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26   March 21, 2012   ‹ Older     Newer ›

Healthy Apple Crisp

Many of us are on the hunt for a dessert that is both satisfying and healthy. I've been asked for a redo of creme brulee (which isn't gonna happen).

For me, cooked apples are the ultimate comfort food. There is something about apple pie that makes my worries disappear. On Friday, I talked about how I use apple pie as a solution to my loneliness problems see: Emotional Eating.

If you can get used to baked apples with no butter, you can start enjoying a super healthy dessert. Apples cook down into a soft pudding-like substance that is creamy without butter.

I will say that I did miss the butter when I first made these. If you think these fall flat - just add a little butter to each ramekin. This is meant to be a dessert, so you need to be satisfied by it.

If you add more unprocessed foods (such as raw fruits and vegetables) to your diet, you will notice that you taste foods differently. I can taste the ingredients added to my food with much more clarity and I am more aware of sugar and salt than I used to be when I was eating more processed foods.

One of the biggest keys to becoming a healthier eater is to start TASTING again. Your tastebuds may have some adjusting to do if you are on the hamburger, pizza, Coca-Cola diet.

The sweetness of a strawberry is hard to detect if you eat a lot of Oreos (for example).

You could try making these apple crisps without the sugar and see how you like them. I added a little sugar because it gives them a flavor OOOMPH - but you may find that you don't need it.

My daughter ate this dessert right up (and my son hated it). These healthy apple crisps are so fast to make - the hardest part is peeling the apple.

How do you dress up apples?

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Mini Apple Crisp Recipe

(3 small servings)

1 medium apple
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 F. Peel and core the apple and chop into 1/4 inch squares. Mix in a small bowl with sugar, oats, and cinnamon and put into a small baking dish or ramekins. Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy hot, cold, or room temperature.

50 calories, 0.2 g fat, 12.8 g carbohydrates, 0.4 g protein, 1.8 g fiber, 280 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

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First 20 Comments: [ see all 26 ]

I Love your site!!! Thank you so much for all the great tips and recipes!!! :)

Stephanie P. on March 21, 2012

Easy sweet recipe. My 13 year old made a variation on this the other night in fact in a non-stick pan on the stove and it was tasty that way too. Not as mushy but soft and warm plus the sugar gets that great consistency.

Clare Bertrand on March 21, 2012

Love this recipe!!! Apple crisp is one of my favorites. It's amazing how people can make a simple recipe so sweet with all the sugar and butter they use. Your recipe is perfect, just keep it simple!! Love it!!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on March 21, 2012

Instead of sugar (whixh contains fructose) sprinkle the apple with some dextrose powder or glucose syrup would work as well. With the sprinkle of cinnamon - which helps to lower blood sugar levels - this would be a really delicious as well as healthy treat.

Renee from Oz. on March 21, 2012

Baked apples are delicious. I'm sad to say that I only recently discovered them but they're sooo good! They definitely satisfy my dessert craving.

Cassandra on March 21, 2012

Love it! Seems like it would be one serving, though, instead of three.

Deb on March 21, 2012

What kind of apple would you suggest for this recipe? There are SO MANY different kinds at the grocery store these days! (which I'm not complaining about)

Jen on March 21, 2012

A half-tablespoon or so of grass-fed butter is a good source of beta carotene, vitamin K2, an equal balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s (yes, the balance is important), and it tastes delicious. Butter is not the enemy.

Cristina @ An Organic Wife on March 21, 2012

@Deb - this could be one serving. I wasn't trying to make it small to trick anyone - it is a suggestion that you can take or leave.
@Jen I would go with a gala or a mcintosh. A really sweet variety is perfect!
@Christina - I agree butter is not the enemy - I was just trying to emphasize the flavor of the apples above all else.
Thanks for all of your wonderful questions and comments.

Snack Girl on March 21, 2012

Snack girl-I'm not a baker, but want to try this. Can I use the "regular" apples that I eat-honey crisps or gala, or should I get "baking apples"? Not sure of the difference. Thanks!

Monica on March 21, 2012

@Monica - just use any apple you have - it will work!! Tell me how you like it after you try it.

Snack Girl on March 21, 2012

I love apples. I do a simple version of this myself with just apples and a sprinkle of something on them to make them special. Sometimes I eat them as-is and sometimes i nuke them for a warmer yummy treat. My fave is a sprinkle of caramel-flavored stevia. I add cinnamon sometimes as well. Or a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar if i have some handy. It's a home run every time.

Angie M. on March 21, 2012

Baked apples and plain ff Fage yogurt is my favorite breakfast. Bake cored Braeburn apples in the microwave - 9 minutes for a covered dish with 4 apples. Sprinkle apples with plenty of cinnamon before baking and use about a half inch of apple or any other juice so the apples steam; a drizzle of maple syrup in water also works well. Sometimes I put a few raisins in the center of each apple before cooking. Really yummy and a far cry from the ones Mom made as a kid - filled with butter and red-hot candies.

Robin on March 21, 2012

Saute' thinly sliced apples in coconut oil (raw, cold pressed of course) add cinnamon and sea salt. So yummy and a good source of healthy fat. No sugar needed with the taste of coconut and cinnamon!

Laine on March 21, 2012

Ahhhh!!! HERE IT IS!!! THANK YOU!!

A couple of months ago on a weekend night, I can't begin to tell you how BADLY I was craving apple crisp!!

I searched and searched online and every recipe I found was a minimum of 7 points.

I knew that oatmeal could be used but I didn't have a clue as to the proportions...now...HERE YOU ARE!!! THANK YOU!!!

You know, I buy sugar-free, fat free maple syrup and I bet you could drizzle that on top with some "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" or as you said, a small amount of butter and this would be GREAT!

Just printed this for the next time the craving hits! THANK YOU! And........ONE POINT! Woooo hoooo!

caren gittleman on March 21, 2012

i slather on some good ol' PB2. AWESOME SNACK!! thanks!

foodie lovin le on March 21, 2012

I LOVE recipes where I already have all the ingredients! Going to try this tonight!

Jennifer on March 21, 2012

I MUST go and get some PB2! I think I am the ONLY one who has never tried it!

caren gittleman on March 21, 2012

I make this in the dining hall at school without sugar and cook it in the microwave! Works just as well! I occasionally add a sprinkle of granola because we don't have oats and sometimes add raisins too!

Meredith on March 21, 2012

I love your site. This dessert looks delish and so simple too!

Jill on March 21, 2012

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