Recipe of the Month

Healthy and Fast Apple Crisp

It is apple harvest season again in the North Country! Every year, I love to eat apples that are picked from local orchards, not only enjoying them fresh off of the tree (the best way to eat them, in my opinion!), but in applesauce, apple pie filling (one of my favorites, especially served hot over sorbet or ice cream!), apple cakes, baked apples, and apple crisp (and let’s not forget hot mulled apple cider!). When I make apple crisp for my family, I usually make it in very large quantities, so that everyone has a chance to eat some (it does not last very long!). This recipe only makes a little bit, which would be perfect if you are cooking for yourself, or for you and someone else. It also uses the microwave for very fast cooking, so you do not have to wait long to eat it! If you prefer to use the oven instead of a microwave, you can cook the apple crisp at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until the apples are soft when you poke them with a fork.


Healthy and Fast Apple Crisp


  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter (vegan butter can also be substituted)


  • 1. Toss apples with sugar, flour, lemon juice and cinnamon. Transfer to a greased microwave-safe 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.
  • 2. Mix first four topping ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly; sprinkle over filling.
  • 3. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high until apples are tender, 5-7 minutes. If desired, serve with ice cream.

*Recipe adapted from Taste of Home


Marybeth Mitcham
Nutrition, Food Safety, and Healthy Living Educator
518-623-3291 or 668-4881

Last updated September 27, 2019