Best-Ever Healthy Apple Crisp

A healthy apple crisp loaded with a cinnamon apples and sweet crumbly topping. Top with vanilla ice cream for pure bliss!

I’m sometimes skeptical of “healthy” dessert recipes because some call for sketchy ingredients like zero-calorie butter spray, Stevia drops, etc. I try to cook and bake with mostly natural, whole ingredients and use as little refined sugar as possible.

This healthy apple crisp has all real, whole ingredients like oats, almond flour, nuts, cinnamon, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup, and it’s by far the best healthy dessert I’ve ever had. It’s free of refined sugar and the only sweetener is just a tiny bit of maple syrup, plus the natural sweetness of the apples.

I used my favorite Granny Smith apples, which are awesome for baking since they’re relatively firm, so they hold up well during baking and don’t turn to mush. They’re also tart, which adds a nice contrast to the sweetness of the crumbly topping and the ice cream.

 

INGREDIENTS

For the apples:

  • 5 granny smith apples
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

For the crumble topping:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel apples and dice into cubes of approximately equal size. In a large bowl, toss with maple syrup, water, and cinnamon. Pour apples into greased 9×9 inch baking dish.
  2. In the same (now empty) bowl, add oats, almond flour, nuts, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil or butter, and maple syrup. Stir crumble topping together and pour into baking dish on top of apples.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until apples are soft, covering pan loosely with aluminum foil halfway through to prevent from over-browning.
  4. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

 

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