One of the blessings and challenges of being single is that when I prepare a meal or a treat, I am generally the only person eating it. Sometimes that’s great. I’ll get multiple meals from leftovers or have a meal to freeze for a day when I need something quick. Or if I have something really, really good — I don’t have to share it. 😉
But when it comes to treats, single living can really put one’s willpower to the test. When I want to indulge, I don’t always want a whole pan of brownies around to tempt me. I often will share the extras with others or freeze them to save for later (or a combination of both). But I only have so much space in my little freezer and most of it needs to be dedicated to storing real food — not cookies and brownies. And if I start collecting too many treats, I will eat them. It’s as simple as that.
So I’ve developed a love for single or two-serving treats. There are plenty of recipes floating around out there with single or double serving options, but I’ve discovered they’re also a ton of fun to create.
It’s also fun to create treats that aren’t overly sweet, but still satisfying. Sometimes I want something with just a hint of sweetness, not a rich delicacy. (Often that’s really all that’s necessary.) Those factors led to this creation… a Paleo apple crisp in a mug. It’s simple, tasty and can be made without any added sweetener at all, making it perfect for a sugar detox program, like the 21-Day Sugar Detox. I prepare it in my favorite portable soup mug.
- 1 apple, cored (I recommend Granny Smith, Pink Lady or another tart, crisp apple)
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Coconut oil for greasing the mug
- 3 tablespoons raw pecans, chopped
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon almond meal or blanched almond flour
- 1 tablespoon grassfed butter, softened at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons honey or a few drops liquid stevia to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a large oven-safe mug (I use this one) with coconut oil.
- Combine all topping ingredients, using a fork to blend it all together until crumbly. Make sure there aren't any chunks of butter remaining. Alternatively, use whole pecans and combine the topping ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until crumbly.
- To prepare the filling, slice the apple thinly, then cut the slices in half.
- Place the apple slices in a small mixing bowl and add the other ingredients. Toss until the apples are evenly coated.
- Pour the filling into the prepared mug and spread the topping on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned and the apples are tender, but not mushy.
- Enjoy as one generous serving or share with someone else if you feel so inclined. 🙂