Open Arms of Minnesota

Weekly Recipe #179: Apple Crisp

by Lisa Knapek, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program]

Photo Credit - Kara/Flickr
Photo Credit – Kara/Flickr

With summer coming to an end, cooler days and longer nights are upon us. The change in the season brings fall foods to the table.

I have a very big sweet tooth and one of my favorite fall desserts is apple crisp. As a child, I remember coming home from school and getting apples from the neighbor’s apple tree which I then helped my mom cut up to make apple crisp. There was something special about making a dish out of food that was grown right it my neighborhood. It was difficult to wait until after dinner to dive into the freshly baked apple crisp, but I managed to get through my meal fast enough so that I could enjoy the delicious dessert while it was still warm from the oven.

Even though apple crisp is a dessert, it contains apples which are a good source of fiber. Fiber has a variety of help benefits which include improving cholesterol levels, controlling blood sugar levels, and improving bowel health.

Apple Crisp

This recipe is from my mom’s recipe collection.

(Serves: approx. 9 people)


  • 4-6 large apples, sliced (enough to fill an 8×8 pan)
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. flour
  • ½ c. oatmeal
  • ½ c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Wash and slice apples, fill pan with apples.
3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients (should become a crumbly mixture).
4. Evenly sprinkle crumb mixture over apples in 8×8 pan.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
6. Remove from oven, allow to cool, cut and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Per serving: 258 calories, 11g total fat, 6.6g saturated fat, 1.8g protein, 41g carbohydrate, 3.9g fiber, 7.7mg sodium

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