Healthy Apple Crisp with Oats and Almond Flour. My healthy apple crisp is made with good for you swaps like rolled oats, almond flour, pecans, and maple syrup. It is sure to satisfy any craving for apple crisp!
Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe is:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
HEALTHY APPLE CRISP INGREDIENTS
Apples. I used empire apples in my apple crisp because those are my favorite kind, but you can really use any kind that you like. For a sweeter flavor, choose from these varieties: Gala, Fuji, Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious
Lemon juice. I added a little bit of lemon juice on my apples just to help the cinnamon stick a bit better. This also helps to prevent the apples from browning while you are preparing your topping!
Old fashioned (rolled) oats. You can either use old fashioned oats for a heartier topping, or use quick oats!
Almond flour. Use super fine blanched almond flour.
Pecans. I used raw pecans and then chopped them up. Since I was going to be baking them, I didn't want to buy roasted pecans and dry them out even more.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon is necessary for apple crisp right?? Make sure to buy fresh quality cinnamon for the best flavor !
Sea salt. Pink sea salt is less refined than table salt, which is bleached and sometimes has anti-caking ingredients added.
Coconut oil. I used coconut oil in place of butter in this recipe. Coconut oil is great because it is able to harden back up and give you a nice crumbly oatmeal topping for your healthy apple crisp.
Maple syrup gives this a bit of a sweet flavor. Pair it with a sweet variety of apples and you will have a delicious and sweet apple crisp without white sugar and white flour.
HEALTHY APPLE CRISP VS TRADITIONAL APPLE CRISP
My healthy low calorie apple crisp recipe is made with no butter, no sugar, and no white flour!
Before I make a traditional recipe healthier, I like to look at (and usually make) the traditional recipe to see how it tastes and what goes into it. Traditional apple crisp is pretty straight forward. You have a base of apples tossed in cinnamon and sugar and topped with a crispy sweet crumble. My biggest obstacle for this was getting past the amount of butter and sugar that is in traditional apple crisp and still coming up with something that tasted good. I found that adding some chopped nuts to the topping not only helped replace some of the butter, but also helped make the topping nice and crispy. I was also able to reduce the amount of sweetener down to just ¼ cup without compromising the flavor. Here is the comparison of an original apple crisp ingredients versus what I used in mine:
Traditional Apple Crisp: 10 cups apples, 1 cup white sugar, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ cup water, 1 cup quick-cooking oats, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup packed brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ½ cup butter (from allrecipes.com and is super delicious if you are looking for a traditional apple crisp recipe)
My Healthy Apple Crisp: 6 apples, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 cup old fashioned oats, ½ cup almond flour, ½ cup pecans, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup maple syrup
WHAT KIND OF APPLES SHOULD I USE TO MAKE MY APPLE CRISP SWEETER?
It is true that some apple varieties are sweeter than others! You can surely use any type of apple that you have on hand, but I would choose one of the sweeter varieties in making this healthy apple crisp recipe, because there is not a lot of sweetener added.
Choose any of these sweet apples for the best apple crisp:
- Golden Delicious
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST HEALTHY APPLE CRISP
USE A SWEET APPLE VARIETY TO GET SWEET APPLE CRISP WITHOUT A LOT OF ADDED SUGAR. See the list of sweet apple above.
MAKE THIS HEALTHY APPLE DESSERT IN SEASON! Apples taste best when they are fresh and in season (September- November for here in upstate New York).
BAKE UNTIL THE TOP OF YOUR APPLE CRISP IS GOLDEN BROWN. Don't over bake or the pecans can start to dry out and taste bitter.
STORE YOUR APPLE CRISP COVERED FOR UP TO 3 DAYS.
Frequently asked questions about my healthy apple crisp.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLE CRISP AND APPLE CRUMBLE?
Both are baked fruit with a crispy and crumbly topping. However, apple crumble rarely contains oats like apple crisp does.
IS A BAKED APPLE HEALTHY?
Many people ask if a baked apple is as healthy as a raw apple. The short answer is no. Raw apples are healthier. But although some nutrients are lost from heat during baking, baked apples are still healthy dessert option and a great source of fiber!
HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN A BOWL OF APPLE CRISP?
1 serving of my apple crisp contains 280 calories, 19 grams of carbs, 5.5 grams of protein, 15 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of sugar.
CAN I MAKE HEALTHY APPLE CRISP IN THE MICROWAVE?
No! This is a recipe you have to make in your oven or air fryer. The microwave will not be able to make the top crispy.
HOW DO I MAKE HEALHTY APPLE CRISP FOR TWO?
If you want this healthy apple crisp recipe for one or two, simply us ¼ of all the ingredients in the recipe. Then, divide the apples and topping between two small dishes (like ramekins) and bake in the oven until the top is golden brown!
OTHER HEALTHY APPLE DESSERTS RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- Sugar Free Crockpot Apple Butter
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins
- Instant Pot Apple Sauce
- Healthier Apple Pie Cheesecake
MAKE MY HEALTHY APPLE CRISP
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED
- For the apple cinnamon base: 6 peeled and chopped apples, 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.
- For the healthy apple crumble topping: 1 cup old fashioned oats, ½ cup almond flour, ½ cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, ¼ cup melted coconut oil, ¼ cup pure maple syrup
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED
- Mixing bowls
- Vegetable (apple) peeler
- 9 inch pie dish
YOUR SHOPPING LIST
- 1 fresh lemon
- Sea salt
- Ground cinnamon
- Fine ground almond flour
- Unrefined coconut oil
- Pure maple syrup
- Rolled (old fashioned) oats
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY APPLE CRISP
This is a quick and healthy apple crisp recipe that you can have ready in under an hour!
First, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, peel and chop 6 apples. Place the apples in a medium sized mixing bowl along with 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Toss the apples until they are all completely coated with cinnamon.
Pour the cinnamon apples into a round 9" glass pie dish.
Next, in a mixing bowl combine: 1 cup old fashioned oats, ½ cup super fine almond flour, ½ cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, ¼ cup melted coconut oil, and ¼ cup maple syrup. Mix until completely combined.
Pour the oatmeal mixture evenly over your cinnamon apples.
Bake your healthy apple crisp in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
And that's it! Easy and healthy apple crisp done in under 1 hour!
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Healthy Apple Crisp with Oats and Almond Flour
- vegetable peeler
- 9" circular glass pie dish
For the apples:
- 6 apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the crumb topping:
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup super fine almond flour
- ½ cup raw chopped walnuts or pecans
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp pink sea salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
For the apples:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and chop 6 apples. Add them to a 9" round pie dish.6 apples, peeled and chopped
- Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Toss to evenly coat the apples in the cinnamon mixture and set aside.1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the healthy crumb topping:
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup old fashioned oats, ½ cup super fine almond flour, ½ cup chopped pecans, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup melted coconut oil, and ¼ cup maple syrup. Mix until fully combined.1 cup old fashioned oats, ½ cup super fine almond flour, ½ cup raw chopped walnuts or pecans, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon pink sea salt, ¼ cup coconut oil, melted, ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- Pour the crumb topping evenly over the top of the cinnamon apples.Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
Loved this easy apple crisp. Instead of nuts I put shredded coconut and added a couple extra apples. Amazing!
ooo the coconut in apple crisp sounds so creative and delicious!
Heidi | The Frugal Girls
YUM!!! This is just the kind of indulgence I a craving during the holidays. All the flavor with way less guilt!
It's sooo good! The apples are sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without all that extra sugar
Can I use agave syrup instead of maple syrup?
Yes! Use 1/4 cup agave in place of the 1/4 cup maple 🙂
This came out so good!! Thanks for the tip about the sweet apple variety, I've made apple crisp with tart apples before and I never thought to just use sweet apples to replace some sugar!
So happy to have found your healthy apple crisp this fall! So many say healthy then they still have so much sugar! The almond flour and pecans mixed together make a perfect crispy top. I broiled mine at the end for extra crumbly texture and it was so good!