Are you overly excited for fall and prepared for apple season? Good, me too! Let’s make my well-known apple crisp collectively. 

Wait, even higher… let’s make a wholesome apple crisp with a crunchy cinnamon pecan oat topping. You down?

Look, I really like apple crisp for quite a lot of causes. It’s cozy, comforting, a bit bit nostalgic and far simpler to make than do-it-yourself apple pie. Plus who doesn’t love the feel part of the peerlessly candy, crunchy topping? It’s the whole lot you may need in a dessert.

I initially made this more healthy apple crisp just a few years in the past and haven’t regarded again since. You’d by no means understand it was a bit higher for you both! I’ve lightened it up simply sufficient so that you can get pleasure from and nonetheless really feel prefer it’s one thing actually particular popping out of your oven. Heat apples, scrumptious maple pecan taste, what extra do you want?! Get the vanilla ice cream prepared it’s time to dig in.

What makes this apple crisp more healthy?

As an alternative of utilizing common sugar like most apple crisp recipes name for, I used maple syrup within the filling. The recipe doesn’t name for a lot however when all is alleged and carried out, it finally ends up being the right quantity of sweetness. We’re additionally including a lift of entire grains because of entire wheat flour, and I’ve included easy methods to maintain this recipe gluten free and dairy free (whereas nonetheless being scrumptious).

Substances on this wholesome apple crisp recipe

In case you’ve by no means made do-it-yourself apple crisp earlier than, you’re severely in for a deal with. It solely requires just a few staple substances & spices however the result’s completely unbelievable. Right here’s what you’ll must make it:

  • Flour: I like to make use of entire wheat pastry flour for the stunning increase of entire grains, however you may also use common flour, gluten free oat flour, or almond flour. Choices for everybody! In case you use oat flour, be happy to make your individual proper at house, too.
  • Oats: you’ll additionally want some rolled oats (gluten free if desired) for that crunchy topping.
  • Brown sugar: we’re sweetening that scrumptious topping with some darkish brown sugar. You too can use coconut sugar to maintain the recipe refined sugar free.
  • Pecans: hiya, pecan oat topping! I really like the flavour that crunchy pecans add to the topping.
  • Spices: for your entire crisp you’ll simply want some cinnamon, salt and a bit nutmeg. Fall flavors, ILYSM.
  • Butter: a bit chilly butter helps the topping maintain that crumble texture. Be happy to make use of vegan butter or coconut oil to maintain the apple crisp vegan & dairy free.
  • Apples: I really like utilizing a mixture of granny smith or honeycrisp however I’m positive it should work with no matter apples you’ve out there.
  • Secret ingredient: the filling additionally requires a bit bourbon, however you’ll be able to swap that for vanilla in the event you’d like. Both manner, this apple crisp goes to make your stomach (and coronary heart) very, very comfortable. Discover ways to make your individual vanilla extract right here!

Healthy Apple Crisp in a baking dish with ice cream and a spoon

How one can make the most effective wholesome apple crisp

  1. Prep your pan. Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or a 9 inch skillet with cooking spray, an preheat you oven to 350 levels F.
  2. Make the topping. You’ll then wish to mix the entire substances for the crunchy oat topping. Pour within the butter (or coconut oil) and mix the combination along with your palms till good crumbles kind that resemble moist sand. Pop that within the fridge.
  3. Make the apple filling. Toss collectively the sliced apples, maple syrup, spices and bourbon and let the marinate within the bowl for a couple of minutes to absorb the flavors.
  4. Assemble the crisp. Add 1/3 of the topping to the bowl with the filling and toss it collectively. Place all of this into your ready pan and sprinkle on the remainder of the topping.
  5. Bake, cool & serve! Lastly, bake the crisp on a baking sheet (in case the filling bubbles over) till golden brown. Let it cool and serve with vanilla ice cream for the last word deal with!

Make it forward of time

Sure, you may make this wholesome apple crisp forward of time! Merely put together it as directed, cowl your pan or skillet with foil, place it within the fridge after which bake it as directed earlier than you’re able to serve. Straightforward!

Healthy Apple Crisp in a bowl with ice cream and a spoon

Retailer your leftovers

  • Within the fridge: retailer any leftover apple crisp in an hermetic container within the fridge. Merely heat it up a bit within the microwave or get pleasure from chilly straight from the fridge.
  • Within the freezer: sure, this wholesome apple crisp is freezer-friendly! Assemble the apple crisp however don’t bake it. Cowl the crisp nicely with aluminum foil and switch it to the freezer for as much as 3 months. Bake the frozen apple crisp at 350 levels for about an hour or till it’s golden and bubbly.

Extra crisps & crumbles to strive

Get all of our scrumptious crisp & crumble recipes right here!

I hope you all get an opportunity to make this wholesome apple crisp recipe very quickly as a result of it’s actually certainly one of my favorites! Placed on playlist and bake your coronary heart out. It’s simpler to make than pie and when the time comes, could be a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving desk. My favourite strategy to serve it’s with vanilla bean ice cream as a result of why not?!

In case you make this wholesome apple crisp, you should definitely fee the recipe beneath and depart a remark beneath! And in the event you’d like you’ll be able to tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram with a photograph of your creation. xo!

Healthy Apple Crisp in a casserole dish with a spoon

Whole Time 1 hour 5 minutes

The very best wholesome apple crisp recipe that is naturally sweetened with maple syrup as an alternative of sugar and topped with a crunchy oat pecan topping. Serve this scrumptious apple crisp heat with vanilla bean ice cream. The proper manner to make use of up fall apples!


  • For the topping:
  • 1/3
    entire wheat pastry flour (or common flour or gluten free oat flour or almond flour)
  • 1/2
    quaint rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • 1/3
    darkish brown sugar (also can sub coconut sugar however brown sugar is greatest)
  • 1/2
    uncooked chopped pecans
  • 1/4
  • 1/4
  • 1/4
    chilly butter or vegan buttery stick, reduce into very small cubes (also can use coconut oil)
  • For the crisp:
  • 5-6
    medium Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and really thinly sliced
  • 1/3
    pure maple syrup
  • 1
  • pinch
    of nutmeg
  • 1
    bourbon (or pure vanilla extract)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 levels F. Generously grease an 8×8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Put aside.

  2. To make the topping: Mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and pecans in a big bowl till well-combined. Add within the items of butter and use your palms to squeeze and mix till the combination turns into crumbly and resembles moist sand. (Alternatively, you’ll be able to reduce within the butter with a pastry cutter, or place the entire topping substances in a meals processor and pulse till simply blended. My favourite methodology is to make use of my palms, as I consider you get the most effective crumbly topping that manner.)

  3. As soon as completed, place topping within the fridge and start making the apple filling.

  4. To make the filling: Place apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and bourbon (or vanilla) in a big bowl and toss to mix. Enable to take a seat for 5-10 minutes.

  5. Take 1/3 cup of the topping combination and toss with the apple combination. Place the apple combination in ready pan and sprinkle evenly with topping.

  6. Bake the crisp on a baking sheet (simply in case the filling bubbles over!) for 45-55 minutes, or till topping is golden brown and filling is effervescent. Take away from oven and funky 10 minutes on wire rack. Serve heat along with your favourite vanilla ice cream. Makes 9 servings.

Recipe Notes

To make gluten free: within the topping, use licensed gluten free oats and almond flour or an all function gluten free flour or gluten free oat flour.

To make vegan: sub a buttery vegan stick for the butter or use coconut oil.

Make it forward of time: merely put together it as directed, cowl your pan or skillet with foil, place it within the fridge after which bake it as directed earlier than you are able to serve. Straightforward!


Servings: 9 servings

Serving dimension: 1 serving

Energy: 204kcal

Fats: 7.7g

Carbohydrates: 34.7g

Fiber: 4.2g

Sugar: 23.2g

Protein: 1.5g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Formidable Kitchen | Pictures by: Sarah Fennel // Broma Bakery

This submit was initially printed on September 16, 2018, republished on September 2, 2021, and republished on September nineteenth, 2022.

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