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Obesity and Eating Disorder Recovery Recipe: Apple Crisp

In my experience, clients that are in treatment for bulimia, binge eating disorder, anorexia or bulimarexia are typically faced with an increased risk of inadequate nutrition. To this end, I try to provide my clients and readers nutritious and delicious recipes to enjoy both during and after their recovery journey at ‘The Norton Center for Eating Disorders & Obesity’.

Eating healthy can be quick and easy once you get the hang of it. The key is in the planning. When you get into the habit of having the right ingredients on hand, meal preparation is a breeze, not a source of agony.

Eating Disorder Recovery: Apple Crisp


Filling Ingredients*

  • 5 granny smith apples – peeled, cored, quartered, and cut into 1/4-inch slices.  Toss sliced apples with lemon juice from ½ lemon to prevent browning.
  • 1/2 cup grassfed butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut crystals sugar
  • 1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger (optional)
  • 1 Tbsps. Water

Directions for Filling

Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.

Stir in sugar and spices until sugar begins to dissolve, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add apples and enough water to prevent sticking; continue cooking and stirring until apples soften and are coated with sauce, 4 to 5 minutes.

Topping Ingredients*

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup organic rolled oats or 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • ½ cup coconut crystals sugar
  • 1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger (optional)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ cup grass-fed butter

Directions for topping:

Mix dry ingredients (flour, rolled oats, or hemp, sugar and spices) together in a large bowl. Toss in beaten egg and melted butter. Toss until well blended.

Pour apples and sugar mixture into a 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle topping evenly over the apple filling.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Bake in the preheated oven until the top is browned and the filling is bubbling up around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes and serve with full fat cream, milk, whipped cream or a scoop of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, which is made with grass-fed cream.

Serves 8.

*All ingredients should be organic when possible.

Nutrition Info (without Ice Cream)

Using Hemp Seeds – 450 calories, 32 g of fat, 6 g of protein, 36 g of carbs, 7 g of fiber

Using Oats – 435 calories, 28 g of fat, 4 g of protein, 44 g of carbs, 8 g of fiber


You can substitute Jovial Foods Ginger Spice Cookies for the flour and oats, by either putting them into a food processor (which makes this a very quick recipe) or rolling them out between two sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper.  If you use the food processor, throw the rest of the ingredients in to finish blending the topping.

To make this even more of a Thanksgiving dish, you can add cranberries.  I like to buy them fresh and cook them into a compote,  using a cup of the coconut sugar and enough water to cover the cranberries. Then just substitute 1 cup of the cooked cranberries for 2 of the apples.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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