raw apple crisp

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert, Gluten Free, raw, Vegan

Basil is blushing with all the adoration you gave him yesterday… aw, that pup is one of my very favorites.

Another favorite of mine? Jason. He likes apples. and caramel. and dessert after dinner. Okay, we rarely have dessert after dinner, but when you make this kind of dessert you can have it and feel great about it!

raw apple crisp

serves two

2 apples, sliced horizontally and cored
1/2 cup raw cashews
6-7 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
caramel sauce

Pulse cashews, dates and maple syrup in food processor until sticky crumbly texture forms. Stack apple with cashew date mixture between each slice, drizzle with caramel sauce.

caramel sauce

2 tablespoons lucuma powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Stir until lucuma dissolves.

Mmm… this was so delicious. It will be recreated all summer long, with all kinds of fruit.

Do you have a favorite dessert that I can veganize or reconstruct in a raw form?

Fun links around the web:

To celebrate 10 years of UK Glamour, Krispy Kreme made a pretty pink doughnut, the Glamour Glaze.

Have a hard time boiling eggs (or peeling them after?) Danica has the secret to The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg.

Happy Wednesday!!

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JL goes Vegan February 23, 2011 at 3:06 am

That is beautiful and placed firmly on my “to make” list! Yum.


2 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

oh, GOOD ! I hope you do make it… let me know how you like it! xxo


3 lindsay February 23, 2011 at 3:53 am

I love raw desserts, they are so rich and beautiful! Nice job Kristina, as usual.


4 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

thanks, Lindsay! I love them too… lucuma is amazing and earthy and delicious… and I could eat apples and dates every day!


5 Kristina February 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

too good to be true-wow!


6 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

ha! thanks, Kristina! 😀


7 Lisa February 23, 2011 at 5:09 am

That looks beautiful and delicious! I love the colors…and lucuma is a great addition.
I’m not much of a dessert person lately (which is just plain crazy!), but I’m a big fan of chocolate avocado pudding…I mostly eat it for breakfast or lunch though!


8 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I have not made chocolate avocado pudding in FAR too long!! I should get on that… yes, the lucuma is SO good… it is an earthy caramely flavor that we like better than actual caramel!! we don’t eat dessert often… every now and then I get a craving though!


9 Camille February 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

I love this idea! Plus, it looks so darn pretty :)


10 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Mmm hmm… thank you!!


11 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete February 23, 2011 at 6:08 am

Kristina I love this! It looks beautiful and seems pretty simple to make (although I’m sure my version would not look as pretty as yours!) — do you use a lightbox for your photographs?


12 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

thanks, Holly! and YES you could do this!

I don’t have a light BOX… I do have photography lighting :)


13 Evan Thomas February 23, 2011 at 6:10 am

This is such a fun idea. I could eat this all year long.


14 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

me too! I think we’re having them again tonight, in fact…


15 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 23, 2011 at 6:12 am

Beautiful! This looks like something you’d pay 10 bucks for at a hip restaurant!


16 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

wow, thanks, Anna!! 😀


17 Hally April 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

just discovered your blog from the newspaper feature here in Kansas – well done! not many of us high raws out here, but I am thanking you for all of us!


18 Heather (Where's the Beach) February 23, 2011 at 6:17 am

Oh wow. This sounds fantastic. I must ask (and I’ll go search of course) but what is that powder?


19 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

lucuma is a powder made from a fruit… used as a sweetener but is low in actual sugar… and has iron, niacin and beta carotene. I’m currently writing a post about some of my uncommon foods… :)


20 Heather @ Dietitian on the Run February 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

I would make that JUST for the presentation – how colorful and cute! :) Very creative, tasty combination!


21 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

thanks, Heather!! :) it was fun… and so tasty…


22 Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses February 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

Where do I find lucoma powder??


23 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I get mine from a supplier here in Oregon… there are many places online, some of the bigger names like Amazon and Navitas Naturals


24 hihorosie February 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

Mmm, yummy! I have yet to make a raw apple pie but I’ve been meaning to. So easy you know? Yours looks so lovely.


25 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thanks! it was fun to ‘construct’… and SO yummy!


26 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

My goodness, this looks fantastic! Right up my alley. I love making raw treats for an afternoon snack. They give me a perfect dose of energy and are light and fantastic! I can’t wait to try this tonight, I have all the ingredients :)


27 spabettie February 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

thank you!! it was a big hit… let me know how you like it if you make it !! :)


28 Christin@purplebirdblog February 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

You are so innovative in your awesome creations! This is gorgeous and surely delicious. I have never tried lucuma, but boy do I want to!


29 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

thanks, girl!! I have fun in my kitchen… 😀


30 sophia February 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Love, love, LOVE the second shot. It’s BEAUTIFUL, that thin slice of apple! You should totally send it to Tastespotting or sth. :-)


31 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

thanks, Sophia!! tastespotting didn’t like it… :) although I am on tastespotting today for my spinach pancakes, WEE !! I may try others… I really like that shot too!


32 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty February 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm

You my dear are amazing!! What a fantastic idea!! :)


33 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

thanks, friend!! it was delicious!


34 S @ extremebalance.net/blog February 23, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Unrelated, because I like cooked food… (nothing against raw, just nothing against *cooked*, either!)! Saw this, thought of you: http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/to-juice-or-not-to-juice/

Thoughts? Happy Thursday!


35 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love it!! :) I like the “Mother Earth Gets A Hug” and I agree with all the “to juice” except taking it to go… to benefit from all the nutrients, fresh juicing should be consumed within 20-30 minutes. mine is gone in three :) and I think I’ve got the variety thing down… 😀
conversely, I do agree with the other list also… a friend was asking me about juicing recently, and is wondering if she would use a juicer enough AND even like the juice! I suggested she visit a juice bar we have downtown, it’s close to her work and she can get one every day… just to see if she likes it… if yes, then she has a friend she could borrow a juicer from, to see if she’d actually use it.
as far as waste goes, yes, there is some… I have started RE-JUICING the pulp, and it does produce more juice! I also save the pulp and use it in baking and cooking.
but yes, the second list illustrates that juicing is not for everyone. I LOVE IT !!

thanks for sharing this!! happy thursday to you!


36 Heather February 24, 2011 at 5:29 am

this is brilliant! you are so smart!


37 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

thanks, girl !


38 (what runs) Lori February 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Holy oh my. This looks incredible. I love how you made the caramel sauce! Lucuma is delicious. :)


39 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

thank you Lori!! so you are one of the few that use lucuma… are you ever able to find it in stores? I always get mine online… I have so many readers asking what it is and where they can get it and I’d love to be able to tell them to look around in stores… not everyone likes to shop online LIKE I DO !! 😀 thanks for reading!


40 (what runs) Lori February 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I love lucuma. I actually did get mine online but I’ve seen it at Whole Foods- I think in the baking section where the raw cacao powder is! Otherwise amazon is a great resource.. 😉


41 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

thanks, that’s great to know it is at WF – I’ll look there next time… I always get mine online… I don’t mind shopping online, but I don’t want to assume everyone will. :)


42 steena February 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

omg that looks so so so so so soooooooo good!! I rarely do recipes from blogs & stuff, but this looks too good to pass up!


43 spabettie February 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

wow, I’ll take that as a compliment that you’re using my recipe! thanks for reading!


44 Heather @ kissmybroccoli February 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I love making raw dessert recipes! Healthy and quick can’t be beat!

LOVE that pic of the apple slice! Gorgeous!


45 spabettie February 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

THANK YOU !! yes, this one is delicious, and the most time consuming? slicing the apple! 😀


46 Dinner at Christina's February 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Wow, how cool!! I love the shot of the slice of the apple w/ the “star” in the middle!


47 spabettie February 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

thanks Christina! I love that one too… it’s great when food can be art… 😀


48 Kat @ Cupcake Kat February 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm

This is drool worthy. I wish I had some cashews on me right now


49 spabettie February 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thank You, Kat!! :) you could sub almonds, pecans, any nut really… or go get some as soon as you can!! :)


50 Chef Amber Shea @Almost Vegan March 6, 2011 at 8:21 am

Very cool! What vibrantly green apples! :)


51 spabettie March 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

thank you, Chef! I love green apples, and I love pretty food, too! this has become our favorite dessert lately!


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