For this skinny apple crisp recipe, you’ll need:
-4 to 6 medium apples
-2 tbsp coconut or brown sugar
-1 tbsp cinnamon
For the oat topping, you’ll need:
-1 cup rolled oats
-1/3 cup flour of choice
-4 tbsp Earth Balance
-1/2 cup coconut or brown sugar
Nutritional Info + Macros:
This apple crisp recipe makes 8 servings.
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The autumn recipe series continues with a healthier take on a seasonal classic with this apple crisp recipe. Lean in fat, this recipe is super friendly for those who count macros and log food in apps like MyFitnessPal. It’s also naturally high in fiber, has zero dairy and is easily made gluten-free.
Healthy Lifestyles Include Desserts
Living a healthy lifestyle is all about finding balance and making healthier choices for yourself so you feel satisfied and maintain a weight that is healthy for you. Fad diets, extreme caloric restriction and eliminating entire food groups (such as carbs) are not entirely sustainable ways of life, hence our preference for balanced eating patterns, or “flexible dieting” as some call it.
Visually, think of a yo-yo flying up and down without much prediction or control, versus a sailboat cutting straight through the water hitting the occasional bump. In this analogy, the yo-yo symbolizes a swinging back and forth between fad dieting and being completely off the wagon. The sailboat in this story represents a balanced lifestyle, achieved over time, making it possible to maintain a healthy weight and enjoy dessert sometimes.
Deliciously Skinny Apple Crisp Recipe
This recipe is somewhat flexible. We used Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour, but you can sub for a different flour of your choice–oat flour, almond flour, all purpose whole wheat flour, etc. (Just be aware that changing the ingredients will change the nutritional facts for this recipe.)
The same goes for the sugar. We opted for coconut sugar for its added nutritional benefits compared to refined white sugar, higher fiber and lower glycemic index. (Go here if you want to know more about that.)
When it comes to choosing the apples for your apple crisp recipe, again totally flexible. Consider a sweeter apple (honeycrisp, pink lady) than a tart one (granny smith, cortland) to avoid the need for adding extra sugar, or use a combination of both.
Your Kitchen is About to Smell Sooo Good…
Prep for this apple crisp will take about 15 minutes, and the total bake time is roughly 35-40 minutes depending on your oven.
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F
- Mix together oats, coconut sugar, flour and Earth Balance in a bowl until crumbly and well-blended
- Peel and chop apples (bite sized pieces for faster bake time)
- Toss chopped apples in a bowl with cinnamon (to taste) and coconut sugar until slightly wet
- Layer a baking dish first with spiced apples, then the crumbly oat topping
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender and bubbling
Being cinnamon freaks around here, a full tablespoon of cinnamon may be too much for you. Feel free to start slow and add more to the apples until you arrive at a desired warmth. Not sure the science on this, but I’ve noticed the apples sweat less the more cinnamon you add, resulting in a drier crisp.
You’ll notice in some of the pictures it looks like we’ve served this vegan apple crisp with a big ol’ scoop of ice cream… Only, it’s not ice cream! SoDelicious makes a CocoWhip that is super low in calories and completely elevates this skinny fall dessert recipe to a place where you won’t even notice the missing calories, fat and dairy.
Healthy eating should be mildly adventurous or, at the very least, enjoyable. Because if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t eat it. Let us know how your family enjoyed this apple crisp recipe using the hashtag #TrimStudioFL.