I shoot straight from the hip and sometimes that lands me in trouble. Tonight I needed to burn off some frustration over that. After cutting 5.5 lbs of apples down to size, I felt better. My studio apartment smells like baked apples and brown sugar. It’s making my mouth water.
What did the frustrated project manager/writer bake up this night: Apple Peanut Butter crisp. Peanut better makes everything better. Apples plus peanut butter equals bliss. Add protein and oats so it’s a meal and dinner is served. Hey, I live alone. I can desert for dinner if I want to and do want to, every day.
Nutritional breakdown at a glance:
Each serving is 404 calories and contains: 30 grams of protein, 63 grams of carbs (30 of which are sugar).
This recipe serves 5 unless you double it (I did). I baked it in a 10″x 15″ pan (according to my ruler) and it just fit. You don’t have to cook this in the oven. You can pop it into the crock pot instead. Just add 3x the water (or enough that the apples are almost floating) and set it for 1-1/2 hours on high. Crack the lid for the last twenty if it’s still too wet though it will dry out as it sits. Rolled oats or instant/quick oats are fine. I used the quick variety because I had it on hand.
- 2.00 tbsp Lemon juice
- 0.1 cup Water
- 0.25 cup flour (I used quinoa flour)
- 1 scoop Super Advanced Whey Isolate – Vanilla Creme (1 scoop = 130 calories for 30 grams of protein)
- 1 tbsp Molasses
- 1 + 1/2 cups rolled oats (you can use quick oats, I did)
- 3 scoopfuls Isopure Unflavored Protein Powder (1 scoop = 26 grams of protein for 110 calories)
- 2 Tbsp Olivio Light – Reduced Fat Spread
- 2.67 lbs apples (any kind you like) sliced.
- Spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg/mace, ginger–whatever you like. I put all three.
- 1/2 PB2 or any powdered peanut butter (2 tablespoons of this magic substance are 45 calories for 5 grams of protein)
- Dash of salt
- Sweetener of choice (I used powdered stevia)
- 1/2 tsp Almond extract (optional)
- Preheat oven. I set mine to 400 because my oven takes forever to bake things. If you’re not impatient like me, you can cook it slower at say 375-380. Just keep an eye on it. If you set it high in the beginning, you will need to lower it for the last 10-15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix lemon juice, spices and some sweetener of your choice. Do not add the molasses. We need that for a later step. I used a tablespoon of stevia as my sweetener.
- Cut the apples into slices and place them in the bowl with the sweetened-cinnamon-lemon mixture.
- I left the skin on because I’m lazy and I don’t mind the skin in baked goods. Since I live alone, I don’t have anyone to share this with. So my laziness wins.
- Spray pan and dump seasoned apples into pan. Place the pan in the preheated oven. Cook for 20 minutes while you work on the next step. This is to soften up the apples.
- In another large bowl, mix rolled oats, protein powders, powdered peanut butter, salt and spices.
- In a small bowl, melt the margarine/butter in the microwave. Add to it molasses, water and sweetener of choice. Whisk that together. Don’t get too hung up on taste. Yes the molasses will be concentrated. You want that. We’re faking brown sugar here for way less calories than the real thing.
- Combine the butter/margarine-sugary mixture with the oat-peanut butter-protein mixture. Add water until the mixture is wet through and all the powders are mixed. You want it to be loose but not too runny.
- Remove softened apples from the oven. Pour the topping over the apples as evenly as you can. Return the pan to the oven and cook for 20 minutes more or until the sides bubble, the top turns golden and you can fork those apples easily.
- Let the crisp cool and then either serve, or if you made it ahead of time, cover it with a clean dishtowel and serve it the next day.
- Apply fork and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (according to Myfitnesspal.com):
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 5 g||8 %|
|Saturated Fat 1 g||4 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 6 mg||2 %|
|Sodium 268 mg||11 %|
|Potassium 449 mg||13 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 63 g||21 %|
|Dietary Fiber 10 g||41 %|
|Sugars 30 g|
|Protein 30 g||60 %|
|Vitamin A||7 %|
|Vitamin C||23 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|