Apple Crisp Mix

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This old timey recipe for Apple Crisp Mix is simple and easy to make. You should have each of the ingredients on hand. The only thing you’ll need to go out for is a package of the Oatmeal Biscuits. Make them ahead and store in an airtight container for up to a month. Apple crisp is a tasty and popular fall dessert that can be prepared in no time. It can also be made with the help of a large cereal scoop to make the preparation even quicker.

15 Minute Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Fall in love with this classic fall dessert that fits in perfectly with any meal prep plan. Prepare this easy apple crisp recipe in 15 minutes, it is simple and straight to the point! 

A Not So Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

A traditional apple crisp is a classic home-style favorite composed of chopped apple tossed with brown sugar, butter, and spices topped with a layer of a crispy crumble (usually containing butter, sugar, flour, and oats). 

Although this makes a delicious sweet treat, most of these recipes contain a high amount of sugar, which may not be the best if you are counting your macros or tailoring your meal plan towards specific health goals.

Skip the fuss and make a few simple swaps to prepare a healthy apple crips at home using 7 ingredients. In less than 15 minutes you’ll have a delicious dessert or snack to add to your meal prep for the week. 

Customize your apple crisp recipe by experimenting with different spices and apple varieties. 

How to Choose Healthy Pre-Made Granola 

What’s the secret to preparing a healthy apple crisp?

Simple: We’ve swapped the flour and sugar topping with granola and opted to pre-cook the apples with a small amount of maple syrup and spices. 

You can prepare your own granola mix at home, or purchase a pre-made granola from the grocery store. 

If you opt to purchase your granola, here are some simple questions to ask to ensure you are choosing one with little to no added sugar and a balanced amount of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. 

  1. How many ingredients are there? A good rule of thumb to reading any labels is the less ingredients the better; these foods may be less processed and contain fewer calories and added ingredients. The order of the ingredients on the food label also matters; food labels list the ingredients in order of what is most abundant.  
  2. What is the ‘Serving Size’ and ‘Calories per Serving’? You want nutrient density, but typically not calorie density. Granola should be used as a topping, look for serving sizes of 1/4-1/2 cup below 200 calories per serving. 
  3. Is there too much sugar? Most granolas will have some kind of sweetener, so look for ones containing honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup and try limit or avoid ones containing high fructose corn syrup or evaporated cane juice. Ideally you’ll want a granola with as little added sugar as possible. 
  4. What about the fat? Healthier variations of granola may have a variety nuts and seeds that contain heart healthy omega 3 fats, so the fat content may range from 3-10 grams per serving. Reading the label will help you determine where the fat is coming from, if there are nuts and seeds listed, you’re steering in the right direction. 
  5. What else is added in? Granola mixes may contain add-ons like dried fruit, coconut, chocolate, candy pieces, etc. The better granola options are the ones without chocolate, candy, or a lot of added in ingredients. Keep it simple, the more extra ingredients the higher the amount of added sugars and unwanted calories. 
  6. Does it have any fillers? Lastly try to avoid granolas with added artificial colors and sweetness; if you can’t pronounce it or don’t recognize it then it may not be the best choice. 

How to Prepare a 15-Minute Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe 

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 

Ingredients:

  • 4 granny smith apples, thinly sliced or diced 
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon, ground 
  • 1 tablespoons ginger, ground 
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch 
  • pinch salt 

For The Topping:

  • Granola (store-bought or Homemade) 

Kitchen Tools: 

  • Knife and Cutting Board
  • Small Saute Pan and Spatula 
  • Baking Dish & Oven 
  • Meal Prep Containers 

Step 1: Cut Apples and Preheat Your Oven 

sliced apples for apple crisp recipe on cutting board

Gather all of your ingredients and preheat your oven to 420 degrees. 

Slice the apples into this slice for faster cooking, or cut them into small dices; either way you choose be sure to cut them medium to small, large pieces of apple take longer to cook. 

Step 2: Saute Apples 

sauting apples and spices for apple crisp recipe

Heat your saute pan over medium-high heat and add the water, maple, spices, and apples. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the apples begin to soften and maple mixture begins to cook down. 

Add in arrowroot starch and stir until the apples are well-coated with the spiced maple mixture, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. 

This recipe utilized cinnamon and ginger for spices but feel free to explore other options like: 

  • Pumpkin pie spice mix
  • Apple pie spice mix
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg 
  • Coriander

Step 3: Place in Baking Dish And Bake 

easy apple crisp recipe in baking dish

Place the apple mixture into a baking dish and top with the granola, then bake for 8 minutes in the oven or until granola is slightly browned. 

Step 4: Remove and Portion 

apple crisp recipe in meal prep containers

Carefully remove the apple crisp from the oven and portion into 4 meal prep containers. Top with a bit of extra granola if desired or eat immediately with:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Fat Free Whipped Cream

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Everyone needs this easy apple crisp recipe! Originally called Amish Apple Goodie, you’ll fall in love with it’s oatmeal streusel topping and 1-bowl cleanup. It’s one of the best apple recipes to make during the apple picking season!

Do you love apples? I love them so much that I declared last week “apple week” in our house. Maddie and I spent the better part of 2 days baking up five fantastic apple desserts that we’ll be sharing with you over the next couple weeks.

This recipe I’m sharing with you today is one of the oldest recipes that I remember making in my 16+ years of marriage.  I can remember being in the kitchen of our brand new house baking up this mouth-watering easy apple crisp.

baked apple crisp

Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble?

Apple crisp and apple crumble are generally the same. Often one or the other doesn’t include oats in the topping, but both are a dessert with apples on the bottom and a crumbly streusel on the top.

What are the best apples to use for apple crisp?

Granny Smith apples are known for being one of the best apples to bake with. They are tart in flavor so they pair well with the sugar in recipes. If you can’t find Granny Smith, try Pink Lady, Honey Crisp or Empire.

apple crisp with ice cream on a plate

How to Make Easy Apple Crisp

The first step to making apple crisp is to peel the apples. Do you have to peel the apples? Not necessarily, but the skins may loosen during baking and give your crisp a weird texture. We recommend peeling the apples.

How to Peel Apples Quickly

If you don’t have an apple peeler hand-crank machine, you’re going to want to get one. It makes apple desserts so much less of a hassle to make. It took us literally about 1-2 minutes to peel, core and slice our 4 Granny Smith apples with our handy peeler.

Another time saver? You can mix the streusel in the same bowl that you mix the apples in, leaving only one dirty dish for you to wash.

How do you make apple crisp topping?

It’s important to start with cold butter when you are making apple crumble topping. Make sure the butter is refrigerated…or you can even pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to ensure it is really cold.

Whisk together the sugar, flour, oats, baking soda and powder. Then use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients to get coarse crumbs.

Apple Crisp: the easy, flavorful recipe you’ll love
Total time: 60 Min

Difficulty: Low

Serves: 8 people

Ingredients
APPLES
6 large
SUGAR
1 cup
CINNAMON
1 1/2 tsp
NUTMEG
1/2 tsp
VANILLA
1 tsp
HONEY
1/4 cup
WATER
1/2 cup
TOPPING INGREDIENTS
ROLLED OATS
1 cup
FLOUR
1 cup
SUGAR
1 cup
BAKING POWDER
1/4 tsp
BAKING SODA
1/4 tsp
BUTTER
1/2 cup, softened
Apple crisp has to be one of the absolute best fall desserts around. It is easy to make (even easier than making an apple pie as you don’t have to make pie crust) and it tastes fantastic when made fresh.

Try to use apple that are in season- go apple picking if you are able! Using a mix of apple varieties is also a great idea as it will give your crisp a range of subtle flavors and textures. Give this great recipe a try next time you are looking for a perfect, simple treat!

Tips
Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp or Braeburn apple varieties are all great for baking and will not get mushy. Try a combination of apple types for an even more flavor in your crisp!

Pair the crisp with vanilla ice cream or eat plain- it will be great either way!

Bake the crisp in individual ramekins for a perfect individually sized dessert.

How to store Apple Crisp
Store apple crisp in the fridge for up to a week, closed in an airtight container.

How to make Apple Crisp

Peel, core and slice the apples into thin slices. Place the apple slices into a large bowl.

Add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and vanilla to the bowl with the apples and toss everything together.

Place the crisp into a large pie pan, cake pan or casserole dish and pour the water evenly over the top of the apples. Set aside while you make the crisp topping.

Place all of the dry ingredients for the crisp topping in a small bowl and mix together. Add the softened butter and incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly- use your hands to work the butter in for the best results.

Sprinkle the crisp topping onto of the apples in the pan making sure to completely cover the top.

Bake in a 350 ̊F oven for 40-50 minutes or until the crisp begins to brown and the filling is bubbling around the edges of the pan.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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