The Best Cinnamon Apple Crisp Recipe

There is nothing more American than apple pie! And while this sweet treat may give you all the fall feels, that slice isn’t doing anything to help you meet your nutritional goals. There are apples in apple pie, but the peels are usually removed, taking with them valuable fiber, vitamins, and minerals. A medium apple with the skin removed has just 2 grams (g) of fiber, while one with the skin on has more than 4 g. Similarly, when you peel an apple, you stand to lose 41 percent of the vitamin A, 23 percent of the vitamin C, and a whopping 76 percent of the vitamin K per medium apple.

At the same time, the apples are usually mixed with copious amounts of sugar and wrapped in a rich, fatty crust. In a typical serving of this dessert, the crust alone packs 80 calories and 4 g of total fat, with 1.5 of those grams coming from saturated fat. All in all, a typical slice of old-fashioned apple pie has 340 calories, 17 g total fat, 7 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, and 18 g sugar.

Unfortunately, as most registered dietitians would agree, traditional apple pie is a perfect storm of unhealthy ingredients.

Enter the apple crisp, a dessert of baked apples covered in a crumble topping (usually made of oats, sugar, and butter) rather than a flaky pastry crust. Both recipes are traditionally high in sugar and calories, but no longer!

In this crisp, you’ll find the emphasis is back on the apples and off the added sugar, to satisfy your craving in a healthier way. Granny Smith apples are used to lend a delightful tartness that complements the extra-crispy topping. You never know; your family may not be able to tell the difference from your usual pie!

Serves 9

Ingredients

Apples

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, skin on, cored and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

Topping

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease the edges of a 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, place the apple slices, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, and ginger. Lightly toss to evenly coat the apples. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Stir together. Pour over the apple mixture and gently pat down.
  4. Bake until the topping begins to brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition per serving: 191 calories, 9g total fat (0.7g saturated fat), 3g protein, 27g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 12g sugar (4.5g added sugar), 33mg sodium

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