Ah, November rolls around again, and the countdown to one of my favorite holidays ever begins…
Okay but think about it. Are you really surprised? A holiday all about food and gratitude. About gratifood. My dreamz!
Can we make gratifood a thing? Let’s make that a thing. “Live with gratifood.” Memo2munch’s new slogan!
Wow, I am so happy right now.
BUT I need to back up. We have important things to talk about, like apple crumbles, and Halloween, and how the food industry sneaks sugar into EVERYTHING. Literally everything. Like beef jerky and sour cream and onion Pringles. I know. But we’ll get to that.
My apartment mates and I had our friends over on Halloween, and we went alllll out in terms of decorations. We had Halloween streamers and napkins and a tablecloth and orange and black burlap and LIGHTS. Oh, the lights. What’s cuter than jack-o-lantern lights? (Thanks, Momma!)
Then of course we had lots of food, including cupcakes with Halloween liners. Turns out my sweet potato cupcakes work just as well if you sub pumpkin puree. Handy tip!
Guess who I was for Halloween! I’ll just pretend I don’t know that the picture is right below this and call you a GENIUS! <3 Julia Child <3
Bloomington has all of these lovely vintage stores, so the costume was super easy to throw together. I got all my stuff from A.Z. Vintage, so if you’re in Bloomington GO THERE. You’ll find tons of cute things, and you can take a shopping break to pet the adorable store kitty, Biscuit. She’s a sweetie.
Speaking of sweeties, can we discuss sugar for
ever a sec? In one of my classes this semester, our professor challenged us to go to a grocery store and find as many names for sugar as we could on the food labels. It was horrifying. (#sugarmadness)
Together we were able to come up with 65 different ways that sugar can be found on the ingredients list. SIXTY FIVE. And they’re tricky names so that we won’t know there’s sugar in there.
-Corn syrup solids (ooooh, appetizing)
-Invert syrup (WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN)
-And my personal favorite: evaporated cane juice.
Do you know what you get if you take cane juice and get rid of the liquid? Granulated sugar. Identical to the kind you can get in the baking aisle.
That’s like calling stealing “borrowing without asking.” Or “letting someone go” instead of firing them. Do we need euphemisms for sugar now?!
Hey, I’m all for a little sweetness. But I at least want to know when I’m eating it. Especially the equivalent of the processed white stuff or high fructose corn syrup.
Next time you’re at the store, take a look at some of the labels. I found some new Goldfish flavor with nine different types of sugar on the ingredients list!
Luckily, we can know exactly how much sugar is in something when we make it ourselves using whole ingredients. Yay!
Today’s GF apple crumble is so simple, it’s a nice break from the crazy, processed nightmare I sifted through last weekend. And it’s sweetened with just maple syrup!
Wholesome, natural, pure, comforting, and delicious. Now that’s more like it.
Question: What were you for Halloween??
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- About 4 medium apples
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey*
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 c. (240g) rolled oats (make sure to get certified gluten free if you are allergic)
- 5 tbsp. almond flour/meal
- A pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 5 tbsp. maple syrup or honey*
- 5 tbsp. coconut oil, room temperature
- Make the filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Wash the apples and cut them into thin slices, leaving the skin on (FIBER!). Place in a large bowl and toss with vanilla, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Transfer to a 10" cast-iron skillet or other baking dish.
- Make the topping: Mix the oats, almond flour, and sea salt together in a separate bowl. Then add vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Use your hands to mix until well combined. Distribute the topping evenly over the apples.
- Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes or until the crumble is firm and lightly browned. Serve as is or with some yummy vegan ice cream.
- *If you use honey the crumble will no longer be vegan.