Did you know cranberries have more to offer than your standard cranberry sauce or juice? Thanks to cranberries, this creative crumble dish has flavor, color and some powerful nutrients.
In the nutrition field, cranberries gained their fame because of their robust antioxidant content. Getting antioxidants is critical for preventing oxidative damage. But how bad could oxidative damage really be? Studies show links between oxidative damage and heart disease, cancer, and diabetes… the 3 leading killers in the US. Seems those antioxidants are pretty stinking important!
Another interesting tidbit, the antioxidants in whole cranberries are more potent than the antioxidants in cranberry juice. Generally, when food is processed, the antioxidant content is decreased. So whip up this quick and easy apple cranberry crumble recipe and enjoy the antioxidant benefits and delicious taste from those whole cranberries!
In his book Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally (*Note this is an affiliate link), Chris Wark calls out cranberries as one of the most powerful cancer-fighting foods on the market. After reading this book I was inspired to incorporate cranberries into my routine. Around the holidays they’re easy to find in the fresh produce section, but the rest of the year you may have to opt for frozen (but just as nutritious) cranberries.
Side note – Chris Wark also has a great website: ChrisBeatCancer.com.
We recommend Granny Smith apples for this crumble. They’re not only perfect flavor-wise, but are also one of the healthiest apples out there. They have more phytonutrients (good stuff) than any other typical grocery store apple and a modest amount of sugar compared to other popular apples like Golden Delicious or Pink Lady.
We used this food processor to puree the dates (Note this is an affiliate link).
Plant-Based Apple Cranberry Crumble
- Food Processor
- 20 pitted Deglet dates
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 medium granny smith apples cored and thinly sliced
- 2 cups fresh cranberries washed
- 15 pitted Deglet dates
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add filling dates , water, lemon juice and vanilla to food processor and process until smooth. Stir together apple slices, cranberries and date mixture and pour in a 10-inch pie pan.
- Add crumble dates, water, cinnamon and salt to food processor and process until smooth. Stir together oats and date mixture until crumbly.
- Sprinkle oat mixture oven apple mixture. Bake for 40 minutes.
Adapted from Forks Over Knives
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