Gluten free apple crisp

I’ve recently just discovered almond flour for baking and making delicious treats. I’m a huge fan of Elana Amsterdam and her book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. She has many dairy and sugar-free recipes also. I buy my almond flour from the bulk section of Whole Foods or order it online because it is very expensive. Almond flour is very nutritious. It is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars. Below is some great info I copied from Elana’s blog called Elana’s Pantry.

Health Benefits

  1. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. ((http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20.))
  2. Researchers who studied data from the Nurses Health Study estimated that substituting nuts for an equivalent amount of carbohydrate in an average diet resulted in a 30% reduction in heart disease risk. Researchers calculated even more impressive risk reduction–45%–when fat from nuts was substituted for saturated fats (found primarily found in meat and dairy products). ((http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20.))
  3. In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, almonds’ ability to reduce heart disease risk may also be partly due to the antioxidant action of the vitamin E found in the almonds, as well as to the LDL-lowering effect of almonds’ monounsaturated fats. (LDL is the form of cholesterol that has been linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease). ((http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20.))
  4. In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, a quarter-cup of almonds contains almost 99 mg of magnesium (that’s 24.7% of the daily value for this important mineral), plus 257 mg of potassium. ((http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20.))
  5. Almonds appear to not only decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar, but also provide antioxidants to mop up the smaller amounts of free radicals that still result. ((http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20.))

I made the Apple Crisp from her blog and it was so good I ate the whole thing. Here is the recipe…

2 cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
⅓ cup grapeseed oil (formerly ½ cup)
¼ cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 medium apples, peeled, sliced, then chopped in half width-wise

  1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine oil, agave and vanilla
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry
  4. Place apples in a 2 quart Pyrex baking dish Crumble topping over the apples
  5. Cover and bake at 350° for 50 minutes on low rack
  6. When apples are soft and their juices bubble, remove cover and bake 10 more minutes to brown crisp
  7. Serve warm
Serves 6
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2 thoughts on “Gluten free apple crisp

  1. Just in time. My friend Sandi was such a dear to make me a “gluten free” apple crisp tonight….but the oats weren’t from a gluten-free source, so I couldn’t eat them (I actually don’t tolerate oats at all). I felt so bad! The next time we get together, I’m going to use this recipe.

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