Dessert/ SPC Recipes

Fall Cinnamon Apple Crisp

I love the Fall season packed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin spices! The air smells good and spirits are high. I can’t think of anything cozier and more classic than an apple crisp. I created this recipe with the idea of cutting down the sugar and increasing good-for-you nutrients! I reduced the amount of brown sugar and butter, then increased the amount of nuts, oats, and added flaxseeds. You can really taste each ingredient and spice and not be overloaded with sugar. I even love this crisp over Greek yogurt for breakfast – like a parfait!

Featured Fruit & Farms:
Granny Smith Apples
Maya’s Farm, Briggs & Eggers, Whipstone, Crooked Sky, and Blooming Reed Farms

From, Chef Courtney at Nutrition Thyme RD

Fall Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 157 kcal


  • mixing bowl
  • Baking dish
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife


  • Apples & Spice:
  • 5 each granny smith apples thin to medium slices
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Crumble Topping
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (or ground chia seed)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 3 tbsp butter, unsalted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a mixing bowl, toss sliced apples with cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla
  • Place in a greased baking dish or pie pan; set aside
  • Make the crumble topping:
    In a mixing bowl, toss the flour, oats, almonds, brown sugar, flaxseed, salt, and spices
  • Rub or cut in the butter until crumble is thoroughly mixed
    Can use a stand or hand mixer to help with this
  • Place crumble on top of the apples evenly
  • Place in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes


Use your favorite apples or a variety
Works great with ground flaxseeds or ground chia seeds or a combination
If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, option to do 1/2 whole wheat flour + 1/2 all purpose flour.  Whole wheat pastry flour is softer and not as “harsh” tasting as regular whole wheat flour.  Also can experiment with using other flours, such as almond flour or coconut flour.
Keyword Almonds, Apple, Cinnamon, Flaxseed, Oats

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