‘Healthier Apple Crisp’ Using Leftover Bread & Introducing ‘No More Leftovers’!



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Healthier Apple Crisp with Leftover Bread


Most of the days I cook 3 new meals everyday. That’s because I never get tired of cooking as I am always experimenting and trying new things in the kitchen. While I try my best to cook only as much as we can consume, I often have leftovers. I know it’s not just me… if you cook regularly you will end up with some leftovers on most days.

I consider myself fortunate to have access to good food and being able to feed my family well. I value food a lot and hate wasting it. One thing I can never do is to throw away food. One great way to not waste leftovers is to freeze it for later use. I wish I had one of these huge commercial/industrial freezers (click here for more) where I could stock up my food and re-heat whenever needed but unfortunately not much can be stored in my tiny little freezer. Since none of us really enjoy eating the same food again and again, I try to come up with new ways to serve them. I always transform my leftovers into something completely different from it’s original form so that nobody ever notices what I am trying to use up :)




Yesterday I made myself a bowl of spicy Tomato Bread Upma (stale bread cut up and stir-fried with onion, tomatoes, lots of Indian herbs and spices) to finish up some leftover bread and I realized that I have not blogged recipes using leftovers! It’s strange how I have managed never to talk about creative ways of using leftovers here on my blog considering how passionate I am about it. It’s never too late right?


leftover bread and apples


Today, I am introducing a new series on ‘Love Food Eat’ which is called ‘No More Leftovers’! In these series I’ll be posting innovative ways to use up your leftovers. Though we all know why it’s important, lets go through it once again… We need new ways to use up leftover food because a lot of time, effort and energy has gone into producing the food we eat. It takes several months of hard work for farmers to grow the vegetables we toss into the bin so easily! Most of the time, the food we are about to throw away has used up a lot of resources to be picked, processed, packaged and transported. Above all, there really are a lot of people who are not lucky enough to have access to things which we consider vey basic. So lets begin this new series of recipes using leftovers, remembering how lucky we are to have good food on our plates.

What better way to start ‘No More Leftovers’ than starting with something sweet?


Indian Kashmiri apples for apple crisp


We all have had days when we have leftover bread which needs immediate attention. I have this problem more often after the baking bug bit me. I must confess that I like baking bread more than eating it. Also… Whenever I take out freshly baked bread out of the oven, half of it gets eaten within hours… a few slices get eaten the next day but somehow the remaining bread doesn’t interest anybody after that. I think the problem also is that something else is freshly baked by then and the poor old bread gets ignored. That does not mean I throw it away though. There are so many ways to use up stale bread.


Apples for apple crisp


I usually make ‘Bread Upma’ with different spice combos and it always disappears in minutes. French toasts, bread pudding and flavored croutons are some of the more popular ways to use up bread. But what happens when you are tired of all these recipes but still need to use up your ever growing stock of bread… that’s when you are pushed to come up with new, tasty, innovative recipes :) That’s exactly how I created this ‘Apple Crisp’ recipe!  You remember the ‘Date and Walnut Bread’ I baked a few days ago right? I still had a couple of pieces of this bread left and that’s what I have used here today.


Vegan Apple Crisp Using Leftover Bread


Apples are in season right now. I don’t have access to organic apples. Since I almost never buy the imported apples which are available throughout the year these days, I have been buying the Indian Apples which are being sold in street carts. None of us are big apple lovers at home but we all enjoy it when it’s baked. The aroma of apple baking with cinnamon and sugar makes me giddy! I have made apple pies, apple crumbles and apple cakes already but I haven’t had enough of apples yet. When I sat wondering how to use up my stale bread I was struck with the idea of pairing it with apples. Warm, soft, juicy apple pieces topped with bread and baked sounded like a great idea.

I made just a single serving and I was in LOVE with it!!


Almonds and bread for the crisp topping


This has to be quickest, easiest and simplest apple crisp recipe! It took me less than 15 minutes to make it! Bread topping works brilliantly here in this recipe. When you get this ‘apple crisp’ out of the oven, it’s aptly crisp on top with tiny bits of almonds providing the right amount of crunch. When you dig into it with a spoon you have warm juicy bits of apples cooked perfectly. It’s soft with a hint of cinnamon and middy tangy from the lime juice.

Vegan Cheats Apple crisp


All the ingredients used are so healthy that it can be a perfect breakfast too! Instead of having a couple of toasts + some preserve + an apple, you can make yourself a nice big serving of this Apple crisp which will surely make your day a lot sweeter. This is also a perfect evening snack for your children. Multiply the recipe by 6, bake it in a bigger tray and serve it hot with scoops of vanilla ice-cream and you can even entertain a bunch of friends with this! Nobody will ever figure out that you had half of loaf of bread which needed to use up.


'Healthier Apple Crisp' Using Leftover Bread


You have absolutely no excuses not to make it for yourself right now, no matter what time of the day it is. Bake yourself a nice little apple crisp and sit back and enjoy your latest favorite way to eat stale bread!


'Healthier Apple Crisp' Using Leftover Bread



I have used olive oil but you can also use butter instead.

Toss in some raisins with apples and they will plump up in apple juices when baked.

Try different fruits instead of apples. I am sure all berries and pears will work well here. No problem even if you have only frozen fruits. Just use them instead of fresh fruits and it’ll still turn out great.

You can use any other nut of your choice instead of almonds.

Replace unrefined sugar with brown sugar, white sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave or jaggery. Flavour will be different but it’ll taste good.

I have used homemade ‘Date and Walnut bread’ here but you can pretty much use any kind of leftover bread instead.

You can also try 1 slice bread with a couple for table spoons of rolled oats as topping.


'Healthier Apple Crisp' Using Leftover Bread



  • 1 apple
  • 1 tsp unrefined sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp lemon/lime juice
  • 2 slices of stale bread
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-7 whole almonds
  • 1 tsp unrefined sugar


Peel and roughly chop the apples. Place them in the little single serving baking dish. Add the cinnamon, sugar and lime juice. Toss for everything to coat.

pre-heat the oven at 160 degree Celsius.

Place the bread, olive oil, sugar and almonds in a blender and whizz it a couple of times. You don’t have to make it into a very fine powder. Little spices of almonds will be fine.

Pour the bread mixture over the apple. Place it in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes till the top looks crisp and golden.

Serve immediately.


Do you have a personal favorite way to use leftover bread? Please Share it with us all!



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