I have a kinda funny story.
On Sunday I felt like experimenting in the kitchen. I wanted a nice, autumnal dessert that was also somewhat light/healthy. It’s “lightness” would be good for both me and my family and also What Would Kathy Eat?‘s Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge.
Because I had already made something with pumpkin in it earlier that day, I decided that a recipe with apples was in order. Apples = fall.
I had just pulled these apple crumbles out of the oven and was gearing up to take pictures of them when BOOM – the power went out.
The good news? I had gotten all of my hair straightened (that would have been a nightmare…can you imagine???) before we lost electricity and the crumbles were hot and cooked through. The bad news? I had to take pictures of these cute little desserts by candlelight, which didn’t really turn out so well (see below).
Oh well. Our power came back on in the middle of the night, and in the grand scheme of things, I had/have absolutely nothing to complain about!
Individual Apple Crumble (E, N, GF?)
– 2 medium Gala apples, skinned and diced
– 1 heaping tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1 tbsp. brown sugar
– Juice from about half a lemon
– 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour
– 2 tbsp. oats
– 1/4 cup Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal, crushed (<– secret ingredient!)
– 1 tbsp. brown sugar
– 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Coat four 8 oz. glass jars with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Toss to coat the apples with the mixture.
- In a small bowl, cut the butter into the flour, oats, Chex, and brown sugar. The mixture should resemble pea-sized crumbs. Don’t worry if not all of it comes together.
- Spoon a quarter of the apple mixture into each jar, and top with a quarter of the crumble mixture. Place the jars on a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crumble topping is brown and crisp.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
– I used the glass jars because I thought they were cute, but also because they provide perfect portion control. If you don’t have any, you could use little ramekins or simply bake it up in a larger baking tray.
– You could leave the skin on the apples if you want to. I didn’t simply because I’m not a huge fan of the texture the skin gets after it’s baked.
– If you can’t find the Apple Cinnamon Chex, use Rice Chex. If you can’t find Chex at all, you could use crispy rice cereal, rice flake cereal, or something of a similar texture. If none of those are an option for you, increase the amount of oats in the recipe!
– To make this recipe gluten-free, use GF flour!
– I realize that the addition of 2 tablespoons of butter isn’t exactly “light”. However, I couldn’t figure out how to make a crumble topping without it. Sacrifices in the name of taste. :-)
– Putting the jars on a foil-lined baking sheet helps prevent mess (just in case the crumble or the juices from the apples spill over) and also makes it easier to pick up the jars!