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How to make a Peanut Butter Apple Crisp the easy and healthier way!

How to make a Peanut Butter Apple Crisp the easy and healthier way!

“An apple a day will keep the doctor .” Who came up with that saying anyway? My research (done out of curiosity) yielded some interesting results! The phrase is from Wales, and it’s a variation from the original, a Pembrokeshire proverb: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” The apple being an international symbol for health, combines here its properties as antioxidant, fiber and nutrient rich fruit with the fact that it was used as a “teeth cleaning” tool, since eating it would help remove all other stickier foods from their teeth and gum line.

Too much info? Perhaps, but it’s interesting to find out that the silly things we say can sometimes have much deeper meanings. With all of its shining qualities in mind, let’s get to our recipe:  Peanut Butter Apple Crisp! Apples are an excellent choice to include in your daily diet, and they are versatile; you can enjoy them in so many different ways. Simply washing and eating them is the favorite of many, but slicing them up and smothering them in peanut butter is a close second. I use pureed apples20150426_193149112_iOS in baked goods to add sweetness and moisture. As a matter of fact, many people substitute applesauce in equal parts in recipes that call for oil and achieve healthier results without compromising taste and texture.

The Peanut Butter Apple Crisp recipe can be made in a pie dish to serve several people, or even in individual baking dish for single servings! It only takes minutes to prepare before going in the oven, and the ingredients are likely ones you stock in  your pantry. Warning: you may be tempted to make this recipe tonight, and we highly recommend that you give into  those feelings and enjoy a nice healthy bowl of 20150426_202407804_iOSit and share  your review with us.

Below you’ll find the recipe for the larger batch — as well as a reduced recipe for just one serving. If you make the larger batch and don’t devour the entire pan at once (when warm out of the oven with a nice scoop of ice cream), it makes a great topping for yogurt the next morning!

                     Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

20150426_202635484_iOS(Measurements for one serving appear  in parentheses)

3 large apples, cubed (1/2 apple)
4 tbsps. Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter (1 tbsp.)
1 lemon (1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice)
1 tsp. cinnamon (1/4 tsp.)
1 cup oats (1/4 cup)
2 tbsps. Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter (1/2 tbsp.)
1 tsps. cinnamon (1/4 tsp.)

Apple crispStart by mixing the 4 tbsps of Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter with the juice of 1 lemon. If you’re peanut butter was refrigerated, then first warm it up in saucepan for just a few minutes, this makes it much easier to mix in the lemon juice. Now add cinnamon and stir well. Fold in the apples until they are well coated in the mixture. Place it in a baking dish and sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top. For the crumb, in a small bowl mix the 2 tbsp Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter with oats, forming a crumbly mixture. There will be larger chunks in it, and that is what makes it so good! Add cinnamon and mix it in the crumb. Now top the apple mixture in the baking dish with the crumb mixture and bake for 45 minutes at 350F. Enjoy it warm! Or place it in covered dish and save it in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Peanut Butter: Smooth versus Crunchy

Let the arguments commence!

It’s almost as controversial as chocolate versus vanilla, more scandalous than hot versus cold, and much more interesting than fat free versus whole fat debates. People have opinions, and they all must be heard!

american pbI’m not entirely qualified to write about this dilemma, as I was only introduced to peanut butter at the age of 16! Yes, my parents deprived me of such delectable food until my mid teenage years. In their defense, I was raised in South America, Brazil specifically, where peanuts are abundant, but no one ever thought of making butter out of them. They did however add them to the food processor with sugar, amongst other ingredients, to make “paçoca”. If you are a proud member of the “peanut gallery” (ha! Pun intended) add that food to your list of “must-try-before-I-die” because it is simply divine!

However, I will proceed by first looking at the question of nutrition, since after all, that is something I am qualified to talk about. Looking at the numbers, crunchy peanut butter has the slight edge since it has a tiny bit more fiber, folate and less saturated fat than smooth. But in the end, both kinds are winners because that they are a great source of plant based protein, have lots of vitamin E, and they are an awesome source of B vitamins, as well. So whichever side of this debate you are in, rest assured you have already made a great choice!

Now in terms of practicality, I am a working mother .  I have two kids under the age of 6.  I  have  to pack lunches, make snacks, and often prepare last minute party requests. I believe I am also a qualified observer. The smooth just works better. Now, no offense to you crunchy-siders, but how do you get it to spread it on a soft slice of whole grain bread without ripping it to shreds? Or better yet, how do you get it to blend it so effortlessly into a yogurt parfait, or smoothie for a quick breakfast favorite? So there you go this one goes to the creamy peanut butter fans.

In the end, it seems like a split debate in which we are all winners. I personally prefer smooth for everyday use, but I am known to appreciate the crunchy for recipes such as muffins, cakes and stir-fry dishes. So, I rule a tie; let’s take a break from this exhausting and delicious controversy and enjoy an American Classic peanut butter and __________ sandwich (fill in the blank with your favorite pairing, oh boy… I think I just started a new debate!)

… life is short, laugh out loud!

 

Carolina Lima Jantac, MS,RD,LD