Apples have always been my favorite fruit. I could eat like five a day and not get sick of them. Seriously. So, when it’s fall and apples are in season here in Michigan I take FULL advantage of the crisp, sweet goodness. Plus, I love how CHEAP they are this time of year! Pro-tip for reducing your grocery bill, always shop for in-season fruits and veggies! (not sure what’s in season? Grab my free fall produce guide here!)It only makes sense that my favorite fall dessert involves apples, right? That favorite dessert is this low sugar oatmeal apple crisp!
I love this crisp for so many reasons, but here are a few of the top ones:
- Delicious. That’s kinda a given though.
- Low sugar. There is only 3 tbsp in the entire recipe! Typical crisp recipes call for about a cup if not more.
- Low fat. It uses applesauce in place of most of the butter you usually see in crisp recipes.
- Low calorie. A serving of this crisp has only 164 calories per serving!
- Loaded with whole grains and fiber. These complex carbs will help to keep you nice and full, with a stable blood sugar.
If you’re looking for your next dessert, look no further, this low sugar oatmeal crisp is it! I like to serve it warm with a little bit of vanilla ice cream. There is nothin better than ice cream melting into all of the little nooks and crannies! Okay, I need to stop describing this because I’m actually drooling on my keyboard.
I’m a huge fan of desserts that are also healthy. There is nothing worse than having dessert after a meal that leaves you stuffed with an impending sugar buzz. I realize that this recipe is “low” in a lot of things. That isn’t meant to imply that having your Grandma Jo’s Apple crisp recipe with full-fat full-sugar is bad. No sir. However, if you’re looking for a lighter alternative, this is a fab option.
- For the apples:
- 5 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- For the crisp topping:
- 1½ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9" round baking dish with non-stick spray, set aside.
- In a large bowl coat apple sauces with cinnamon and vanilla. Place in prepared baking dish.
- In that same bowl combine oats, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Add in applesauce, vanilla, and milk, mixing well.
- Drop dollops of crisp mixture onto apples, evenly dispersing.
- Bake for ~35 minutes until crisp is golden brown.
- Serve warm, vanilla ice cream encourages!
This healthy low sugar oatmeal apple crisp would be the perfect addition to your thanksgiving spread! Be sure to pin this recipe to your Pinterest board so that you can have it at the ready when you start Turkey Day Planning!