Baked Breakfast Apple (GF + Refined Sugar Free)

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Fall is finally here! Well… sorta. It is still quite warm here in Montreal and I am getting impatient as I long for warm sweaters and comfort foods. This recipe is a great ease into the new season as it uses seasonal fruits spiced with fall classics. Growing up my mom always made baked apples for dessert. As I was creating a menu for a client this week, I realized how easily this traditional dessert could be a great fall breakfast. My favourite honey crisp apples are in season and I love incorporating them into all of my recipes. So with only 3 ingredients, you can have the best refined sugar free apples you’ve ever had. This recipe is for 9 apples so if you want to make less just cut the recipe in half. I will note that these stay amazing in your fridge all week for a super easy grab and go breakfast. With the added granola, they remind me of a apple crumble. Hope you love it. Don’t forget to share your versions of my recipes on Instagram or Facebook!
XO
Jen
Healthy Baked Apples

Ingredients:

• 8-9 honeycrisp apples (or any baking apple)
• 1/4 cup maple syrup (I like dark amber)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• avocado/olive oil spray OR melted coconut oil or ghee
• boiling water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Wash and core your apples and place them in a baking dish. Lightly spray or coat your apples with oil.

3. In a small bowl, mix your cinnamon and maple syrup. Using a brush, coat your apples with the mixture making sure to get on the inside of the apple. Fill your baking dish with boiling water about 1/4 of the way up the apples (about a 1/2 inch).

4. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender. Serve with goddess granola or your granola of your choice and coconut yogurt.

Healthy Baked Apples

Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal
Staying on the theme of New Year’s resolutions, I have set out to make 2016 the year of less clutter! I have a bad habit of keeping papers, clothing and ingredients that I feel I may need at another date. However, by the time all the clutter has built up, I can never manage to find the item anyway. A general rule that has been proven time and again is that if you don’t use an item for at most a year, then you probably have no use for it. So in the New Year I plan to clean out my pantry, office and closet to reduce clutter and focus on organization. The same notion holds true in my clean eating philosophy. There is no need to have a 20-ingredient list of items that you don’t understand and most importantly, need. For example, most restaurant and store bought oatmeal and muffins have so many added sugars and artificial flavors. Most of us turn to these packaged items out of convenience. But what if I told you your weekly dose of sugary packaged oatmeal can be replaced by one recipe? This Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal is packed with fewer, more wholesome ingredients and can be eaten for breakfast all week long. For an easy grab and go breakfast, portion the baked oatmeal into 5 containers so you have a healthy breakfast ready Monday to Friday. With the help of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, you have all the comfort and sweetness of apple crumble without any added sugar.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample

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Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Ingredients:

• 3 cups gluten free oats
• 6 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch of salt
• 3 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 cup coconut milk (can is best)
• 2 cups almond milk or non dairy milk of choice
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 egg
• 3 tbsp coconut oil
• 2 sweet apples peeled and diced
• 1/2 cup golden raisins

Topping:

• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
• 1/3 cup gluten free oats
• 1/2 packet Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, salt and Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, melt coconut oil. Allow to cool then whisk in coconut milk, almond milk, vanilla and egg.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir. Mix in chopped apples and raisins and pour mixture into baking dish.
5. In a small bowl mix all topping ingredients and sprinkle over oatmeal.
6. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until liquid is fully absorbed.
7. Serve with coconut yogurt and pure maple syrup.
8.Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Blueberry and Peach Summer Crumble

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Living in North American makes it incredibly easy to gain access to all sorts of fruits and vegetables year round. It has become so easy that as consumers, we have forgotten what grows when. Part of eating for wellness is making an effort to eat more locally which often allows for proper harvesting, a lower environmental impact and a positive economic impact for your community. It is quite simple. If you live in Quebec and buy Quebec fruit, farmers will be able to contain more nutrients within the fruit by allowing it to ripen naturally on the parent plant. By only transporting within Quebec, there is a shorter transportation time and Quebec farmers will be supported and happy! The consumer will be happy as well, knowing they are getting food that isn’t made in a large plant that is often focused on yield rather than quality.

Although we are blessed to have all these amazingly delicious fruits and vegetables year-round, I do urge you to stay in tune with what is in season and to buy local whenever possible. Although it can be more expensive, there really is nothing more gratifying then walking through a farmers market and knowing you are getting quality food while supporting your community. Don’t get me wrong, you will find me at Provigo, Loblaws etc… But I do make it a point, especially during the summers, to make it to farmers markets as much as possible. And its not always more expensive! That delicious (but expensive) iconic Quebec maple syrup you get in a can is actually half the price at Atwater Market! That alone is worth making the trip over!

So… what is in season now you ask? I know my readers come from all over the world so it truly depends on where you live. My advice is to find a well accredited website in your area and do a research. If you live in Quebec (comme moi!) you can click here  for an amazing chart of what is in season monthly!

If you take a look at that chart, you will see that both peaches and blueberries are in season during the month of July. In honour of their deliciousness I have made a wonderful crumble to celebrate! I highly recommend Jean-Talon, Atwater and Maisonneuve markets which are the largest here in Montreal. If you live elsewhere, you can check online for the best markets in your area. It is also worth it to check out small family owned grocery stores which often have the best produce and alternative products. Weekends are the best for making a day out of market and grocery store adventures. Drive a little further than you would normally, and you will be blown away with what unbelievable produce is available coming right from your hometown.
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Now on to the food. I love fruit desserts. Pies, crumbles… you name it, ill eat it. They are so easy to make and so very versatile. Any fruits you like will work and if you can’t find whats in season, you can use frozen fruit as well! How easy is that. I love mixing cherries, strawberries and apples. The possibilities are endless.For this summer crumble, I am using two fruits that are in season, but if you want to make this in the winter time, you can freeze the fruit yourself in freezer safe bags, or buy frozen peaches and blueberries at your grocery store. If you use frozen fruit, make sure to let them thaw and drain some of the liquid otherwise you might end up with a soggy crumble! Also, I like to leave the skin on my peaches for a more rustic dessert. If you hate the skin, feel free to peel it off.

You will also notice that there is a large amount of topping for this crumble. The topping is my absolute favourite part so I always like there to be an abundance! That is really the beauty of home cooking. Being the chef allows you to alter and adapt your dishes to how you, friends and family like it best! If you find theres too much topping for your pie, you can pour the mixture onto a sheet pan and bake for about 45 minutes for a perfect granola! As always this recipe is free of gluten, dairy and refined sugars. It is also vegan! Bon Appetit!
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Topping Ingredients:

• 2 cups gluten free oats
•4-6 drops stevia
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 cup walnuts
• pinch of salt
• 1 heap tbsp arrowroot starch
• 1/2 cup coconut oil (not melted)
• 1 tbsp cinnamon

Filling Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 4 ripe peaches (sliced)
• 2 1/2 cup blueberries
• 2 heaped 2tbsp arrowroot starch
• juice and zest of 1 lemon

Directions:
1. Prehead oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine all the filling ingredients until well coated. Set aside.
2. In a food processor, pulse all the topping ingredients until crumbly. You still want some texture here so do not over pulse! Make sure to use coconut oil in its solid state and not melted.
3. Pour fruit mixture into ramekins or pie dish. Using a spoon, pour desired amount of topping onto the fruit. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and beginning to pour over. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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