Healthy Apple Crisp: Cute & Yummy

Mini Apple Crisps

This is a guest post by Lisa Cain, PhD, a.k.a Snack-Girl

Many of us are on the hunt for a dessert that is both satisfying and healthy. I’ve been asked for a redo of creme brulee (which isn’t gonna happen).

For me, cooked apples are the ultimate comfort food. There is something about apple pie that makes my worries disappear. On Friday, I talked about how I use apple pie as a solution to my loneliness problems see: Emotional Eating.

If you can get used to baked apples with no butter, you can start enjoying a super healthy dessert. Apples cook down into a soft pudding-like substance that is creamy without butter.

I will say that I did miss the butter when I first made these. If you think these fall flat – just add a little butter to each ramekin. This is meant to be a dessert, so you need to be satisfied by it.

If you add more unprocessed foods (such as raw fruits and vegetables) to your diet, you will notice that you taste foods differently. I can taste the ingredients added to my food with much more clarity and I am more aware of sugar and salt than I used to be when I was eating more processed foods.

One of the biggest keys to becoming a healthier eater is to start TASTING again. Your tastebuds may have some adjusting to do if you are on the hamburger, pizza, Coca-Cola diet.

The sweetness of a strawberry is hard to detect if you eat a lot of Oreos (for example).

You could try making these apple crisps without the sugar and see how you like them. I added a little sugar because it gives them a flavor OOOMPH – but you may find that you don’t need it.

My daughter ate this dessert right up (and my son hated it). These healthy apple crisps are so fast to make – the hardest part is peeling the apple.

How do you dress up apples?

Mini Apple Crisp Recipe

(3 small servings)

1 medium apple
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 F. Peel and core the apple and chop into 1/4 inch squares. Mix in a small bowl with sugar, oats, and cinnamon and put into a small baking dish or ramekins. Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy hot, cold, or room temperature.

50 calories, 0.2 g fat, 12.8 g carbohydrates, 0.4 g protein, 1.8 g fiber, 280 mg sodium, 1 PointsPlus

Lisa Cain Aka Snack Girl

Lisa Cain, Ph.D. writes about healthy snacks on She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.


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  • nuitgoddess

    I make applesauce all the time with no added ingredients other than powdered cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Am thinking of adding some fresh ginger next time. Was surprised—I find I do not need the sugar! YUMMMMMMMM. Satisfying as it totally tastes sinful.

  • Officer Bernice

    Nope, no good. Added sugar and cooking is processing, no? Fail/fail. Your son must be the brains of the outfit.

  • Dixter

    Toss the apples in lemon juice. Add cinnamon, a few tablespoons of molasses and stir.
    Serve with Ezekial cereal for crunch and a dab of unsweetened yogurt. Yum.

  • Guest

    Added sugar?? Then processed in an oven?? You’re kidding about the “healthy” part of your title line, right? This stuff will give you diabetes.

    • Dhihv

      Eating sugar doesn’t give you diabetes…. And last I checked ovens don’t “process” food.

  • Hayley Bank

    Brown sugar doesn’t give you diabetes. It’s healthier to use brown sugar than cane or white sugar.

    • J in VA

      depends on whether you are eating raw unrefined sugar or regular brown sugar–regular brown sugar is white sugar + molasses

  • Carol

    Sounds delish and quick… but you might want to check your nutrition database because there is no way the sodium will be 380 mg (it’s more like 3 mg), and fiber will be lower too, since you are peeling the apples. In fact you might want to leave on the peel to make the recipe easier and healthier (most of the fiber and antioxidants are in the skin). And 2 servings is probably more reasonable than 3.

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  • 1ofakindjewelry1

    Sounds like this is kid friendly and delish. I can not wait to try this with my grandbabies. They love apples cooked or raw.

  • trainermeg

    What’s so wrong with some organic butter? Most people don’t eat enough healthy fats (thanks low-fat diet craze). Saturated fats are healthy. They’re natural. If they weren’t the human race would have been plagued with heart disease and diabetes long before the modern western diet. Consider that breast milk contains at least 8 kinds of saturated fat. THE most perfect food in existence. It isn’t the saturated fat in breast milk, eggs, avocados and animal protein that’s bad for us. It’s unnatural trans fats (plus a diet heavy with refined carbs) that causes problems.

    • Fooducate

      There’s nothing wrong with some organic butter. But to say that saturated fats are healthy is a stretch. Mercola’s site has done more to mislead people about nutrition/health than almost any other diet trend. There’s no evidence to back up the claim that these saturated fats are healthy.

  • jan

    have you tried using olive oil instead of butter? That’s what I would do.