Paleo-friendly apple crisp!
So many holidays are centered around food, and the holy grail of them all is definitely Thanksgiving, so much so that we call it “Turkey Day.” This year, I coincidentally started a Whole30 a couple of weeks prior meaning that “Turkey Day” turned into a little social experiment for me. Everyone says the holidays are about being around loved ones, but come on, you all know the light at the end of the, “what are you doing with your life” tunnel of questions from your aunt, is a plate full of stuffing.
Being paleo doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy holiday food, but being Whole30 adds a complicated layer, and I’m not talking a layer of gravy, unless it’s sugar-free, grain-free and dairy-free… see what I mean?!
You can Google search “Paleo Thanksgiving” and get hundreds of thousands of recipes. You search “Whole30 Thanksgiving” and get plenty of results, but maybe not as many. Search “Whole30 recipes for having Thanksgiving at your boyfriends’ families house” and you get an error message (LOL).
Listen, I’m the first one to tell you to do whatever you have to do to make yourself comfortable and not compromise your health goals and that’s still the case BUT sometimes it’s not possible to be as prepared as you may have hoped or planned. This is when the advice turns into, just do your best in the situation you’re in. That is what I did this year, and when all was said and done it was one of my favorite Thanksgiving’s to date.
We started out with a Turkey Trot 5k in record-breaking cold temps. My hands froze, like I’m talking losing all feeling in my fingers, not able to unzip my jacket pocket, FROZEN. But I still managed to have a decent race considering the cold and the multiple hills on the course. I think I ran faster because I was motivated to get the hell out of there and get back to a heat-controlled climate. I had a post-race banana and picked up an Rx Bar at the gas station where we stopped for coffee. Not the shining example of a Whole30 breakfast but it was all ya girl could do so I made it work!
Later, once the turkey was carved and everyone sat down to eat, I realized there were some pretty good options. Here’s how I made out: roasted veggies, turkey, some kind of brussel sprout salad, roasted butternut squash and then I was able to rescue some sweet potato from underneath the marshmallow topping. I drank water, black coffee, and when I wanted to be bougee, I had sparkling water with extra lime. Nailed it!
As lame as this sounds, not focusing on food, or drinking, really does change the way you look at the holidays. Thankful for the people in my life and that I’ve reached a point in my health journey that I can make it work no matter the situation.
Today though, I’m giving you a baller healthy dessert recipe for those moments you want to be able to indulge with your loved ones without compromising on your goals. My version of paleo apple crisp, or as I’m calling it apPALEO crisp. I thought I was really clever with the name so please DM me and tell me how cute you think it is because my ego needs it, THANKS!
ApPALEO Crisp Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Makes about 8 servings
5-6 apples, sliced
1 teaspoon, Cinnamon
1 teaspoon, Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon, Maple Flavoring (I use this brand that I found at Whole Foods. You can also sub with a little honey or skip)
For the “crisp” topping:
1/2 cup, Pecans
½ cup, Walnuts
1/4 Cup, raw Honey (or agave)
6 medjool Dates (pitted)
1 Cup, Ghee
¼ teaspoon, Sea salt
1 teaspoon, Cinnamon
1 teaspoon, Nutmeg
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees farenheight.
In a large bowl, toss apple slices in cinnamon, vanilla extract and maple syrup flavoring until evenly coated.
Pour coated apple slices into large baking dish.
In food processor, add all ingredients for the “crisp” topping and pulse until combined. You should be left with a thick, crumbly mixture.
Coat apple slices with topping until top layer is fully covered.
Place in oven and let bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool (be sure to let it cool enough to allow the crust to harden ~15-20 minutes.)
Serve warm and enjoy!