Happy Valentines Day lovelies!
Is everyone excited? Are you one of the lovebirds that’s going out? Or maybe just staying in with that special someone?
Ahhh, to be young and in love? Trust me, I know the feeling. Long gone are the days when I was able to stay up all night, sleep in, party, dance, and meet so many people. My grandma self gets excited about a night in bed with a cup of tea and a good book. And love? Umm hellooo, have you guys noticed my love of food and yoga? It’s really just like any kind of true love, one that borders that thin line of crazy obsession. Tell me you didn’t think about or stalk that boy you hoped would one day be your Valentine?
For me, it’s just another day. I think Valentine’s Day is a nice reminder to show that special someone you care and appreciate them, as like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. So why not do it in a small way. Let the big romantic dinners, expensive jewelry and dozens of roses, be a surprise throughout the year? You know, when it’s not going to cost you your arm and leg to pay and beat the crowds.
To be honest, I’m not really a chocolate person. *insert wide mouth gasp* Don’t misconstrue, when the craving hits or a need for indulgence, chocolate is as lovely as necessary. But for me, nothing is as comforting as a warm fruity pie or crisp with some icecream melting on top. Blondies are my next favorite indulgence. Ugh, I just love all the different textures and flavors from the fruit and topping, to the creamy cold sweetness of the icecream. Sadly when I made this, there was no icecream to be found. Normally, I would make the necessary ShopRite run, but the blizzard outside told me to get a grip and just eat the damn crisp! Still amazing though!
Comforting Vegan Apple Crisp
- 4 apples sliced 1/2 in. thick
- 2 tbs raisins
- 2 tbs coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 whole wheat pasty flour
- 1/2 coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350. In a 8×8 pan combine all the ingredients for the filling. In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, sugar, almonds, shredded coconut, and cinnamon. Once evenly mixed, add the brown rice syrup and coconut oil. Mash into dry ingredients with a fork until somewhat combined and clumpy. Drop evenly on top of the filling. Put in the oven for at least 45 minutes. If you would like the topping a little crispier you may up to an hour, checking frequently.
ps. I used coconut sugar and brown rice syrup for the lower glycemic index. Great so people with diabetes or low sugar tolerance may enjoy some as well.
pss. No need to tell your sweetie this is actually pretty healthy! With all natural ingredients , whole grains, and good fats, you can feel good about feeding this to anyone.
pssssss. Will you be my Valentine? I can feed you this crisp or these chocolaty delicious cupcakes hehehe
With love <333