Hard to believe that Rosh Hashana is almost here. Wasn't it just summer???? Doesn't the weather still feel like summer???? Well, in any case, it's time to cook and I bet you are looking for some good, healthier recipes. If you are, and especially if you are looking for gluten free desserts, you are in luck! Here's a recipe I have made for my family and guests for many years. I make it every Rosh Hashana (and during the year, too!) and everyone always enjoys it. This recipe appears in my very first e-Cookbook, "Healthy for the Holidays." I wanted to share it with you to give you a special glimpse at what you can find in the book (for more information, click here).
You can use any kind of apple that is good for baking. If you want a sweeter apple crisp, then I recommend Golden Delicious. If you like a tang to the sweetness, Granny Smith is the way to go. You can also mix and match, using some of each type. It really is up to you.
For the topping, you have many choices. The original recipe calls for flour, but I have replaced that with seed or nut flour. The most common nut flour is almond flour, and that works very well. I have also used sunflower seed flour and, for this recipe in the picture, I used hemp seed flour (a superfood!). The possibilities are endless. I suggest experimenting to see which flavor you like best and, of course, choosing according to your health wants and needs.
Here's an added plus: this apple crisp freezes very well. I have made it many times in advance and when defrosted, it tasted great. Sure makes your Rosh Hashana prep a lot easier!
So, enjoy. Wishing you and your family--and all of clal Yisrael--an uplifting, spiritual, healthy, happy, blessed new year!!
Gluten Free Apple Crisp
4 large baking apples (Granny Smith or Golden Delicous are best)
1/4 c. coconut palm sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
3 fl.oz. water
For the topping:
3/4 c. sunflower seed, almond, or other nut or seed flour
3 Tbsp. oats
1/2 c. coconut palm sugar (for more info, click on link)
1/3 c. coconut oil in solid form
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel, core and slice apples into baking dish. Spread the sugar and cinnamon over them. Follow with the lemon juice and water.
For topping: Put flour, oats and sugar in a bowl. Add the coconut oil, mixing with your fingers until the combination is crumbly. Sprinkle over the apples.
Bake for 1 hour or until the top is crispy and brown.
You may substitute white sugar for the coconut palm sugar and margarine for the coconut oil. Use same amounts.