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apple crisp in a white bowl with a scoop of ice cream on top

How to Make a Healthy, Simple, and Delicious Skillet Apple Crisp

  • Author: Gitta Grether-Sweeney
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


This Healthy Apple Crisp recipe made with whole-grain flour and oats, less sugar, and butter is the perfect Fall dessert.   If you want to indulge, top it with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce. 


Units Scale


  • 4 cups apples (3-4 medium apples), peeled (or unpeeled), cored, and sliced 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, diced into 1/4 inch cubes


  • 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick or instant)
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees.

Make the Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, combine apples, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, and orange juice.
  2. Stir to coat apples evenly.  Set aside for 5 minutes while making the topping.  

Make the Topping

  1. In a medium bowl, place 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup whole wheat flour, oats, nuts, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir until combined.
  2. Add the melted butter and stir the mixture until the ingredients are moistened.  You should not see any dry ingredients. 

Assemble the Apple Crisp

  1. Distribute 1 tablespoon of diced butter in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet, 8-inch oven-proof skillet, or 8-inch baking pan.
  2. Distribute the apple filling evenly on top of the butter. 
  3. Distribute the topping evenly over the apples.  
  4. Place pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is slightly brown and the filling is bubbling.  
  5. Let the crisp cool slightly. 
  6. If you wish, top the crisp with a scoop of vanilla or dulce de leche ice cream,  whipped topping, frozen yogurt, plain greek yogurt, or drizzle with caramel sauce.   The apple crisp is also delicious without it.


  1.   Cooking apples yield the best texture.
  2.   Apples that are sweet and tart in flavor are best for a crisp.
  3.   Slice the apples into thin slices so they can cook evenly.
  4.   The apples should be at room temperature, so they bake at the same rate as the topping. Otherwise, the topping may brown too quickly, and the apples are undercooked.
  5.   Combine the filling ingredients (apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and orange juice) first and let them rest 5-10 minutes. Resting allows the sugar to pull some of the liquid from the apples creating a syrup that will thicken during baking resulting in tender glaze-coated apples.

* Nutrition Disclaimer


  • Serving Size: Serving
  • Calories: 388
  • Sugar: 34.8 g
  • Sodium: 8.1 mg
  • Fat: 18.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.6 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.5 mg

Keywords: apple crisp, apples, healthy dessert, fall dessert