Personal Apple Crisp

I know I am not the only one who thinks “miniature” versions of regular-sized items are absolutely adorable.

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Doughnut holes taste better than donuts, pigs-in-a-blanket are more irresistible than a hotdog, and mini quiche are impervious to criticism. And who could think to turn down a burger slider? Certainly not me.

The great thing about bite-size portions of food is that they allow you to get a taste for something delicious without having to commit to a whole portion-size of it. And I am a tasty fiend: if there is a buffet I simply must try everything. Small portions of certain “crave-worthy” items is also good for all you people out there trying to battle your sweet or salty tooth. A recent study found that study participants were just as satisfied with a small portion of a delicious food item as they were with an unlimited amount of that item. Why our bodies override this mechanism and let us eat an entire cake, I will aspire to find out, but this result inspired me to try to eat smaller dessert portions (If I am gonna insist on dessert everyday, I need to make it sustainable!). This dessert fits perfectly into that category.

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Personal apple crisp is for all of you apple-cinnamon lovers out there. This recipe has 1 teaspoon of added sugar. The rest of the glorious sweetness in this dessert comes from the natural flavor of a Granny Smith apple. It tastes delicious and looks adorable. I can imagine they would make a great dessert option for the Thanksgiving table.

Personal Apple Crisp (makes 1)

IngredientsIMG_3799

  • 1 apple (Granny Smith recommended)
  • 2 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Carefully cut an opening in the top of your apple and core it. For this step, I used a spoon to carefully remove the inner part of the apple, making sure not to puncture the sides of the apple.
  2. Place apple pieces in a small bowl and mix with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  3. Mix together oats, flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  4. Stuff apple with apple/cinnamon mixture and then top with crumbly crisp topping.
  5. Bake apple in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes
  6. Enjoy!
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