Salted Caramel. Caramel Apple. Apple Bake. Toasted Pecans. No matter how you deconstruct his recipe, the individual elements themselves sound delicious on their own, don’t they? And who doesn’t love an apple crisp or an apple crumble? (I actually couldn’t definitively tell you the difference between a crisp and crumble – I’d have to consult Google or Wikipedia for the “official ” answer). This dish is actually neither and yet combines the best of both AND is free of grains and refined sugar! It’s happiness in a bowl and in your mouth. And with only four chief ingredients plus spices, it couldn’t be easier!
I already waxed poetic about the perfect pairing of apple and cinnamon in my Cinnamon Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal. The toasted pecans give a grain-free crisp, buttery crunch and the dish is naturally sweetened with the rich, caramel-y sweetness of Medjool dates. Add a sprinkle of sea salt (pink Himalayan if you want to be really fancy, but any coarse grind sea salt will do) to make the flavours pop and you’re on your way. It’s your option to add nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves or even cardamom to personalize this dish.
The wholesome, natural ingredients make it easy for you and your body to know what you’re eating. And while I don’t personally follow a Paleo approach to eating (although I do end up eating Paleo-friendly meals, snacks and baked goods both by chance and by design), this dish IS indeed Paleo friendly and also gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and vegan! I’ve got you covered unless you have a nut allergy!
(Paleo) Salted Caramel Apple Bake with Toasted Pecans (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free)
A Paleo-friendly update to a classic apple crisp, this dish combines the crisp, buttery crunch of toasted pecans and the caramel sweetness of Medjool dates to baked apples & cinnamon.
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 medium-large apple, washed (200g)
1 tbsp (8g) chopped pecans (roughly four pecan halves)
1-2 Medjool dates (25g), chopped
1/2 tsp (3g) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1g) nutmeg
Sprinkle sea salt (pink Himalayan sea salt is available here*)
Optional 1/4 tsp ground ginger
Optional 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Optional 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
1. Preheat the oven to 350F (185C).
2. Core and slice the apple and arrange the slices in a single layer in a small, shallow baking dish (I like to use a small pie pan).
3. Top sliced apples with chopped pecans and dates.
4. Sprinkle with desired spices and a generous pinch of sea salt.
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until apples soften and pecans are a deep toasted brown.
6. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before serving.
Calories: 225 Fat: 4.9g Carbohydrates: 48.2g Sugar: 37.7g Fiber: 8.1g Protein: 1.8g
Enjoy straight out of the pan or in a bowl, or use as a topping for your favourite ice cream or frozen yogurt.