Green Apple Crisp Recipe


Green Apple Crisp is a great dessert recipe for fall. This apple pie recipe makes a crisper, lighter pie that is good enough to eat on its own! But i like eating it with a little bit of ice cream or whipped cream. Green apple crisp is a rustic dessert with an attractive and appealing presentation that is sure to be a hit at your next family gathering.

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Even though freshly cut apples sautéed in cinnamon and brown sugar are mouthwatering, this apple crisp is out of this world amazing! It has a crispy buttery oat topping that matches the softness of the apples. What a delicious combo that is!

The crisp is spiced with nutmeg in addition to the cinnamon and brown sugar to add even more fall-spirited goodness, and the filling uses lemon juice to prevent the apples from browning. So you can bet that this dessert looks as good as it tastes. With a baking dish full of this apple crisp in the mix, you’ll see a stampede to the holiday dessert table like never before.

What is the Difference Between Apple Crisp and Apple Crumble?

Apple crisp and apple crumble are quite similar, but there are a couple of key differences that set them apart. An apple crumble has a streusel crumb topping, while the topping of an apple crisp usually includes oats or nuts.

While apple crisp toppings bake up beautiful and crunchy, apple crumble toppings are typically thicker and cakier. Although both desserts are delectable, I personally prefer the soft and crunchy contrast that an apple crisp offers. Every single time, it delivers the goods!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Each item that goes into this crisp has its own specific purpose. Let’s go over them one at a time.

For the Cinnamon Oat Topping

  • All-Purpose Flour: This thickener is key for any oat topping.
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: For that amazing crispiness that gives this dessert its name.
  • Brown Sugar: Be sure to pack it into the measuring cup.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg: These classic spices create that warm and cozy fall flavor.
  • Salt: To balance out the sweetness of the sugar and enhance the flavors.
  • Cold Butter: Cut into cubes. This holds everything together and ensures that your oats get extra crispy.

For the Apple Filling

  • Granny Smith Apples: Peeled and thinly sliced.
  • Brown Sugar: Packed.
  • Butter: Melted.
  • All-Purpose Flour: To thicken the filling so it coats the apples and doesn’t get soupy.
  • Lemon Juice: For oxidation (browning) prevention.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg
  • Salt: This enhances the other flavors in the filling.

What Type of Apples are Best for Apple Crisp?

My preferred apple variety for apple crisp is unquestionably Granny Smith. Because they are solid, they don’t become slimy in your filling, and because they are tart, the filling doesn’t taste too sweet. Red Delicious, Gala, and Honeycrisp are three other excellent apple choices. Additionally, you may combine many different varieties for even more taste!

How to Make Apple Crisp

Perhaps the best part about this iconic dessert is how easy it is to make. At least with this recipe. The filling is similar to an apple pie, yet it takes less than half the work. And you don’t have to bother with a pie crust. Instead, it has that simple oat topping, which provides the ultimate finishing touch in terms of both flavor and texture.

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Incorporate the dry topping ingredients: Place all of the ingredients (except the butter) in a medium bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Add Butter and Set Aside: Using a pastry cutter or fork, blend the dry ingredients until they resemble coarse crumbs. While you prepare the filling, set it aside.
  4. Filling preparation: Stir together all of the filling’s ingredients until the apples are thoroughly covered, then transfer the mixture to an 8- or 9-inch square dish.
  5. Add Topping: Distribute the topping over the apples in an equal layer.
  6. Bake: Bake the crisp for about 40 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the topping is beginning to turn golden around the edges.
  7. Allow to Cool: Give your apple crisp about 15 minutes to cool before serving.

Tips for Success

I have no doubt that you’re about to make a flawless apple crisp. Just keep these tips in mind and you’re golden!

  • I don’t advise leaving the skin on your apples. Peel the apples. During baking, the peel of the apples tends to detach from the filling, changing the texture of the mixture.
  • The Secret Is in the Apple Slicing:
  • Your apples will soften through if you slice them very thinly. The pieces won’t cook evenly if some of them are bigger than others.
  • Keep the Butter Cold: Before beginning to prepare your topping, avoid letting the butter sit out at room temperature. The topping will become clumpy if it’s too heated.

Serving Suggestions

There are tons of tasty ways to serve up your apple masterpiece. Check out the easy ideas below!

  • Combine with vanilla ice cream: This isn’t just a traditional pairing; it’s a tradition! Every autumn, a warm serving of apple crisp and a dollop of vanilla ice cream are a necessity.
  • Add caramel sauce on top for a delicious finishing touch to this apple crisp. You should use this recipe if you prefer unsalted caramel sauce.
  • Add Whipped Cream: I highly recommend this Stabilized Mascarpone Whipped Cream if you want to add a creamy component to your crisp without using ice cream. It has a fantastic additional taste thanks to the mascarpone cheese and won’t melt as quickly from the heat of the crisp as regular whipped cream would!
  • Add some nuts on top if you want your crisp to have even more crunch. After baking, go ahead and top it with chopped walnuts or pecans. If desired, roast the nuts to enhance their flavor.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Apple crisp leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Simply wait till it has finished cooling. Simply spoon the desired quantity into a bowl, depending on the size of your dish, and reheat in the microwave for one to two minutes. Remember that after the crisp has been cooled and microwaved, the topping won’t be crunchy.

You may reheat this crisp in the oven if you made it ahead of time and covered it before storing it in the fridge. The topping ought to resume its crisping. Your crisp should be warmed in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes, or until the appropriate temperature is reached. Add your preferred toppings, then devour!

Can I Freeze This?

Yes, you can store leftover crisp in a freezer-safe container after it has cooled. Wrap the entire object tightly in two layers of plastic wrap before freezing. The shelf life of frozen apple crisp is three months. Before reheating it, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble?

Apple crumble and apple crisp are typically interchangeable. Both desserts include apple on the bottom and a crumbly streusel on top, though frequently one or the other does not have oats in the topping.

What are the best apples to use for apple crisp?

One of the best apples to use in baking is the Granny Smith kind. They complement sugar in dishes because of their tart flavor. Try Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, or Empire if you can’t get Granny Smith.

How to Make Easy Apple Crisp

Peeling the apples is the first step in creating apple crisp. Do the apples need to be peeled? No, but the skins might come off when baking and give your crisp an odd texture. Peeling apples is advised.

How to Peel Apples Quickly

You should purchase an apple peeling machine if you don’t already have one. It significantly reduces the difficulty of making apple desserts. We used our helpful peeler to quickly peel, core, and slice our four Granny Smith apples.

another time-saving technique?

Just one dirty dish needs to be washed if you combine the streusel and apples in the same bowl.

How do you make apple crisp topping?

When producing the topping for apple crumble, chilled butter should be used as the foundation. Ensure that the butter is chilled. Or, to make sure it is truly cold, place it in the freezer for a short period of time.

Baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and oats are all combined in a bowl.

The cold butter should next be chopped into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or two knives to create coarse crumbs.

Sprinkle over the apples’ surface, then bake! With a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, serve it warm. It’s likely to become one of your new fall favorites.

Easy Apple Crisp

Everyone needs an easy apple crisp recipe! Originally called Amish Apple Goodie, you’ll fall in love with it’s oatmeal streusel topping and 1-bowl cleanup.


PREP TIME15 minutes

COOK TIME35 minutes

TOTAL TIME50 minutes


  • 4 cups Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cold butter


  • Set the oven’s temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Put the sliced, peeled apples in a medium basin.
  • Mix the apples with the sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Cooking spray should be used on an 88 pan.
  • In the prepared pan, spread the apple filling.
  • Oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, soda, and baking powder should all be combined in the same basin that you used to mix the apples.
  • Add the butter and pulse with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • On top of the apple mixture, sprinkle the oatmeal streusel and press it down firmly.
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown.
  • Serve with ice cream or milk.


The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 9, with 1 serving being 1/9 of the crisp. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.7mg

what makes this apple crisp healthy?

Traditional apple crisp is made with lots of butter and sugar. This apple crisp is much better for you! Here’s why:

  • Whole Grains – We use old fashioned oats instead of refined flour for the crisp topping
  • Low sugar – Rather than using regular sugar, we use just a little bit of maple syrup and allow the sweetness of the apples to come through
  • No butter – Instead of using butter, we’re using coconut oil which is more nutritious!

This Healthy Apple Crisp requires minimum ingredients. Here is what you’ll need for this recipe:

what you need to make healthy apple crisp

To make Healthy Apple Crisp you’ll need:

  • apples
  • old fashioned oats
  • pecans
  • cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg
  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup

You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.

how to make apple crisp:

Making apple crisp literally couldn’t be easier. Here’s what to do:

  1. Slice and peel your apples. (If you’d prefer, you can keep the skin on.
  2. After peeling, combine coconut oil and spices with your apples.
  3. Place aside. Mix the ingredients for your crisp topping in a small bowl.
  4. In a baking dish, arrange your apples, sprinkle on the crisp, and bake!
  5. 30 minutes in the oven and you’ve got warm, delicious healthy apple crisp ready to enjoy!

Topping it with vanilla ice cream pretty much is a must. It’s SO good. 

substitutions for this lighter apple crisp recipe:

This is a pretty versatile recipe. Here are some substitutions you can make!

Nut Free – To make this nut free you can omit pecans. If you’d like to add in some crunch you could sub in sunflower seeds.

Oil – You can sub coconut oil with olive oil or avocado oil. Vegetable oil will also work.

Other fruit – This recipe will work great by adding other berries like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries! (We also have a berry crisp and Peach Crisp recipe!) Dried raisins or craisins would also be a yummy add in!

Apples: We recommend using honeycrisp apples in this recipe. We don’t recommend using Granny Smith or other tart apples in this recipe.

Maple Syrup – You can sub maple syrup with honey

Weight Watchers – Save 2 SP per serving by omitting pecans

Oats – You can not substitute steel cut oats for old fashioned oats. It will now work. Quick cook oats will work.

what’s the difference between crisp and crumble?

While crumbles often have a topping consisting of wheat and butter, crisps typically have an oat foundation. Pecans were diced and added for flavor, crunch, and good fats.

what are the best apples to use for apple crisp?

Both Braeburn and Honeycrisp are delectable and resilient. Any apple will work in this recipe, really!

Granny Smith or other sour apples shouldn’t be used in this recipe, per our advice.

storing apple crisp

Storing: This apple crisp will stay in the fridge for 3-4 days

Freezing: We haven’t tried freezing this recipe but we don’t think it would freeze well. The topping would lose it’s crisp.

serving apple crisp

Serving suggestions: Top this apple crisp with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Additionally delicious is a spoonful of vanilla yogurt.

Making ahead: You can make this dish three to four hours before baking it. Until you’re ready to bake, keep it in the fridge.

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