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Healthy Apple Pecan Crisp


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Healthy Apple Pecan Crisp


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 1 hour, 30 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 40 min




  • 5 medium baking apples, such as McIntosh or Cortland, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 talbespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, such as Earth Balance
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1/3 cup coarsley chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a large deep pie plate with cooking spray.
2 Combine apples with sugar, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
3 In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix to blend using fingertips to crumble the margarine into the flour evenly.
4 Stir in oil, apple juice, nuts, cardamom and allspice. Mix until moist and clumpy.
5 Remove the foil from the baking dish and cover with topping spreading evenly. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until browned. Serve with whipped topping if desired.

About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




8 Responses to Healthy Apple Pecan Crisp

  1. avatar says: frippie

    I assume the apples are supposed to be peeled, cored, and sliced. Am I right? Please specify if there’s a particular way you cut them for this recipe. It is not noted in the ingredients list or directions.
    Also, what would be the best substitute if I have no apple juice? Should I just use water, or leave it out? Thank you.

    • You are right, it has been fixed, just peeled, cored and sliced as normal. You can leave out the apple juice, I have actually made this a few times recently without the apple juice.

  2. can it freeze?

    • I have never tried freezing fruit crips, they come together so quick, I don’t think it is worth it. You can prep the topping ahead and keep it in the fridge and you can use frozen fruit if you like, but I wouldn’t freeze it finished.

  3. avatar says: annice

    Since there is no “healthy” margarine in Israel, can I just sub more canola oil for the margarine?

    • I have made it with oil, and it is not quite as crumbly but still good. Coconut oil also works if you have that.

  4. avatar says: Mirel

    any suggestions to make it gluten free/what to sub for the whole wheat flour? just regular gluten free flour? ground almonds? thanks!

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