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recipe: bran apple crisp

February 14, 2011

Every other Sunday, my husband and I serve at our church (in the welcome team) – we get up pretty early on Sunday mornings so we can meet with our team to pray and to discuss any logistical issues for that particular day. Our off-Sundays, we’re able to sleep in a bit and eat a late breakfast, run some errands, do chores around the house, and go to church in the evening. I don’t know, there’s something about eating a nice big breakfast on the weekends. Maybe it’s because on weekday mornings, we usually just eat toast and fruit or a bowl of cereal. (Plus, for the 3 & 1/2 months, all I eat on Saturday mornings is toast and water – a very small breakfast but enough to fuel me for my long runs.)

Yesterday, since it was our off-Sunday, I hemmed and hawed around the kitchen, wondering what we could eat. Sure, there were whole grain bagels, muesli, toast, oatmeal, etc. We had quite the breakfast selection. My husband suggested that he might use the last of our 3 apples and heat them up with some honey & nuts. Then it hit me – why not make apple crisp that we both could enjoy?

Off to the internet I went, for a quick apple crisp recipe. I found this from a blog called “Making This Home” and tried it, adding my own little twist to the recipe (hence the name). It’s very good and quite filling, perfect for a late Sunday morning breakfast, washed down with good ‘ol black coffee. I would even it this as a dessert, topped with vanilla ice cream!

Bran Apple Crisp


  • 1 1/2 cups of roughly crumbled bran muffins (see recipe)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • 3 small gala apples, chopped
  • 2 tbsp white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • handful of chopped walnuts
  • extra oats

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Put crumbled up bran muffins into a 9×9 inch glass dish. Drizzle 1 tbsp melted butter onto the bran layer.

2. In a small bowl, mix chopped apples with the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put apple mixture on top of the bran layer.

3. In a small sauce pan, melt 2 tbsp of butter in medium-low heat, then add honey. Stir in oats, coconut flakes, flax seed and walnuts. Remove from heat and place oat mixture on top of the apple layer.

4. Sprinkle extra oats on top and bake for 25-30 minutes (taking care not to burn the granola topping).

5. Serve in a bowl for breakfast! Or, top with vanilla ice cream and eat for dessert.

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