What is your favourite type of apple?  I’m partial to Golden Delicious at the moment, but really any kind will do!  Apples are a great source of fibre – 4 grams in a medium sized apple and lots of antioxidants & vitamins to keep us healthy.  Yesterday was a perfect fall day – just the right kind of day for apple picking.  My boys got off the bus and I invited them to go apple picking.  At first they were far less excited than I was, but eventually they came around.  I get it, they had been away from home all day and really just wanted to do their own thing.  I try to respect this, however, there are times when mom really does know best.  Yesterday was no exception.  There is a local apple orchard that sells fantastic apples.  They don’t advertise apple picking, but if you talk really nice and say please, they are more than happy to oblige.  Once we had our basket in hand, we wandered down the row of beautiful apple trees and found just what we were looking for.  We filled the basket and headed back to the shed to pay.  My boys looked more alive when we left – in touch with the world around them.  They were asking great questions about how the apples grew, figuring out how to climb the trees, noticing hawks in the sky and looking forward to coming back in a few weeks for another basket of the next variety.  The whole adventure took us about 40 minutes.  While apple picking can be a full day’s event, it doesn’t have to be.  We should find time to reconnect with the world outside of our office’s and classrooms every single day.

After dinner last night, we all enjoyed our apple picking efforts with a warm, cozy apple crisp.  It is quick and easy and totally doable on a weeknight!  I like this recipe because you get the goodness of whole grain oats, flax seeds and apples.  The amount of sugar used really isn’t that much either.  Try it and let me know what you think!

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Amy’s Apple Crisp

First Layer:

5 or 6 apples, peeled & sliced

Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired

 

Crisp Topping

 

3 c. old fashioned oats

½ c. brown sugar

1/3 c. light spelt flour

1/3 c. melted butter

¼ c. whole flax seed

¼ tsp. Sea salt

 

Place apples in 8×8 pan.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Combine crisp ingredients in a bowl and evenly spread over top of apples.  Bake for 40 minutes at 375 F.

 

Enjoy!