I’ve never subscribed much to the idea of ‘soul mates’.
One person in the entire world made just for me??
It’s a very romantic notion, but truth be told, I’m not much of a romantic.
I tend to look at situations with a sensible and practical mindset that can, at times, be frustrating for whimsical individuals around me.
It’s not that I don’t sob like a baby when Travis shoots Old Yeller or that I’ve lost all sense of my child-like ways…I more than anyone in my house, including the kids, love a good game of spontaneous tag or dancing around the house in my skivvies, but I can’t tell myself something that I don’t truly believe, and I don’t believe there is one perfect person out there.
Despite all the things I might have in common with someone, there will always be traits that irk me as well.
Of all the people I’ve ever known, however, my husband is the one best suited to my idiosyncrasies. His uncharacteristic romanticism keeps my pragmatic attitude in check, and his easy-going manner is a great match for my sometimes persnickety ways.
Now, to be clear, this soul mate thing, doesn’t apply to food.
I definitely have a perfect match when it comes to food and it ain’t beets.
This apple crumble defines what I love in a dessert…it’s healthy, it’s delicious, it can be eaten any time of the day without the blood sugar crash of a Mountain Dew, and it contains two of my favorite foods: oats and apples.
I’ve made plenty of variations of this recipe throughout the years, and I eat them all joyfully, but this time, I really wanted to hone in on a ‘staple’ recipe that I could refer to again and again.
By employing oats, oat flour, and oat bran in the crumble, I’ve not only made this nutritious, but high in fiber as well.
The bake time allows the apples to soften, without turning to mush, and it creates a golden brown, lightly sweetened crust that stays crunchy in some places, while becoming mixed with the apple juices in others, creating different, mouth-pleasing textures that I just love.
- 5 c. apples (about 3-4 apples), peeled and sliced
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 1 T. maple syrup
- ¾ c. oat flour (I grind Country Choice Organic Oats into flour)
- ½ c. quick oats (I use Country Choice Organic Oats)
- 2 T. oat bran
- 1 t. cinnamon
- ¼ t. nutmeg
- ¼ t. sea salt
- 3 T. coconut sugar (or another natural granulated sugar)
- 4 T. softened coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Butter or oil an 8 x 8 baking dish.
- In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and maple syrup.
- Spread the apple slice on the bottom of the baking dish.
- In another bowl, mix the ingredients for the crumble (flour, oats, bran, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and sugar).
- Using a fork or your hands, cut the coconut oil into the dry crumble until the mix is moistened throughout.
- Spread the crumble atop the apples.
- Bake the crumble for 35 minutes.
- Cool 20-30 minutes to allow the apple juices to thicken.
- Cut and serve!
Use a good, crisp apple, such as Granny Smith or Fuji for best results.
Top as desired with a well-tolerated ice cream or whipped cream for extra deliciousness.
Do you believe in soul mates? What’s your perfect food match?