Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Fall colors, cooler temps and apples — a perfect trio, especially when the apples are what’s for dessert, which isn’t something we enjoy every night at The Frog & PenguINN. Treats are always welcome and we spread this one over 2 nights.

Most apple crisp recipes advise using firm apples like Granny Smith or combining a couple of different varieties. Instead, I used a couple of golden delicious and Gala apples combined with oatmeal, sugar, brown sugar (Splenda ® brand), butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice, flour, and salt.

Add-ins, like raisins or dried cranberries would have been added if thought of beforehand, but there’s always next time. Also, I  left the peel on and diced not sliced unlike in some recipes that advise peeling and slicing. 

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

  • 4-5 apples
  • 1/2 C orange juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C granulated sugar and brown sugar mixed together
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 C dried raisins or cranberries (optional)
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)


  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1/2 C sugar divided: 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 C butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9-inch square or 2-quart baking dish.

  1. Core apples and cut into pieces. Add apples to a large bowl with orange zest, orange apple crisp (2)juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir then add to baking dish.
  2. To make the crisp topping, combine flour, oats, sugar in a bowl. Add melted butter and stir to moisten flour. Topping should be crumbly before spreading over apples. This can be a “hands on” task.
  3. Bake 45-50 minutes until juices thicken, apples are soft, and topping has turned golden brown. If the topping browns too fast, cover with aluminum foil bake until apples are done.

apple crisp (1)

Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or Cool Whip®. This time, we substituted vanilla flavored yogurt as ice cream isn’t a staple here. No topping is OK too, but life’s too short not to treat ourselves. Next time it’s vanilla bean ice cream!


Montanagirl said...

I have always loved Apple Crisp. Not so much fun now since my Dr. said lay off sugar.

Country Gal said...

I love apple crisp always a great treat every now and then ! Thanks for sharing looks delish ! Have a good week !

Country Gal said...

Oh what temp is it to baked !

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

hmmmm, hadn't thought of apple crisp, maybe I'll do a small one for Thanksgiving; watching the fat grams and calories & maintaining now which is a challenge thru the eating holidays. But so far so goo. I've not ever left the peels on, much easier that way. I do love dried cranberries mixed with apples, Jerry does not and since he is the main dessert eater here, he gets it his way. Made him a small pecan pie last weekend, fortunately it is not a fave with me so no temptation here. If it were lemon meringue tho---

William Kendall said...

My mother made something very similar to this. It's very tasty.

Out on the prairie said...

Just at the store and wished I had gotten some vanilla ice cream last week when it was on sale. Processed a lot of apples, so tend to want to eat this always. MMMM,like the OJ. I tend to eat it plain as a side with a meal, but live by myself so don't have anyone to tell me not to.LOL

Sandra said...

my hubby's favorite pie is apple, above all else. he would love this. i am saving this and will try it for him...and he just said yesterday apple pie depends on the apples used. he likes them with soft not firm apples.

Daisy said...

That looks delicious! I haven't made apple crisp in a long time.

Doris said...

YUM!! I need to make an apple crisp =)

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

That is just soo delicious :-) I must think of that tomorrow because I don't have all the ingredients at home :-)

Have a great day!

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