Amazing Apple Crisp Recipe

by Angela Stanford

Here is a recipe I wrote for the October issue of Natural Awakenings magazine. It is a new take on an old favorite that I’ve been making since I was 10 years old from my 4-H cookbook. Enjoy!

Amazing Apple Crisp

A delicious, fall treat packed with fiber and seasonal fruit. A great, all-natural alternative to store-bought pies that are often higher in fat and added sugar and may contain artificial colors and flavors.


Use organic ingredients when possible

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2/3 cup butter or Earth Balance
8 cups apples (about 12 medium to large apples), diced into bite-sized chunks (Granny Smith and Fuji work well) **if apples are not organic, peel them to remove pesticide residues


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rolled oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and blend. Add soft butter (or Earth Balance) and blend well with a fork or pastry blender. Cut each apple into 10 slices and each slice into 3 pieces. Arrange diced apples in lightly buttered 9”x13” baking dish. Spread oatmeal mixture on top of apples and press lightly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is brown and apples are tender. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Delicious served warm by itself or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Seasonal Variations:

  • Spring: strawberry/ rhubarb
  • Summer: peaches
  • Fall: pears

Cook’s Notes:

GLUTEN FREE OPTION:  make with gluten free flour and gluten free oats.

DAIRY FREE OPTION:  Make with Earth Balance instead of butter.

Recipe by Angela Stanford, registered dietitian and owner of Vital Nutrition and Wellness. She offers personal consultation and classes about nutrition, health and environmental awareness. For more information, call Vital Nutrition and Wellness at 925-389-7107 or visit


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