You guys. I’m less than 2 weeks away from running my half marathon.
Last year I trained for the same race and was feeling really strong and in shape leading up to the race. But then, I unfortunately fell off my bike a week before the race and did something horrible to my arm, which kept me from racing.
Yeah, that was a sad day.
This training season I’m again feeling really good. I had my last long run (12 miles) on Thursday and then the race is next Saturday. So many of my friends are running the race this year, so I’m really looking forward to race day. I’ve signed up and trained for so many 1/2 marathons in the past, but then became unable to race due to injury. So I’m praying that in these next two weeks I’ll stay healthy and injury free!
I will say that, as of right now, I’m thinking this will be my last long-distance race. I’m always excited to start training, but once I get past 6 miles or so I lose my desire to train. I’ve come to realize that I prefer shorter, more effective workouts and then, when I want, doing short runs on the side. But I know the desire to train for bigger events always comes back, so we’ll see what happens.
With all this running, I’ve definitely had some days of intense “runger,” which means desserts have been more prevalent in my life. Sometimes you just need some extra calories to fuel all that movement, ya know?! But when I do eat desserts, I love to eat treats that make me feel good afterwards, and that’s exactly why I came up with this Healthy & Easy Vegan Apple Crisp.
Guys, this dessert is so simple to make and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth while also being healthy enough for breakfast (at least in my opinion!) Plus fall is here and apples are in season, so now is the time to get in the kitchen and make this sweet, nutty Healthy & Easy Vegan Apple Crisp!
We ate ours topped with Cinnamon Banana Ice Cream which I made by blending up frozen bananas with a little bit of soy milk and cinnamon until smooth. Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream or store-bought ice cream would also make for an amazing topping!
- 6-8 red apples, peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- CRUMBLE TOPPING:
- 1½ cups oats
- 1 cup nuts, ground into flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- Start by preheating your oven to 350/175 degrees and set aside an 8x8 baking dish.
- Place all of your peeled and chopped apples into a large sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add i in the maple syrup and cinnamon and stir to combine. Cook the apples for about 10 minutes or until softened.
- While the apples are cooking, prepare the crumble topping by mixing together in a large bowl the oats, ground nuts and cinnamon. Pour over the maple syrup and coconut oil and mix until combined.
- Once the apples have softened, pour them into your baking dish and top them with the crumb mixture.
- Place the baking dish into your oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
- Serve warm with dairy-free ice cream or coconut whipped cream!