Healthy Maple Cinnamon Pecan Apple Crumble

K any of you out there who say you aren’t dessert people are straight up lying cuz dessert is life. There’s nothing I love more than a healthified dessert, which is why I’ve been making this Healthy Maple Cinnamon Pecan Apple Crumble (plus a lil scoop of coconut nice cream for funsies) on repeat instead of crushing apple pies this holiday season.

SO FREAKIN EASY AND DELICIOUS PEOPLE!!! Not to mention it’s dairy, gluten, and refined-sugar free!!! AND it’s basically just like eating some apple and oatmeal. So break out your apples and get to chopping because you’re about to be hooked on this holiday season staple. Enjoy!!!

Healthy Maple Cinnamon Pecan Apple Crumble

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 apples, cored and diced (I like using Macintosh apples)
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • Bites By Bai Dairy-Free Coconut Nice Cream to scoop on top (optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch pie tin with coconut oil (or your oil of choice).
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add your apples, tapioca starch, and 2 tsp cinnamon. Mix together until all your apples are coated and then spread in the bottom of the pie tin.
  3. Mix together your oats, almond flour, pecans, ½ tsp cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil, and maple extract. Then, press it lightly on top of your apples.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until top is firm and golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes until serving. Serve with a scoop of coconut nice cream (optional).

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Paleo Cassava Flour Bread

For those of you who don’t know what cassava flour is, it’s basically the best thing of all time. It’s paleo, nut-free, grain-free, gluten-free, anti-inflammatory, and can be subbed 1:1 for regular wheat flour.

Okay. AMAZING.

So I’ve been very much enjoying experimenting with cassava flour recipes and it dawned on me this morning that I hadn’t even tried making bread with it yet?! What’s wrong with me! I really miss bread in my diet but I don’t miss how achy and gross it made me feel sooooo if I could have bread without the aches and pains, this could be life changing.

So since bread can be pretty tricky, I decided not to go out and waste a bunch of flour trying to make my own recipe from scratch right off the bat. Insteaddddd, I found this amazing recipe on Paleo Hacks and it came out PERFECT!!!!!!!

So no this isn’t my recipe, but bless you Jennafer Ashley for blessing us with your beautiful bread. You can get her recipe by clicking rightttttttt here.

Have a great Tuesday everybody!!


Crunchy Almond Crusted Acorn Squash

almond crusted acorn squash

Are you ever going through the day and a sudden craving hits you for something crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside? So basically a craving for something deep fried and sinful. Wellllll this happens constantly for me, which is why I decided to come up with a healthy way to re-create that texture.

Okay so almond crusting something isn’t EXACTLY the same as deep frying, but it’s pretty darn close. Not to mention rolling something in almonds and baking it ADDS nutritional value to it as opposed to frying which basically fries all the nutrients out of whatever is being fried plus adding trans fats and calories. No bueno.

This is so simple, delicious, and the perfect way to add some variety (and protein and healthy fats) to your average side of veggies! So next time you’re craving that crunch, put away the deep fryer (or let’s be honest here, skip the fast food) and break out the almonds!

Crunchy Almond Crusted Acorn Squash

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, add your almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg and process until the almonds are finely ground, but not turning into almond butter.
  3. In a large Ziploc bag, add your squash, coconut oil, and maple syrup and shake until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Add the almond mixture and shake again until the squash is evenly coated (you may have to use your hands a bit if you want them to be perfectly coated, but I find the shaking does a pretty good job overall).
  5. Place a non-stick metal cooling rack on a baking sheet and carefully dump your coated squash onto the cooling rack, making sure there’s space in between each squash piece.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway, until the squash is golden brown and crispy.
  7. Serve as a snack on its own or as a side dish. Enjoy!


Healthy Baked Purple Yam Chips

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Since I stopped eating dairy, it’s been tough trying to figure out good appetizers to put out for guests during a game or happy hour. My previous go-to was a meat and cheese platter, but take away the cheese and you can’t just put out straight meat unless you’re like a huge meat person, then I suppose it would work well. So what could I do? For a while I was putting out veggies and hummus, but that was getting tiresome so I had to come up with something new.

Then purple yams were on sale, and since I can’t resist buying anything that’s on sale, I knew this was going to be the next big thing. Baked purple yam chips! Easy, healthy, and perfect for snacking on with company. Boom. And I’m obsessed with their deep purple color too! It brings a pop to whatever dish you’re using them in.

Problem.

Solved.

And while my guests are snacking on my chips, I’ll secretly be rejoicing on the inside because I know the health benefits that my guests will be getting from my beautiful bites. Purple yams are packed with vitamins B6 and C, as well as the nutrients Copper and Potassium. They’re also full of fiber which will in turn aid your digestive system. AND high levels of potassium will improve your blood circulation as well which ensures optimal distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body via the bloodstream.

All the health benefits from a casual snack with friends. YUP that’s a win. It just takes a second to slice up your purple yam, throw your slices in the oven, and then you have an instant nutritious appetizer sure to please your guests.

Healthy Baked Purple Yam Chips

  • Servings: about 4 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large purple yam
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Using a mandoline, slice your purple yam into equally thick slices.
  3. Place your slices in a bowl and mix with melted coconut oil, salt, and pepper until equally coated.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 45-60 minutes, flipping them over halfway through, until the chips are crispy and the edges have curled up. It’s very important you make sure all parts of the chips are crispy before removing them, even if it means leaving them in longer than I did, because if they aren’t entirely crispy they will have a chewy consistency when bitten in to.
  5. Allow to cool and then enjoy right away!
  6. * I find these are usually best the first day you make them, after that they get a bit stale and chewy.