Not-Too-Sweet Apple Crisp

October 6, 2010

Author Notes: This is my salute to the start of autumn: a warm, comforting crisp made with just-sweet-enough apples, and hearty whole-wheat flour, oats, and brown sugar.TheThinChef

Serves: 4 to 6


  • 4 small Gala apples
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, depending on the sweetness of your apples
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Peel apples; slice the “cheeks” off of the cores, and discard cores. Slice apples into 1/4-inch slices, place in an 8×6-inch (or similar) baking dish, and toss with lemon juice and maple syrup. Taste a slice, and see if it tastes sweet enough; if not, add a bit more maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, almonds, and cinnamon. Using your fingers, work in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand, and it sticks together in clumps. Taste, and add more sugar if you think it should be sweeter.
  4. Pour topping over apples in the baking dish. Bake for 22 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and apples are just tender. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream for extra oohs and aahs.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Megan T. November 4, 2014
Do you think Barley Flour would work in place of Whole Wheat Flour?
Megan T. November 12, 2014
I ended up using 1/4 heaping cup barley flour and 1/4 cup regular flour and it turned out wonderfully. I had a random hodge-podge of apples in the fridge (red delicious and the like) and the assortment was great. I had to cook it closer to 30ish minutes in order for the apples to soften. I loved how it was just sweet enough without being the perilously "goopy" texture of overly sugared recipes out there. Thanks for sharing!
Lisa January 19, 2014
I am just making this recipe right now, I definitely had to cook it for twice as much time & cover it with foil halfway through as the apples did not seem to be getting soft enough or cooking enough to get any liquid at all around the dish.
Meagen October 16, 2013
Just made this for dessert tonight and it was phenomenal. Thank you for publishing this. This was so easy to make and tasted wonderful.
AntoniaJames October 20, 2010
This is a terrific recipe. (I'd probably use local just-picked Pink Ladies, though, which have become my apple of choice for this kind of dessert.) Saved!!! ;o)