Thanksgiving is just around the corner…is your colon ready? Everyone knows that this time of year is a great time because of family, friends and all the delicious food that you love to eat, but it can be a lot, especially on your colon. Have no fear! There are ways to eat healthier even when it comes to dessert.
You can take one of your favorite Thanksgiving desserts, modify some of the ingredients, and have a delicious version of the dessert that you can feel a lot better about eating. Apple pie is an excellent option and a favorite this time of year because apples are in peak season. And, let’s face it, apple pie is about as American as it gets.
To make this healthier, but still have that amazing classic taste, we can transform this beloved dessert into something without a crust, which will save you a lot of calories and fat, and turn it into a reimagined dessert like an apple crisp.
I know what you are thinking…it still is going to have sugar and butter, which is obviously not the healthiest things to consume, but with the modification from the apple pie, you are going to save a tremendous amount of calories, and that is something we can all be happy about! The crisp is also going to be full of oats and nuts, which are not only beneficial for your digestive health but also crammed full of flavor, and that, my friends, is never a bad thing.
So this Thanksgiving, rest assured that you can still have the most delicious meal, dessert included, in a healthier way with just a little bit of imagination and research that will not sacrifice on taste or flavor. You never know…you may just have found your new Thanksgiving favorite!
Colon-Healthy Apple Crisp
- 6 cups Honeycrisp Apples, sliced and seeded
- 1/3 cup local honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup apple juice (or water)
- 3/4 cup oatmeal, quick cooking
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup toasted almonds
- 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
- 1/4 cup toasted pecans
- 1 orange, zested
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place sliced apples in greased 9″ x 13″ pan
- Mix together honey, 2 tablespoons flour, zest and spices together. Then sprinkle over apples. Pour juice or water over apples.
- Make strudel by combining oatmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nuts and melted butter. Crumble evenly over the entire pan of apples.
- Cook in oven for 45 minutes