This will forever be my go to apple crisp recipe. Who needs the added fat from oil or butter? I am just realizing that I didn’t need to say “without butter” as vegan fare contains no animal products, but I did. I am telling you though, vegan or not, butter or oil, you don’t need it in this recipe!
I love my vegan diet. I’ve cut my grocery bill by about $50 per week. I still buy some dairy and meats for the guys, but not nearly as much as I used to. I love going through the grocery flier now with lightening speed: meat – skip it, deli – skip it, dairy – skip it. I never thought I would say this, but I look forward to getting my blood drawn in November to see how much my cholesterol has improved. (If it hasn’t, I will be a monkey’s uncle!)
So yeah, there are benefits a plenty for following a low fat vegan diet. I am just so happy eating all these carbs (no calorie counting) and (slowly but surely) losing weight. Thanksgiving ought to be interesting, especially if I have to host. I won’t be subjecting my family to vegan fare like that tofurkey stuff. (I try to avoid soy products as well.)
The secret ingredient that replaces the typical melted butter for the topping is applesauce. A little bit goes a long way to make a nice crumbly top that browns into deliciously sweet bites of oats. This won’t last long (and yes, I am most likely the only one who will be eating it!)
Vegan Apple Crisp No Added Butter or Oil
- 6 medium apples, diced into chunks (about 6½ cups worth)
- 5 teaspoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup applesauce
- Cut apples into chunks and place in a large bowl
- Add remaining filling ingredients to bowl (lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, and corn starch) and toss with the apples until well combined
- In a separate bowl, combine all the ingredients for the topping. Add the applesauce and mix by hand. The topping should be crumbly.
- Pour apple mixture into a pan (I used a 9″ square dish)
- Cover evenly with the topping
- Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes, or until the apples are bubbly and the top starts to brown
- Allow to cool/rest for 15-20 minutes before serving
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