Sunday, August 21, 2011

Apple Crisp w/ Soaked Oats Topping


Gravenstein Apples are in season right now and I have a huge box of them that I need to use so I decided to make an Apple Crisp.  My version uses soaked gluten free oats and requires advanced preparation.  Soaking grains is important because all whole grains have enzyme inhibitors that block nutrients from being absorbed and cause digestion issues.  Using the traditional practices of soaking helps your body absorb the nutrients that the whole grain has.


Apple Crisp w/ Soaked Oats Topping

Simply sweet and satisfying.  Enjoy this Apple Crisp for dessert or eat it cold the next day as a sweet snack.     

***Note: 24 hour Advanced Preparation Required***

Equipment: Large Mason Jar or Glass Bowl w/ Lid, 8 or 9 inch Square Baking Pan (2 inches deep), Colander, Large Mixing Bowl

Soaked Oats
·      2 cups gluten free rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill GF Rolled Oats)
·      2 ½ cups warm filtered water, just enough to cover oats
·      2 tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar, whey, or kefir (my preference is lemon juice)

Filling
  • 8-9 organic apples, cored, peeled and chunked (about 8 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Topping
  • 2 cups soaked gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup pasture butter, cut into small pieces (See Resources)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons honey, preferably local or biodynamic
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

24 hours Before Making Apple Crisp:
1.     Place oats in a large Mason jar or large bowl w/ lid.  Cover with 2 ½ cups warm filtered water (warmer than room temperature) and lemon juice/apple cider vinegar/whey/kefir.  Cover with lid or clear wrap if you do not have a lid.  Leave out on counter for 24 hours. 


Making Apple Crisp:
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Set aside greased 8 or 9 inch square baking dish (you could also make this in a 2 inch deep round pie dish). 
2.    Strain the soaked oats through colander, set aside. 
3.    Prep apples.  Core, peel, cut into ½-1 inch chunks.  Place in large mixing bowl. 


4.    Add cinnamon to apples and stir to coat evenly. 


5.     Pour apples into baking dish. 


6.    In the same mixing bowl, combine soaked oats, pasture butter, honey and cinnamon.  Mix with hands to combine.  Make sure to break up the butter enough so it is incorporated into the mixture.  This will be a wet mixture, not crumbly like a typical non-soaked crisp topping. 
7.     Top apples with the soaked oat mixture, smooth out with hands, making sure it’s evenly distributed. 


8.    Bake for about 55-60 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are soft.
9.    Remove from the oven.
10.    Serve hot, warm or cold (I enjoy it cold as a snack the next day).  Enjoy as is or topped with ice cream.  



Yield: 6-8 servings.

Note: You can use any apples you’d like.  I used all Gravenstein apples because they are in season right now and that’s what I had on hand.  This would be delicious with a combination of sweet and tart apples too.    


This post is part of  Monday Mania @ The Healthy Home Economist, Weekend Gourmet Blog Carnival @ Hartke Is Online, Mangia Mondays @ Delightfully Dowling, Melt in Your Moutg Monday @ Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Made By You Monday @ Skip To My Lou, Tasty Tuesday Party @ Nap Time Creations, Tuesdays At The Table @ All the Small Stuff, Fat Tuesday @ Real Food Forager, Traditional Tuesdays @ Real Food Whole Health Blog Carnival Hop, Hearth and Soul Hop! @ Mom's Sunday Cafe, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday @ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, Good & Tasty Tuesday @ Stay At Home Babe, Domestically Divine Tuesday: Homemaking Link-Up @ Far Above Rubies, Healthy 2day Wednesdays @ day2day joys, Real Food Wednesday @ Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Works-for-me-Wednesday @ We are THAT Family, Gluten-Free Wednesdays @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker, WLW Link-Up Party @ Women Living Well, What's Cooking Wednesday @ The King's Court IV, Foodie Wednesday @ Daily Organized Chaos, Pennywise Platter Thursday @ The Nourishing Gourmet, Simple Lives Thursday @ A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa, Cooking Thursday @ Diary of a Stay at Home Mom, Seasonal Sunday @ Real Sustenance, and Homestead Barn Hop @ The Prairie Homestead.

24 comments:

  1. Yummy, Cinnamon and Apple combo is my favorite I used to make oatmeal like this for my kids, with a lot less apples, so awesome.

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  2. Hi Kathy, I love the combination too :) Thanks for visiting, I'll have to go check out http://polwig.com

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  3. Yum! It is apple season on our farm right now so I will definitely be adding this to our list of things to make!

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  4. @ Allison at Novice Life, how wonderful! Enjoy all of those beautiful apples and I hope you enjoy this recipe :)

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  5. What a delicious aplle crisp! I can't wait until the apples on my tree are ready to pick so I can try this...only a few more weeks. thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  6. @ Alea, thanks! That's so great that you have your own apple tree. Hope you have a great harvest. Thanks for hosting at the Hearth and Soul Hop :)

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  7. I love apple crisp! Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. This looks fabulous! I love that you soaked the oats to reduce their phytic acid content. Looks very easy to devour. I would be very excited to feature this recipe on my blog. I'm looking for recipes to share that feature apples. If you are interested please contact me at contact (at) seasonalfamily (dot) com! :D Kristin

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  9. @ The Seasonal Family, WOW, thank you! :)

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  10. Your pictures are beautiful!! That looks delicious.

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  11. @ Stay at Home Babe, thank you so much! :)

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  12. I love apple crisp and this one looks great. I haven't tried using soaked oats. It sounds interesting. Thanks for participating in Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

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  13. Hi Linda :) Thanks for stopping by and for hosting Gluten-Free Wednesdays. I never used to use soaked oats either. Soaking the oats gives it a bit of a different texture compared to the common way of making crisp toppings. It's still delicious though :)

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  14. Apple Crisp is one of my favorite fall desserts. I can't wait till apple picking time.

    Thank you for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday. Hope to see you there today with another great recipe.

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  15. Thanks Ms Bibi, it's one of my favorites too. I will be linking up :)

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  16. Going to try it tonight with peaches, sounds wonderful and great to use soaked oats. Thanks for the recipe!

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  17. @ Helen, I'm sure it will be so yummy w/ peaches, yum! Enjoy it :)

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  18. Yummy recipe, thanks! I am looking for a "PRINT" button, am I missing something? Can't find it ...

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    1. No I'm sorry, I don't have a print feature. Blogger doesn't have one that I know of, so that's not an option I have here.

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  19. Do you think this could be made and frozen? It sounds like a delicious breakfast I would love to have handy for postpartum

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    1. I've never done it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. It would be so yummy to have on hand postpartum.

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