Friday, October 2, 2015

This Vegan Smart Apple Recipe By Bri Watson Master Chef Is Oh So Sweet!

Double Apple Dish With Healthy Alternatives  and Vegan Smart! Healthy Alternatives from Master Chef Bri Watson
Double Apple Dish With Healthy Alternatives  and Vegan Smart!

Apple Crisp And Baked Apple All In One 

by Chef Bri Watson

It's officially Fall in New England! You know what that means; pumpkin spice everything, sweatshirts, football (cough, cough PATRIOTS) and if you're anything like me 4 giant bags of apples sitting on the kitchen floor. Apple picking is a tradition in my family, but sometimes we over-do it. The thought of picking apples all day is so much fun, then you get home and have to think of 28 recipes to get those apples cooked in the next week. I don't know about you but after fall, I don't eat a single apple! Zara however, eats an apple a day, Sometimes two! 

Some of the regular dishes we create with these apples include: apple pie (obviously) apple sauce, apple butter, caramel apples, candied apples, and my absolute favorite APPLE CRISP! It's weird, now that I think about it...fall is the only time out of the entire year we eat or bake these dishes. 

So, about this apple crisp. Zara has been baking with me for about 3 years now and she the perfect mini sous chef! In 2 years she's going to audition for Masterchef JR. Sometimes you need the kids little mind to step out of the box and make suggestions. We didn't want to make a regular apple crisp, "those are boring" says Zara. She looked at me and I could see a little light bulb go off on her head. 

"What if we baked the apple crisp IN THE APPLE?!?!?!" 

Boom, history was made. 

Double Apple Delish Dish: 
An Oh So Sweet Idea for Apple Crisp In A Baked Apple!

You will Fall for this dishy recipe from Master Chef Bri Watson.  Complete with healthy alternativesIngredients:

Here's what you'll need

1 med sauce pan
2 med mixing bowls 
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons 
Nice clean hands :) 
Stirring spoon 

Apple filling ingredients:
8 apples (we used Fuji) 
2 tablespoons butter (earth balance vegan butter)
6 tablespoons brown sugar 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste (or extract)
Pinch of nutmeg 
Pinch of ginger
Pinch of salt 

Crumble topping ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup granulated sugar 
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
4 tablespoons cold butter (earth balance vegan butter)

Let's start cooking! 

1) Set your oven to 400 degrees F
2) prepare the topping. Combine flour, oats, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. 
3) this is the kids favorite part! Combine the cold butter in the mixing bowl with the dry topping, creating little chunks of oaty-buttery goodness. 
You will Fall for this dishy recipe from Master Chef Bri Watson.  Complete with healthy alternatives

4) peel and cut 4 apples into small 1/2 in pieces. 
5) cut the tops off and hollow out 4 apples. I used a melon baller.
6) bring the cut up apples and all the remaining apple filling ingredients to a simmer until tender. About 10 mins. 
You will Fall for this dishy recipe from Master Chef Bri Watson.  Complete with healthy alternatives
7) fill the hollowed out apples 2/3 of the way up with the cooked apples. Making sure to drain off the extra liquid. (We all saw on Masterchef what happens when you don't strain the liquid) *sad face*
8) top off the filled apples with the crumble topping, pile or as high as you want. 
9) bake for 10-15 mins, or until brown and crunchy.

Now, what is better than warm Apple Crisp? 
Grab a carton of your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream and plop a scoop right on top! 

"Natural Nourishments" by Fun Foodie and Master Chef Bri Watson. Bri recently appeared on Master Chef Season 6. Her recipes are winners! 


  1. Love this idea! :) great recipe

  2. Yes, it's a great alternative with unique ingredients for a healthier dessert.