Healthy Apple Crisp

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Healthy Apple Crisp

Enjoy beautiful fall apples with this quick and healthy apple crisp!

Healthy Apple Crisp - clean swaps to make this yummy treat guilt free! / Running in a Skirt

Hello dear readers!

Even though fall doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, the mountains have been in full blown apple season since Labor Day.  The county just south of where I live is world renown for apple farming and this entire month it’s all apple, all the time.

To be honest, I never fully appreciate the beauty of the apple until I moved to the mountains.  Sure, I ate them, but it would probably never be my first choice.

That was until I ate them straight off the tree and discovered all the amazing varieties available.

Healthy Apple Crisp - clean swaps to make this yummy treat guilt free! / Running in a Skirt

You just can’t beat that fresh taste.

Apples are so plentiful this time of year that It’s a shame not to cook with them.

This year I’m making this delicious Healthy Apple Crisp.

Healthy Apple Crisp - clean swaps to make this yummy treat guilt free! / Running in a Skirt

Now it still has a little butter and sugar, but overall this is a much healthier choice than a big slice of apple pie.  Not that I’d fault you for eating that either 🙂

Life is about moderation.

Healthy Apple Crisp - clean swaps to make this yummy treat guilt free! / Running in a Skirt

Healthy subs in his recipe include whole wheat flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil.  Although I made mine with butter.

The entire house will fill with smells of fall and you can indulge in an apple treat without feeling quite as guilty!


Healthy Apple Crisp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Enjoy beautiful fall apples with this quick and healthy apple crisp!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
For the apple mixture
  • 5 cups tart apples, sliced about 3 large apples
  • 1/4 lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoon whole wheat flour
For the topping
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x9 baking pan.
  2. Mix the apple filling together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the topping together in a separate small bowl. Use fork or knives to cut butter until the entire mixture turns crumbly and butter is well incorporated.
  4. Put the apples in the pan and top with the topping.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until crumble is golden.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow I’m sharing a great new workout.

I’m sharing this recipe roundup for Foodie Friday, Meatless Monday with Tina and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie and the Weekend Potluck.  Also Full Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY and What’s Cookin’ Wednesday.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

Your turn!

What’s your favorite apple?

Mine is a tie between HoneyCrisp and Ambrosia!

By | 2018-06-28T14:20:08-04:00 September 22nd, 2015|All Vegetarian, Dessert, Food|40 Comments


  1. Rachel September 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Yum! I love apples Thanks for linking up with me and Annmarie!

  2. Tina muir September 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    YUMMMMM! I love everything apple, so this is perfect. I made an apple crumble last week, and it was sooooo good. I love that you used coconut oil, very clever 🙂

  3. Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemade September 24, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Looks good! I use coconut oil in practically everything; I’ve never seen coconut sugar though! I’ll have to check it out! Pinned and shared to Facebook!

    Found you on Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday!

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Trisha! I really appreciate the social love!

  4. Ivanna September 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    This looks really good, perfect for Fall. I love apple crisps 🙂

  5. Andrea September 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Healthy apple crisp or not, I love it! Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples are my fav.

  6. andrea September 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Chica, seriously, all I’ve been making for the past 3 weeks have been crisps! Apple crisp, raspberry crisp, blueberry crisp… Great minds! Can’t wait to try yours! (I must be blind… is the coconut oil/butter missing from the ingredients list?).

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

      We’re still totally connected 🙂 Yes, thanks for catching that! DOH! 🙂 Thanks for telling me!!!

  7. [email protected] the Long Way Home September 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I heart anything apple. This recipe looks especially tasty!

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Thank you Wendy! I feel so healthy when I get the apples!

  8. Nicole @ Fitful Focus September 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    must go apple picking so I can make this!

  9. Jaime September 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I love Honeycrisp and Fuji apples. 🙂 We picked apples two weeks ago (and still have a lot!) I’ll have to give this recipe a try so i can get rid of a few more apples.

  10. Gingi September 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I am SO ready for fall!! This recipe looks delicious, thanks for sharing!! <3 –

  11. Jess @hellotofit September 22, 2015 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I love a good crisp and/or crumble 🙂 and pie. And cake. I need to do more exploring of different types of apples! We have many varieties at the orchards here, too 🙂 thanks, Julie!

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

      There is so much more than what is in the store! It’s fun!

  12. Heather @Fit n Cookies September 22, 2015 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I love apple anything! This looks really good and the fact it’s healthy makes it a winner in my book!

  13. Jamie September 22, 2015 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Love this – apple crisp is my go to for Thanksgiving, so I’m glad you came up with a healthier version! Can’t wait to try it out… must go apple picking first though 🙂

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

      I’m hoping to go this weekend. I hope you get to go too.

  14. [email protected] September 22, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall desserts! I love that you made it a little healthier, but still delicious! Pinning!

  15. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 22, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    This is absolutely perfect for fall! I’d probably add a little scoop of some vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel….And that’s how it instantly turns from a healthy apple crisp into an unhealthy one. Haha!

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

      The hubs and I were both upset when I figured out I had no vanilla ice cream that night so no worries 🙂

  16. Dan Steadman September 22, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Mine–golden delicious or granny smith…my 6 year old Jonathan…Jonagolds

  17. ooh that does look yummy! I’ve not used coconut sugar yet.

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      It’s really good! You could totally sub regular sugar if you didn’t want to go to the store!

  18. Susie @ SuzLyfe September 22, 2015 at 7:31 am - Reply

    I miss NYC apple season–the farmers markets get all of the experimental varieties–many don’t even have names! I think one of my favorites was actually NY 125. I’m really excited because Alex and I are going to Michigan this fall and I am determined to go to a cider farm and go apple picking!

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Oh that’s cool! I bet they were good. I hope you make it to a farm.

  19. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking September 22, 2015 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Great recipe Julie. Nothing beats NC apples! My favorites there are Pink Lady and Mutsu.

    • JulieWunder September 23, 2015 at 9:51 am - Reply

      I haven’t had Mutsu yet this year. I need to change that 🙂

  20. Blane Sherer September 22, 2015 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Apples do ring in the fall especially in this area. I agree that the smell
    of apple pie or apple crisps etc cooking is a great smell ! Who says
    a Florida / Georgia girl can’t truly appreciate the NC mountains ( smile ).
    You certainly do Julie and it is much appreciated ( smile ).

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