A little truth: sometimes we (our bodies, our minds) need something sweet. And comforting. And festive. Especially during the holidays and preferably without the sugar hangover. Is that even possible? (Yes.)
Sugar addiction is something SO many people struggle with. Because sugar is everywhere, especially throughout the holiday season. And – not to be a total debbie downer – sugar is addicting, both neurologically and emotionally. For us abstainers (hand-raised), it can be hard to stop once we start. So sometimes the easiest, most freeing thing to do is avoid it. Like just say “no” to processed sugar completely.
This approach might not work well for everyone (hey, moderators!), but it’s a constraint that can totally calm the mental chatter and stop the overconsume-guilt cycle that is all too familiar to some of us.
But! Saying no to processed sugar, doesn’t mean depriving yourself. With this approach, we shift our focus to all the real, whole foods we CAN eat. Like…
…this no-bake apple crisp! An easy, healthy holiday dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, made with #realfood ingredients. Naturally sweet apples and dates are packaged with minerals, vitamins, and fiber so your body can actually use the fuel you’re giving it. No empty calories in this treat.
Simply sauté the apples in some warming spices and coconut oil. Then chop up roasted walnuts with dates and a pinch of sea salt and spread on top. And voilà, a vegan gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-hangover-free dessert that doesn’t even require baking. ✌🏼Print
This healthy no-bake apple crisp is a delicious, easy fall dessert, perfect for the holidays. Made with apples sautéed with spices and coconut oil and topped with a crunchy date and walnut topping. Naturally sweetened, vegan, paleo, and dairy-free.
- Make the filling. Add the diced apple to a small bowl and mix with 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, the lemon juice, and a pinch of sea salt. Heat 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a small skillet. Add the apple mixture and sauté until apples begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the crisp. Finely chop two pitted Medjool dates and 1/4 cup roasted walnuts together on a cutting board. Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and a pinch of sea salt and chop together again. Spread the crisp mixture over the skillet with the apples and serve (with some coconut whipped cream, if desired!). If you prefer, you can broil the topping for about a minute to warm through.
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