Individual Toffee Apple Crisp

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Individual Toffee Apple Crisp is chewy, sweet, and decadent yet perfectly portion controlled!

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Anyone mind if we start with the most important course first? You know, dessert?

Ben emailed me this afternoon with a very important message. “I have saved you a brownie.”

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To which I replied “WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”

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His response back? “Real good brownie too… I didn’t even take a bite”

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To which I asked “How do you know it’s real good if you didn’t take a bite?!”

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I haven’t heard back. Bahahahaha!

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I’ve waxed poetic about Ben a zillion times on this blog. Somehow the kindest, most thoughtful man picked me to marry, and I love him for a million different reasons. One of them being, of course, that he saves nibbled-on brownies from work, then brings them home to me. ;)

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Since my sweetie is working late tonight, I thought I’d return the favor and have his favorite dessert waiting for him when he gets home. Individual Apple Crisp.

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ON ‘ROIDS – muwahahahaha!

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Ahem, that is to say, I put toffee bits in the crisp!!!!!!

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Individual Toffee Apple Crisp

Print this recipe!

Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 small apple
1/8 teaspoon each flour, sugar & cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon old fashioned oats
1-1/2 teaspoons flour
1-1/2 teaspoons cold butter
1 teaspoon toffee bits

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel then chop apple into small, 1/4″ cubes. Toss with flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, then pour into a non-stick sprayed, individual-sized baking dish.
  2. In the same bowl combine brown sugar, oats, flour, cold butter and toffee bits. Smush with your fingers until butter is well distributed among the ingredients. Top apples with the mixture and bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp is golden brown.

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Ok, let’s be honest…I made an individual-sized serving for myself too. I had to let you know what it tasted like, right?! It was perhaps THE best apple crisp I have ever made. The toffee bits turned caramely and chewy as they baked. NUUUTS!!! And it clocked in at under 250 ultra-satisfying calories! :D Sweet!

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Now you’re either going to think I’m lying or crazy after I tell you about the dinner I had cooking to tender, succulent, juicy perfection in the crock pot all day.

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The good news is I can’t tell a lie to save my life – thanks, giggles – and the jury is perhaps still out on the latter…but seriously…Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas from Skinny Taste was better than One Pot Mac & Cheese and The Best Tomato Sauce. Ever. COMBINED.

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I kid you not, this slow roasted pork and rice is in the Top 5 dishes I have ever made in my kitchen. It is incredible.

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A lean, pork butt is spiced with homemade adobo seasoning, studded with slivers of fresh garlic, then slathered in chipotles in adobo before being cooked for 8 long hours in the crock pot.

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The melt in your mouth pork that practically shredded itself is then piled high atop a mountain of homemade chipotle-style rice, before being utterly. devoured.

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I think you all know by now how much I love me some Chipotle, but I have to tell you – this was 1000 times better. Spicy, salty and sooooo juicy. MMM!

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You HAVE to make this pork and rice! The only change from the original recipe is I made my own Adobo seasoning using this recipe, I used a 3.75lb pork butt, and I didn’t sear it before putting it in the crock pot.

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You must taste what I tasted tonight. So go forth, cut some apples, crank your crock pots, and get cookin’!!!!

Have a great night!

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Brag time! What do you love most about your significant other? If you’re single & ready (or not) to mingle, what do you love most about yourself?

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Comments

  1. JennyV 10.04.2011

    Love Most? Oh boy — his patience, his prayers for our family, his thoughtfully written birthday cards, his amazing cooking skills, his ability to crack me up :)

    As an Iowan living in transit, I’ll be walking for IOWA in a different state and in a different time zone… and keeping my fitness going strong as I run the DM Marathon on Oct. 16!

  2. That is a hard question… Man… OK what i love most is that my husband makes me laugh every. single. day… no matter what we are going through. He is such a big kid at heart and I love it. I can’t wait to see him someday as a dad. I know he will be a great one! Btw, your apple crisp looks awesome.

  3. Erika 10.04.2011

    I LOVE that my husband is cool as a cucumber under stress. We are complete opposites that way! And what I love most about myself…I think I do a good job of making people feel included and part of the group. No one left behind! :-)

    That apple crisp looks DELISH, by the way.

  4. Lauren 10.04.2011

    These look sensation but what are toffee bits and where can I find them? Do they sell them with the chocolate chips? They sound delightful.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 10.04.2011

      They are like heath bits, just without the chocolate! Sold right in the chocolate chip aisle. They’re *awesome*.

  5. Chris 10.04.2011

    Alert, Kristin. Honeycrisps are at Fareway for 1.89 per pound. Run, don’t walk!

  6. My boyfriend is so, so much fun without being selfish, inconsiderate or irresponsible. He manages to be caring, smart, thoughtful and super fun all at the same time! :)

  7. hmmm… i would have to say my hubby’s patience. i can be a handful at times (as i think all females can!) and he takes a deep breath, and just rides out my craziness!

    love this single serving dessert… i’m always looking for new ideas. i LOVE dessert, the husband does not, so individual recipes help me keep my own portion in check :) a whole batch of cookies does not stand a chance in my kitchen.

  8. I love it that he is so laid back and easy going. It’s a great balance for my Type A, stress prone self!

  9. your enthusiasm over EVERYTHING is seriously infectious. i am literally in a happier mood after reading this post. andddddddd i would like to vote you and ben for having the cutest, happiest marriage ever! i snagged a great guy too. he is super thoughtful and LOVES to make me happy (i got flowers every single month for the first year we dated, and often get them on random days just because.) he also just LOVES life and i love him for that :)

  10. Alisha 10.04.2011

    My husband is the most kind and selfless person I know! In any situation he always saves me the last bite, tells me everyday and night that he loves me! I couldn’t have asked to meet a better man to spend the rest of my life with. Plus he loves your blog just as much as I do! :) great post!

  11. Melissa 10.04.2011

    My soon to be husband (March 30, 2012) is super smart and can make anything interesting. He tells the best stories. He makes me laugh and puts up with my silly sense of humor. The best part is he has no idea how wonderful he is and is always shocked that I think so.

  12. Wendy 10.04.2011

    My husband is hilarious in a understated way, in face most people are shocked when he lets them in on his humorous ways.

    I am a huge fan of skinnytaste, and I will be making this recipe for sure!

  13. Cindy 10.04.2011

    The carnitas are on my meal plan for next week! So glad to see that you liked them. I can’t wait to try them now!

  14. i love how my husband takes care of me. seriously he’s in the kitchen making tomorrow’s lunches and i’m in bed blogging. so sweet. :)

  15. The best thing about my boyfriend is that he always makes me feel special. He also eats anything and everything I cook. No matter how it tastes. And he brags to everyone how good it was:)

  16. That sounds SO good! I’m making this one soon. I told my co-worker about your pasta sauce recipe – she was excited about it too!

    By the way – I have to mention my fantastic husband of almost 7 years. Not only is he AMAZING to our two girls he is very supportive of all I do – including my passion for writing! I couldn’t do it without him. LOVE! :)

  17. Rachel 10.04.2011

    My husband is goofy, nerdy, super-smart, sweet, and a wonderful father. And he’s my best friend. :)

  18. I love that my boyfriend “gets me”. He notices things about me that I didn’t think anyone would notice. He loves me more than I deserve, or even understand, and it’s AWESOME. We’ve had lots of great laughs and hey, he’s a Hawkeye!

  19. Lindsey 10.04.2011

    My hubby always supports me in everything I do – even the crazy things, he takes interest in things I like so we can spend more time together as well :)
    I like to think I spoil him with my awesome cooking and baking ;) hehe

  20. Lauren 10.04.2011

    Thanks for convincing me to make this, you are by the way quite convincing. I have wanted to make carnitas FOREVER and this skinny version is going to be my first! To answer your question what I love most about my husband is how much he loves his family- meaning me too- family first shows a lot about a man to me. Thanks again for sharing the carnitas!

  21. Aww that was so sweet of you to make him his favorite dessert! I love reading about bloggers in super happy relationships!

    I feel so lucky to be in one myself. My boyfriend is the most incredible guy I could ever have hoped to meet! I can be totally myself around him, and he goes out of his way to make me feel loved and cared for and appreciated. We call each other our missing puzzle piece because we completely click. He’s also super cute, a good cook, and incredibly smart. I always joked when I was younger I wanted to marry a doctor, he’s currently in a phd program to become one! ;p

  22. Dawn Marie 10.04.2011

    I counted 6 plaid pics!!! Pretty!

  23. Jess S 10.04.2011

    My hubby is literally the most honest person I know. While some people (his sister!) don’t love that, I think it’s great. He also knows me better than anybody else, so he knows when to be all out with that honesty and when to reel it in a bit! :-)
    I could name many other wonderful qualities about him but that was the first one that came to mind and something I hadn’t really thought about before!

  24. Emily 10.04.2011

    I’m going to have to try this! I made the taco chili crockpot meal you posted a few weeks ago and it was a-mazing! We’ve now had it for dinner, lunch and dinner again.

    I’m definitely in a crockpot kind of mood with this cozy fall weather… :)

  25. Hope 10.05.2011

    That toffee apple crisp looks fantastic! I need to buy some of those individual ramakins. They are so cute!

    I love that my fiance has stood by my side during anything and everything I have gone through since we’ve been together. My family has gone through a lot of changes and he has been so supporting and loving through everything. Most of all, I love that is he is my best friend :)

  26. VeggieGirl 10.05.2011

    aww thats a cute brownie story- my man and I do that all the time, I work in events so I’m forever bringing him home food and he does the same when someone actually brings something to his work- he saved me a whoopie pie once, the first one I have ever had and made sure the filling didnt melt before he got home :)

  27. toffee + apples = heaven
    and anything crockpot is immediately love! What a great post :)

  28. Kelly 10.05.2011

    I love the pork recipe, def. making that!
    What I love most about my husband: he is the patient one. The logical one. When I’m ready to fly off the handle, scream, cry and throw things, he just says, “Hey, calm down, it’s all right.” He’s also much better with money than I am cause otherwise I would spend every dime! :)

  29. MarshallMadness 10.05.2011

    PS- Love that table cloth!

  30. I love making pork in the slow-cooker. SOOO good.

  31. Summer 10.05.2011

    Just curious, but how do you count the calories in your meals and desserts you prepare? Is it just breaking it down ingredient by ingredient?

  32. Cate 10.05.2011

    I’m doing the walk on Friday! (Actually I do more than that during most lunches when the weather’s nice, but still.) And GENIUS idea to make a single-serving apple crisp! That’s one of my absolute favorite desserts, but it’s always dangerous to make b/c I’ll eat half the pan, so this is a perfect solution! (Although you’re missing a key ingredient: ICE CREAM.) And I love my husband’s sweet heart and willingness to anticipate my needs…like last week, instead of letting me clean all the bathroom and do the laundry on Saturday, he cleaned for me on Friday and we did the laundry together on Friday night! Exciting, I know. ;)

  33. Eleni 10.05.2011

    Made the carnitas and love them! I’m going to make baked taquitos with the leftovers for tomorrow. Thanks for the genius recipe.

    • Jessie 10.06.2011

      How do you make baked taquitos? I made the Santa Fe Chicken a while back and used the rest to make burritos that are in the freezer. I need something new for these leftovers next week!

  34. When I saw this recipe yesterday, I knew I had to make it for my soon-to-be-hubs and I for treat time! Is it bad that I want to woof my dinner just to get to dessert?? Thank you for sharing :)

  35. Bear 10.05.2011

    Thing one..honey crisp apples are amazing. I chopped one up for my chicken salad yesterday for lunch.
    Thing two…i will be trying that apple crisp recipe this,weekend(have to get more apples )
    And finally yes im a single male..probably one of the few on here.
    I love the outdoors, have a ton of books that i read when the weather is gloomy, have a great sense of humor and of course I cook.
    Thanks for all the great recipes for me to try : )

  36. Jessie 10.06.2011

    I LOVE Skinny Taste recipes! I just made the turkey meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting . . . SOOOOOOOOOGOOOD! The pumpkin pie dip you could eat with a spoon . . . . or put a scoop full in between 2 Nilla Wafers and freeze for amazing sweet treat! Thinking the Pork carnitas will be on the menu next week!

  37. Betsy 10.07.2011

    I made the Crock Pot Pork Carnitas yesterday using your recipe (including the adobo rub you suggested). My only changes – I substituted pork tenderloin and omitted the Chipotle peppers. It was seriously the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted from the crock pot. YUM YUM YUM. Thank you!

    Also, I really enjoy your blog. I find that your recipes are for the very “regular person” (not too complicated, for the busy person, etc.) and they are always very good. Thank you for giving me some great meal ideas for my family.

    And…. For the record, I consider myself an adopted Iowan. My mom is from Iowa and I spent my childhood summers in Iowa at my grandparents’ house, playing with my cousins. I am a Californian who loves Iowa. Go Hawks! :)

    Thanks again – and keep ‘em coming!
    Betsy

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