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Homemade apple crisp for the fall

One of my favorite things about the end of summer is enjoying the harvest of fresh apples. They are crisp and delicious and they also have an impressive list of nutritional and health credentials, including vein health boosting properties. 

Apples are often considered a superfood and credited with keeping the doctor away. They have anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce swelling associated with varicose veins and even strengthen vein walls. A bioflavonoid in apples called Rutin helps to prevent blood clots from forming. And remember that apple nutrition is maximized if you eat the peels!

Around our house apples are a top healthy snack–we eat them whole or sliced, and for a treat we’ll serve them with dipping caramel. My kids will eat so many apples this way!

But apples are more than just a snack: they make beautiful desserts. Warm apple pie is a big-time favorite in our family. Another long-time favorite at our house comes from my family tradition growing up, apple crisp.

Not familiar with apple crisp? (Or just want to hear me describe one?) Imagine a delicious apple pie filling with no pie crust and instead topped with a crunchy, cinnamon-y topping. We serve it in a bowl with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream on top. It’s basically an unstructured apple pie, warm and gooey and with a surprise crunch!

Any type of apple can be used, but we like granny smith or honey crisp the best. When I was a girl we would pick whatever apples looked good on our backyard apple trees for our crisp. I would say to use your favorite pie apple as a start and see if you like it.

I like to peel my apples for this recipe, since the kids prefer that, but it’s a personal preference and both peeled or unpeeled make a delicious crisp. 


Apple Crisp for Fall

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes



Apple filling:

  • 6 Apples, peeled and chopped (Granny Smith, Honey Crisp or your favorite pie apple)
  • 2 T Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp Lemon Juice


  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 c Light Brown Sugar
  • ¾ c Old-Fashioned Oats
  • ¾ c Flour
  • ½ c Cold Unsalted Butter, cut into cubes



  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Butter an 8×8 baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the filling ingredients and stir to combine. Transfer the filling to the prepared dish.
  3. In another mixing bowl, add all the topping ingredients except the butter and mix. Cut the butter into the mixture using two forks or your hands until it’s a crumbly consistency.
  4. Spread the topping over the apples in the dish evenly.
  5. Bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm.