Fall Apple Crisp Recipe


Caroline Dooling

 As summer draws to a close, the school year has begun, fall is officially right around the corner. A lot of people love this season for many reasons, whether it’s for the pie and Thanksgiving buffets, for the changing of the leaves, the cool weather, Halloween, carving pumpkins, or just for the pumpkin spice. Since fall is fast approaching, I have the perfect recipe to ring in the season. This healthier option of apple pie crisp helps you get into the fall spirit, but also helps you to not feel guilty about making such a sweet treat!   

When I made it, I felt like it was really good, and it was super easy and quick! This recipe calls for a lot less sugar than others out there, which I was definitely skeptical about, so I added more sugar than called for. I thought that it wouldn’t be sweet enough with the little amount, so I added an amount in between. But, what surprised me was the fact that it was almost too sweet. Perhaps one should stay with the actual recipe.  I would absolutely recommend this recipe to everyone for the upcoming holidays and I will be using it to make more! 


  • 5 cups sliced peeled baking apples 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute-sugar blend equivalent 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice 
  • Topping 
  • ½ cup rolled oats 
  • ¼ cup sugar or sugar substitute-sugar blend equivalent (see Tips) 
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice 
  • 3 tablespoons butter 
  • Frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional) 


Prep: 20 min 

Ready In: 50 min 

  • For filling: Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine apples, 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute, lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon of the apple pie spice. Transfer apple mixture to a 2-quart square baking dish. 
  • For topping: In medium bowl, combine oats, ¼ cup sugar or sugar substitute, flour, and ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over filling. 
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until apple is tender and topping is golden brown. Serve warm. If desired, top with whipped topping.