Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Apple Berry Crisp

Sometimes life calls for dessert, and sometimes you just have to answer that call. Today I unveil one of the most sought after dessert recipes from my book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet.

Apple Berry Crisp

This recipe is filled with flavor, spice, and a whole lot of love. Love for your heart that is. It’s the perfect way to get your sweets on without compromising your health. This berry-rich dessert is loaded with fiber and contains absolutely no cholesterol. It’s also full of disease-fighting antioxidants and has a little bit of apple pie to it with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices added in.

Get your taste buds ready because this recipe is the perfect way to end any delicious meal! But beware, too much sharing with family and friends may lead to an empty dish and you missing out on this tasty treat.


1 apple, cored and chopped
1 cup frozen mixed berries (thawed)
½ cup raisins
6 dates, pitted and chopped
½ cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
⅔ cup old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoonful pecan meal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons applesauce
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
¼ cup water


            Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray 2-quart rectangular
baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add berries, apple chunks,
and raisins.
            In separate bowl combine dates, nuts, oats, pecan meal, cinnamon,
nutmeg, applesauce, and ginger. Stir until mixed well. Pour mixture
into baking dish, add water and mix thoroughly. Bake for 25 minutes.

Let cool for approximately 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. Thanks for posting the recipe...It looks delicious! However, I have a question. I just finished listening to an interview that you gave with Elena Wilkins @ Vegalicious. In the interview, you condemned sugar, salt and fat. I recently went plant based, whole foods but I have an obsession with apples and natural peanut butter. This frequent snack has all three of the condemned items. Is my obsession healthy? Or should I quit cold turkey? I don't have a lot of other options since I do not eat grains either.

    1. First of all, I applaud your efforts to adopt a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. You are well are your way to better health by doing this. As for the apples and peanut butter... there's nothing wrong with apples. While peanut butter might not be the perfect whole, plant-based food for improving health you can get peanut butter without added oils, sugars, and even salt. If you wish to still include peanut butter in your diet then this is your best bet. Nuts and nut butters are high in fat naturally so if you are having a difficult time reaching your health or weight loss goals you may want to consider going without these items, but it's all up to you and what you feel your goals are.

    2. Thanks for taking time to reply. I may be well on my way to becoming the world's tubbiest vegan!

  2. By the way, i know claiming packaged peanut butter as a whole food is a bit of a stretch even if the ingredients are just peanuts and salt.


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