Cast Iron Apple Crisp w/ Whipped ProYo Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt & Granola Oat Topping

All creatives know that inspiration often comes to you when you least expect it and when it does, you run with it. Writing is no exception to this rule and my recent recipe development session saw me dust out my years old Apple Crisp recipe and update it for two people using the cast iron skillet.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you know that I love a good seasoned cast ironed skillet nearly as much as I love the slow cooker. But instead of making this post about all the reasons why you need to have several cast irons skillets in your kitchen repertoire, I’ll rave about the ProYo Vanilla Bean High Protein Frozen Yogurt that was the real source of inspiration for this recipe revisit.

ProYo makes an amazing ice cream substitute and when it’s whipped using an electric mixer like I did for this recipe, the end result may become even more divine than your typical ala mode. Thank you ProYo for inspiring not one but two recipes in less than 24 hours.

Cast Iron Apple Crisp w/ Whipped ProYo Vanilla Bean High Protein Frozen Yogurt


  • 3 Honey Crisp apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
    1/3 cup water
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
    1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons cinnamon

oat crumb topping

¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup gluten-free oats or granola
¼ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons cane sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons Earth Balance, cold


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Remove two (4oz) tubes of ProYo Vanilla Bean and as to a small bowl. Whip for 2-3 minutes using a hand mixer until fluffy. Add to freezer.
  3. In a food processor, pulse all ingredients for crumb topping, and transfer to a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, add apples, water, lemon juice, lime juice, brown sugar, cane sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix ingredients well.
  5. Divide apple filling into a seasoned 6-8 inch cast iron skillet
  6. Top filling with crumb topping, and place in oven for 20–25 minutes until top is golden and filling is bubbly.
  7. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving à la mode.

DIY Organic Shea Butter Eucalyptus Deodorant

My odyssey into the land of DIY all natural lifestyle products with this super effective shea butter based deodorant that came together by accident. After months of using my simple DIY Organic Coconut Peppermint Deodorant I finally ran out of it and the ingredients to make more. For the past few weeks I’ve been  using a dab of shea butter with baking soda. After a few weeks of using this combination and being clean and fresh as ever, I finally thought to create a formal recipe. This deodorant combines the soothing scent of peppermint oil and the cleaning properties of Eucalyptus oil.. Simple. Cheaper. Better. Natural.


DIY Organic Shea Butter Eucalyptus Natural Deodorant



  • Combine all ingredients in one mason jar
  • Stir mix until well combined
  • Using a silicone spatula or spoon, scoop deodorant paste into clear jar
  • . Allow to set then cover

P.S Silly me forgot to share the recipe for my DIY Organic Coconut Peppermint Deodorant. Be on the look out for it later in the week. 🙂 

Photo credit (cover): Mary Makes Good