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Healthy Apple Pear Crisp (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This healthy apple pear crisp is the best fall dessert that everyone will love. It’s filled with cinnamon, oats, pecans, and fresh fall fruit.

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When it comes to dessert, I go one of two ways. It’s either allllll the chocolate, or a combination of warm fruit and crust/crisp plus cold vanilla ice cream. Every time I eat fruit crisp warm from the oven, it trumps chocolate in that moment.

This apple pear crisp tastes decadent, but it’s healthy enough you could eat it for breakfast! There is no refined sugar and it’s minimally sweetened with maple syrup. Also, the fruit and oats add fiber, and pecans and almond flour add healthy monounsaturated fats.

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How to make healthy apple pear crisp

I combined two of my favorite fall fruits, apples and pears, in this dessert. I left the skin on because I don’t mind it, and that’s where most of the fiber lives, but feel free to peel your fruit if you’d like!

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  • Slice apples and pears very thin.
  • Mix fruit with cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix dry ingredients for the crisp topping.
  • Add the wet ingredients and combine.
  • Pour fruit into a baking dish, and top with crisp in an even layer.
  • Bake and then enjoy with your favorite vanilla ice cream!
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Why you’ll love this healthy apple pear crisp recipe

  • It’s super easy to make. Apple crisp is much simpler to make from scratch than apple pie, but still has similar flavor and is just as delicious. This recipe doesn’t require peeling the fruit, which makes it even simpler!
  • It tastes (and smells) like holidays at home with family. This crisp is filled with cinnamon, ginger, apples, and pears, which warms your home with the sweetest aroma as it bakes. It’s the perfect dessert to serve at Thanksgiving.
  • Filled with nourishing ingredients. This dessert is low in added sugar and fat, so you won’t feel weighed down after eating it. It really is healthy enough to have for breakfast! (Highly recommended).
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Healthy Apple Pear Crisp (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: baking

Description

This healthy apple pear crisp is the best fall dessert that everyone will love. It’s filled with cinnamon, oats, pecans, and fresh fall fruit.


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Ingredients

Fruit Filling

  • 3 small apples, sliced very thin (I used Mac apples)
  • 2 Bosc pears, sliced very thin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crisp Layer

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

 

  • Your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream, for serving 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8″x8″ ceramic baking dish with cooking oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sliced fruit, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Mix to combine, and add to prepared baking dish.
  3. Mix together oats, almond flour, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add maple syrup and coconut oil, and stir to combine to form the crisp topping.
  5. Spread crisp topping in an even layer over the fruit.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until fruit is soft and fork tender, and bubbling up around the edges.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


Notes

  • Keep covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Reheats well in the oven.

Keywords: healthy apple pear crisp, thanksgiving desserts, vegan, gluten free

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Healthier Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a better-for-you autumn treat! It’s gluten free, lower in sugar, and sure to please everyone.

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I love apple based baked goods in the fall when apples are in season. There is nothing cozier than the smell of warm apples and cinnamon in the oven! Apple pie, apple crisp, apple cobbler…I’ll take them all!

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a twist on classic coffee cake. The two are similar in their quick bread “cake” base and delicious streusel topping. But, this version is a little more unique!

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First, there is lemon zest in the cake batter, which adds such a delicious and light flavor. Also, you’ll layer sliced apples underneath the cinnamon streusel topping. The apples get so soft and sweet when they bake! I used Mac apples from Yes! Apples – they came straight from the orchards in New York. This variety is perfectly sweet and tart, and great for baking.

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What makes this apple cinnamon coffee cake healthier?

  • No butter. We replaced butter with applesauce and non-fat plain Greek style yogurt in this recipe. This significantly cuts back on the saturated fat content in this treat.
  • Gluten free. This recipe is perfectly safe for those with a gluten allergy or intolerance! Almond flour stands in for regular white flour. It provides more protein, healthy fats, and fiber than refined white flour. The healthy fats and fiber in almond flour prevent the sugars in your treat from being absorbed too quickly into the blood, so it is better for blood sugar levels.
  • Lower added sugar. This recipe calls for 3/4 cup of total added sugars: 1/2 cup of maple syrup in the cake, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar in the streusel topping. This is much less than the sugar content in traditional coffee cake recipes!
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How to make apple cinnamon coffee cake

  • Prepare cake batter and pour into a baking pan.
  • Thinly slice apples and layer them on top of the cake batter.
  • Prepare the streusel topping and sprinkle over the apples.
  • Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
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Healthier Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
  • Total Time: -5 minute
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: dessert, breakfast

Description

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is a better-for-you autumn treat! It’s gluten free, lower in sugar, and sure to please everyone.


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek style yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Yes! Apples Mac apples, thinly sliced

Streusel topping

  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, solid
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and lemon zest until well combined with no lumps.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix together. 
  5. Pour cake batter into the prepared baking dish. 
  6. Layer apple slices evenly over the cake batter. 
  7. Use a fork to mash together all the streusel topping ingredients in a bowl. Mixture should be crumbly.
  8. Use your hands to sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the apple slices.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until cake is not jiggy when moved, and a toothpick comes out clean in the center. Edges will be nicely browned to a deep caramel color. 
  10. Let cool completely before slicing into 16 squares. 


Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Keywords: apple cinnamon coffee cake, healthy coffee cake, apple cinnamon, gluten free baking, gluten free, almond flour

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Pumpkin Banana Squares with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter

Pumpkin spice season is back in full force! As much as we try to deny it, I think the majority of us shamelessly love curling up with a warm and cozy pumpkin spice anything. Pumpkin itself is full of health benefits, as are the traditional “pumpkin” spices. But, all the pumpkin spice products you’ll find in coffee shops and on grocery store shelves may be full of added sugars and other ingredients that negate the nutrition benefits you’ll get from the good stuff. For example:

  • Starbucks Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte: Has 4 grams saturated fat and 48 grams of added sugar. That is more sugar than a can of Coke! For a visual, 48 grams of sugar = 12 teaspoons of sugar, or 12 sugar packets! I doubt you all would add that many packets to your regular coffee at Starbucks.
  • Pillsbury Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix: This quick bread mix has 15 grams of sugar per serving. Sugar is also the first ingredient listed on the label, meaning it is the most abundant ingredient in the mix. These pre-made mixes are also full of preservatives, dyes and unnecessary ingredients.
  • Whole Foods 365 Pumpkin Spice Granola: This granola has 3 kinds of added sugars listed in the ingredients, plus the dried fruits included are processed with sugar.

After making my blender banana bread the first time, I started dreaming up a pumpkin version. The cooler temperatures were begging for a cozier version of this treat! This recipe is very similar to my blender banana bread. It has minimal, nutrient-dense ingredients, is easy to make using just your blender, and tastes incredible!

Here are some of the highlighted ingredients:

And the nutrition breakdown:

  • Canned pumpkin: I wish pumpkin and winter squash were seasonal all year round! Pumpkin is high in fiber, which helps with digestion and may help lower elevated cholesterol. It is also rich in Vitamin A, so it supports healthy vision, skin and immune system. Make sure the only ingredient is pumpkin when buying canned pumpkin.
  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil: I just recently started using avocado oil, and it’s become my favorite oil to cook with (along with good old olive oil). Avocado oil has a similar fat profile to olive oil, so it is very high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat. Avocado oil is better than olive oil for high heat cooking, because the smoke point is 500 degrees F. This means the fats in the oil will not oxidize into harmful substances at temperatures lower than 500 degrees. It also has a mild, neutral taste and odor, making it extremely versatile.
  • Peanut Butter: This is one of my pantry staples! Peanut butter is an inexpensive source of plant based protein and healthy fats. Nuts and legumes are also rich in micronutrients such as potassium and magnesium. Studies show that including this food group in your diet on a regular basis is linked to maintaining a healthy body weight. Make sure your peanut butter only has one ingredient – peanuts!

I hope you guys are ready to embrace pumpkin spice! It’s going to be hard to share these RD approved squares with everyone, but I know you’ll all be nice 🙂

Ingredients:

½ cup mashed very ripe banana (one medium banana)

½ cup pumpkin puree

2 large eggs

3 tbsp Chosen Foods Avocado Oil

3-4 tbsp maple syrup or honey (can use less if banana is riper)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups almond flour

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

½ tsp salt

2-3 tbsp creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mash banana with a fork.
  4. Add mashed banana, pumpkin, eggs, avocado oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract to a high-speed blender, and blend on medium until smooth.
  5. Add almond flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt to the blender, and blend again until smooth and well combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour batter into the loaf pan and smooth out with a spatula. Drop spoonfuls of peanut butter on top of batter, and use a knife to swirl throughout. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes until edges are just starting to brown.
  9. Let cool before cutting into 8 squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.

I hope you guys love these pumpkin spice treats! Tag your photos with #Daisybeet so I can see your creations 🙂

Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Blender Banana Bread

Hi guys! Thank you for following along with my journey to this website. I am so incredibly grateful for your support! I’ve been wanting to get this up and running for a while so that I can share more details about my life and provide inspiration for a healthy, balanced life. As some of you know, I recently became a Registered Dietitian (RD). I’ve worked very hard to get here, and could not be happier to be considered a nutrition expert. One thing I admire about dietetics so much is that it is a science-backed field. I can’t wait to share recipes and lifestyle tips that are based off of scientific evidence.

 

One of my goals for this blog is to share “RD approved” recipes. The recipes I share on this blog (and through my Instagram) will all meet certain evidence-based criteria. This way, you know when you create them for yourself, you are making a nutritionally balanced recipe that you can feel good about eating. In each recipe, I will also share the health benefits of some highlighted ingredients.

 

I am so excited to share this recipe with you all – it’s definitely a keeper! I love this recipe for many reasons. First, and most importantly, it is absolutely delicious! You would never know there is no processed flour and is only sweetened with banana and a minimal amount of maple syrup. Second, it is full of nutritious ingredients. Third, it is SO easy to make! I love one bowl recipes, and this one is a one BLENDER recipe!

Here are some of the highlighted ingredients:

 

And the nutrition breakdown:

  • Bananas: Bananas are rich in potassium, which is an essential mineral and an important electrolyte. Potassium has many functions in your body, such as maintaining fluid balance, lowering blood pressure, and regulating muscle contractions.
  • Almond Flour: Nuts are an excellent addition to a healthy diet! They are full of the “healthy” unsaturated fats to keep you full, a good source of plant-based protein, and contain important micronutrients and minerals. Almonds are always a great choice – even in almond flour form – because they are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and low in saturated fat. Make sure the almond flour you’re purchasing has just one ingredient – almonds!
  • Eggs: Eggs are one of my favorite vegetarian protein sources. They protein in eggs is one of the highest in terms of bioavailability – this means that pretty much all the protein in eggs will be utilized by your body. Egg yolks are a good source of Vitamin D (a vitamin many of us are deficient in) and choline, which is another heart-healthy nutrient.
  • Primal Palate Apple Pie Spice: Spices in general are an important part of a healthy diet. Not only can they reduce sodium intake by contributing delicious flavors and aromas to food, but spices also have nutritional actions of their own. Ginger, found in Primal Palate Apple Pie Spice, can help with nausea and an upset stomach, and may also be anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon is full of antioxidants, and may also be anti-inflammatory.

These superstar ingredients all combine to make this RD Approved Recipe. Ready to get baking?

 

Ingredients

2 medium-large very ripe bananas

2 large eggs

3 tbsp avocado oil

2-3 tbsp maple syrup or honey (can use less if bananas are riper)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups almond flour

1 tsp Primal Palate Apple Pie Spice

½ tsp salt

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork.
  4. Add mashed bananas, eggs, avocado oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract to a high-speed blender, and blend on medium until smooth.
  5. Add almond flour, apple pie spice, baking powder and salt to the blender, and blend again until smooth and well combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour batter into the loaf pan and smooth out with a spatula. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes until edges are just starting to brown
  9. Let cool before slicing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.

 

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Tag your photos with #Daisybeet so I can see your creations 🙂