Eating earth-healthy often means eating body-healthy, too: after all, as we’ve already covered, a drought-conscious diet means eating foods that involve minimal animal products and aren’t heavily processed.  It means eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and a lot fewer refined grains, sugars, and meats.  It means you have to miss out on a lot of treats, like chocolate, bacon, and all of our guilty pleasure foods.

Luckily, we’ve got a dessert recipe for you that uses ingredients that are not water-intensive to produce.  And no, this isn’t some hippy-dippy raw vegan wheatgrass quinoa concoction.  It’s classic comfort food, the sort of thing you can gladly serve to your friends who aren’t eco-conscious without having to explain yourself.  The recipe below is for traditional apple crisp.



1 cup flour

¾ cup oatmeal

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 t cinnamon

½ cup butter, softened

4 cups apples, peeled and chopped into squares

1 cup sugar


Combine first four ingredients.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Press half into a greased baking dish.  Top with apples, and sprinkle remaining crust over top.

Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Makes 4-10 servings.

Virtual water use: 1582 liters

Virtual water per serving: 160-400 liters