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Healthy Apple Crisp

This easy dish is a tradition in my family. It's as quick as a boxed cake mix but it's a healthier dessert choice. It's ideal in fall when it seems that everyone has a bag or two of fresh apples to give away! —Terri Wetzel, Roseburg, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 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
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • Toss apples with sugar, flour, lemon juice and cinnamon. Transfer to a greased microwave-safe 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.
  • Mix first four topping ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly; sprinkle over filling.
  • Cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high until apples are tender, 5-7 minutes. If desired, serve with ice cream.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 252 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Candise
    May 20, 2020

    I was very nervous about this dish before cooking but it all came together and was a very tasty, fast dessert. I made some changes since I didn't have everything needed. I only had 2 ambrosia apples but they were quite big, then I only had instant oats instead of old fashioned but I still followed the recipe as it stated and it seemed to all work out. I did add an extra 3 minutes to the cook time.

  • LQuillen
    Oct 13, 2014

    I would recommend this to anyone who is in a hurry, but not wanting to skimp out on flavor. Very quick and convenient if you would rather not fire up the oven which consequently heats up the whole house. Don't let the microwave fool you/make you nervous; the recipe turns out great! I didn't change a thing to the recipe. The taste reminded me of a traditional (old fashioned) apple crisp that your Grandmother would make and serve to you growing up.

  • allanceella
    Mar 6, 2013

    Wonderful food match,surely i will try it.

  • calcite
    Mar 15, 2010

    I had this at a friends house and found it great. I got the recipe from her and have sent it to others. I will make it often. It is easy to make. I think that I will add chopped walnuts some of the time. It will be nice to make when the summer temps. get to be above 100 degrees and you can just pop it into the microwave.

  • papadoug
    Mar 4, 2010

    A great recipe for unexpected company. Will use it often.

  • tkarinas
    Mar 3, 2010

    This is such a delicious recipe. It's one we'd make many more times and I rate it excellent.

  • jeeca
    Jan 3, 2009

    This was a wonderful, healthy dessert