure, this apple crisp is a delight on its own. But, if you wish to take this baby to the next level might I suggest serving it with a scoop of vegan oat milk ice cream! The cold, creamy texture of the ice cream contrasts beautifully with the warm, crunchy crisp.
So the next time you’re looking for a dessert that’s both indulgent and responsible, remember this recipe. And trust us; even Uncle “Where Do You Get Your Protein” won’t be able to resist a second serving!
Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa.
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