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West Coast Screams & Healthy Apple Dreams

Freddy Krueger's glove, Edward Scissorhands, Jason's mask and machete, Jack Torrance's axe from The Shining and Mr. Pointy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Experience Music Project museum

Freddy Krueger’s glove, Edward Scissorhands, Jason’s mask and machete, Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining and Mr. Pointy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Experience Music Project museum

When I visited Seattle, I fell in love with the Experience Music Project Museum.  Not only did the museum have some excellent permanent collections featuring Nirvana & Jimi Hendrix, but there was also an impressive horror exhibit: “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film”.  One of the items displayed was Freddy Krueger’s glove from one of my favourite horror films, the classic slasher Nightmare on Elm Street directed by Wes Craven.  This movie made a significant impact on the horror genre, and inspired a slew of slashers produced throughout the 80’s.  A little over a decade later, Wes Craven’s Scream revitalized horror films, breathing new life into the genre he helped to create.  Scream spawned three sequels, the fourth one released many years later in 2011.  Despite the forgettable Scream 3, I was actually pretty excited for Scream 4 and my review can be read here.

Scream 4

Property of Dimension Films

In honour of the Scream series that was set in California, I’m featuring a recipe that highlights some of California’s most popular food trends: detox, wheat free and sugar free.  My spiced apple crisp puts a healthy spin on this classic dessert, making it the perfect dish to snack on during a detox.

Wheat Free, Sugar Free Spiced Apple Crisp

Wheat Free, Sugar Free Spiced Apple Crisp

Gluten Free Chick Pea Banana Bread

Gluten Free Chick Pea Banana Bread

Gluten Free Chick Pea Banana Bread

I have been on a mission for awhile now to perfect a gluten free banana bread.  I wanted a loaf that wouldn’t crumble, firm but not too gooey, and sweet enough without using processed sugar. I discovered the joys of chick pea flour – great texture, flavour and added protein.  I       experimented with this flour and I think that coupled with the maple syrup, it really brings out a balanced sweetness to the loaf. With the added nut protein, this makes a great recovery snack after a workout.

Gluten Free Chick Pea Banana Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chick pea flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup milled flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen/defrosted berries or dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup organic soy milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, adjust rack to middle of oven.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Mash bananas and defrosted berries in a large bowl. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Sprinkle dry blueberries at this stage if using and mix until combined.
  5. Pour batter into lightly greased loaf baking dish.
  6. Bake in oven for 1 hour rotating dish halfway through. Check with toothpick and bake an additional five minutes if the toothpick does not come out clean.
  7. Cool on wire rack before serving. Keep covered in the fridge for up to a week.

Wheat Free, Sugar Free Spiced Apple Crisp

Wheat Free, Sugar Free Spiced Apple Crisp

Growing up, apple crisp was a staple dessert in our household.  Whenever my mother baked apple crisp, the house would be filled with a wonderful sweet and spicy aroma, like comforting arms wrapping around you on a cold, winter’s evening.

I’ve hesitated to make apple crisp for years because I didn’t want to make a sugary dessert, and I’ve also been trying to avoid wheat as well.  However, while on my yearly detox I took matters into my own hands and threw a bunch of detox-friendly ingredients together.  I crossed my fingers and hoped for that same sweet, comforting dessert.

Low and behold, I present to you the new and improved apple crisp!  My adult taste buds call for a bit of heat now, so I added hints of cayenne and chili that balance out the tartness of the apples.  Almond meal and flax seeds are included for some extra protein and fiber for an even healthier dessert.  I used Gala apples instead of Granny Smith to add some natural sweetness and finally, I discovered the key to a really flavourful apple dessert is to slice them very thinly.

Wheat Free, Sugar Free Spiced Apple Crisp

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 5 Gala apples – peeled cored, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup melted raw honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper
  • sprinkle of chili powder

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup wheat free oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted raw honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350C and make sure a rack is aligned in the middle of the oven.
  2. Place thinly sliced apples into a square 8″ glass or ceramic baking dish. Add honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Mix together using your hands, ensuring that the apples are thoroughly and evenly covered. Lightly flatten the apples with the palm of your hand so that they are relatively even in the dish.
  3. In a separate, medium mixing bowl combine almond meal, oats, flax seed and cinnamon. Add honey and coconut oil and mix well.
  4. Using your hands, take clumps of the almond/oat mixture and place over top of the apples, lightly flattening and spreading out the mixture until you have made an even layer.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the top is lightly browned. Cool on wire rack 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you’re not on a detox, serve with a slice of old cheddar cheese!

For the almond meal, you can also just throw some almonds in a good processor and process until finely ground.

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