A few weeks ago I was invited to dinner party at a friends apartment. Being the gracious friend that I am, I offered to bring an apple crisp. Of course I procrastinated until the last possible hour and settled on an allrecipes.com apple and pear crisp concoction which was chock full of crap, also known to the nutrionally unconscious as goodness.
Sugar, white flour, butter, more sugar…it was sinful.
But, I made it because I had no choice/was too lazy to look for another recipe and the 453 reviews assured me it was bomb.
Anyway, fast forward to my recent trip to my home away from home, WholeFoods, where a lovely lady named Kelly Jane was handing out samples of her insane apple crisp. I couldn’t believe it. Raw, no sugar, guilt free and bomb. I vowed then and there never to succumb to the sugar laden typical apple crisp that we all know. I'm not raw and don’t plan on ever being raw but this is really such an easy and seriously delicious recipe that is ready instantly. I quickly bought up all the ingredients and have been making batch after batch, night after night, time after time.
- 2 Honeycrisp, Gala or Fuji Apples, cored and sliced
- 2 Pears, cored and sliced
- 1/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3/4 cups Pecan Halves
- 3/4 cups Almonds
- 1/2 cup Pitted Dates, roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1 pinch Ground Cardamom
- 1 pinch Ground Nutmeg
- Places apples, pears and dried fruit in a large bowl. Add orange juice and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Transfer to a 2 quart casserole dish.
- In a food processor, combine pecans, almonds, dates, vanilla extract, ginger, cinnamon, kosher salt, cardamom and nutmeg. Pulse until finely chopped, but not paste-like.
- Sprinkle nut and date topping over fruit filling and serve.
Find the original recipe here.