The easiest way to add a dose of nutrition to you day is by crunching on a tasty apple. The first experience you had with an apple was probably as a baby when it’s delightful flavour was introduced to you as an applesauce. Now, whether it is a Granny Smith, Red Delicious or Pink Lady, you think of apples as old friends.
Apples are grown throughout the world and are high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and 12,000 other phytolitic health guardians. They are fat free, cholesterol free and supplement free. Apples were called “Gods healing angels”, by the ancient Eygyptians.
If you have a problem visiting the bathroom too much or not enough, then start eating an apple a day. Preventing constipation, many believe, is one of the easiest ways to prevent all sorts of illnesses. The most important nutrient in keeping your bowels working like a well-oiled machine is fibre and just one apple with it’s skin on contains lots of it.
Apples are also very good for your heart, they protect your joints (pair an apple with some freshly ground peanut butter and some raisins for not only a delicious snack but also your joints will be super happy) and they are great for your lungs which therefore help you to breathe deeply. Apples are great lung food so a must for people who suffer from any breathing difficulties.
Apples have long been famous from there role in the biblical story of Adam and Eve. In Norse mythology, a magic apple was said to keep people young forever, and as we all have heard “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. So simple yet most people don’t.
In my recipe below for my Apple Pie, I choose to leave te skin on my apples as unpeeled apples provide most plentiful nutrients just under the skin. I choose to use two different types of apples. One being the Golden Delicious which is one of the most popular apple varieties in the world. It is also one that it is not easy to dislike because of it’s aggreable taste, texture, aroma and appearance. It isn’t a bold apple, rather an old and easy-going friend. The other is the Pink Lady Apple. The Lady apple is one of the oldest cultivated varieties known, going back at least to the 17th century and possible even as far back as Roman Times. It is a good fresh eating apple and a lot of fun. With bright red, smooth skin splashed with intense medium green, it is used for Christmas decoration on wreaths and centerpieces and in my household is the apple of choice for my kids lunch boxes everyday.
Sorry I get excited talking about apples, now onto my recipe for the Apple Raspberry Crumble or just Apple is you would prefer.
4-6 apples depending on there size and how muc apple you want as te base (half pink lady, half golden delicious) cut up into thin slices
1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries (optional)
Grease baking tray or individual moulds with coconut oil
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees
Place the apple pieces and raspberries in your bowl/s and sprinkle with cinnamon
1 cup wholemeal flour ( I used spelt wholemeal)
1 cup of organic oats
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
60 g of organic butter softened ( I used coconut butter to make it dairy free)
Mix all of the ingredients togheter and spoon on top of the apple and raspberry bases.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until te crumble is golden and serve with your favourite cream or ice cream. ( I use coyo coconut ice cream as it’s dairy free or make my own)
If any leftovers, you can put in the fridge for another day.