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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

I'm taking a departure from pumpkin today to bring you another fall favorite: Apples! Nothing screams "fall" to me more than the smell of apples and cinnamon permeating your kitchen.

Marshall, Finely {my puppy}, and I went apple picking a few weeks ago up in Hendersonville, NC. Hendersonville is apple central when it comes to apple picking near Charlotte. And when I think of apple picking, I picture staying cozy in boots and sweaters. But late September this year in North Carolina was the opposite of cool.... 80+ degrees and sunny!

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Luckily, apples keep for months in the fridge, and since it is finally starting to cool down, I came up with a comforting but healthy recipe for apple crisp.

Normally I'm a major apple pie fan, but pies take a little more time and planning to prepare. Apple crisps on the other hand, you can throw together in a matter of minutes! That's exactly what I did with this recipe. I poked around my pantry to see what I could mix together to make a buttery, crumble topping. This recipe is also made without any processed grains, processed sugar, and is naturally gluten free.

I also get asked all the time about sugars. Since I work as a bariatric/weight loss dietitian by day, people always want to know what is the best sugar or sugar alternative to use.  For the most part, my answer never changes:

Ideally using less sugar in your day to day is going to be better than using an artificial or less refined sugar.

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Now, don't get me wrong: I'm all amount using a less refined form of sugar (ex: honey) vs. the traditional white table sugar, but subbing it in a 1:1 ratio will only get you so far. If you can train your taste buds to enjoy something sweet by utilizing less sugar than normal, well that's major health win!

When you are talking about desserts, less sugar can more than often mean lack of flavor as well. That's all going to change with this recipe! I used coconut palm sugar as the sweetener, which has a deep, rich flavor on it's own and give more depth of flavor to the apples and cinnamon. It's also sprinkled on top with a buttery oat and almond flour mixture that should keep you way more satisfied than the standard white sugar + white flour combo.

Kick this up a notch with some fresh whipped cream or my favorite accompaniment: coconut milk vanilla ice cream. Even though the flavor is "vanilla," to me it tastes like cake batter!

Happy Eating!
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Apple Crisp

Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes


For the filling:

  • 4 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients together and mix until all apples are evenly coated. Pour prepared apples into a 6’’x9’’ inch rectangular baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, sugar, spice, and baking powder together.
  4. Take the butter and cut into 12 even pieces. Working 2-3 pieces at a time, cut the butter into the oat mixture using fingers. Continue until all butter has been cut into the oats, and it becomes a crumbly mixture. Pour mixture evenly on top of apples.
  5. Bake in the oven between 30 - 40 minutes, or until apples are tender. Serve with ice cream of choice!


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