Apple crisp is such a quintessential fall dessert. To me there’s nothing better than putting a batch in the oven, and having that sweet, cinnamon aroma fill the house. I make apple crisp quite regularly during the autumn months - which while delicious, isn’t necessarily the healthiest habit; most recipes call for lots of butter and sugar. That’s why recently I’ve started mixing up a batch of this healthier, apple lavender crisp recipe. And trust me, it is delightful!
Boasting crisp apples, fragrant lavender buds, sweet, sweet cinnamon, and everyone's favourite - coconut oil - this yummy crisp recipe will not only please your taste buds, but its ingredients could also help provide your body with some of the nutrients it’s been craving.
Take apples, for one.
Cited by many as one of the world’s healthiest food, apples contain a great amount of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, which are all recognised for promoting great health. An apple’s relatively high level of fibre keep the digestive system going strong, and the antioxidants found in the fruit protect against free radical damage - which can be caused by things like pollution and inflammation.
Apples are high in vitamin A, C, B7 and K, and have been studied for combatting a range of diseases and conditions - from obesity to high cholesterol. One study, for example, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found that the fibre present in apples has a cholesterol-lowering effect in healthy humans (while whole apple juice does not). Another study showed that the natural fibre - pectin - found in apples can help balance gut bacteria in animals, which can work to combat obesity.
Lavender is also great for you.
The fragrant flower adds a special twist to this recipe, and just the smell of lavender has been shown to improve sleep and lift one’s mood. It’s also been proven to increase cognitive function; one study demonstrated that after being exposed to stress tests, participants that inhaled lavender’s aroma showed increased memory and better physiologic function. Lavender is also very high in calcium, vitamin A, and iron.
And we can’t forget coconut oil.
Coconut oil has become a popular substitute for butter in recipes as of late. And while it technically contains more saturated fats than butter - 90% compared to 64%, respectively - Walter C. Willett, an M.D. at the Harvard School of Public Health, notes coconut oil isn’t actually all bad for our hearts.
“What's interesting about coconut oil is that it also gives ‘good’ HDL cholesterol a boost. Fat in the diet, whether it's saturated or unsaturated, tends to nudge HDL levels up, but coconut oil seems to be especially potent at doing so,” he said. HDL is “good cholesterol”, and helps to get rid of more harmful cholesterol from the bloodstream. Willett says it’s not the best oil to reduce heart disease - like olive oil or soybean oil. But that hasn’t stopped cooks from experimenting with it for it tasty flavour.
Now, get your dishes out and ingredients prepped - it’s time to get baking! Try the recipe out for yourself, to see just how wonderfully the pleasant taste of lavender complements this classic fall favourite.
You’ll need these ingredients:
About 6-8 apples
⅔ cups flour
⅔ cups rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup coconut oil
½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoons lavender buds
1) Mix the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the lavender buds along with the coconut oil and then cut the ingredients into a crumb mixture.
4) Bake until the apples have softened at 350 degrees celsius: approximately 30 minutes.
Tell us how you got on with this recipe: did it come out as expected? Do you have any tips or tricks you discovered while you were making it? We’d love to hear how it went.
And why not send us some photos of your finished Apple Lavender Crisp masterpieces!