Fall in love with this easy, delicious apple crisp recipe

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Nothing says it’s fall like jumping into a pile of leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes or enjoying a delicious apple crisp! When most people think of apples and fall, they automatically think of apple pie. Although apple pie is a great dessert, I would much rather have an apple crisp (don’t drag me, folks). The apple crisp is the cooler, younger sister of the ever-so-popular apple pie. News flash, apple pie connoisseurs, there’s a new star in town, and her name is apple crisp! Still packed with the cinnamon apple filling that’s loved by many, the apple crisp offers a mouthwatering streusel topping of oats and brown sugar for a satisfying crunch with every bite!

Typical apple crisp recipes call for lots of refined sugars, but this recipe takes a healthier approach by sweetening the apple crisp with honey instead! A healthy version of a delicious dessert? Yes, please! So grab your apron because we’ve got some baking to do!

Time: 1 hour


Apple filling

5 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced

¼ cup honey or maple syrup

¼ cup water

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

½ cup unsalted butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place sliced apples into a 9-inch square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the honey, water, flour and cinnamon. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour honey mixture evenly over apples. Set aside.

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In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and butter. Feel free to combine the topping mixture with your hands.

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Once the oats are well mixed, crumble the toppings evenly over the apples, making sure to cover all the apples.

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Bake for 45 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden brown. Allow apple crisp to cool for 10 minutes. Serve with an optional scoop of ice cream or fresh fruit!

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NOTE: To make this recipe vegan, simply use maple syrup instead of honey and coconut oil or vegan butter instead of regular butter.

With such an easy recipe, you’ll want to make apple crisps all year round! As a guilt-free dessert that’s equally delicious and healthy, the apple crisp is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Move out of the way, apple pie, the apple crisp is here to stay!

Allison Fong is an assistant blog editor. Contact Allison Fong at [email protected].