Monday, October 21, 2013

Crockpot Crumble

The crockpot is the most undervalued, underused, misunderstood of all the kitchen gadgets. Without the inherent sexiness of a Vitamix, novelness of a nano-ceramic wok or even the commonness of a pot or pan it always gets overlooked. I GET YOU CROCKPOT. Be my friend?

I use my crockpot on the weekly. Thankfully my mother set a good example--7 layer dips, veggies and roasts came from the crockpot at home. But it wasn't used too often. Once I got over my irrational fear of "it's going to burn the house down even though it's proven not to" the crockpot became a lifesaver.

Usually what happens is I buy lentils/splitbeans/dried beans from the bulk bins. Toss them in with some sweet potatoes/potatoes/carrots/parsnips/squash, add some spices, let it do it's thing for 4-6 hours, add greens and eat.

But for this month's Recipe Redux challenge, I decided to up my game and make a dessert/breakfast. Yes you can totally eat this either or. In Boston we have an abundance of delicious apples. Usually i just slather them with PB, but they make a pretty sweet dessert too.


Crockpot Apple Crumble

  • 1 lb apples (any variety except golden delicious)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
Instructions:
  1. Slice apples and toss them with salt, cinnamon and maple sugar
  2. Spray crockpot with olive oil spray
  3. Put apples in crockpot
  4. Make crisp by mixing oats, flour, oile and maple syrup
  5. top apples with crisp
  6. Turn crockpot on low
  7. Let it work it's magic for 6 hours
  8. Enjoy! (with almond milk, with non-dairy ice cream, with yogurt, whatever! morn and night)

Whole Foods has a list of delicious crockpot recipes, as does the amazing Oh My Veggies (including breakfasts and desserts. I kid you not) For more recipes, click on the links below



3 comments:

Carlene Thomas RD said...

LOL- YES I feel you on the 'burn the house down' thing!

Serena Ball said...

Great idea to use crock pot for 7 layer dip! Yummy...and of course this recipe would make my house smell great and my kids happy!

Matthew @ The Lasik Method said...

Many thanks! This post seems to have done the trick!