A simply wonderful dessert that's healthier with less sugar, unpeeled apples, white whole wheat flour and walnuts.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).

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  • Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.

  • Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Apple Crisp II.

Nutrition Facts

279.5 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 43.9g 14% DV; fat 11.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 20.3mg 7% DV; sodium 95.2mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2013
Oh wow! Best apple crisp ever! I made it as written first time and it was good, but the second time, it was even better when I made these changes: I omitted the white sugar and subbed in brown sugar, doubled the cinnamon, added some ginger (a healthy dash) and some nutmeg (a regular dash). I also omitted the water, it was not necessary and my second batch without the water was a much, much better consistency. (The apples are juicy and release that juice when baked, so go ahead and skip adding that water.) Oh, and in both batches, I used old-fashioned oats, not the quick cooking kind and I subbed corn starch for the flour in the filling, something I always do for fruit pies, cobblers, etc... :-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2015
This recipe makes a decent (and decently healthy) apple crisp, but I do have a few complaints. The 1/2 cup of water I poured into the dish made the whole thing too wet - however, after a night in the fridge some of it did absorb. Secondly, without any salt or lemon juice I felt that it was a little bit bland. I'd add some of both, next time. Read More
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100 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 74
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2013
Oh wow! Best apple crisp ever! I made it as written first time and it was good, but the second time, it was even better when I made these changes: I omitted the white sugar and subbed in brown sugar, doubled the cinnamon, added some ginger (a healthy dash) and some nutmeg (a regular dash). I also omitted the water, it was not necessary and my second batch without the water was a much, much better consistency. (The apples are juicy and release that juice when baked, so go ahead and skip adding that water.) Oh, and in both batches, I used old-fashioned oats, not the quick cooking kind and I subbed corn starch for the flour in the filling, something I always do for fruit pies, cobblers, etc... :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2012
I never review recipes but I couldn't let this one go without. I had a crazy amount of apples from my nanas trees and was apple buttered right to death so I decided to switch it up for this apple crisp. I made a pan for both my mother and mother in law (who is an amazing cook) and my mother in law lost her mind when she tasted it. Its all she could talk about all day. I used brown sugar instead of white and doubled the cinnamon. Hands down best apple crisp ever! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2012
I thought this applecrisp was delicious can't even tell it's healthier. I even substituted two tablespoons of the butter with water and it was still really good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2012
We loved this!!! I didn't have whole wheat flour or walnuts so I improvised with regular flour and pecans. It was wonderful!!!!!!! Definitely going to have this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2015
Smells delicious, like apple pie! Made 2 pans for healthy potlucks @ husband's & my work. Used 10 large honeycrisp apples, 5. lbs, from local farmer, for each 9 x 13 recipe. It will fill the pan (with a rounded top like a cake), so press the topping on with a large spoon and put the pan on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Followed others' suggestions & added some of my own. Use apple corer/peeler, all brown sugar, all whole wheat fllour, old fashioned oats, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cloves, & 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Stir 2 tsp. vanilla extract into melted butter. Wondered whether initial sugar/flour/water mixture would blend in better if it were stirred into apples rather than sprinkled on top. Next time (and there definitely will be a next time!) I would either omit water or add cornstarch or tapioca to water, since it was rather watery. Apples did not get mushy. Tasted great & husband's co-workers ate the entire pan! We were very busy & only had time for 1/2 a pan! It's a keeper! Revised 10/20/15: Moved to WI & picked fresh apples from our two trees in backyard. Made six 8 x 8 apple crisps already using half a recipe with the following changes: Omit water & sugar (my apples are like red delicious, juicy & sweet), use cornstarch instead of flour in filling, decrease cinnamon to 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp. cloves, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg. but keep melted butter @ 1 stick for each topping. (Seems crisper if you mix in 1/2 stick, then pour other half over topping after it cooks 30 min.) Cook 45 min. total. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2013
Wonderful! The only substitution I made was pecans vs walnuts and doubled the cinnamon based on other reviews. I also lightened it up just a little bit more by using the brown sugar splenda and the domino light sugar. I also used a hint of lemon juice. Highly recommend! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2013
Loved the recipe! HOwever, I guessed on 10 cups of apples.... How many apples is that? I also think that with a good mix of apples, you can still cut back on the sugar. I also only used 1/4 cup of butter, and it still came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2014
A keeper, we'll make again. We used 4 varieties of apples, sweet to tart, red & green, skin on. Opted for big chunks rather than uniform slices. Smaller casserole dish, filled to the top with apples, used recommended amount of topping. Based on comments: we mixed apples with flour/spice mix prior to putting in casserole, skipped water, cut sugar to 1/4 cup, replaced white with brown sugar. Doubled cinnamon, added powdered ginger and fresh grated nutmeg (not measured, but at least 1.5 tsp)Added vanilla (might add some bourbon next time) to flour/spice mix, and to butter/oat mix. Whole wheat pastry flour, and brown sugar instead of white. Melted butter, but plan to try mixes of butter/olive oil and/or coconut oil in the future. Instead of ice cream or whipped topping, we opted for low fat, plain yogurt drizzled on top, may add a trace of honey, molasses or maple syrup next time .. not necessary, but could be a nice addition. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2012
This was a GREAT recipe! I added fresh blueberries and chia seeds for more of the "good stuff". Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2015
This recipe makes a decent (and decently healthy) apple crisp, but I do have a few complaints. The 1/2 cup of water I poured into the dish made the whole thing too wet - however, after a night in the fridge some of it did absorb. Secondly, without any salt or lemon juice I felt that it was a little bit bland. I'd add some of both, next time. Read More
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