Low Histamine Apple Crumble Recipe (also lower oxalate, low lectin) And Sweetener Options – for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance
If you have Histamine Intolerance or Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, don’t give into sugar temptations! Sugar is well known to increase histamine levels and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome symptoms.
The Problems with Sugar and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance
Histamine plays a role in the development of Type 2 Diabetes. Mast Cell Activation is also involved in Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome.
Sugar consumption is also linked with increased asthma in children. Asthma is often associated with Histamine Intolerance and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.
If you want to control your Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance, it is important to control your blood sugar. So, you want to avoid using sugar in all forms:
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Cane sugar (white, brown, and turbinado cane sugar)
- Coconut Sugar
- Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Date Sugar
- Maple Syrup
Of these sugars, coconut sugar is the lowest glycemic. This means it affects blood sugar the least. But coconut sugar will still cause your blood sugar to go up.
These are the kinds of Food Triggers I mention in my Mast Cell 360 – 7 Common Root Causes of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. (These are the same root causes in Histamine Intolerance too!)
So, what should you do if you enjoy sweets and you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance?
Sweetener Options when you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance
First, let’s talk about what sweeteners you DON’T want to use. You definitely don’t want to use artificial sweeteners. These are:
- Acesulfame Potassium – Brands: Sunnett, Sweet One
- Aspartame – Brands: Nutrasweet, Equal
- Saccharin – Brands: Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin, Sugar Twin
- Sucralose – Splenda
These are harmful chemicals. There is significant research that these artificial sweeteners cause health issues. These can increase Histamine Intolerance and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.
Also be careful with Sugar Alcohols in “sugar free” foods. These can cause gut issues. Sugar alcohols include:
So, what sweeteners CAN you use when you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance?
The best sweeteners when you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance are:
- Organic Stevia
- 100% Monk Fruit
You have to watch out, though! The majority of the time Monk Fruit has additives like the sugar alcohol erythritol. And Stevia is often packaged with Dextrose.
Here are the brands of 100% Stevia and Monk Fruit that I use that are additive-free:
Stevia can have a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. So, I mostly use it in herbal teas or I combine it with Monk Fruit. Monk Fruit has a slightly caramel flavor. I like it much better for desserts.
Both Stevia and Monk Fruit have a lot of health benefits if you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance!
Stevia has shown to help lower blood sugar. Good news for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance!
And Monk Fruit (also called Lo Han Kuo) has been shown to help reduce Histamine from mast cell activation. It has also shown in research to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Since inflammation increases Mast Cell Activation and Histamine production – anything anti-inflammatory is usually a great thing for you!
You can see why Stevia and Monk Fruit are my favorite sweeteners. These are what I use in this Apple Crumble Dessert.
So, let’s get on to the recipe!
Low Histamine Apple Crumble Recipe (also lower oxalate, low lectin) for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance
This is one of my favorite desserts. It is satisfying and full of histamine lowering ingredients. Apples are a great source of quercetin – a well-known Mast Cell stabilizer.
And we’ve already discussed the great properties of Stevia and Monk Fruit.
Allspice, Clove, and Cinnamon are traditional in baked apple desserts. But these are all Histamine Liberators.
So, instead I use a little Cardamom – which has anti-inflammatory properties.
And here is my secret ingredient…
Camu Camu powder! This is a low histamine, low oxalate foods-based source of Vitamin C. It’s my favorite source of Vitamin C, actually. And it has a nice allspice flavor that works beautifully with apples. You want Organic and a reliable brand free of toxins. I use Navitas Camu Camu powder.
Pecans can be high in mold toxins. To reduce them, I recommend soaking pecans in salt water for 12 hours in the fridge. Then dry them until crispy in a food dehydrator or oven on lowest temperature.
One last tip – make SURE your apples are organic. Conventional apples are notoriously high in pesticide residues that can make Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance worse.
So, let’s put all this together for this recipe:
- 4 organic apples (any kind)
- 1/4 tsp Pure Monk Fruit Extract
- ½ tsp Navitas Organic Camu Camu powder, divided
- ½ tsp Organic Cardamom powder, divided
- ½ tsp Raw Organic Vanilla Powder, divided
- 2 Pinches of unrefined salt (like Himalayan, Real Salt, or Celtic Sea Salt)
- ¼ cup grass fed ghee or Virgin Coconut Oil, softened
- 1/4 tsp Pure Monk Fruit Extract OR 10-20 drops Organic Better Stevia
- ½ cup of chopped, organic pecans (soaked and dried)
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Use ghee or coconut oil to grease a 6×9” glass baking dish.
- Wash apples and slice into ¼” slices. The quercetin is mostly in the peel, so I leave the peel on.
- Mix together 1 pinch of salt and ¼ tsp each Monk Fruit Powder, Camu Camu powder, Cardamom powder, and Vanilla powder. Toss apples with this mixture.
- Arrange apples in bottom of the baking dish.
- Put ghee or coconut oil, chopped pecans, 1 pinch salt, Stevia or Monk Fruit, and ¼ tsp each Camu Camu powder, Cardamom powder, and Vanilla powder into a food processor.
- Pulse the nut crumble mixture until well combined and the ingredients start to stick together. Don’t over process.
- Layer the crumble mixture on top of the apples.
- Bake 20-30 minutes, until apples are soft and cooked through. Keep an eye on the topping to make sure it doesn’t burn. If topping starts to get too brown, lower temperature or cover the dish.
- This freezes well. Enjoy and freeze the leftovers!
Want to step this recipe up a notch? You can top it with Whipped Coconut Cream!
Optional Coconut Cream Topping:
- 1 package Aroy-D Coconut Milk, refrigerated overnight
1 cup Aroy-D Coconut Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Pure Monk Fruit Extract
- ½ teaspoon raw vanilla powder
- If using the Coconut Milk: After allowing Aroy-D Coconut Milk to sit in the refrigerator all night, remove it from the fridge.
Then open the package and scoop the thickest cream from the top of the package.
If using the Coconut Cream:
Scoop out 1 cup of coconut cream. Whip the coconut cream, monk fruit extract, and raw vanilla powder with a whisk.
- Top apple crumble with coconut cream.
- You can use the leftover coconut water or coconut cream for smoothies or other recipes. You can freeze it in an ice cube tray to make it easier to use.
References about Relationships between Sugar Consumption, Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance
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