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This healthier apple crisp recipe is a lightened-up version of a favorite classic fall dessert using whole grains and coconut sugar, and just as amazing as the original version!
This apple crisp recipe was given to me by my Mom years ago, but the original version was a lot more indulgent. I modified this recipe a bit, to make it a bit healthier without compromising taste. The result is just as delicious, if not better, than the original! I make it every year when fall rolls around. I love autumn fruits and can’t wait to bake all of my favorite healthier desserts as soon as the season changes. This roasted maple pears recipe is another staple fall dessert and gets rave reviews from everyone that makes it.
How To Make A Healthier Apple Crisp
One thing I did was change the fat from all butter to a blend of coconut oil and butter. I also used whole grain white wheat flour instead of bleached all-purpose flour, and a blend of coconut sugar and raw turbinado sugar instead of refined white sugar. You can easily swap out the coconut oil for a butter/olive oil blend, walnut oil, or grapeseed oil if you don’t like the coconut flavor. Although the coconut flavor is very subtle in this recipe. I think it adds incredible flavor to this dessert. Another way that you can lighten up this recipe is to swap the raw sugar for a stevia-based sweetener (I love Whole Earth Sweetener or Truvia brown sugar blend for baking). You could also skip the sugar sprinkled on the apples and use only cinnamon sprinkled on the apples, especially if you are using a sweeter apple variety.
If you are on a gluten-free diet, you can easily make this crisp gluten-free by substituting the unbleached white wheat flour with all-purpose gluten-free flour. My favorite is King Arthur brand for cooking and baking. I always have great results with their products.
The Best Apples For Baking
When it comes to baking, you need an apple variety that holds up well when cooked. The last thing you want after all that peeling and chopping is to end up with mushy apple crisp or pie. Baking apples need to maintain their structure when cooked. Here are my favorite apple varieties to use in baking.
- Jonagold Apples- tart and mildly sweet with honey notes
- Autumn Glory Apples- sweet and crisp with caramel notes
- Honeycrisp Apples- very sweet and crisp, it’s a personal favorite for eating and baking
- Braeburn Apples- slightly sweeter than a Granny Smith, this apple variety is crisp and juicy but holds up well when cooked
- Pink Lady Apples- this variety is a good balance of tart and sweet
- Granny Smith -the crisp texture and tartness of this apple makes it a favorite for apple pie without being overly sweet
- Winesap Apples- our local apple farm grows Stayman Winesap, a delicious southern heirloom variety, that is a good balance of sweet and tart. This variety is great for eating, baking, and making cider.
What To Serve With Apple Crisp
This apple crisp is great served with Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, vanilla ice cream, or frozen yogurt. It stands alone as a delicious dessert if you want to skip the toppings.
Steps For Making This Easy Apple Crisp
First, peel, core, and slice the apples.
Next, arrange the apples in a medium-size baking dish.
Sprinkle apples with ¼ cup of raw cane sugar and 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon. As far as the cinnamon goes, the more the better in my book. I add a generous amount of cinnamon.
Add topping and bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Serve warm.
Top with a big scoop of Greek yogurt or your favorite vanilla ice cream. This apple crisp is insanely delicious!
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Healthier Apple Crisp
- 1 cup of whole oats
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup raw turbinado sugar
- ⅓ cup unbleached white whole wheat flour *can also use spelt or gluten-free flour
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup finely diced walnuts
- ¼ cup coconut oil slightly melted and cooled
- 3 tbsp softened butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 6-7 large baking apples peeled and sliced into small wedges
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon for sprinkling I like a lot of cinnamon, so I do a generous sprinkle
- ¼ cup raw cane sugar for sprinkling on apples
- Combine all topping ingredients into a mixer
- While mixing, preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- When combined your topping should be crumbly
- Peel and slice your apples and arrange in a medium-size baking dish (I use an 8 ½ x 11)
- Sprinkle generously with cinnamon (1-2 tsp or more to taste)
- Then top with about ¼ cup raw cane sugar
- Sprinkle your topping mixture over apples, then bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
- Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving