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Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp

This Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp is a delicious guilt-free dessert! If you love apple pie or anything with baked apples and cinnamon, but don’t love the amount of sugar or fat, this recipe will be perfect for you! The best part is that it doesn’t taste healthy at all!

So, I make a dessert almost every weekend for my husband and me. Whether it be cake, pie, cookies, I love to experiment! Apple crisp is a great dessert to turn into a healthy version because apples are naturally sweet! Honestly, though, I think my favorite part about this dessert is the oatmeal topping. It’s got a great crunch to it that adds texture to the dessert.

When my hubby and I dove into this apple crisp, he said, “Wow, that has so much flavor. It reminds me of Christmas. It’s so good!” That is always the best feeling, hearing someone enjoy a dessert or baked goods that you made, especially when it’s a healthy one! I definitely encourage you to make this for your family, hubby, or friends! It’ll be a winner.

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp Ingredients

So, to make this Apple Crisp healthified, I took an old recipe from betty crocker and revamped it with healthier alternatives! I’m pretty sure my mom used to make the betty crocker version growing up, and I would consider it a classic.

The apples I use in this recipe were Gala apples because I found a great deal on Target’s organic brand! They were cheap and organic, so I couldn’t pass that up. But you are more than welcome to use apples that are best for baking. You can check the list out here! The apple filling is simple but flavorful. I used raw honey to add some extra sweetness, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and a tiny bit of lemon juice to brighten the flavors.

The crisp topping is a combo of quick oats, whole wheat flour, turbinado sugar, cinnamon, coconut oil, molasses, and a pinch of sea salt. Now, this recipe is already dairy-free and nut-free, but you could easily make it gluten-free too! You would need to substitute the quick oats for gluten-free oats and whole wheat flour for gluten-free baking flour. If you wanted to use almond flour in place of whole wheat flour, you could do that too. I usually don’t have it on hand, though, because it’s usually a bit pricey. Either way, it’s easy to change it up for your needs!

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp

If you are looking for more ways to use up your Fall apples, check out my Rustic French Apple Galette and Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp

This Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp is a fabulous comforting dessert filled with Fall spices! The cinnamon and apple, combined with sweet honey, make a delicious healthy dessert! You don't have to feel guilty about eating this because it's filled with clean and whole ingredients!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 314 kcal


  • 2 Medium mixing bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spatula
  • Apple peeler
  • Large chopping knife
  • Cutting board
  • 9-inch pie plate or baking dish


Apple Crisp Filling

  • 4 Medium apples
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup Raw honey

Apple Crisp Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal quick oats
  • 1/4 Cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 Cup Turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Molasses


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick baking spray.

Crisp Topping

  • Combine the flour, oats, turbinado sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until well-combined.
  • Add the coconut oil and molasses to the oat mixture and combine with a fork until it becomes crumbly. (or mix by hand)

Apple Filling

  • Peel and slices the apples thinly and place them in a large bowl.
  • Add the honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and cloves to the apples, and mix with a spatula until combined.


  • Pour the apple mixture into a 9-inch pie plate or baking dish.
  • Evenly distribute the crisp topping across the apples.
  • Bake the crisp in a preheated oven for 40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the top is golden and crisp.
  • Serve immediately or let cool completely and store in the fridge for later on.


  • The recipe can be made gluten-free with substitutes listed in the post.
  • Keep the apple crisp covered with plastic wrap and in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • The coconut oil should be at room temperature and not melted when added to the topping.
Keyword Apple, Apple Crisp, Cinnamon, Healthy, Healthy Apple Crisp, Healthy Desserts

50 thoughts on “Healthy Cinnamon Apple Crisp”

  1. Hey Alyssa,

    Thanks for posting this delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe. It makes me happy that it’s Autumn 😀 I live outside of the U.S. right now, and it’s nearly impossible to find molasses. Do you have any suggestions for substitutes?


    1. You could use brown sugar because that has molasses in it, or maple syrup! 🙂 It just adds a richer flavor, but it would be ok if you left it out.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and such a great option for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving coming up! I keep forgetting it is already fall, but then I see all of the pumpkin items at the grocery store and new fall recipes. This looks great, and I cannot wait to try to make it!

  3. 5 stars
    I was *just* thinking about what to do with all the extra apples I have. This is the perfect recipe. Apples are so sweet themselves that you don’t need much to make a great dessert!

  4. As we rush into autumn, the cold days and the crisp orange leaves and warm fires, this is the perfect guilt free addition we need.

    Perfect for a little halloween goodness. A break from the sweets.

  5. This is so perfect for fall. Rhanks for shating one of my favorites. I’ll try using this recipe this fall thanks again.

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