Winter is slowly fading away. With the last days of cold weather upon us, I just had to get in the kitchen and bake a few last warming winter desserts, and this Paleo Spiced Ginger Crumble was a big hit. It is sugar free in the sense that there is no added sugar, simply the natural sugar in pears.
Just last week, it was my birthday and Ground Hog’s Day. Since my birthday is also a holiday (if you can call Ground Hog’s Day a holiday), I always felt it was a crucial day. As a child, I would imagine the whole world hanging on the edge to find out whether or not the ground hog would see his shadow and if spring would come early. You can picture how monumental this day seemed for a young one waiting to play in warm spring weather. For as I saw it, the earlier the trees blossomed and everyone was “happy” again, the better. My birthday/Ground Hog’s Day seemed as important as Christmas with hopes of freeing the whole world (well…Chicago) from the excruciating winter lock down.
Now, as an adult, I wonder if anyone really pays attention to Ground Hog’s Day? I definitely used to be more excited about whether or not the ground hog would see his shadow. As we get older, or at least as I get older, life becomes so full that what used to be monumental shifts and changes. This year, it was really interesting and a little strange to notice that Ground Hog’s Day just didn’t have the same priority to me. This year was the first year I didn’t really care whether spring “came early” because I thought to myself….even if the ground hog sees his shadow and there are six more weeks of winter, I will manifest spring to come! Even if there’s a chill in the air, I am going to start feeling spring. It doesn’t matter what some silly ground hog does. I mean we all know weather men are wrong with their predictions half of the time.
And what do you know, sure enough, today it was 40 degrees outside. I know, this is no heat wave, but when we’ve spent the last few weeks in ten degrees and below, forty degrees feels quite balmy. I even thought about letting the kids skip wearing jackets!! So, I guess the point of all this…life, events, days, landmark moments are really how you perceive them. It’s what you make of it.
Some of you may or may not know, but I have a food sensitivity to apples. Okay, so how do apples and Ground Hog’s Day tie together!?! Well, it’s what you make of it….And….if you can’t have apples, have pears. You may notice we use pears quite a bit in recipes, and now you know why, it’s my not-so-secret anymore food sensitivity. The lesson to this story, don’t get bummed about not being able to eat something. Recipes aren’t difficult to adapt, so think of another food ingredient you enjoy and swap it out. Most of the time this is pretty easy. And if you ever has any questions about ingredient swaps, write a comment or send us an email because thinking of simple, allergy friendly recipe revisions is one of my favorite things to do (seriously).
This recipe can adapted quite easily depending on your preference or finding organic fruit that is in season. You can make this spiced ginger crumble with apples, peaches, plums, or even nectarines. Your imagination is the limit.
It’s hard to imagine eating this warm Spiced Ginger Pear Crumble without ice cream (oh the suffering, I know). We don’t usually eat ice cream because it is just to high in sugar so we decided to try Halo Top ice cream this time instead. I have to say, for a “healthy ice cream” it was pretty good. It was way lower in sugar even than it’s all-natural counterparts, so I was pleased. The crumble was so delicious on it’s own, we only need about a tablespoon or two on Halo on top. But even a touch of melting ice cream on a warm, spiced crumble is divine!!