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Easy Healthy Sugar-Free Apple Crisp

This Easy Healthy Sugar-Free Apple Crisp recipe is baked with Granny Smith apples and a crunchy topping, all with no refined sugar. This low-calorie dessert works well for breakfast, too!

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I’m so weird about dessert! I really go for the ones without frosting and I love pretty much all fruit so a crisp is right up my alley! Crisps remind me a lot of a lightened-up cobbler, but they are different.

sweetener, cornstarch, fresh lemon, vanilla, and cinnamon in separate bowls

What’s the Difference Between Crisp, Crumble, and Cobbler

Crumbles have a topping similar to streusel, often made with butter, flour, and sugar. A crisp is made very similarly, but often includes oats. Both often have the option to add nuts to the topping as well.

A cobbler is usually made with biscuit dough or pie crust. It has buttery, flaky layers with fruit filling lying within. Peach cobbler has always been one of my favorite desserts.

rolled oats, melted butter, brown sweetener, and cinnamon in separate bowls

What Type of Apples to Use

You will want apples that are both tart and sweet. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious will work well. I like to use all Granny Smith, but you can use what you prefer or a combination of the ones mentioned.

Granny Smith apples on a bamboo cutting board

How to Peel and Core the Apples

The fastest way to do this is to use an apple peeler and apple slicer and corer. You want to peel the apples, remove the core and then slice the apples into identical slices so that the apples cook at an even temperature. You can slice them in whatever shape you wish.

sliced Granny Smith apples on a bamboo cutting board

How to Make Healthy Apple Crisp

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the apples, cinnamon, vanilla, sweetener, and lemon juice. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until the apples are soft.
  3. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and stir.
  4. Transfer the apple mixture to the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Combine the oats, brown sweetener, cinnamon and melted butter in a separate bowl.
  6. Spread the topping throughout the pan.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
a collage photo showing how to make apple crisp by combining ingredients in a saucepan

What Sweetener to Use

The two biggest things that make this dish healthy is the use of rolled oats instead of all purpose flour and the sweeteners used instead of refined sugar.

I like to use granular monkfruit sweetener for the filling and granular golden monkfruit sweetener for the topping. Monkfruit is zero calorie, zero carb, and is made without the use of artificial sweeteners

You can also use the following: 

  • Regular sugar (you can use the same amount outlined in the recipe)
  • Pure Organic Maple Syrup (1/3 cup in the filling and 3 tablespoons in the topping)
  • Honey (1/3 cup in the filling and 4 tablespoons in the topping)
healthy apple crisp in a red baking dish

What to Substitute for Butter

You can substitute melted coconut oil (best option) or olive oil.

healthy apple crisp in a red baking dish

How to Keep the Dish From Getting Watery

The filling will need a thickening agent to keep it from getting watery. I like to use a mix of cornstarch and water.

How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

Store the crisp in the fridge tightly sealed for 3-4 days.

healthy apple crisp in a red baking dish

Freezer Tips

Freeze the dish covered and tightly sealed. Thaw completely and bake for 20-30 minutes on 350 degrees.

healthy apple crisp on a blue plate with vanilla ice cream

I like to serve this with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. Rebel and Halo Top are my favorite brands with low carb options.

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Easy Healthy Sugar-Free Apple Crisp

This Easy Healthy Sugar-Free Apple Crisp recipe is baked with Granny Smith apples and a crunchy topping, all with no refined sugar. This low-calorie dessert works well for breakfast, too!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy apple crisp, sugar free apple crisp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 189kcal

Ingredients

Apple Filling

  • 6 Granny smith green apples Peeled, cored, and sliced.
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease an 8×8 baking dish. I use cooking spray.
  • Place a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the apples, cinnamon, vanilla, sweetener, and lemon juice. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until the apples are soft.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and stir. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Transfer the apple mixture to the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Combine the oats, brown sweetener, cinnamon and melted butter in a separate bowl.
  • Spread the topping throughout the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Loosely cover the pan with foil to prevent the topping from over-browning.
  • Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until the apples are soft.
  • Cool before serving.

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Notes

Once you slice the apples they will begin to oxidize and turn brown. Drizzling them in lemon juice will prevent it.
If you wish to add nuts, fold them in with the oats topping.
You can substitute the sweetener used in this recipe for any of the following:
  • Regular sugar (you can use the same amount outlined in the recipe)
  • Pure Organic Maple Syrup (1/3 cup in the filling and 3 tablespoons in the topping)
  • Honey (1/3 cup in the filling and 4 tablespoons in the topping)
You can substitute melted coconut oil (best option) or olive oil, the same amount.
To make this dish with less carbs you can substitute oats for monkfruit sweetened low carb granola. Omit the cornstarch and use 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum and 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of water to thicken the filling. Combine the xanthan gum and water and then add it to the filling and stir.
Making these changes results in these macros:
Calories: 189 Fat: 11G Net Carbs: 16G Protein: 1G
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g
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Recipe Rating




Carrie

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Delicious! I will definitely make this again! I love how well-written your recipes are!

staysnatched

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Thank you! I'm glad you appreciate that!

Sharon

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I made this last night and it came out exactly as pictured above. I am loving baking with Monkfruit. Brandi was the first person to inspire me to try it! I added a splash of HoneyCrisp Apple Cider to this as I happened to have some in the frig! This is a keeper recipe!!

staysnatched

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Amanda G.

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

I made this for the first day of fall as it seemed perfectly appropriate! It was easy to make, and delicious! I appreciated how light and healthy it was, while still feeling indulgent minus the guilt!

staysnatched

Thursday 24th of September 2020

Yes! Such a great combo!

Claudia

Monday 7th of September 2020

I made this today and it was a huge hit! I used Swerve sugar replacement and added pecans in the topping like you suggested. My parents are diabetic so it was nice to make a dessert that satisfied everyone. Thank you for sharing!

staysnatched

Friday 11th of September 2020

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe!