It finally feels like fall in Las Vegas. It’s the desert so this time of year is usually very nice, however it can still be hot in the afternoons and it’s usually pretty sunny. I did my undergrad in Biology at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and although the sun is nice, I really miss the overcast weather of the pacific northwest. The other day I woke up to an overcast sky and wind blowing through the trees…the perfect start to November.
I had some apples that had been on the counter too long for eating as is, but they were perfect for baking. I decided on an Apple Crisp to have along with breakfast but I wanted to make it a little healthier and not so sweet your typical dessert crisp.
Last week when I received my Essential Rewards order from Young Living I was sent a few free oils including Orange and Cinnamon and I had purchased the Young Living Healthy Cooking for the body, mind and soul book. I browsed through it, getting a feel for how the oils are used in their recipes and found a crisp recipe I could work from online. From these two resources came a delicious Apple Crisp with Orange and Cinnamon oils plus a Cashew Cream to dollop on top!
According to the Essential Oils Pocket Reference both Cinnamon Bark and Orange Essential Oils have anticoagulant properties and stimulate the circulatory system. Among other properties, Cinnamon can be used for digestive issues and orange is a relaxant. Plus, in my humble opinion, they are both quintessentially fall! Typically lemon juice is added to the apples, so I subbed in the orange, worked great!
Before I started cooking I was diffusing a combo of thieves and orange, but once that crisp hit the oven, I turned off the diffuser and just let the cooking crisp take over. It smelled, felt and looked like fall…now where’s my sweatshirt…
This isn’t a super traditional apple crisp but it has all the flavors that you’re looking for. With no refined sugar and very little added sugar it can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. Other fruits such as strawberries or pears would also pair well with the apples, yum!
with Cashew Cream
- 4 medium granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
- 3 medium fuji, pink lady or other light apples, peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 3 drops orange essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon corn starch or arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Almonds
- ½ cup gluten-free oats
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons neutral high heat oil such as grape seed, sunflower, safflower or refined coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp powdered cinnamon
- 1.5 cups cashews
- 3 dates (or more if you'd like a sweeter cream)
- 1 cup water
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a your baking dish (I used a 6x12).
- Peel and chop your apples and place in a mixing bowl.
- Add the rest of the filling ingredients and toss to coat then set aside.
- Place the almonds into a food processor until chunky. Do not over process, you won't to still have small chunks.
- Add the rest of the topping ingredients and pulse a few times. Again, do not over process, you want a chunky consistency.
- Add ½ a cup of the topping to your apple filling and still.
- Spread filling in baking dish and sprinkle the top with your filling.
- Cover with tin foil a poke a few holes (the topping will burn if you don't cover your dish), then place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes.
- Let cool 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with a dollop of cashew cream
- Soak cashews and dates overnight or do a quick soak in hot water while preparing your crips. This step is very important if you don't have a high speed blender, even if you do, it will make it extra creamy.
- Combine cashews, dates and 1 cup of soaking water to the blender and blend until smooth. Add water until desired consistency.
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