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I miss desserts.
You see, I’m doing the Whole 30 Challenge this month.
For the entire month of August, desserts are off-limits.
That said, while Whole 30 guidelines dictate NO desserts, I was in desperate need of a dessert recipe because I was going to a potluck dinner party and was asked to bring dessert.
Instead of pushing back on the idea of bringing dessert, I decided to step up to the challenge. I knew I would need to make a Whole 30 compliant dessert with Whole 30 compliant ingredients.
Apple Season is a Coming
I live in Colorado and I can already feel the cool, crisp fall in the air. The mornings are getting darker and cooler. This can only mean one thing … apple season is around the corner.
Getting a jumpstart on everything-apples, I decided to make a warm baked apple recipe.
I’ve made a dish like this before, but I’ve added sugar and a streusel crumble on top, calling it an apple crisp instead.
In order for this baked apple recipe to be Whole 30 compliant, I used no sugar and no streusel topping, but I applied many of the things I knew about making crisps when coming up with this recipe.
For starters, my crisps usually always include a squeeze of lemon. I wasn’t using sugar in this recipe to counteract the sour lemon taste, so I decided to use a squeeze of orange instead, after all, orange juice is sweeter than lemon juice. I also added the orange zest to elevate the dish with extra orange flavors.
I also noticed that the apples baked dry, so that is why you need to add water. The water will also help create that gooey sensation you will love and that makes it taste a bit like apple pie filling. You may need to play with the amount of water a bit. I started baking it without water and the mixture was really dry, so I added the water after about 15 minutes and it really saved the recipe!
Baked Apple Recipe
Overall, this baked apple recipe was hit. The dinner party guests loved it, commenting how it tasted a little like apple pie filling. No one missed the added sugar.
One of the lessons I’ve learned from the Whole 30 challenge is that I can survive without so much sugar in my life. My coffee tastes fine without sugar, this baked apple recipe tasted fantastic without the added sugar, and I don’t need to have something sweet after every meal to make it through the day.
I hope you enjoy this warm baked apple recipe too!
PS: I’ll be trying a similar recipe with peaches later today. If it’s a success, I’ll post about it here and on my Instagram page. Wish me luck!