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Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp

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Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free + dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time!

Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free and dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time! #dairyfree #glutenfree #paleo #dessert #vegan #realfood #recipe #fall #applecrisp

My hands-down favorite dessert to make at home is a fruit crisp.

First, because it's always a crowd favorite, and second because it's so darn easy.

No fussy crust, no exact measuring. 

Just mix together a quick topping in one bowl, toss the fruit directly in the dish, top, bake and you're good to go.

My Healthier Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe is a reader favorite around here, so I wanted to do a little twist using a grain-free topping.

Also, adding a creamy, dreamy salted caramel sauce takes this version over the top.

I will note that that caramel doesn't taste exactly the same as the sugar-loaded store-bought variety, but it really is delicious in it's own right.

Coconut sugar is used to both sweeten the filling here and in the caramel sauce, as it's a great option if you're avoiding refined sugar.

If you can't find or don't want to use coconut sugar, you can substitute organic brown sugar.

The result will be sweeter and a bit higher in sugar, but it will still be delicious.

This crisp will definitely be making an appearance on our holiday table, and I hope you'll make it soon as well.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

Now, let's make some Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp!

Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free and dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time! #dairyfree #glutenfree #paleo #dessert #vegan #realfood #recipe #fall #applecrisp
Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free and dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time! #dairyfree #glutenfree #paleo #dessert #vegan #realfood #recipe #fall #applecrisp
Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free and dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time! #dairyfree #glutenfree #paleo #dessert #vegan #realfood #recipe #fall #applecrisp

RECIPE & KID FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS

1 | Looking for a nut-free variation? Try this recipe for Healthier Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp!

2 | If you're short on time, skip the caramel sauce, or make the caramel sauce separate for drizzling on anything your heart desires!


This Recipe Is . . .

Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Egg-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Paleo 


Tools to make Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp

Almond Flour

Kosher Salt

Organic Coconut Milk


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Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free and dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time! #dairyfree #glutenfree #paleo #dessert #vegan #realfood #recipe #fall #applecrisp

Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp

Ingredients

For the Apple Crisp

6 cups 1-inch chopped apples (skin on is fine)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

¼ cup coconut sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon 

For the Apple Crisp Topping

⅓ cup melted coconut oil

2 cups almond flour

½ cup coconut sugar

½ cup pecans, chopped

¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt

For the Salted Caramel

1 (15-oz) can full-fat coconut milk

½ cup coconut sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Instructions for the Apple Crisp

1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. Add the apples, lemon juice, ¼ cup coconut sugar and cinnamon to a baking dish, tossing to combine.

3. Make the topping my stirring together ⅓ cup melted coconut oil, almond flour, ½ cup coconut sugar, pecans and ¼ teaspoon salt until well combined.

4. Sprinkle the topping over the apple mixture, using your hands to squeeze some of the mixture into clumps.

5. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet (to catch any boil-over), cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, or until bubbling.

6. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until the topping is slightly browned.

7. Allow to cool, then serve with a drizzle of Salted Caramel sauce.

Instructions for the Salted Caramel

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coconut milk and coconut sugar.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. 

3. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and let the mixture boil slowly. Stir frequently, scraping the sides and bottom to avoid burning. 

4. Continue boiling until caramel has reduced and thickened about 30-35 minutes. The caramel will continue to thicken as it cools.

5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in oil, salt, and vanilla extract.

6. Allow to cool completely. Pour into a glass container and serve alongside the crisp, or refrigerate for up to two weeks. 

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