Apple Crisp with lots of spices, nuts & seeds

Our holiday traditions include apple crisp for breakfast on Christmas morning. When my apple crispdaughter was little, I’d prepare this the night before so that in the morning when she awakened, I could simply turn on the oven and move the pyrex baking dish from the refrigerator to the oven as it pre-heated, turning my attention fully to her joy of sleigh bells and the stockings that Santa had filled….


  • 4-5 ¬†medium granny smith apples
  • 1 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup or so each walnuts, pecans, almonds, sunfllower and/or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins
  • 1-2 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t cardamon
  • 1/2 t coriander
  • 1/4 t clove
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 2 T melted butter
  • 1 T molasses and 1 T maple syrup


Melt butter, mix with oats, nuts, seeds, spices, molasses, and maple syrup. Stir together well.  Pare half of apples into large baking dish, top with half of oats mixture. Pare remaining apples into baking dish, top with remainder of oats mixture. This can be stored in refrigerator overnight to bake in morning. Immediately before baking, add 1/4 cup of apple cider, water and a splash of lemon juice. Cook covered in 365 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until apples are soft but not mushy. May want to cook last 5 minutes uncovered. Serve topped with plain non-fat yogurt and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese. This smells divine, makes a wonderful hearty vegetarian breakfast or dessert with generous protein.

transitioning- cold morning breakfast


1 c amaranth (looks like quinoa only smaller grains)

3 c water

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t nutmeg

1/8 t cardamon

pinch sea salt

3 T maple syrup

1 granny smith or braeburn apple, diced + 1/4 c raisins

0r 1 bartlett pair + 1/4 c pecans


Bring water to boil, then add grain, spices. Stir and bring back almost to boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Add maple syrup, fruit and nuts. Simmer covered about 3-8 more minutes until liquid just absorbed. Check and stir occasionally during the last 5-8 minutes to avoid burning and sticking to pan. Makes 2 servings. Can make the night before, will keep in airtight container in refrigerator for 2 days. Reheat in microwave for a quick healthy breakfast the next day.

This feels light but is sustaining. Amaranth is high in protein, calcium and iron, also lysine. Easily digestible, it is a good choice at the turn of the season, when recovering from the stomach flu or when ending a fast.