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.
- 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 tablespoons 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 salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
Make the Filling
- In a medium bowl, combine apples, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, and orange juice.
- Stir to coat apples evenly. Set aside for 5 minutes while making the topping.
Make the Topping
- In a medium bowl, place 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup whole wheat flour, oats, nuts, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until combined.
- Add the melted butter and stir the mixture until the ingredients are moistened. You should not see any dry ingredients.
Assemble the Apple Crisp
- Distribute 1 tablespoon of diced butter in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet, 8-inch oven-proof skillet, or 8-inch baking pan.
- Distribute the apple filling evenly on top of the butter.
- Distribute topping evenly over the apples.
- Place pan in the oven and bake 30 minutes or until topping is slightly brown and the filling is bubbling.
- Let the crisp cool slightly. 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.
- Cooking apples yield the best texture.
- Apples that are sweet and tart in flavor are best for a crisp.
- Slice the apples into thin slices so they can cook evenly.
- The apples should be at room temperature so that they bake at the same rate as the topping. Otherwise, the topping may brown too quickly, and the apples are undercooked.
- 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.
Keywords: apple crisp, apples, healthy dessert, fall dessert