Apple Crisp – Healthy Option

Apple crisp is fall’s favorite dessert and our lighter version is sweet and crumbly with notes of cinnamon, lemon and vanilla.

The Backstory: Apple Crisp is a traditional fall dessert that’s a perfect chocie for your Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot or Thanksgiving celebration. The dish’s star ingredient–apples–reminds us of the sweetness and promise of the New Year, the bounty of the autumn harvest, and the simple, sweet blessings in our lives. This recipe is also very easy to follow and can be made ahead and reheated just before serving. Best of all–the aroma that will fill your home while the crisp is baking is just incredible. This is (healthy) comfort food at its finest and it’s meant to be shared with loved ones. What could be better than that? More of the Backstory after the recipe

Apple Crisp - Healthy Option

Sweet and tender apples and apple pie filling bake under a blanket of crumbly oat and brown sugar topping for a no-fail dessert your guests and family will devour.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings


For the Base

  • 2 21 oz. cans Duncan Hines Comstock More Fruit Apple Pie Filling & Topping
  • 2 lbs. raw apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour

For the Topping

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp. light margarine, 50% reduced fat,


  1. Combine ingredients for the base.
  2. Spoon into a square 8-inch x 8-inch, non-stick baking pan (or pan sprayed with non-stick spray).
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the base.
  4. Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown and bubbly, about 35-45 minutes.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  180
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 40g
Sodium: 5mg
Fiber: 1g

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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
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