Healthy Apple Crisp

This time of year is all about comfort food…and an ultimate comfort food for me is apple crisp.  I remember growing up how the house smelled when my mom would make it and it was baking in the oven…mouth watering!  By making a few simple changes to the basic recipe, you can easily make a healthy version.  This version is gluten-free and dairy-free…and it’s delicious!

Healthy Apple Crisp
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup natural almond flour
  • ½ cup medium unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • 5 medium apples
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 2½ quart (2/3 litre) casserole dish with coconut oil spray. Set aside.
  3. To make the topping, stir together the oats, almond flour, coconut, sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the coconut oil and cut in with a pastry blender until it makes a crumble. Set aside.
  5. Peel, core and dice the apples and add to the casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle cut apples with ½ teaspoon cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir.
  7. Top apples with crumble mixture.
  8. Bake crisp for 30-40 minutes.
  9. Eat as is or top with Greek honey yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

A couple of things…I used this almond flour that is ground with the skins.  I like the colour that it gives the crumble, but any fine almond flour will do.

This recipe makes a lot of the crumble mixture as I like a lot on my crisp.  Any that you don’t use can be frozen and used later to make single portion crisps in ramekins.

I like serve the apple crisp with a dollop of Greek honey yogurt.  I like the creaminess that it adds, yet it’s still pretty healthy.  You can also serve with vanilla ice cream, making it a bit less healthy.  Or if you are dairy-free, just enjoy it on it’s own.