My biggest pitfall when it comes to eating right is my pervasive sweet tooth. I can forego dessert for a day or two, but then it’s all I can think about and I become obsessed. Over time, I’ve learned that I can indulge my sweet tooth without sabotaging my waistline, as long as I make smart choices. This clean eating Apple Crisp recipe is one of my favorites since drizzled in a decadent caramel sauce, I can enjoy one of my favorite comfort foods with absolutely no guilt.
To make this recipe “clean” I consulted this Clean Eating grocery list to make sure I substituted out any ingredients that weren’t clean eating-friendly with those that were. I eliminated enriched flour, butter, and sugar. I used whole wheat flour in place of white flour, coconut oil in place of butter, and coconut sugar in place of cane sugar. For the caramel sauce, I used coconut milk, maple syrup and coconut sugar in place of cream, butter, and sugar. The final result was a clean eating apple crisp and caramel sauce that was just as decadent and delicious as a traditional apple crisp.
The sweetness from the maple syrup and coconut sugar is more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Hot out of the oven, with the crispy golden topping and the smooth creaminess of the salted caramel sauce, this dessert is pure bliss! If you absolutely MUST have ice cream with your apple crisp, I love this recipe for Paleo Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream from Paleo Leap, but honestly, this clean eating apple crisp is satisfying all by itself.
If you are looking for more dessert recipes that you can enjoy with less guilt, you might like some of my other attempts at “healthifying” (ok, not really a word, but I’m sure you know what I mean) my favorite desserts. The recipes weren’t created with clean eating in mind, but instead with the intent to include ingredients that I felt were healthier, or less unhealthy, than those found in the original recipes.
In case I didn’t mention it already, I’m a bit of a chocoholic. Also, cookies are my all-time favorite dessert. I’m telling you this to explain why, despite the fact I had already shared the recipe above for Chocolate Protein Cookies, I also created another recipe for Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. Despite the fact that they look similar, the ingredients are vastly different.