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Easter Apple Crisp

Apples Are Good For Your Blood Sugar

Research shows that the polyphenols in apples help prevent spikes in blood sugar. Apples also boast a special flavonoid known as quercetin, which can inhibit enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase. These enzymes breakdown complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, so when they are inhibited, your blood sugar has fewer simple sugars floating around. Also, the polyphenols have three other important functions when it comes to blood sugar:  “they slow the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract; they stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to secrete insulin; and they increase uptake of glucose from the blood with the stimulation of insulin receptors.”1  All of this means it is easier for you to regulate your blood sugar.

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1 http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15

Apple Crisp Recipe

This wholesome, gluten-free, easy-to-make dessert is delicious served plain, either warm or cold. It is also good hot from the oven,topped with Rice Dream Ice Cream or Coconut Ice Cream.

24726349_lApple Mixture:

  • 6 medium apples, sliced (2 to 2.5 pounds)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut syrup and then drizzle coconut syrup over them.

Topping:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3  cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/3 cup coconut syrup

Place oats and oil in a food processor.  Blend until well-combined.  Keep blending and add vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom.  Continue blending and drizzle in coconut syrup.  Blend for a few seconds more to mix the dough.

Distribute this mixture over the top of the apple mixture.  Use a wet fork to spread it out and flatten it somewhat.  Don’t worry if it looks a little sloppy.  It will look fine after it bakes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until fruit is tender and bubbly and the top is crispy brown.  Serves 6.

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