Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe **VIDEO**

October 16, 2017   39 Comments

This healthy apple crisp recipe is THE dessert of fall. It only uses one apple!

Healthy Apple Crisp

Many of us are on the hunt for a dessert that is both satisfying and healthy. I've been asked for a redo of creme brulee (which isn't gonna happen).

The problem with dessert is that we expect it to be gooey, rich, and decadent. Without chocolate, butter, cream or any other combination of rich foods, dessert can be unsatisfying.

For me, cooked apples (especially warm!) are the ultimate comfort food. There is something about apple pie that makes my worries disappear.

If you can get used to baked apples with no butter, you can start enjoying a super healthy dessert. Apples cook down into a soft pudding-like substance that is creamy so they really don’t need butter.

Recently, I shared a Swedish apple pie recipe and I used 6 tablespoons of butter. But a slice of it is 184 calories versus the 57 calories that this healthy version has.

I will say that I did miss the butter when I first made these. If you think these fall flat - just add a little butter to each ramekin. This is meant to be a dessert, so you need to be satisfied by it. After having it a few times, I fell in love with the warm apple and the cinnamon and I didn't miss the butter.

You could try making these apple crisps without the sugar and see how you like them. I added a little sugar because it gives them a flavor OOOMPH - but you may find that you don't need it.

Both of my kids eat this up without complaint. These healthy apple crisps are so fast to make - the hardest part is peeling and the apple. The rest is a cinch and you only need one bowl and some ramekins.

Just double the recipe and use a casserole dish for a larger version.


Have you made a lighter apple crisp? How did you do it?

Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe

2.5 from 34 reviews

(3 small servings)

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1 medium apple
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Heat oven to 350 F. Peel and core the apple and chop into 1/4 inch squares. Mix in a small bowl with sugar, oats, and cinnamon and put into a small baking dish or ramekins. Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy hot, cold, or room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 57 calories, 0.2 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 14.7 g carbohydrates, 10.7 g sugar, 0.4 g protein, 2.2 g fiber, 4 mg sodium, 1 Freestyle SmartPt

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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First 20 Comments: ( See all 39 )

I Love your site!!! Thank you so much for all the great tips and recipes!!! :)

Easy sweet recipe. My 13 year old made a variation on this the other night in fact in a non-stick pan on the stove and it was tasty that way too. Not as mushy but soft and warm plus the sugar gets that great consistency.

Love this recipe!!! Apple crisp is one of my favorites. It's amazing how people can make a simple recipe so sweet with all the sugar and butter they use. Your recipe is perfect, just keep it simple!! Love it!!

Instead of sugar (whixh contains fructose) sprinkle the apple with some dextrose powder or glucose syrup would work as well. With the sprinkle of cinnamon - which helps to lower blood sugar levels - this would be a really delicious as well as healthy treat.

Baked apples are delicious. I'm sad to say that I only recently discovered them but they're sooo good! They definitely satisfy my dessert craving.

Love it! Seems like it would be one serving, though, instead of three.

What kind of apple would you suggest for this recipe? There are SO MANY different kinds at the grocery store these days! (which I'm not complaining about)

A half-tablespoon or so of grass-fed butter is a good source of beta carotene, vitamin K2, an equal balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s (yes, the balance is important), and it tastes delicious. Butter is not the enemy.

@Deb - this could be one serving. I wasn't trying to make it small to trick anyone - it is a suggestion that you can take or leave.

@Jen I would go with a gala or a mcintosh. A really sweet variety is perfect!

@Christina - I agree butter is not the enemy - I was just trying to emphasize the flavor of the apples above all else.

Thanks for all of your wonderful questions and comments.

Snack girl-I'm not a baker, but want to try this. Can I use the "regular" apples that I eat-honey crisps or gala, or should I get "baking apples"? Not sure of the difference. Thanks!

@Monica - just use any apple you have - it will work!! Tell me how you like it after you try it.

I love apples. I do a simple version of this myself with just apples and a sprinkle of something on them to make them special. Sometimes I eat them as-is and sometimes i nuke them for a warmer yummy treat. My fave is a sprinkle of caramel-flavored stevia. I add cinnamon sometimes as well. Or a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar if i have some handy. It's a home run every time.

Baked apples and plain ff Fage yogurt is my favorite breakfast. Bake cored Braeburn apples in the microwave - 9 minutes for a covered dish with 4 apples. Sprinkle apples with plenty of cinnamon before baking and use about a half inch of apple or any other juice so the apples steam; a drizzle of maple syrup in water also works well. Sometimes I put a few raisins in the center of each apple before cooking. Really yummy and a far cry from the ones Mom made as a kid - filled with butter and red-hot candies.

Saute' thinly sliced apples in coconut oil (raw, cold pressed of course) add cinnamon and sea salt. So yummy and a good source of healthy fat. No sugar needed with the taste of coconut and cinnamon!

Ahhhh!!! HERE IT IS!!! THANK YOU!!

A couple of months ago on a weekend night, I can't begin to tell you how BADLY I was craving apple crisp!!

I searched and searched online and every recipe I found was a minimum of 7 points.

I knew that oatmeal could be used but I didn't have a clue as to the YOU ARE!!! THANK YOU!!!

You know, I buy sugar-free, fat free maple syrup and I bet you could drizzle that on top with some "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" or as you said, a small amount of butter and this would be GREAT!

Just printed this for the next time the craving hits! THANK YOU! And........ONE POINT! Woooo hoooo!

i slather on some good ol' PB2. AWESOME SNACK!! thanks!

I LOVE recipes where I already have all the ingredients! Going to try this tonight!

I MUST go and get some PB2! I think I am the ONLY one who has never tried it!

I make this in the dining hall at school without sugar and cook it in the microwave! Works just as well! I occasionally add a sprinkle of granola because we don't have oats and sometimes add raisins too!

I love your site. This dessert looks delish and so simple too!

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