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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Healthy Dairy and Gluten Free Maple Glazed Donuts

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You guys.

It’s NATIONAL EFFING DONUT DAY!!!!!

Oh baby what a time to be alive!

I had originally intended on posting something else today, but I just FINALLY found some maple extract yesterday which I had been on the hunt for for what seems like 100 years now and had big plans for making health-ified maple glazed donuts today (my favorite donuts of all time by far). SO when I found out today just so happens to be National Donut Day I thought, “Screw it, I’ll give the people what they deserve. A healthy and damn delicious maple glazed donut with no guilt attached.”

SO here ya go. You’re welcome. Fun fact: donuts were recently rated the number one worst thing for you to eat. Yikes. Bye-bye favorite sweet treat, it’s been nice knowing you. It’s not me, it’s you.

But lately I’ve just been having an intense craving for a sweet, doughy, warm, maple long-john and since I refuuuuuse to give in and put that refined, processed, sugary deathtrap in my body, I figured I’d make my own version that won’t kill me from the inside out. (Yes, I know I’m being dramatic, but I need to convince myself of these things so I don’t give in to my cravings).

Enter this beauty of a donut.

Just look at it. You drooling yet? And what if I told you it tastes just as good as it looks? Seemingly impossible, but oh is it true. And it’s made with oat flour, contains only natural sources of sweetness, and it won’t make your insides hate your guts (ba-dum-chhh)! How nice does that sound?! So do donut day a justice and do-nut eat any more store-bought processed donuts! Just make these instead. Simple. And Enjoy your weekend my loves!

 

Healthy Dairy and Gluten Free Maple Glazed Donuts

  • Servings: 10 donuts
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Donuts

  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup date sugar (or granulated sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 large organic free-range egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk
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    Maple Glaze

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp maple extract
  • pinch salt
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Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease your donut pans (I use coconut oil spray).
  2. Combine the applesauce and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add in the milk and mix until combined.
  7. Fill your greased donut tins until they’re about 2/3 full and bake for about 11-13 minutes (until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean).
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  9. Meanwhile, while the donuts are baking add all the ingredients for the maple glaze to a high-powered blender and blend until thick and creamy. Allow to chill in the fridge (this will cause it to thicken a little further) until the donuts are cool enough to handle.
  10. Dip the donuts in the maple glaze and enjoy!
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Maple Pecan Protein Bars by Spin and Spice

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Ever since I was a wee little babe I have been completely obsessed with maple flavored everything. More specifically maple flavored donuts, but those are now a thing of the past since they’re probably one of the worst things you could put into your body (sigh). So now I have found found new outlets in which to exercise my maple sweet tooth in healthier ways, and one way that I’ve found is pretty common is a maple flavored protein bar!

I’m absolutely lovin’ this Maple Pecan Protein Bar by the lovely Spin and Spice so I though I’d share it with y’all on this lovely day. It’s so simple to make with just 6 ingredients (plus water), it’s DE-LISH, and it takes basically no time at all so I don’t know why we aren’t all making our own protein bars that are: 1. healthier 2. less processed and 3. SO MUCH CHEAPER. The link to the original recipe by Spin and Spice can be found here and the recipe with my modifications is below. Enjoy, my peeps!


Maple Pecan Protein Bars by Spin and Spice

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 Pitted dates (I used Medjool dates)
  • 2.5 servings MRM Natural Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (I used 2 scoops Vega Vanilla Protein and Greens to make the recipe dairy free)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 ¼ tsp Maple flavoring (I only ended up using about a teaspoon)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the pecans to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until a dough forms. If things are looking too dry, add a little extra water until a dough forms.
  2. Add the chopped pecans and pulse to combine with the dough.
  3. Remove the dough and press it into a wax paper lined Tupperware, baking sheet, or whatever you have on hand.
  4. Cut into 4-6 bars (depending how big you like your bars, I cut mine into 6 but Kendra originally cuts them into 4) and enjoy!

 


Cinnamon Maple Baked Pears

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Happy World Baking Day you guys!!!!!

Wow, what a day to celebrate. Baking has honestly changed my life in many ways (mostly because I LOVE eating baked goods, like honestly who doesn’t?) and I couldn’t be happier to potentially inspire others to get their bake on in a healthier way!

First of all, let me just tell you guys that my brain is very math and science oriented. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and was the president of the calculus club in high school sooooo basically I’m a math and science super nerd. Creativity and abstract things were far from my strong suit, but then I began baking. I loved that it was basically science. I could take a recipe and add things in a certain way (just like you would in a lab) to create something entirely new and spectacular. So cool!!!!! And it also helped me to be a little more creative, but just a little bit.

I also used baking as a way to relieve stress growing up because you can get lost in it. So if you’re not a baker, I definitely recommend using this day as an excuse to give it a try. Not to mention this recipe basically requires zero skill or effort whatsoever so it’s the perfect thing to get started with!

BUT. Guys. Don’t get lost in this. Baking can quickly turn into a long downward spiral into the tantilizing wormhole of sugary processed foods. No bueno. Remember this: bake HEALTHY. I try to take my favorite baked goods (for example, chocolate lava cake or chocolate chip cookies, or basically anything with chocolate) and turn them into healthier versions of themselves using coconut and oat flours, natural sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar, or dates, or subbing butter with coconut oil or a nut butter. As long as I have whole, natural ingredients going in I feel much better about putting it inside my body. (And I’ll continue posting all of my healthy baked goods as I perfect the recipes so keep an eye out!)

I also tend to crave dessert every night so I know if I’m putting something terrible in my body every night after dinner, I’m going to feel terrible all the time. That’s what makes these pears so great! They take 2 seconds of preparation, 5 ingredients, 1 oven, and voila, you have yourself a warm, sweet treat that’s GOOD for your body instead of something you’d definitely be feeling in the morning. No regret, no guilt, no problem.

So it’s time. Warm up those ovens. Get your pears ready. Aaaaaaand GO!

 

Cinnamon Maple Baked Pears

  • Servings: 2 Halves
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pear, halved (I used a Bartlett Pear)
  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite granola
  • ½ Tbsp chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (give or take) plus an extra sprinkle
  • ½ Tbsp maple syrup
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Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil or a silicon mat.
  2. Cut your pear in half and scoop out the seeds using a tablespoon scooper. Drizzle each half with half of your maple syrup.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together your granola, chopped almonds, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Spoon half of the mixture in each pear.
  4. Place the pears in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the pears are soft and a nice golden color.
  5. Remove and allow to cool.
  6. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and enjoy! I like eating this plain, but it also tastes super good with yogurt or some ice cream.
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