A craggy apple tree anchored my back yard growing up. Each fall my family would pick the sweet-tart fruit and make lods of applesauce, apple butter, and apple crisp. This crumble is a wholesome version of the traditional recipe I grew up on, taken to new heights. Tangy, caramelly apples are punctuated with dark cherries and topped with crunchy pecans and oats. It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free, by the way of coconut oil and oat flour, and has significantly less sugar than my family recipe without losing any flavor. If time allows, use homemade crème fraîche for a creamy maple topping: it’s simple to pull together and out-of-this-world good.
GF* For gluten-free, use gluten-free oats.
V* For vegan, top with coconut whipped cream.
—Sonja & Alex Overhiser
Excerpted from A Couple Cooks | Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food by Sonja and Alex Overhiser. Copyright © 2018. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.