Last weekend was beautiful. The sun was shining and it was 11 degrees oust side. In fact, it was so nice that we were cooling down after our race in shorts and t-shirts!
This weekend? It’s cold and snowy. Can we have last weekend back, please?
Oh well, all good things must come to an end, I suppose. And when old man winter comes knockin’, there’s only one thing you can do…
Make warm, comforting desserts, of course! 🙂
Warm and comforting desserts come in all shapes and sizes, but today we decided that single-serving apple crisps were just what we needed to chase out the cold.
These little apple crisps are great for a number of reasons:
1. They’re a snap to prepare- just a few minutes in the microwave and a quick hit under the broiler and they’re all yours!
2. They require only 7 ingredients (if you count water as an ingredient), most of which you probably have in your kitchen right now.
3. They require no special equipment whatsoever.
4. They’re healthy (are you surprised?)
Did I mention that they’re packed with tender cooked apples and plump juicy raisins that have been coated in a generous helping of cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped with a sweet and crispy oat crust?
Oh, and they’re delicious 🙂
Old Man Winter, do your worst.
Single-Serving Apple Crisp
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 6 min
Serves: 2 (can easily be halved and made for 1)
1 apple, cored and diced (we left the peel on)
2 tbsp raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp water
1/3 c. rolled oats
2 tbsp date paste or maple syrup (or a combination of both- we used both)
1 tbsp walnuts (optional)
Toss your diced apples and raisins in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Separate into two small ramekins and add the water to each ramekin (this is to help steam the apples). Microwave on high for 1 minute.
Preheat your broiler to 500F
Meanwhile, mix the oats with the date paste or maple syrup until fully combined. Divide the oat mixture evenly on top of each ramekin. Put back in the microwave for 3 minutes.
When the ramekins are done in the microwave, top with walnuts (if using) and place on a cookie sheet. Place under the broiler for 2 minutes, watching carefully so that they do not burn! The oats should be browned and slightly crispy.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Top with yogurt, banana soft serve, frozen yogurt, or ice cream, if desired.
How do you fight off the winter chill? We also enjoy soups, stews, oatmeal, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, lates… you get the picture! 😉