GF & Vegan Apple Crumble (with No Refined Sugars!)

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!

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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.

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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!)

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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

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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 forever 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)

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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.

For example:

-Barley malt
-Corn maltodextrin
-Corn syrup solids (ooooh, appetizing)
-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?!

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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!

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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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Apple Filling
  1. About 4 medium apples
  2. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  3. 2 tsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey*
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Crumble Topping
  1. 2 1/2 c. (240g) rolled oats (make sure to get certified gluten free if you are allergic)
  2. 5 tbsp. almond flour/meal
  3. A pinch sea salt
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 5 tbsp. maple syrup or honey*
  6. 5 tbsp. coconut oil, room temperature
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. *If you use honey the crumble will no longer be vegan.
Adapted from Green Kitchen Stories

Honey & Sauteed Apple French Toast


New Year’s in September? Well, yes, if you’re Jewish. Which, for the record, I am. Bat Mitzvah’d and everything. (Mazel tov!)

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The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. It translates to literally, “head of the year,” and is celebrated on the first and second days of the Hebrew month Tishri. By the Gregorian calendar, Rosh Hashanah starts September 24 at sundown. Please look it up if you’d like to know more. It’s a really interesting holiday!

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It’s definitely not much like your typical New Year’s celebration, but the idea of starting fresh and reflecting on self-improvement are still there! And boy, do I have a way to improve your breakfast plans.

Speaking of self-improvement, this new year marks some big improvements for the photography here on memo2munch. Brace yourselves for the utter awesomeness that is the pictures taken with my NEW CAMERA! New year, new camera. It’s fitting, right?

I’m now lucky enough to be shooting with a Canon Rebel t3i with a 50mm f/1.8 lens.

If that was total gibberish to you, than you’re like me a few months ago when I started researching cameras. It’s okay. All you need to know is that this baby is WONDERFUL, and I now spend A LOT of time taking pictures of food. Well, more than I did before. Alright so we’re probably, like, borderline paparazzi-stalking food these days.

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Anyway, I’ve actually had the camera for a couple weeks now, but I wanted to post all of the recipes I had been saving up before I posted any of the new camera pictures. You see, I knew that once the new pictures went out into the world, there was no going back. And then you wouldn’t have gotten Cherry Chocolate Rye Muffins!!

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BUT NOW I’m ready to post the new camera pictures, and it just so happens to be Rosh Hashanah. Ah, it’s the little things!

I mentioned earlier that I was going to improve your breakfast plans. I SO still am. I just got distracted by honey dripping off bites of French toast, and that sort of thing.

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Say hello to quite possibly the most delicious French toast I have ever made/tasted/stuffed into my mouth. Not kidding.

We’ve got French toast made with the best bread ever, Challah, topped with tender, sautéed apples and drenched in warm, cinnamon honey. It doesn’t get better than that. And it’s a very proper way to celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

Challah (pronounced hah-luh, with some phlegm action at the beginning, if you can manage it), a sweet, Jewish, egg bread, is shaped in a straight, braided loaf most of the year. On Rosh Hashanah, however, it is round and will oftentimes be extra sweet and filled with plump raisins. The circular shape represents the circle of life and the beginning cycle of a new year. (Annnnd cue Lion King. Come on, you’re all thinking it.) So we’re making our French toast with challah—whether or not it has raisins is up to you.

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Side note: even if it wasn’t Rosh Hashanah, we’d be making French toast with challah. It makes THE BEST French toast.

Another traditional treat enjoyed on Rosh Hashanah is apples dipped in honey, a symbol of a sweet new year. Hence the honey and apple-y goodness on top of our French toast here.

So use your leftover challah, or make a special trip to get some, and treat yourself to a lovely breakfast. Start the New Year right!

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Honey Sauteed Apple French Toast
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
For the honey sauteed apples
  1. 1 tbsp. coconut oil or earth balance
  2. 2 medium apples, sliced into thin wedges with the skin on (you can remove it if you want, but you lose some of the fiber!)
  3. 1/2 c. honey
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon, more to taste
For the French toast
  1. coconut oil or earth balance for the pan
  2. 4 thick slices Challah bread
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/2 c. almond milk
  5. toasted walnuts to top (optional)
  6. cinnamon to top (optional)
  1. Heat two medium skillets over medium-low heat. While they warm up, whisk the eggs and almond milk together in a bowl. Start the honey sauteed apples: Melt the coconut oil in one of the pans. Then add the apple slices in an even layer and sprinkle with the cinnamon. After 2-3 minutes, mix the apples around in the pan so that the cinnamon is distributed evenly.
  2. Start the French toast: Melt the earth balance in the other pan. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture so that it is thoroughly covered, and then transfer to the pan with the earth balance. Repeat with the remaining slices.
  3. Let the French toast cook on one side for 2-3 minutes. Stir the apples frequently during this time. Flip the French toast and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side.
  4. While the French toast finishes cooking, pour the honey into the pan with the apples and remove from heat, stirring gently.
  5. Plate the finished French toast. Top with the warm honey and apple mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon and toasted walnuts, if desired.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake

LET ME JUST EXPLAIN TO YOU THE CRAZINESS THAT IS GOING ON. (Oh no, starting with the caps again already!)

You see, it all started when that doll Mother Nature decided TO SKIP FALL. Yeah, that happened. I mean, nobody’s in a rush to get to winter unless the holidays are getting close, am I right? I’m right.


But last week here in the good ole Midwest, it snowed. And sleeted. And hailed a little bit I’m told, although I didn’t see it in person. But those other two forms of precipitation? Witnessed with my two very own eyeballs!

There’s just something not right about seeing snow when there are leaves on the trees that haven’t even begun to turn into those fiery colors everyone associates with fall.

Oh my gosh. What if the cold from the snow killed the leaves and now instead of changing colors they’ll just SHRIVEL UP AND DIE?! Does that statement reach the drama quota on this post? I mean, I sorta prepared you for drama with the very first sentence; I had to give ya something.

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