Healthy Apple Crisp

Healthier Apple Crisp

Healthier Apple Crisp

This takes 4 very large apples and I highly recommend adding the toasted pecans to the topping. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Makes: 4-6 servings

Healthier Apple Crisp


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (all purpose flour works too)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (cold butter works too)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans (optional)
  • Apple Filling:
  • 3 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 7 cups (2 pounds) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & cut into 1/2 to 1-inch chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, & cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Mix in oil using your fingers. Take time until it gets a bit clumpy.
  4. Add pecans, if using, and set aside.
  5. Apple Filling:
  6. Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a plastic bag (I use a soft produce bag).
  7. Add apples and shake the bag until apples are coated.
  8. Place apples into an 8x8-inch square or 9-inch round pan and top with oat mixture..
  9. Bake for 35 minutes. It's best served while still warm.

Note: To replace the oil in the topping with butter, use cold, cubed butter and mix it in with you fingers until crumbly and refrigerate while you prep the apples.

32 Comments on "Healthier Apple Crisp"

  1. Gerri

    Hi Jenny,
    Many of your apple recipes call for peeling the apples (apple cake).
    I feel guilty losing all the vitamins and minerals.
    I’ll try leaving the peeling on –
    My daughter never peels her apples when baking.
    Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts about this?

  2. Susan

    I wanted to use up frozen berries in my freezer. I have a mix mash of all kinds and even added a freshly peeled large apple. I remembered a month back I made this and knew the topping was delicious using different frozen berries again. Luckily I have your email imbedded in my brain! I like the fact I’m not using butter, but a very light olive oil. Always turns out perfectly, very tasty. No olive oil taste at all. Used organic brown sugar and smelling it now in the oven!
    Such simple and easy tweaks Jenny, to change something up in a flash.
    Thank you. Ontario 🇨🇦❤️

  3. AnneMarie

    I just made this with Blueberries! Delicious! Thanks for all your great recipes.

  4. Denise

    Hi Jenny! So glad I found you on you tube and have been enjoying trying out your recipes! When I came upon this one I just had to share …….have you ever used zucchini instead of apples ??? You’ll never notice the difference and it’s great when crops yield an abundance of zucchini! Thanks for all the yummy food !!! Hmm what should I try next ? ?

    • paula chapin

      Zucchini instead of apples; I never would have thought that. Excited to try it.

    • Michael

      Cant wait to try. Countless times Ive looked at our zucchini and thought what else can I do with this. Now I know. Thank you for posting this

  5. Kat

    Another great recipe Jenny!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Gerri

    Thank you for making the recipes so easy to read & print with a picture.
    The ingredients for this apple crisp make me want to make it today.
    Love the low sugar recipes.
    Does anyone not like apple crisp?

  7. Shirley

    Love this Apple Crisp. Apples are naturally sweet and don’t need a lot of sugar. I cringe when I read recipes that have huge amounts of sugar in them. This recipe had just the right amount of sugar?

  8. Kat

    Apple crisp is always requested from my family. Making your healthier version today! ??
    Thanks, Jenny! ❤️

  9. Georgie

    You’ve done it again Jenny!! I love your healthier recipes and a big fan of apple crisp so I had to make this today. I used 6 small/medium Granny Smith apples and it turned out fabulous topped with fat free whipped cream. Keep those recipes coming.

  10. Diane

    This apple crisp is delicious. I did have to bake longer than 35 min in order for the apple slices to be soft e ough.

  11. Roger

    My wife made this desert but used a jar of cherries from Trader Joes, something she always has on hand, and it was delicious. She calls it her emergency desert, easy to do on short notices because it contains products that can be kept on hand. Thanks very much and we look forward to your next one.

  12. Nancy B

    Jenny can’t wait to make these delicious Dessert. Easy and quick and so good for you! Thanks for all of your recipes I watch you many years ago on TV and I’m so happy that you have your own Internet show healthy cooking Blessings to You

  13. Cheryl

    I really enjoy your recipes, love watching you cook them. I’m going to try this one soon enough.

    Thank you.

  14. Cathy

    Hi Jenny thank you so much for the new recipe ,looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it ,you do such a great job keep bringing them!!! you’re the best.


  15. Larry

    It’s ALWAYS good to see you out of hibernation! Looks like a tasty recipe that I can try in my Dutch Oven. Don’t stay away too long, Jenny. We miss your bubbly personality and all the color coordinated kitchen dodads! Blessings!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Shallow pans are generally recommended for crisp recipes so I’m not sure a Dutch oven would be as good. Please report back if you try.

  16. Terry vaich

    Just printed this out, thanks for giving the approx lbs for apples, it drives me crazy when a recipe indicates various cups, etc, never gives the total to buy, one or 2 extra apples no big deal we can eat those, , but my husband is guessing an apple per cup sliced, we will soon find out when I weigh them ay the market. I am sure it will depend on size of apples, Granny Smith my favorite apple to bake with, love your recipes, chocolate chip cookies so good, I double recipe, freeze some for when grandsons come for a visit?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      One large granny smith apple usually weighs 1/2 pound so 4 really big ones are enough.

  17. Theodore Rossino

    Miss Jenny: Are you ever going back on U TUBE? I miss you and your recipes videos.

  18. Julia P.

    Apple crisp sounds and looks delicious, I will definitely try it and love it as I do all your recipes. Of course as many others will agree, I want to actually WATCH you make it. Jenny come back to us in your videos! Miss you, miss you, miss you.

  19. Diana

    Love apple crisp. The butter from Ireland KERRYGOLD is supposed to be heart healthy, why not use that? The taste can’t be beaten. Or use half butter and half light olive oil. Thank you for the recipe.

  20. MrsNews

    So glad to see this in my email this morning!! It looks wonderful

    You have been heavy on my mind lately, how are you doing?

    I miss being able to communicate with you but know that this crazy lady has been thinking about you and hoping you can feel the vibes.

    Take care, I am an email away if you need a friend


  21. Trish

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it!

  22. Patty

    Yea! Another recipe from Jenny! I’ve just added Granny Smith apples to my shopping list and will make your healthy apple crisp this weekend. Can’t thank you enough for your recipes Jenny.
    I love baking with you! ??

  23. Joanne

    Thank you Jenny, for providing such great, healthy, recipes. I have prepared many of your recipes and watched most of your videos. So helpful and informative! I hope you will be making more videos in the future. Thank you, again! I feel I can trust your instruction, and my family has been quite happy with the results.

  24. Moira

    Hi Jenny, love your recipes, you make cooking so much easier I truly enjoy making them. thankyou for all your hard work.

  25. silverliningseeker

    Thanks, Jenny, for sharing this wonderful recipe. I LOOOOOVE apple crisp, and so happy to now have a healthier version to try. 🙂

  26. Joanie

    This sounds delicious , especially the topping. I too miss seeing you in your videos, I wish you would please start making them again. You always gave me a happy feeling with your humor plus I love your cooking.

  27. Pamela H.

    I agree! Love all your recipes and they’re so easy. I miss your hilarious sense of humor in your videos!

  28. Donna

    Made your sprouted whole wheat bread last night and is delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Have made several of your other recipes as well. Sure do miss your videos though. Wish you would make more! They really make my day.

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