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I know apple season and autumn has come and gone, but I still just crave and yearn for those delicious, spicy apple desserts year round. I know I can’t be alone in that. We eat apple pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas around these parts, so why not make a delicious dish of apple crisp while the Christmas tree is up, too?
Maybe it’s the cinnamon scent that fills the air, but anything and everything apple will always remind me of the holidays. So, I thought I’d make a fun twist on the original “apple crisp” and add one of my favorite baking ingredients– coconut– and making it in the crock-pot is just a no-brainer. So easy, very little clean-up, and oh so very delicious.
001. 4 large granny smith apples, pealed and chopped
002. 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
003. 1 tablespoon flour
004. 1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
005. 1/2 cup salted caramel ice cream topping
006. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
007. 1 cup quick rolled oats
008. 2 tbsp butter or margarine
001. Combine apples, coconut, four, brown sugar, cinnamon, and rolled oats in a crock-pot. Drizzle with salted caramel ice cream topping.
002. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours until apples are tender. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Or both!
This was an absolute hit. I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it is to throw together. If you’re planning on bringing a dish to the holiday parties you’ll be attending or to family gatherings, I totally recommend this one. It’s especially handy if you haven’t figured out what to bring yet. It only takes a few ingredients and it’s easy to throw together a couple hours before it’s time to go. Yum!
In addition to adding coconut and making this apple crisp in the crock-pot, I also decided to mix things up and use Splenda’s brown sugar blend rather than your typical brown sugar. This not only helps to cut down on calories, but it also tastes just like brown sugar! I was so impressed. I can’t wait to use this brown sugar blend in my oatmeal as well! You’d be amazed at all calories you could save by swapping out sugar for Splenda! In fact, I suggest you submit your favorite Sweet Swaps recipes to Splenda’s Sweet Swaps program! Your recipe could be featured! Or if you’re in the need of some delicious holiday recipes, check out Splenda’s recipe page!
What are you making for your holiday gatherings this year?