Light Apple Crisp


This light apple crisp recipe is sooooo yummy, I’ve been working on perfecting it for a couple of years now. It’s an easy dessert with apples and cinnamon. You can enjoy any apple crisp – even if you’re following the Atkins diet. This lightened up version of traditional fruit crisp is great for anyone who wants dessert without the guilt!

Light and Healthy Apple Crisp

Apple harvesting season has arrived with fall! This recipe is incredibly quick and easy. You can prepare this recipe the old-fashioned way in a glass pie dish, but I prefer to make it in muffin tins lined with cupcake liners. Using the muffin tins makes portion control and guilt-free snacking a breeze!

My favorite time-saving tip is to use an apple peeler and slicer. The best piece of equipment is this. You can peel, core, and cut apples in 5 minutes, I guarantee it! This post is not sponsored; I genuinely adore it. I won’t give you anything less than the best.

Apple Crisp

  •  Prep Time: 10 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  •  Total Time: 40 minutes
  •  Yield: 12 1x



  • 3 Apple (medium, cored, peeled, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsps Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil Or Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil (or light olive oil)


  1. Set the oven to 350 °F (175 °F). Cupcake liners are used to line a cupcake pan.
  2. Chop and peel the apples. Toss the apples with sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and half the maple syrup. Place aside.
  3. Almond flour, baking soda, and a dash of sea salt should be combined in another bowl. The remaining maple syrup, light olive oil, and oats are then incorporated.
  4. Your muffin tins should be half-filled with apples. Make every tin as level as you can. Then top each with the oatmeal mixture. Finish with a generous dusting of cinnamon and coconut sugar. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is barely brown.

Best Healthy Apple Crisp Ever!

The greatest sugar-free apple crisp recipe, with a crunchy oat-pecan topping and maple syrup as the natural sweetener in place of sugar. Warm vanilla bean ice cream should be served with this delectable apple crisp. The ideal method to use up apples from the fall!







Are you unduly eager for the coming of October and the apple season? I agree, good! Together, let’s prepare apple crisp.

And it gets better! Make a tasty apple crisp with a crispy topping of cinnamon, pecans, and oats. Who’s down?

Look, there are many reasons why I adore apple crisp. Compared to handmade apple pie, it’s significantly simpler to create and is pleasant and comforting. Plus, who doesn’t adore the delightfully crispy, sweet topping’s texture? It fulfills all of your dessert desires.

A few years ago, I cooked this healthy apple crisp for the first time, and I haven’t turned back since. You wouldn’t even be aware that it was a little better for you! You can still enjoy it and feel like it’s something exceptional coming out of your oven since I’ve lightened it just enough. What more do you need than warm apples and mouthwatering maple-pecan flavor? Time to dig in; get the vanilla ice cream ready.

What makes this apple crisp healthier?

I used maple syrup in the filling instead of the usual sugar that most apple crisp recipes ask for. Even though the recipe only calls for a few ingredients, the final product has the ideal level of sweetness. Whole wheat flour gives us a boost of whole grains, and I’ve given straightforward options to make this dish dairy- and gluten-free (while still being delicious).

Ingredients in this healthy apple crisp recipe

You are in for a real treat if you have never prepared homemade apple crisp. It only calls for a few common ingredients and spices, but the end product is amazing. What you’ll need to make it is as follows:

  • Flour: I like to use whole wheat pastry flour for the lovely boost of whole grains, but you can also use regular flour, gluten free oat flour, or almond flour. Options for everyone! If you use oat flour, feel free to make your own right at home, too.
  • Oats: you’ll also need some rolled oats (gluten free if desired) for that crunchy topping.
  • Brown sugar: we’re sweetening that delicious topping with some dark brown sugar. You can also use coconut sugar to keep the recipe refined sugar free.
  • Pecans: hello, pecan oat topping! I love the flavor that crunchy pecans add to the topping.
  • Spices: for the entire crisp you’ll just need some cinnamon, salt and a little nutmeg. Fall flavors, ILYSM.
  • Butter: a little cold butter helps the topping hold that crumble texture. Feel free to use vegan butter or coconut oil to keep the apple crisp vegan & dairy free.
  • Apples: I love using a mix of granny smith or honeycrisp but I’m sure it will work with whatever apples you have available.
  • Secret ingredient: the filling also calls for a little bourbon, but you can swap that for vanilla if you’d like. Either way, this apple crisp is going to make your belly (and heart) very, very happy.
Healthy Apple Crisp in a baking dish with ice cream and a spoon

How to make the best healthy apple crisp

  1. Prep your pan. Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or a 9 inch skillet with cooking spray, an preheat you oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the topping. You’ll then want to combine all of the ingredients for the crunchy oat topping. Pour in the butter (or coconut oil) and combine the mixture with your hands until nice crumbles form that resemble wet sand. Pop that in the fridge.
  3. Make the apple filling. Toss together the sliced apples, maple syrup, spices and bourbon and let the marinate in the bowl for a few minutes to soak up the flavors.
  4. Assemble the crisp. Add 1/3 of the topping to the bowl with the filling and toss it together. Place all of this into your prepared pan and sprinkle on the rest of the topping.
  5. Bake, cool & serve! Finally, bake the crisp on a baking sheet (in case the filling bubbles over) until golden brown. Let it cool and serve with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate treat!

Make it ahead of time

Yes, you can prepare this nutritious apple crisp in advance. When you’re ready to serve, simply make it as suggested, cover your pan or skillet with foil, put it in the refrigerator, and bake it as instructed. Easy!

Fresh and Light Apple Crisp

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

45 mins

Total Time

1 hr

Fresh and easy to make apple crisp

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 6

: 343 kcal


  • For the Apple Filling
  • 3 pounds peeled sliced apples – Granny Smiths work well
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel optional
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice optional
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • For Topping
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 stick cold butter diced


  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. an 8 × 8 baking dish with butter
  2. The apples are peeled, cored, and sliced thick. 16 on average per apple Lemon, sugar, and spices should all be combined with the apples. Put some in the dish.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oats, and cold butter to make the topping. Mix on a low speed just until the butter is the size of peas and the mixture is crumbly. Distribute evenly across the apples. (Or, if you’d rather, dive in and break it up with your hands; it still works)
  4. Bake the crisp for an hour, or until the top is golden and the apples are bubbling, on a sheet pan. If you have ice cream, serve it warm!

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