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I’ve always loved apple crisps, or crumbles as they are referred to in the UK and Australia. They’re just one of those simple pleasures that I’ve never tired of. Something about the soft apples, cinnamon and crispy oatmeal topping that I just love. And with the abundance of apples and pears this time of year, it seems the perfect time to enjoy these fall fruits together.
Apple & Pear Fruit Crisp
Gluten free and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup, this healthy apple & pear crisp is super easy to make and will be ready in about 1 hour.
Pair your fruit crisp with a scoop of vanilla non-dairy ice cream and extra cinnamon sprinkled on top. Alone this crisp is healthy as can be, and not only does it make a great dessert but can double as a nice breakfast idea as well. I can literally sit and eat this all day long!
It’s even kid friendly and was a hit with my daughter who said she’d like to have this around the house more often. Looking forward to making more of these fruit crisps in the days to come!
Pick your favorite apples and pears. I love Fuji apples for their sweetness and crispness. You could also add a granny smith for tartness and variation. Pears can be a variety or simply a few of the same. To peel or not is up to you. I call this ‘rustic’ because I have left the peels on. They add fiber and make prepping a little easier. Feel free to peel if you prefer.
How To Make Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp
- Wash, core and dice your apples. I prefer to leave the skin on but feel free to peel your apples.
- Mix your apples and pears with lemon or lime juice, sugar and cinnamon, mix well. I didn’t have any fresh lemons on hand and used a bottled lime juice I had available. If you find yourself in this situation, the lime juice will do just fine. You can also mix this right in your baking dish making for one less dish to wash.
- Next, combine the oat crumble topping.
- Layer your apples, top with granola mixture and bake. Once done, it’ll be crisp and golden on top with tender fruit underneath.
- Let cool and share the love!
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HEALTHY RUSTIC APPLE & PEAR CRISP
An old favorite made healthy without losing any flavor. I could eat this all day long! I have left the skin on the apples and pears here but feel free to peel yours. Enjoy this classic!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 35 min
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: Serves 6 generously
- Category: Dessert, Breakfast
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 3 medium apples, cored and chopped (peel if you prefer)
- 3 medium pears, cored and chopped (peel if you prefer)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon coconut or organic pure cane sugar
- 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cup quick or regular oats (I used a combo)
- 1/4 cup almond meal, optional
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 – 4 tablespoons coconut oil (at room temp)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon mineral salt
- cinnamon, to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Wash apples well. Slice, core and dice apples and pears. In a large bowl (or right in your baking dish), combine apples, pears, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Mix well and layer into a 9 x 9 baking dish.
In a medium size bowl, combine oats, almond meal, walnuts, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and salt, mix well. Spread oat mixture evenly over the apples and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until apples and pears are fork tender. Let cool 5 – 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6 generously
Make gluten free by using gluten free oats.
Feel free to use almonds, pecans or other nuts and seeds of choice in place of the walnuts.
Peel your apples if you prefer. I leave the skin on for the fiber and less work. Plus I love the rustic look and different colors the skin brings to the dish. If serving for everyday I don’t bother to peel the apples but if serving for company I may consider peeling them. You may also like to dice your apples a little smaller than shown or cut them into thin to medium slices.
Make this oil free and omit the coconut oil. Your crisp top will be a little bit dryer but still good!
Add fresh cranberries for a splash of color. This is especially nice around the fall & winter holidays.
Change the recipe to just be an apple crisp if you like, or vice versa.
From my heart to yours…Enjoy!