Apple Crisp with Soaked Oats Topping

Time is passing  by in the wink of an eye.  We are trying to savor each day...each moment doing things that we love- baking, eating, planning. 
A lot of our time is spent in the kitchen, and lately we've been crossing off lists - like Autumn activities that we want to get done.
One of the Fall activities that we wanted to do was bake a berry crumble. Since we had a lot of apples we decided that an apple crisp was just the right thing.

For the Soaked Oats
 2 cups organic rolled oats
2 ½ cups warm filtered water, just enough to cover oats
2 tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
8-9 organic apples, cored, peeled and chunked (about 8 cups)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups previously-soaked rolled oats (see above)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Overnight: Place oats in a large mason jar or large bowl with lid. Cover with 2 ½ cups warm filtered water (warmer than room temperature) and lemon juice/apple cider vinegar. Cover with lid or clear wrap if you do not have a lid. Leave out on counter for 8-24 hours.
The next day: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 or 9-inch square baking dish (you could also make this in a 2 inch deep round pie dish).
Strain the soaked oats through colander, set aside.
Prep apples. Core, peel, cut into ½-1 inch chunks. Place in large mixing bowl. Add cinnamon to apples and stir to coat evenly. Pour apples into baking dish.
In the same mixing bowl, combine soaked oats, coconut oil, maple syrup/honey and cinnamon. Mix with hands to combine. This will be a wet mixture, not crumbly like a typical non-soaked crisp topping.
Top apples with the soaked oat mixture, smooth out with hands, making sure it’s evenly distributed.
Bake for about 55-60 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are soft. Remove from oven. Serve hot, warm or cold. I topped with coconut flakes.

Recipe found here


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