Merry (Belated!) Christmas! I hope the holiday season has been good to you and your loved ones. It has been a very busy season for my family. In the month of December we bought a house, moved and tried (as best as you can with little people!) to get our house in order to host Christmas for our loved ones. We managed to pull it all off with a BANG! That is truly a miracle.
I made this recipe for my husbands birthday in mid December and it was a hit with everyone. It was sweet, slightly tangy, crunchy and crispy. I had never baked with pomegranate seeds but I thought I would give it a try since they were in season and we had a large bowl of them on our counter. It was a success.
Pomegranates are actually very rich in antioxidants and help to fight against many cancers. I love the vibrant red juice that comes from the seeds and although it can be messy job getting the seeds out, it's well worth it. My son literally screeches with joy when I cut into one. If you've never eaten a pomegranate before, simply cut it in half or in quarters and start picking out the ruby jewels that await. As a side note, don't wear white while doing it, unless you're looking for the splattered paint look!
This is the perfect recipe to whip together for a quick dessert. Serve it on it's own or with some delicious coconut ice cream.
- 5 apples, cubed
- seeds of 1/2 a pomegranate
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tsp tapioca starch
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp true cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a dutch oven style baking pot (I used my Le Crueset medium sized pot. Make sure to use something that can be used on the stove top and in the oven. Otherwise use a small saucepan and a 8x8 baking dish) and over medium heat, melt together coconut oil and maple syrup.
- Remove from heat and add apples, pomegranate seeds and cinnamon. Mix together until combine.
- In a bowl, mix together all the topping ingredients. The mixture should be a crumbly.
- Pour topping mixture over apple mixture and spread out evenly.
- Place in the oven for 40 minutes. Topping should be brown, crisp and fruit should be bubbling at the sides.
- If possible (if you can refrain from diving into the pot!), allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you a glorious 2016!