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Delicious Pecan Apple Crisp

Nothing says fall to me as much as warm apple crisp.  The aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg give me all the cozy feels and make me so happy.  I love the colors of fall too, and we’ve been lucky to have a warm and sunny fall so far out here in the Pacific Northwest.  All the sunshine has the leaves still on the trees so we can enjoy their splendor.  It makes for delightful mornings at the farmers market picking out all the beautiful apples.  Okay, I’ve not been to the farmers market, but I think about how much fun that would be.  I’ve had the time, however, to go to our local produce market in town and their apples from Hood River have been amazing, and I wanted to make something with them right away!

Apple crisp on a spoonApple Crisp Season

I’m a crisp making machine because it’s so easy and always so delicious and I feel it’s relatively “healthy” compared to other desserts.  I am all about blackberry crisp in the summer but there’s something about apple crisp that makes me uber warm and cozy. I use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar as well as Swerve sweetener rather than sugar in this recipe.  My kids are none the wiser but you can swap those out for regular and still get a delicious dessert. The pecans are optional but I love nuts and apples and pecans seem like they are meant for each other so I throw them in.  And right now I have a love affair with cashew ice cream.  Have you tried it?  If not, go get yourself some.  I suppose its creamy texture is a surprise since other dairy-free ice creams lack in that department and it feels full-bodied and rich too.  My husband doesn’t eat dairy so I’m so glad I found this.

Apple crisp with ice cream in a bowl

You can make this crisp a few days ahead or serve it directly out of the oven.  Serve it in individual ramekins or jelly jars for extra Pinterest points!  My family doesn’t notice that stuff and being short on time I used a regular baking dish.  Caution: eating the crisp directly out of the baking dish may occur primarily at breakfast.  At least that is what a friend said…

Serve this crisp with a late harvest dessert wine such as a Királyudvar Tokaji.  Seriously a match made in heaven!

What do you make with apples?  Pie, crisp, muffins?  Autumn is such a great time for baking and desserts.  I’d love to hear what you have in your oven!

 

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