The humble crumble. So easy, comforting and delicious. You can make them out of just about any fruit combination and go hog-wild or plain jane with the toppings (which is the best part, am I right?).
I refer to this recipe as a crumble because calling it a Honeycrisp, um…crisp felt a little awkward and redundant. Which made me wonder what the difference is between the two. Are they one in the same, interchangeable if you will? Turns out they are very similar, but different none the less (so are cobblers, buckles, brown bettys, and slumps as it turns out).
A crisp and a crumble are the same with one distinction: Crumbles have an oat-based topping and crisps do not. By that definition my recipe is really a crisp and not a crumble, but I wanted a grain-free version, a sort of mock-crumble. Call it what you will. I’ll call it delicious.
Now that we have that important distinction out of the way, let’s talk about how simple it is to put together a dessert like this (chop fruit, toss topping, bake, done). Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you likely have an event to host or a dish to bring. Substitutions are easy, so you can work with the fruits, nuts and seeds you have on hand for that last-minute invite. (But do try this combination at least once.)
Blood Sugar Buddy
Spicy-sweet cinnamon pairs well with sweet desserts and is classically paired with apples. The great thing about cinnamon is that it naturally works to keep your blood sugar stable – super awesome when your eating a sweet treat. Cinnamon has also been shown to decrease cholesterol and triglycerides. Better still, researchers noted that the effects were still measurable after 20 days. 
Not only does cinnamon help with cholesterol levels, after meal and long-term blood sugar stabilization, it also helps to lower the risks associated with pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Cinnamon is inexpensive, widely available and tasty. It is versatile in that it also pairs well with savory dishes such as soups, dips and curries.
An Attitude of Gratitude
After Halloween, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it’s not because of the food (well, maybe a little). But seriously, it’s really about being thankful for the bounty of the harvest and having family and friends to share it with.
The holiday season brings with it the hustle, bustle and stress of parties and gift giving. It’s important to keep everything in perspective – we are truly blessed to be stressed. If the holidays start to feel overwhelming, stop and take a deep breath – parties, overindulgence, and materialism lose sight of what’s really important: Being loved and giving love. Love and gratitude really are the greatest gift we can give – to others and to ourselves.
Keeping this in mind, if you want to show your love and gratitude by giving something tangible to your loved-ones this season, I’ve got you covered: in the coming weeks I will be sharing recipes for my favorite edible gifts.
But for now, enjoy this sweet nourishing treat and have a happy, stress-free Thanksgiving filled will all sorts of love and gratitude!
 Aggarwal, Bharat B. and Yost, Deborah. Healing Spices: How to use 50 everyday and exotic spices to boost health and beat disease. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2011. 80-81. Print.