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healthy apple crisp

Healthy Apple Crisp

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This healthy apple crisp tastes like fall in a bowl! It's made with layers of sweet apples topped with crunchy cinnamon oats. This recipe uses maple syrup and a cinnamon oat topping to create a lighter version of a classic dessert.


  • 4 cups honeycrisp apples sliced about ¼” thick ((about 2 - 3 large apples or 4 - 5 small apples, peeled or unpeeled))
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil (melted and cooled)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8” x 8” baking dish. 
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the apples in the maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut oil, 2 tablespoons syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the oats and stir well, stirring until the oats absorb all of the syrup and coconut oil.
  4. Pour the apples into the bottom of your greased baking dish. Spread them into an even and flat layer as much as possible. 
  5. Sprinkle the topping in an even layer over the apples so that it is covering the apples. 
  6. Bake the crisp in the preheated oven for 40 - 45 minutes, until the oats turn golden brown and the apples are tender. Check your crisp around 30 - 35 minutes, and if it’s browning too quickly, lightly add foil over the top of your baking dish. 
  7. Remove the crisp from the oven and let it cool for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Optionally, top each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup.


  • Apples: honeycrisp apples are recommended but any sweet apple will be tasty in this recipe (like Fuji, Gala or Golden Delicious apples). You can leave your apples unpeeled or peel them. If you leave them unpeeled you will be able to taste the texture of the peel (I personally prefer this). 
  • Oats: old fashioned rolled oats work best but you can also use quick cook rolled oats 
  • Baking dish: instead of an 8" x 8" dish you can use a 9" x 9" or a standard 9" pie plate if need be
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert


  • Calories: 241
  • Sugar: 23.9
  • Sodium: 107
  • Fat: 10.1
  • Saturated Fat: 8.1
  • Carbohydrates: 37.9
  • Fiber: 3.3
  • Protein: 1.9

Keywords: apple, baking, crisp, fall, thanksgiving, dessert, holiday, christmas