I love fall. I love the fruits and vegetables of fall, like apples. I grew up in a very "orchard rich" area, and I remember going apple picking every year as a kid. Now I live in the city but still, in autumn, when apples are in season, I eat so many of them. They just taste so much better! And I always have tiny flashbacks of when I'd pick apples with my parents or with school trips...Now I don't go pick them myself, though...that's what farmer's markets are for..!! Today I got a big bag of MacIntosh, one of my favorites. I love Lobos best but they are very juicy so not the best for baking...Macs are good for pretty much everything!
So with all those nice apples I had to bake something. I thought of a pie, or a cake...but I love crumbles and cobblers and things like that, so I looked through Ms. Philips' healthy baking book(which I'm slowly baking my way through, for real...it's awesome.), and found this amazing maple crunch. Apples, berries AND maple??? Yes please!!
5 big or 6 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced about 1/3 inch thick. 1 cup frozen or fresh berries (I used raspberries and blueberries). 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cup quick oats 1/3 + 1 TBSP all-purpose flour 1/3 + 1 TBSP pure maple syrup 3 TBSP lemon juice 1 1/2 TBSP canola oil 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg Pinch of salt 1 TBSP sugar
-Turn on the oven at 350 and set the rack in the middle. -Spray a 13x9 (or a 11x7 for thicker pieces) ovenproof glass dish with oil. -Put the apples and berries in the dish, and spread the applesauce on top.
-In a medium bowl, mix all the other ingredients except for the sugar until well combined. -Crumble the mixture over the apples, and sprinkle the sugar on top, along with a bit more cinnamon if you're like me and LOVE cinnamon...
-Bake until the apples are cooked and the top is golden brown,about 40-45 minutes