Oh apple crisp, how I love you!!!! Apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert: easy, quick, delicious, & comforting! However, that delicious crumble usually requires a lot of butter, which is a difficult thing for those of us with dairy allergies or intolerances. Never fear, I have a solution for you!!
ONE OF THE BEST TIPS I CAN GIVE YOU FOR ALLERGY FREE COOKING IS … SOMETHING I LIKE TO CALL THE POWER OF SUBSTITUTION!!! Now lets all say it together in an Oprah like booming voice, THE POWER OF SUBSTITUTION!! At least that is what it sounds like in my head when I say it! Ha!
So what is the power of substitution? 1. It is a method of cooking for allergies that I have developed to make my life easier. 2. Basically, it means to find an ingredient that is so similar and safe for your food allergies and use it to replace the ingredient(s) you can’t have. i.e. I use Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Sticks to replace butter in any recipe I make or I use Ripple Unsweetened Original Pea Milk to replace milk in my cooking. These ingredients have a similar texture, consistency, taste, and function in similar ways to the ingredients I am trying to replace.
This concept really has helped me to simplify my cooking and reduce the stresses of trying to make safe and tasty food. I feel less limited in my cooking using this concept because I no longer have to think we can only eat salads or grilled chicken or very clean food because we couldn’t possibly have something with butter in it.
You will see this method pop up in a lot of the recipes I have developed. I will build a recipe using the power of substitution to replace butter with “my butter” or to replace milk with “my son’s milk.” I hope you will try and apply it to your own favorite recipes. Maybe with a few tweaks, you can again enjoy recipes you once did or thought were not possible because of food allergies.
One such recipe, I thought was hard to make was apple crisp because of the butter. Most apple crisp recipes are similar. You cut & peel the apples, then make some kind of crumble topping with butter. With a few changes (ahem, extra cinnamon!) and using allergy friendly ingredients, it has become one of my go to fall recipes! So below is my simplified allergy friendly version & I hope you enjoy it!
It’s so gooey & crumbly & crispy!!!!!!! Can you tell I like it???
Dairy Free Apple Crisp
-4 large apple peeled and cut into thin slices (I like to use gala or honey crisp or a mix of the two)
-3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
-3/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
-3 tsp ground cinnamon (1 tsp for on the apples & 2 tsps for the crumble)
-1 tsp white sugar
-1/2 cup cold non-dairy butter (such as Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
- Heat oven to 375F.
- Peel and cut apples into thin slices. Put in a bowl. Sprinkle with white sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Place in a square baking dish.
- Combine brown sugar, oats, flour, and remaining cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Cut in non-dairy butter with a pastry cutter or fork, until mixture is crumbly.
- Sprinkle crumble mixture over apples.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes or until apples are tender and the crumble is crispy. (or extra crispy in our house!!) Enjoy!