I love desserts, I always want something a little sweet after dinner. But what fun is it to only have dessert after dinner? Wouldn’t it be nice to have with lunch or even for breakfast. I like to make my dessert recipes with natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup or sometimes I will use cane sugar depending on the recipe. With the ingredients I often use in my recipes my desserts are usually healthy enough to eat even for breakfast. Yesterday my lobster and I decided we wanted dessert for breakfast so I opened up my kitchen cupboards and created a Maple Apple Crisp.
Maple Apple Crisp
Preheat oven to 350
- 7-9 apples peeled, cored and sliced (I use Macintosh)
- 1/8 cup cane sugar
- 1 Tbsp melted butter (replace with coconut oil for dairy free)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Mix ingredients together until apples are coated in butter mixture and put in baking dish ( I use an 8×8 size). In a separate bowl add ingredients for the topping.
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Mix topping ingredients together until well blended and crumbly. Sprinkle on top of apples.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve on its own or in a bowl with milk!
Of course I completely forgot to take any pictures of the end result because I was so excited about the ghost walk we had booked for later in the evening. Presented by Ghost Walks my lobster and I were ready for a night of history and ghosts stories
We were not disappointed. It was the first time we had been on a ghost walk and it was amazing. We had a 90 minute tour of the building that consisted of history lessons and stories of ghost activity within the building.
Definitely something to try again next year. For now that is two more items off the Fall Fun Activity List.
I love driving through the country in the fall time. It is one of the things I miss now that I am living in the city. All the trees with their leaves changing colour is absolutely beautiful. On our way to visit a farm we had to drive through the country to get there. It was a clear day and we got to enjoy the scenery as we were driving by.
Our destination was Springridge Farm. We go there every fall to look through there little shop and pick up some apple cider. Our visit was wonderful as always, we even purchased a few gifts. Two more items off the Fall Fun activity list.
Thanksgiving is not complete without pumpkin pie and since ‘bake a pie’ was on my fall activity list I can now scratch another item off. Okay I actually just made tarts instead of a full pie but in order to cross it off the fall fun list lets just call them mini pies!
Over the past few years in my journey to eat healthier I have adjusted many favourite dessert recipes to have less sugar, or at least contain a more natural sweetener, as well as no dairy. It was time to come up with a new pumpkin pie filling. With the clock ticking I crafted a new recipe. It took a couple tries to get the spices right but other than that it was a great success.
Pumpkin Pie Filling
*makes for 2 pies or 1.5 dozen tarts
- 3 1/4 cups of pumpkin puree ( 1 can of pumpkin puree)
- 150 ml pure maple syrup
- 100 ml almond milk (can substitute with the milk of your choice)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbs arrowroot powder
- 3 eggs
- Heat oven to 350*. Beat eggs in a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir until blended.
- Pour filling into unbaked pie or tart shells.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes for mini pies or tarts. **I have not tried the recipe in a full sized pie yet. Not sure about baking time, probably around 30-40 min.** To test the pie insert a knife, if the knife comes out clean its done, if not bake for longer.
- Let pie cool before serving.
Normally at Thanksgiving our family takes turns saying what we are thankful for before having our dinner. This year I wanted to make a list of things I was thankful for.
As I was making my list I realized I have so many things to be thankful for. There are days that I forget how much I have. I don’t always appreciate what I have and I need a little reminder to help me. A couple years ago I started a gratitude diary. Every day I wrote down one thing I was grateful for. I am going to start doing this again. We shouldn’t only be thankful once a year when thanksgiving comes around. We should be thankful all the time. With life things get busy and you can get so focused on your day to day schedule you forget what you have around you. So take a minute out of each day and think of something you are grateful for. Try it while your waiting in line or stuck in traffic, it might even help brighten your day a little.