Apples, blackberries, blueberries, figs, grapes, pears, plums, raspberries…
Do you know what I am listing?
The fruits of Autumn!
Like I have said before, I love fall! I also love the fruits the season gives, too. I remember going apple picking a couple years ago at a friend’s farm. She grows the most delicious apples, and makes her own apple cider vinegar with the bruised apples! Her trees were full of apples, and it took my family of five people 2 hours to pick just one tree! Crazy, but it was so much fun! She also gave us two huge bags of apples for our hard work.
Anyway, I started listing fall fruits because they are the base of my sugar-free fruit crisp!
~This recipe is very versatile, and any fruit can be used. The fruit makes it naturally sweet! The fruit crisp is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and of course, sugar-free!
- 5 cups of fruit (frozen or fresh works! I used a mix of frozen mixed berries and 2 fresh peaches for the picture above.)
- water or juice if using only fresh fruit
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used a mix of almonds and walnuts)
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (it is only vegan if you use margarine)
- optional: spices. I used 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger
Preheat oven to 375*. If using frozen fruit, first thaw the fruit in a 2-quart baking dish. If you are using fresh fruit, chop the fruit and place into the baking dish. Then add a bit of water or juice to the fresh fruit.
Next, mix together the oats, nuts, and spices. Then, chop the butter into small pieces and mix with the oat-nut topping. Place the topping on the fruit, and spread over the top. Bake the crisp for 30-35 minutes or until the fruit is tender and bubbling. If the top is not golden brown, you may wish to broil it for a few seconds until it has that nice golden coloring.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Have you ever gone apple picking or other-kind-of-produce-picking? Along with my apple-picking experience, I am a huge fan of going to the pumpkin patch! It feels so much better than picking out a pumpkin at the grocery store!