Healthy apple crisp

Healthy apple crisp

Deliciousness overload alert! Sometimes, you just experiment with ingredients and come up with an amazing recipe right out the bat. This healthy apple crisp is a good example of a winning experiment.

I had been thinking for a while about making a healthier version of one of our family’s favorite desserts, apple crisp. My original recipe was loaded with sugar, white flour and butter… Not exactly Mediterranean Diet friendly, and definitely in the rare treat category.

I searched the internet high and low for a healthy apple crisp recipe. It turned out they either had coconut oil, brown sugar, flour, or butter… all ingredients I was trying to avoid. I mean, folks, really, if you’re going to call a recipe healthy, make it healthy for goodness sake!

So I just went for it, using only ingredients I did want in it. And boy, did I ever the jackpot! Rave reviews from my guests!

Did I also mention that it is vegan, gluten-free, and uses only one bowl?

Here are the ingredients you need:

Apples

To make this healthy apple crisp recipe you will need to use apples that are sweet and juicy. My preferred is Honeycrisp. Gala or Fuji are also very good. And in a pinch, you can use Red Delicious but they lack flavor in my opinion.

Oats

Rolled oats (aka old fashioned) are best to produce a crispy topping. Quick cooking (not instant oats) would work as well. It just won’t be as nice and crispy because they are cut much smaller than rolled oats. Steel cut oats would not work in this recipe.

Maple syrup

Above all, make sure you buy real 100% maple syrup, not the imitation kind. Those are highly processed and loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other harmful chemicals.

Olive oil

It is best to use an extra virgin first cold pressed olive oil that is not too pungent. However, the amount used is so small and the cinnamon and apple flavor so predominant that it’s not really an issue. I used my usual go-to-for-everything oil from Partanna and it was perfect – no olive oil flavor in the finished product.

Pecans

Pecans are a nut native to the Southern United States. They are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which help lower blood pressure. Most of the fat found in pecans is a healthy type called monounsaturated fat. They have a crispy buttery texture and are particularly well suited to being cooked.

If you can’t find pecans where you live, my recommendation would be to use walnuts or even hazelnuts.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed that it can lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk factors amongst other impressive health benefits. Just make sure you get Ceylon cinnamon, not the Cassia variety as it contains a substance that can be harmful in large doses.

Enjoy this healthy apple crisp recipe, your family will thank you!

Other healthy desserts you might like:

Healthy oatmeal raisin cookies

Chocolate nice cream

Sliced oranges with cinnamon and olive oil

Healthy apple crisp
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5 from 2 votes

Healthy apple crisp

This healthy apple crisp is so delicious you'll never know it's also good for you! Loaded with fiber, vitamins, healthy fats and antioxidants
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, gluten-free, oats, pecan, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Author: Veronique Eichler

Ingredients

Apple filling

Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at 350°F.
  • Cut the apples in quarters, remove the cores and peel the skin with a paring knife or vegetable peeler. Slice thin (1/8") and place in a bowl.
  • Add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp cinnamon to the bowl and toss well until combined.
  • Spread the mixture into the bottom of a 9" pie dish or round baking dish
  • Place rolled oats into the same bowl (no need to wash).
  • Add pecan pieces, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, maple syrup and 1 tbsp olive oil. Mix well and spread over the apples, covering them well so they don't dry out.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Eat warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy apple crisp
Amount per Serving
Calories
231
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
35
g
12
%
Dietary Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Total Sugars
 
20
g
22
%
Includes Added Sugar
 
4
g
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
85
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
7
mg
8
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
250
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The flavor of this apple crisp is amazing! The maple syrup really gives it something extra. I miss the way the oats stick together with the traditional apple crisp. I’ve been brainstorming but haven’t come up with a healthy way to get that texture. In the meantime, this is wonderful!

    • Veronique Eichler

      Thanks Terrie. If you like the texture of oats sticking together, here’s a trick you can try. Mix 1 tbsp ground flaxmeal with 3 tbsp water. let it sit for 5 minutes, then pour it into the oats mixture and stir until combined. Flaxmeal acts as a binder.

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