Despite the fact the mercury is reading 85 degrees tonight as I write this, I am thinking Fall. To help force my most-loved season along, the girls and I decided to pick our first-ever crop of apples from two of our apple trees and enjoy them for dinner in our favorite baked apple form: a crisp.
Because my youngest is still on a non-dairy diet, I continue striving to find new ways of tweaking our favorite recipes to make them dairy-free. This recipe is one of those such experiments. I wanted to substitute the butter in a traditional crisp, without losing the earthy, creamy flavor I think butter brings to the table. I ended up using a combination of coconut oil, for the fat content, and whole wheat flour for the earthiness factor. The crisp turned out quite nicely, without any hint of a coconut flavor that sometimes makes its way into recipes where I substitute butter with coconut oil.
I hope you enjoy this yummy fall treat!
Dairy Free Apple Crisp
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Heat the above ingredients in a small saucepan until the honey becomes runny. Pour this mixture over 6 cups of sliced, fresh apples.
Pour the apple honey mixture into a 9X9 baking pan.
In a separate bowl, mix together:
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cut in 5 tablespoons of coconut oil. Crumble the oat mixture over the apple mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is crunchy and golden brown. Enjoy!
*A note about all my recipes: I use all organic ingredients, local when available. I use non-homogenized milk, and all of the dairy we use is from animals raised on pasture. I also use oils that are non-GMO verified. All our meat is raised locally on organic feed, and our beef is grass-fed, grass-finished. All our spices and cane sugar are fair-trade certified and purchased through a cooperative.
2 thoughts on “Dairy Free Apple Crisp”
Can I substitute the coconut oil with anything?
You could of course add butter, obviously then it would contain dairy. If you are trying to stick with the dairy free idea, you could try using an organic vegetable only shortening.