An Hours Worth of Taste in 5 Minutes…..
I’m not a really big dessert person, although you’d never know it from all the dessert type recipes I’ve been posting, but just because it tastes like dessert doesn’t mean it has to be dessert. 🙂 I’ve noticed that a lot of the recipes that I have been reinventing are reminiscent of desserts my mom use to make. She made a different dessert every night. Cakes, pies, crumbles, puddings… you name it. This particular type of recipe I was never a super huge fan of, but when I came up with this I think I’ve changed my mind. And I didn’t eat it for dessert, I ate it in the middle of the day, and I’m ok with that.
Like everything else I bring to the table I have made this apple crumble recipe quick, healthier, and easier. Not to mention, it is pretty cheap to make. The most time consuming part of the recipe is chopping up the apples, but I didn’t even peel them. Why not keep all the fiber? I used the microwave, no sense in heating up the house when it is 90 degrees outside still, plus it was that much quicker. (But this will be a perfect fall dessert because it is just that warm and cozy!) While you still get a big heaping measuring cup full of apple crumble (probably about 1 ¼ cups) the calories are about half of what they were when your grandma use to make it, and there is about half the amount of sugar. (The majority of the sugar is coming from the apples.)
I decided to change it up a bit and use two different kinds of apples. I used a Gala and a Granny Smith. There is nothing better than a sweet and tart combo for a comforting dessert. As I mentioned, I left the peels on, and just cut the apples in half, cored them, sliced each section into 3 pieces and chopped them up into bite size squares. To bring on the caramely effect (yes, that is a word that best describes the gooey sauce these apples made) I used Truvia and cinnamon. I stirred the 3 ingredients together and popped them in the microwave while I was making the topping, which after they started cooking they could have almost gone without…. Almost.
I threw together a basic topping of oats, brown sugar, and butter. I think my oats outweighed the butter and brown sugar more than most recipes, but once they were combined they turned into the absolute perfect crumble topping! After the apples cooked for 2 minutes and 30 seconds I gave them a stir, covered them with the topping, and cooked the crumble for another 2 minutes. Voila…. It was done! Essentially you have the perfect apple crumble in under 5 minutes, depending on how quickly you chop the apples. Very few dishes, very few ingredients, and good enough that you can really eat it at any time of the day.
Carmely Apple Crumble
By Angie Gouchenour
1 small Gala apple
1 small Granny Smith apple
1 Tablespoon of Truvia Zero Calorie Sweetener
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ cup of old fashioned oats
1 Tablespoon of light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon of lite butter
Core and chop apples into bite size pieces
Combine apples with Truvia and cinnamon in a microwave safe dish
While the apples are cooking in the microwave (2 minutes to 2 minutes and 30 seconds) make the topping
Combine the oats, brown sugar, and butter together in a separate bowl. Mash them together with a fork until they reach a crumbly texture
When the apples are soft, and there is a caramel syrup in the bottom of the dish stir them and sprinkle the crumble topping over the top
Cook for another 2 minutes
Remove and let cool for a couple of minutes before serving
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream
182 calories per serving