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Sweets are my absolute weakness. So I love when I can figure out a lighter and more healthy take on my favorites like this Healthier Apple Crisp.
Apple crisps are one of my favorite sweet treats. A warm comfort food that reminds me of something my grandma would make for me.
They are great to make for special occasions, winter baking, and just because!
What kind of apples are best to use for apple crisps?
A nice crisp apple works best for apple crisps. Pazazz apples are my favorite because they are so high quality with a great flavor that doesn’t fade right away and crunch!
Pazazz apples are actually a descendant of Honeycrisp, but they have a unique taste of their own and just the right crunch for recipes like apple crisps. No wonder it’s called the Jolly Rancher of apples!
These apples are available at your local Vons or Safeway store late fall through summer. So, you’ll have them for any spring or summer baking or treats you want to make.
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Are apples healthy?
Yes! It’s amazing the many health benefits apples have including anti-cancer benefits.
- Anti-Cancer– Apples are rich in fiber, which has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that can help lower the risk of cancer. Prebiotics necessary for probiotics are also found in apple peels. These help with gut health!
- Protects your brain
- May aid in weight loss
- Promotes bone health
- Linked to lower risk of diabetes
- Provides good gut bacteria
- Good for your heart
How can I make a my apple crisp more healthy?
It’s so easy to make your apple crisp more healthy by leaving and substituting a few common ingredients.
This recipe substitutes a small amount of brown sugar and pure maple syrup in place of sugar and uses coconut oil instead of butter. Topping with light whipped topping is also a great substitute for ice cream.
We used whole wheat flour, but you could also use almond flour or another healthy flour substitute.
When it’s all baked, crispy, and ready to eat this Healthier Apple Crisp recipe is delicious! You really can’t tell it doesn’t have butter or sugar.
… and it was approved by all 3 of my kids and husband who helped me enjoy it!
The sweetness of the Pazazz apples really makes the whole thing come together for a yummy dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
- 4-5 large apples (peeled, cored, and thinly sliced)
- 1 tbs. pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbs. cornstarch
For Crisp Topping
- 1 cup whole oats
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbs. coconut oil
- Grease a medium size casserole dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- I a large bowl mix together apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and cornstarch until apples are evenly coated.
- Spoon apple mixture in the bottom of your casserole dish.
- In a medium bowl mix oats, brown sugar, chopped walnuts flour, cinnamon, and coconut oil.
- Place oatmeal mixture evenly over apple mixture in the casserole dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
- Top with light whipped topping.