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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fruit Crisp

Recently my mother in law gave me a copy of Shauna Niequist's 'Bread & Wine.'  The book is a compilation of stories about the value and role of food in our lives.

For someone who is constantly tugged around by nutrition news this was a rough gift.  I love food.  I revel in making and eating good food.  I also know way too much.  About calorie counts.  About what foods are 'bad' for you.  About what foods are 'good' for you.  If you read one treatise on nutrition you should never eat corn, because it will make you fat and give you cancer.  If you read another treatise on nutrition you should never eat wheat, because it will make you fat and give you cancer.  If you read another treatise on nutrition you should never eat meat, because it will make you fat and give you cancer.  But you shouldn't eat soy, because it will give you cancer.

Makes me want to pull my hair out.

I eat everything, absolutely everything.  Except dill.  I hate dill.

I can't jump on anyone's wagon and say 'that food, that one right there, it will make you fat and give you cancer.'  There's too much conflicting knowledge and evidence.  I can't give any one food up either.  I like them all.

Except dill.  I hate dill.

And quinoa.  I don't like quinoa.  Stop trying to feed it to me.  It tastes like bugs.

My conclusion is that food is good.  Moderation is a good idea.  I love the phrase 'plant based diet.'  That sounds good to me.  That sounds doable.  I have come to focusing on getting as many whole, unprocessed plants into my mouth as possible.  Lots of beans, brown rice, vegetables, and fruits.
I eat a lot of kale.  A lot of kale.

So when someone gave me 'Bread & Wine,' I internally shuddered.  I figured it would be full of brie, brisket, and chocolate.  I felt pulled.  I love food.  I have a sweet tooth. (I've never understood that phrase, doesn't your tongue do the tasting of the sweet?)  I have only read the first chapter, the recipe at the end of the chapter is a blueberry crisp.  The crisp has no white sugar, butter, or flour.  It is gluten free, sugar free, and vegan.  And it is delicious.  I find myself standing in front of the cooked crisp shoveling the crust into my mouth.  I make myself stop, the voice in my head says it will better if I do this in a civilized manner.

Here are the ingredients, did I mention it is incredibly simple?

Wait, Lara, those are apples.

I know, I messed with the recipe.

Of course you did.

Of course I did.

The original recipe calls for:
4 cups blueberries
Crisp topping:
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2/ cup raw, unsalted pecans, chopped
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

For this particular iteration I used coconut oil instead of olive oil.  The topping seemed to cook up crispier and have a delightful light taste of coconut.  I used wheat germ instead of almond meal.  I have used almond meal in the past and it's great.  I used wheat germ because that is what I had and needed to use up.  I used apples because it's February and the only blueberries around are shipped up from Chile and cooking them seems unethical.  I have used frozen blueberries and it's delightful.  I also used walnuts instead of pecans because they have more nutritional punch than pecans...and that is what I had in my pantry.  (I always keep walnuts around.)
I am sorry I didn't include salt in the picture, I figure you know what that looks like.

Chopped and peeled apples in a greased 8x8 pan.

The crisp topping all mashed up with a fork.  I microwaved the coconut oil for 30 seconds to soften it, that way it mixed up easier.

Mixing this takes less than a minute.

I added some ground ginger this time, because I thought it would taste good with apples and coconut.

Does it?

It does.

Baked at 350 (180 Celsius) for 35 minutes.

Already taste tested.

I have been eating this for breakfast with greek yogurt.  A suggestion that Niequist makes as well.  I like to think it's just like granola and fruit.  Because, well, it is.  Except when I usually eat granola, fruit, and yogurt it is mostly granola, while this is mostly fruit.

There it is 'plant based diet.'  Adding fruit to breakfast.  

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