Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe **VIDEO**

October 16, 2017   36 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

4.5 from 6 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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on March 21, 2012

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.

on March 21, 2012

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!!

on March 21, 2012

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.

on March 21, 2012

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.

on March 21, 2012

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

on March 21, 2012

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)

on March 21, 2012

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.

on March 21, 2012

@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.

on March 21, 2012

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!

on March 21, 2012

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

on March 21, 2012

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.

on March 21, 2012

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.

on March 21, 2012

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!

on March 21, 2012

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!

on March 21, 2012

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

on March 21, 2012

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

on March 21, 2012

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

on March 21, 2012

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!

on March 21, 2012

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

on March 21, 2012

This is such a great food. I do this exact thing in the same little ramekin then stir it into plain yogurt. It's the best!!!! It's like apple pie a la mode!

on March 22, 2012

Terrific idea, Lisa!

I just diced two medium, organic fujis, doubled everything else, and substituted honey for the sugar. The mix filled four of our little ramekins (that I hope are oven-safe!).

I wanted to share the baked results of this recipe with my wife (she's flying in late tonight, so they're currently pre-baked and hidden at the bottom of the fridge), so I'll fire it up tomorrow evening and I fully expect some yummy apple-crisp goodness! :)

Thanks, as always, for these terrific ideas, Lisa.

FWIW, and this isn't much of an exaggeration, for most of my life, I used to be afraid to go into the kitchen, however, now I'm Mr. Cook of the family. :) If I may give credit where it's due, at least part of this terrific-for-us change is owed to you and the simple, straightforward, healthy cooking/eating ideas you graciously make available. My wife and I are both healthier (and happier) as a result. Thank you!

on March 25, 2012

I have bags full of apples to be used... Thanks so much for a tasty & healthy idea! It is in the oven now...

on October 10, 2012

Wow, what a treat! This is so good, easy to make, and a healthy indulgence for me while I'm losing weight!

on January 31, 2013

You must be kidding - one apple to feed three people!!! No wonder people "on diets" are always hungry!!!

on September 17, 2013

Hey Snack girl, I was wondering if I could sub whole oats from instant oatmeal. I cannot find whole oats where I leave :(. Or maybe some nuts processed on the food processor?! Thanks

on October 31, 2013

I loved the apple crisp but I feel it's for one person not three.

on September 5, 2014

As a Vermonter I have to say that there is no such thing as fat free sugar free maple syrup. It is fat free sugar free fake maple flavored something.

Real MAPLE syrup is naturally fat free, but of course full of flavor and sugars. A little of the real stuff might just satisfy.

on February 13, 2015

how do we know when this is "done"..maybe I should keep in longer?

on May 10, 2015

@Siva - the apples should be soft when you pierce them with a fork. Thanks for your question!

on October 16, 2017

I'm making this right away! I love the comments and ideas that other readers submit. I was thinking about adding a few chopped pecans or almonds.

on October 17, 2017

I love this recipe, simple, fast, 'n comforting. Apple juice is a good substitute for sugar if your sweet tooth is dialed down a bit. Another good sweetener is crystalized maple sugar, a little goes a long way.

on October 17, 2017

Made as is = delicious! Even though I forgot to peel the apple. I used a Pinova. Had a dish of this crisp for breakfast with an egg topped with salsa and avocado slices. Felt like I was at a restaurant.

on October 17, 2017

Going to make this weekend!

on October 17, 2017

Love this recipe plus all the other suggestions.

on October 27, 2017

I use organic apples (usually several different types in one batch.). I scrub them and cut them up with the skin on them. I squirt them with lemon juice and toss the apples with cinnamon, a dash of ginger,clove and nutmeg. I place them in a microwave safe dish covered and microwave them for 15 minutes. Stir and test the apples to see if they are soft. Then, put them back into the microwave for an additional 10-15 minutes. They are delicious by themselves, as a topping for frozen or regular yogurt, with whipped cream on them or for breakfast on quinoa or oatmeal.

on March 19, 2019

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