This Healthy Apple Crisp is a wholesome way to start your day! Thinly sliced apples sweetened with pure maple syrup, spiced with cinnamon, and topped with a whole-grain oat and walnut topping.
I have good news. Your breakfast is about to taste like dessert.
And the better news is that it’s actually quite healthy. You can stick to those resolutions while enjoying a bowl of warm and comforting Maple Apple Crisp.
What I eat for breakfast sets the tone for what I eat the rest of the day. If I start with something wholesome and nutritious, it’s easier to make healthy choices throughout the day ahead. No comment on where that healthy mindset is come 10:00 pm when I NEED a brownie/chocolate chip cookie/half a bar of dark chocolate. Late night calories don’t count, right?
I first shared an apple breakfast crisp nearly 3 years ago, back when this blog was just a wee little babe. Although I still enjoy that recipe, I find that I don’t make it as often as I’d like because it requires a food processor. Sometimes (read: most of the time), I do not want to lug that 50 pound food processor from the back of my cabinet, nor do I want to wash it when all is said and done. So, I created this easier Apple Breakfast Crisp. No fancy equipment, just a few simple steps and plenty of comforting flavor.
Healthy Apple Crisp
Several things make this recipe different from a traditional dessert apple crisp. The butter is dialed back, refined sugar is swapped for pure maple syrup, and whole grains are used in place of white flour. This dish is loaded with wholesome ingredients.
I like to make this on a lazy weekend and enjoy the leftovers throughout the week ahead. Settle in with a bowl of warm and tender cinnamon spiced apples, crunchy oat topping, and a drizzle of maple syrup. It’s a cozy and delicious way to start your day.
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Maple Apple Breakfast Crisp
A comforting and wholesome Apple Breakfast Crisp sweetened with pure maple syrup, spiced with cinnamon, and topped with a whole-grain oat and walnut topping. Serve with yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup for a delicious way to start your day.
- 3 pounds apples (sweet varieties) cored and thinly sliced (I left the peel on)
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup room temperature
- 3 tablespoons milk I used skim
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- Maple syrup for serving
- Yogurt for serving
Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine all filling ingredients. Toss until well combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
Wipe out the bowl and add melted butter, maple syrup and milk, stirring or whisking to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, walnuts and coconut. Add to the butter mixture and stir until well combined. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples, pressing some pieces together to form larger clumps. Bake for 55-65 minutes, until the apples are tender and the topping is light golden brown (see note). Serve warm with yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.
You will most likely need to cover the crisp for a portion of the cook time to keep the topping from getting too dark. Begin checking it after 30-40 minutes. If the topping is getting dark, gently tent with foil. Remove the foil with 5-10 minutes remaining of cook time to allow the topping to recrisp.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen