This healthy apple crisp recipe is just divine, with the slight tartness of the apples and the crunchy, cinnamon-y goodness of the topping. You will not believe that it is vegan, gluten-free, and low sugar!
Oh, man. Do I have a good one for you today! A low sugar, healthy apple crisp recipe. (You can thank me later. 😉 )
I have been working on an apple crisp/apple pie recipe for awhile now. And I finally came up with one that has me seriously excited to share with you.
If you have been following my blog recently, you know that after I was diagnosed with cancer, I really overhauled my diet. One of the big things that I have done is cut way back on sugar. But as someone with a hard core sweet tooth, it has not been easy. So, I have been having fun trying to come up with recipes that work within my new diet, yet still satisfy my sweet tooth.
When apples came into season in August, I started craving apple pie. And that’s when I began testing recipes. None of the variations that I tried were bad, per se, but they were certainly not share worthy. Truthfully, I still haven’t come up with a suitable crust recipe. That’s no problem, though, as you won’t even miss it with this recipe.
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Let’s talk about some of the ingredients used in this recipe.
- Apples – I used a mix of granny smith apples and honey crisp, which I think works well. You are free to use whatever type (or combo) of apples you prefer. I think adding at least some tart apples, like granny smiths, creates a nice complement to the overall sweetness of the dish.
- Allulose – This may be a new one for you, but if you are looking for low/no sugar options, then you will definitely want to make note of this one. Allulose is a monosaccharide (single sugar) just like glucose and fructose. It can be found naturally in wheat, figs, and raisins. When isolated, it acts and tastes much like table sugar, but it is significantly lower in calories and won’t raise your blood sugar. And while it is a relatively new kid on the block, it has the potential for some possible health benefits. Most of the time, I am a fan of using low amounts of natural sugar (such as maple syrup), but occasionally, they just don’t work as well, and this is one of those times. It wasn’t until I decided to try allulose in this recipe that it finally worked.
- Almond flour – Almond flour is a popular gluten-free replacement for wheat flour. As it is just ground up almonds, it is very nutrient dense and contains more fiber than wheat flour. It is also low carb, which means it won’t spike your blood sugar.
- Walnuts – For this particular recipe, I used walnuts. Walnuts and apples just seem to go hand in hand, but you could also easily use pecans if you prefer.
- Oats – I used rolled oats here, and honestly, have not tested any other type. I do imagine that quick cooking oats would work as well, though.
Storing Your Healthy Apple Crisp
I recommend storing this apple crisp in the fridge. It should keep for 4-5 days this way. As for freezing, I haven’t tried it yet, but if you want to, I would suggest freezing it unbaked. I think if you were to freeze after baking, it would lose its “crisp.”
As for serving, I like (and also recommend) to warm it up a bit in the microwave before serving. It would be divine with some vanilla ice cream, if you are feeling indulgent. I don’t really eat much ice cream anymore, so I like to drizzle a bit of homemade almond milk on it, which is also quite good.
I hope you get a chance to make this soon, as it is really so good. It would also make an excellent dessert for Thanksgiving, since it tastes indulgent but really isn’t. Enjoy!
Healthy Apple Recipe
- 5-6 apples
- 1/4 c allulose
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 c almond flour
- 1/2 c walnuts
- 1/3 c oats
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1/4 c coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel and thinly slice apples.
- Toss apples in allulose.
- Sprinkle vanilla on top of apples and toss again.
- Fill 8 x 8 baking dish with apples and set aside.
- Mix dry ingredients for crisp topping.
- Add wet ingredients and mix. Make sure all dry ingredients are coated.
- Distribute topping over apples in baking dish.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
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