Do you have 10 minutes to spare? If yes, then this is just the recipe for you! Rarely do I have the craving to eat apple sauce on its own (it’s basically baby food in my opinion!), so when I had some applesauce that needed to be used up in my refrigerator, I started playing around to see what wholesome dessert I could make with it. Anything but baby food was my mission!
I knew I wanted to add some healthy fat into the dessert to make the applesauce more blood sugar balancing. We are also in the midst of the fall season, so I wanted to make it spiced with cloves & cinnamon as these are my two favorite warming spices. The end product was the first layer to these jars – an apple mousse that I am so dang smitten for! It gives off all the good feels of an apple pie filling.
I wanted to add some crunch to bring texture and a few different mellow flavors to make this dessert more interesting, so I figured why not make it into the easiest apple crisp ever? Yep, we’re making a crisp layer by simply adding maple syrup, some rolled oats, and a pinch of salt and toasting it all together on the stovetop. No oven needed. I repeat, no oven needed!
Last but not least, I find that every delicacy is finished off with one fresh ingredient. Whether that ingredient be a fresh herb or a fresh piece of fruit, it balances everything out to feel light and well…fresh.
Who knew you could have a decadent & healthy apple crisp in just under 10 minutes? Just follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way to this light and fun treat.
The 10-Minute Apple Crisp in a Jar
(Serves 2, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, refined sugar free, dairy free)
- 1 cup (8 oz) unsweetened apple sauce
- 3 Tbsp almond butter (crunchy or creamy)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp clove powder
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (gf certified if needed)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 apple, diced
Heat a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the maple syrup, oats, pinch of salt, and mix well to combine. Stir frequently to prevent oats from burning. Turn off the heat once the oats get a golden brown color and remove from the heat. Pour the oats into a bowl and let cool – they will crisp up!
Next, make the apple crisp mousse. Heat the same small saucepan from above (no washing needed) on medium heat and add in the apple sauce, almond butter, vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon. Mix together with a whisk until well combined and the mixture starts to give off a bubble, then turn off the heat.
In two small jars, divide the apple crisp mousse between both jars evenly. Then top with the oats (using all of them) and lastly, add the diced apple on top. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Alternatively, the mousse and oats can be cooled and saved to assemble later to be eaten cold or to reheat. Store each component separately if not serving immediately.