Apple Crisp > Blue Monday

Happy Blue Monday!
Apparently, the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year, due to post-Christmas sadness, cold gloom, credit card bills, and the fact that school begins tomorrow. At least the year only gets better from here, right?

My lovely friend Emily sent me a link to a myriad of beating-the-blues recipes (found here!) as baking warm goodies for friends and family can help lift spirits and keep the mind busy. And I thought to myself, “Self, this is a great day to post your most coveted dessert of all time.” So here it is, folks. The infamous Apple Crisp.

Apple Crisp is a great combination of three very distinct flavors: oats, apples, and cinnamon. First off, oats are just great. Especially whole grain oats. They have a substancial source of fiber to sustain hunger and are full of antioxidants to ward off the flu. Don’t be sad though, you still need to get a flu shot!

Apples do the same with their soluble fiber to keep you full! Additionally, apples are known to boost exercise endurance though an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids the system by making oxygen more available to the lungs.

Finally, cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar, especially for those with Type 2 diabetes. For all us normal college kids, studies have shown that cinnamon can also boost cognitive function and memory just from its smell. So if I’m just going at a jar of cinnamon on my way to class tomorrow, don’t judge.

Thus, eating a dessert such as this can keep you healthy, keep you fit, and keep you smart. Who knew?!

My Favorite Apple Crisp
Yield: 6-8 servings      Prep Time: 20 minutes          Cook Time: 40-60 minutes

Ingredients
2 cups whole grain oats
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 Granny Smith apples
2 Golden Delicious apples
1 tablespoon cinnamon, or more to taste
1/4 cup sugar, or more to taste

Directions
1. Combine oats, melted butter, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Mix with a fork until combined.
2. Peel, core, and slice apples about 1/4-1/2 an inch thick.
3. Combine apples granulated sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix with hands until all apples are evenly coated. Munch on an apple for testing (or two or three) and add more sugar/cinnamon as needed.
4. Place apple mixture into a medium sized baking dish and layer the oat mixture on top, making sure all apples are covered.
5. Bake at 350°F for 40-60 minutes until apples are fork tender. Serve with ice cream, yogurt, or enjoy all by itself.


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