A healthy take on the classic apple crisp dessert, this recipe has all the soft texture and wonderfully sweet flavor of apples as well as gorgeously crunchy, crumbly topping – all for a fraction of the calories you’d expect from such a sweet treat!
Baking apples is a great way to bring out their natural sweetness without adding any extra calories in the form of additional sugar or honey. This recipe combines the deliciously sweet apple flavor with a wonderfully crisp and crunchy oat topping to create a dessert which feels incredibly indulgent whilst still being relatively good for you.
Apple crisp is often paired with fat-laden ice cream or whipped cream, so if you’re looking for a similar nutritious substitute, try a dollop of natural or Greek yogurt instead. You’ll still have all the creamy texture, but will benefit from added protein and less fat and sugar.
This recipe makes enough for one serving, but you can easily increase the ingredients to make as many baked apples as you like. This sweet treat stores and re-heats really well, making it a great recipe to prep beforehand and warm up just a few minutes before you’re ready to eat.
To make the baked apple in advance, follow the recipe below, but only bake it in the oven for 15 minutes. Leave to cool completely before transferring to an air-tight container – try and keep as much of the crumble topping on top of the apple as you can! The baked apple will then keep well in the refrigerator for up to three days and in the freezer for up to six months. When you’re ready to eat, simply warm the baked apple back up in a 400°F oven for around 10 minutes, until the apple is hot and the topping is golden brown.
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons oats (you can use gluten-free oats)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cold butter
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Slice the apple in half vertically and remove the core with a sharp knife.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Rub the butter into the dry mixture with your fingertips until you’ve got a breadcrumb-like consistency.
Place the apple halves face upward in a baking tray and sprinkle on the oat topping.
Bake in the preheated oven for around 25 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the apple halves are soft.