As we venture into apple season and our summer bids us adieu I like to get back in the kitchen and get my bake on!

I have Scandinavian roots and fond memories of baking pies with my grandmother in our tattered aprons and flour speckled cheeks. I love looking back on these bonding moments with family, but cant help but feel a little guilty about indulging in those gluten laden pie crusts and sugar smothered desserts these days.

I am not Celiac but have a gluten sensitivity (just like my mother…thank you genetics). When I eat wheat (or other gluten filled grains) I basically go into a coma. It takes about 30 minutes to kick in before my eyes start to droop, my head starts to bob, and my brain goes fuzzy and shuts down.

Now I must admit that it is hard to be perfect so I pick my battles. At this point I do not feel guilty about indulging in a muffin once a week, or a nice hoppy beer once in a while. But I need to be concious of the fact that I WILL feel like a robot who’s battery is almost dead, and plan accordingly.

Sooo, instead of making my body and mind suffer (I’m talking about inflammation of the digestive tract and leaky gut, not to mention what its doing the communication pathways of my brain) I have decided to get creative and give up the old comforts and make a refined sugar free, gluten and guilt free version of baked apples.

Not overloading our systems with things that make us feel sick is paramount to a healthy lifestyle. Food sensitivities or allergies can sometimes take anywhere from 30 minutes to 7 days to present themselves.

For me this presents itself as swollen hands the next day. For people with a dairy allergy this may be ezcema or simply a runny nose. Honestly it is no way to treat your best asset!

The food we eat becomes each and every cell of our being.

Why not make those cells indestructible and nourish them with good, whole food…even if it is a little natural nectar of the gods 🙂

This recipe is a fast and simple way to impress your guests and make your taste buds jump for joy.

Happy baking 🙂


  • 3 apples (cut in half and cored, skins on for fiber)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/4 pecans or almonds (chopped)
  • 3-4 medjool dates (soaked for 1 hour and pulsed to make a paste)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 – 2 lemon wedges


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Set apples face up in a roasting dish and add 1/4 water to it.
  • Drizzle apples with a wedge or two of lemon. Set aside.
  • Put all ingredients except apples in a bowl.
  • Work ingredients in bowl together with your hands to form a crumble.
  • Set apples face up in a roasting dish and add 1/4 water to it.
  • Place an even amount on each apple and bake for 25-30 at 375 degrees.
  • No need for ice cream, these babies stand on their own.


Katie Israelson