Healthy Crock Pot Apple Crisp Recipe

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Last night, I got an email. I can’t share ANYTHING about said email but I can say one thing; it’s a life changer. No pressure, right? Well, after I read this email, I (a) nearly threw up and (b) knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep. So, like most normal human beings, I decided “hey, I’ll make a dessert in my slow cooker!” I racked my brain and the interwebs for an idea, but none really popped out. Then, I peered over the mass of pots and pans in my sink and spotted the bag o’ apples I bought at Wegmans.

Then, my dusty wheels starting turning and it hit me like a sack of bricks (or apples, in this case). I’ll make a healthy crock pot apple crisp, but of course!

After 30 minutes of chopping, peeling, stirring, cutting and mixing, my healthy crock pot apple crisp was all snuggled and tucked into my fancy, schmancy absolutely amazing KitchenAid slow cooker. And I, who was still wired up, decided to do what any other normal person does when they can’t sleep, read Fifty Shades of Grey, part three. And within 20 minutes my eyelids were closing and I was finally able to drift to sleep with the HEAVENLY aroma of slow cooking apples wafting through my nostrils.

When I awoke, I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I hopped out of bed, sprinted for the kitchen and opened the lid of the slow cooker with ferver and excitement. The smell attacked my face and I nearly fell over. This stuff smells like the best fall morning you could EVER imagine. Applely, cinnamony and buttery. I stuck my fork into the melt-in-your-mouth crisp and nearly died of a massive food-gasm. When I say this is the best apple crisp you’ve ever eaten, well, I’m not lying. IT’S THE BEST DAMN APPLE CRISP YOU WILL EVER EAT.

Oh, and it’s healthy! (I say somewhat bashfully). Most apple crisps use, oh you know, just a STICK of butter. I decided as much as I love butter, I love fitting into my regular pants more. So, I cut the butter in half and added 1 tablespoon of apple butter. It sounds crazy but it works. It just, works. Now, because of said email, I have things to do today that have my nerves acting all haywire. So, I’m going to chug a pot of coffee (which will only make them worse, I know) and do the damn thing. WISH ME LUCK!

Healthy Crock Pot Apple Crisp Recipe

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Serves about 8. Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers.

Ingredients: 

  • 6 cups chopped apples
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons apple pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons regular butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Ice cream for garnish

Directions: 

  1. Place chopped apples in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add apple butter and lemon juice and stir to coat the apples. Mix together the corn starch, 1 tablespoon of apple pie spice and the 1/4 cup regular white sugar. Mix well. Pour mixture over the apples and stir to coat.
  2. Sprinkle walnuts over the apples and mix well.
  3. In another bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, second tablespoon of apple pie spice and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly like sand.  Sprinkle the topping over the apple mixture until they are all covered.
  4. Set slow cooker to low and cook for about 4 hours, or until apples are tender and soft. If you make this over night, be sure your slow cooker turns off after it’s done cooking so the crisp doesn’t burn.

Nutritional information per serving (about 1/2 cup)

Calories: 275
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 42 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 2.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 7

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  1. Posted by seriously sassy mama on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    This looks delicious, and I love apples!
  2. Posted by kim@hungryhealthygirl on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    Good luck!! What a lovely breakfast to wake up to. This is really getting me in a Fall mood.
  3. Posted by Rachel Currier on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    I'd never be able to sleep with that smell wafting through the house! I want some right now!
  4. Posted by Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    Yummy! I bet it smelled delicous!
  5. Posted by Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    Yummy! I bet it smelled delicous!
  6. Posted by Emily on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    I can't believe you bought the apples at Wegmans and not the
    farmer's market. So disappointing.
    ;)
    Good luck!
  7. Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    Looks like that new slow cooker is treating you well. These look amazing!
  8. Posted by Lauren Kelly on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    I am SO excited to make this!! Thanks for sharing :)
  9. Posted by Rachel Cooks on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    Ummm...we need to hear more about this email asap!!!!

    And I need to wake up to this--who is peeling apples for me?
  10. Posted by The Beeroness on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    You're such a jerk! First, dying of curiousity about Said Email. Second, I don't even own a slow cooker. So much buzzkill right now. Let us know about Said Email as soon as you can! Dying.
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
      hahahahhaa. You're hilarious.
  11. Posted by Liz Della Croce on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    I love this recipe. I wish it was in my crock pot right now!! CONGRATS on the email!!!!
  12. Posted by Liz Della Croce on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    I love this recipe. I wish it was in my crock pot right now!! CONGRATS on the email!!!!
  13. Posted by Baking Serendipity on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    I love the thought of apples cooking while I slept, and waking up to that scent. It's like the turkey on Thanksgiving morning :) Cannot wait to hear more about this e-mail!
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
      That is EXACTLY what it's like!!
  14. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    What?! You can't leave us hanging!!!

    Oh, and I am SO making this!
  15. Posted by Katie on
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    i love that this deliciousness is healthy!! yum!!!
  16. Posted by justonecookbook on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    Haha I think now everyone cannot sleep because of the "secret" email. LOL! Just kidding - hope it's a wonderful news for you. And this apple crisp sounds so delicious and comforting. I want to start my day with this! :)
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
      Thanks friend!! I'll share when I can, I promise!
  17. Posted by Baker Street on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    Hahah! I will keep imagining what the email said! I would have probably gone with a slow cooker recipe too! The crisp looks amazing. :)
  18. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    I can't wait to hear your news! This looks addicting.
  19. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    Apple crisp is the best, this looks incredible!
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
      Thanks! It just reminds me of summer time :)
  20. Posted by christina on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    How dare you post such a delicious looking and easy to make dessert!! haha
  21. Posted by Kristina Kubik on
    Thursday, September 13th, 2012
    This looks incredible! Between 50 Shades and that apple crisp I have no idea how you fell asleep?? Can't wait to hear about your news! Hope its all good news :)
  22. Posted by amy donovan on
    Thursday, September 13th, 2012
    Yum, this looks absolutely delicious!
  23. Posted by Jenn on
    Friday, September 14th, 2012
    I don't have a slow cooker, but I am dying to make this. Any suggestions on how I should go about it, maybe in the oven?
    • Posted by claire on
      Friday, September 14th, 2012
      Just bake it how you would bake a normal apple crisp!
    • Posted by Celine on
      Thursday, September 27th, 2012
      my suggestion is to buy a slow cooker! i cant believe people dont own them already...they really arent too expensive and they are a gift from god. so many great recipes for them and they are a huge time saver! get one ASAP :)
  24. Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    The email sounds exciting! And when I was scrolling through the first page, I saw crock pot twice and read it as crack pot and thought, "What is crack pot? Is this a new cookbook? A baking group?" Whoops. So. Crock pot! Sounds good. :) The crisp looks delicious. Perfect for fall!
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
      hahahahahaha. I think it is a crack pot, at least to me. I'm addicted to it!
  25. Posted by Sara on
    Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
    Hello lovely lady! I am interested in making this tomorrow evening for company, however, I work all day. Do you have any suggestions for any prep work I can do before I throw it all in the crockpot during my lunch break?
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
      Really all you need to do is put it in there and let it stew! No real prep work required besides chopping the almonds and mixing the topping!
  26. Posted by Missy on
    Monday, October 8th, 2012
    have you tried coconut oil instead of butter??? It is awesome and an even healthier option. ;) Also, can I substitute the AP flour for gluten free flour? thanks
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
      Hey! No, I haven't but I've heard such amazing things about coconut oil so I'm going to have to try it! and yes you can sub it in!
      • Posted by nanz on
        Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
        Coconut oil actually has a higher saturated fat and higher monounsaturated fat content than butter does. So be wary about doing a straight substitution.
        • Posted by nanz on
          Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
          sorry a lower monounsaturated fat content*
  27. Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    I have a healthy substitute for Ice Cream. Health Choice makes these Greek Frozen Yogurt-Vanilla bean cups. They are 100 calories, perfect for Apple Crisp =)
  28. Posted by Kimberly Sims on
    Sunday, November 18th, 2012
    Can substitute whole wheat flour for the regular AP flour? Just trying to make it a little more healthy. Looks awesome and I am trying this in the morning.
  29. Posted by SD on
    Monday, April 15th, 2013
    You didn't say what temp to use on the crockpot, or how long it takes to make.
    Please add those details. Thanks.
  30. Posted by Me on
    Monday, April 22nd, 2013
    Crock pot breakfast
  31. Posted by E on
    Monday, September 9th, 2013
    Found this through some Pinterest links. I just bought a new 5 qt crock pot with a warm setting. Would this be okay to hold warm after the 4 hours or is it still likely to burn if not shut off? If holding warm overnight wouldn't work, would it be a problem to do the apples the night before and have the crock in the fridge overnight?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      Yes!
  32. Posted by Juliene Brady on
    Friday, October 18th, 2013
    apple crisp
  33. Posted by Jeannette Byrnes on
    Saturday, January 11th, 2014
    What is AP flour?
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    Friday, January 17th, 2014
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    • Posted by Jany on
      Monday, September 8th, 2014
      Can you substitute Oats for the flour for a healthier option?
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    Monday, September 15th, 2014
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  38. Posted by Joseph on
    Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
    This looks good. I actually read somewhere that said that in most (but not all) cooking and baking you could substitute an equivalent amount of plain fat-free Greek yogurt for the fat (whether it be butter, oil, shortening, etc.) or you could use plain 2% Greek yogurt if you like a little more richness. I wonder if that trick would work in this recipe. Might have to experiment one of these days :-D
  39. Posted by Sandy Moncheck on
    Saturday, September 27th, 2014
    What would be the best apples to use for this recipe?
  40. Posted by Sheila on
    Monday, September 29th, 2014
    I linked into this recipe from another site. What is AP flour? Can it be made gluten free?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
      All purpose.And yes, you can!
  41. Posted by Debbie on
    Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
    Really delicious. I added Butternut squash to this...yummy!
  42. Posted by Mary Williams on
    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
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