Like That? Try This: Low Fat Apple Crisp

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It’s time to take the fresh, red, crisp superfruits you’ve picked this fall and put them to good use! Apples, as you know, are full of amazing health benefits and quite the versatile ingredient when it comes to baking. However, these tasty fruits are commonly seen this time of year in the Thanksgiving staple, apple pie.

Weight gain has never looked so good.

Now, let me preface this by saying I LOVE APPLE PIE. It’s my second favorite holiday dessert (second to cherry pie, of course) and I couldn’t imagine a Thanksgiving without a hearty slice of this delicious treat. However, after doing a bit of research and seeing just how many fat grams, sugar grams and calories make up this decadent pie, it sort of lost it’s luster. If I had known I was eating upwards of 450 calories, 19 grams of fat and 35 grams of sugar PER SLICE, I would have stepped away from the pie tray years ago.

So how am I going to get my baked apple fix without derailing my diet? Four words: Low Fat Apple Crisp. I found a fabulous recipe and added some ‘Claire’ tweaks to it and the end result was absolutely amazing. It tastes just as good as apple pie, seriously. I wouldn’t lie about something like that. And with half the calories and fat, you can totally add 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream without splitting your pants! What makes this recipe lower in fat is the use of apple concentrate instead of extra butter!

Low Fat Apple Crisp

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 medium-large crisp, tart apples, such as McIntosh or  Cortland, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour [I used white b/c we were out of WW]
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

How To Make It:

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Coat an 8-inch square  deep dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine apples with granulated sugar, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Toss with a wooden spoon to mix.

  • Transfer to the prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine  flour, oats, brown sugar and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix to blend.

  • Using a fork, cut in butter until evenly distributed and there are no chunks.

  • Stir in oil, apple juice concentrate and nuts; toss well until evenly moistened. Clumps are good here!

  • Remove the foil from the baking dish and scatter the topping evenly over the apples.

  • Bake uncovered until the topping has browned and the fruit is soft and bubbling, about 30 minutes more.

Nutritional Information per serving: 270 calories, 8.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.

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  1. Posted by Briarrose on
    Friday, November 5th, 2010
    Looks wonderful. I do love apple crisp.
  2. Posted by kjpugs on
    Sunday, November 7th, 2010
    Ok, question. I hate big chunks of apples (like it to be more small, thinner pieces) so would cutting them up smaller impact the cook time at all?