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Apple Crisp for the Paleo Diet

No need to give up sweet indulgences like apple crisp if you're living Paleo. This recipe includes the classic flavorful ingredients: apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts. Almond flour and coconut oil, which replace white flour and butter, combine to make a tasty and crispy crumb.

Nothing's wrong with enjoying something a little sweet from time to time, but when you do decide to indulge, make sure to savor every bite and to choose treats that include nutritious ingredients.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4–6 servings

1 pound apples, cut into half-moon slices (about 4 cups)

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 cup almond flour

4 dried dates, pitted

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon coconut oil, chilled until solid, then diced

1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the apples, lemon zest, and lemon juice with a wooden spoon. Allow to rest at room temperature while you prepare the topping.

  3. Place almond flour, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in food processor. Pulse until combined.

  4. Sprinkle the chilled coconut oil chunks over the flour mixture. Pulse about 10 times, and then process on high for 5 to 10 seconds until there are no more lumps. Pour the topping into a bowl and use a fork to mix in the chopped nuts.

  5. Pour the fruit into an 8-inch square pan, pressing it gently into place with the back of a wooden spoon. Sprinkle the nut topping over the fruit and lightly press it into the fruit with the back of the spoon.

  6. Cover the crisp lightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 to 10 more minutes, until browned.

Per serving: Calories 220 (From Fat 120); Fat 13g (Saturated 4g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 77mg; Carbohydrate 24g; Dietary Fiber 5g; Protein 4g.

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