I have a confession. I used to hate fall. Despite the beauty of the changing colors, I always secretly mourned the loss of the sunshine and long days of summer. But now that I live in Los Angeles where summer weather routinely lasts from June until October, I’m usually very ready to welcome the cooler days of fall. And that when I start craving one of my favorites: warm apple crisp.
As a child, apple crisp was one of my favorites. I love the mix of crispy and sweet. And apples are often my go-to for a healthy snack. But as I started eating healthier, I stopped eating apple crisp. Not only because I try to limit my intake of added sugars. But also because I discovered I have a gluten intolerance.
So i was really excited to play around with making a healthier, low-sugar, gluten-free version of apple crisp. Because I really believed that it could be done in a way that is delicious. And boy was I right.
Healthy warm apple crisp
But first, let’s get one thing straight. When I say low-sugar apple crisp, I mean low added sugar. Because apples are full of natural sugars. But the fiber in the apples helps you better digest the sugar, meaning less disruption to your blood sugar levels. It’s the added sugar that causes the most damage to your system.
For this recipe, I used organic molasses. Not only is molasses perfect for a warm apple crisp. But molasses is one of the most nutrient rich sugars out there. It’ contains vitamin B-6, iron, magnesium, potassium and selenium. It is lower-glycemic. And I only used 1 tablespoon for the entire recipe. So based on the food label on my molasses, that added only 10 grams of sugar to the ENTIRE recipe! That just adds 2.5 grams of sugar per serving!
I also used ghee (clarified butter), another less common ingredient,. Ghee has some advantages over regular butter. First, it tends to be made from milk from grass fed cows, increasing its health value. Second, it can lower your bad cholesterol, increase your good cholesterol, and nourish your digestive tract. You can purchase ghee in health food stores or online. But if you can’t find it, you can always use butter. Or if you’re vegan or butter-phobic, you can give coconut oil a try. Though coconut oil will obviously alter the taste.
Enjoy you apple crisp!
Did I mention that this whole low-sugar recipe only has 10 grams of added sugar! I gave some to husband. And let me say, my husband is not into “healthy” desserts. But he gave me the big thumbs up on this one. He said you totally don’t miss the added sugar.
So, if you’re an apple crisp fan like I am, you should definitely give this a try. All the yum of apple crisp without any of the guilt. That sounds deliciously sweet to me!