Quick and Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Baked apple with oatsI had read somewhere a long time ago that if you don’t have the time (and the energy) to make an apple pie, an apple crisp can be the next best thing.  I didn’t think much of this since apple pie is what my kids demand every apple season as soon as we go apple picking. And apple pie is what I make every year – at least a few times! And this is our most favorite recipe for apple pie.

Well this year, things are a little different. As you know I need a lot of help in the kitchen due to my RA and my hands can no longer handle the slicing of apples. So I outsourced that to my kitchen help who comes twice a week to help me with my cooking. God bless her! But even after she had sliced all the apples that I gave her, they lay in the fridge for a couple days since the next thing was to make the pastry dough for which I again needed help. Usually my son helps me with baking but he was too busy with his academic and sports stuff and so as I was figuring out how to use these sliced apples, the idea of an ‘apple crisp’ came to mind.

Easy Apple Crisp recipeSo one weeknight, I set to action getting all the ingredients together and basically dumping them all together on a pie pan.  Took me just 15 minutes to put it together and it baked slowly in the oven as we ate dinner.  Came out gooey and delicious! Kids were really happy and no one has asked for apple pie.  Yet. 🙂

Also I made a dairy free, gluten free,sugar free, mini version for myself using just apples, oats, olive oil and some rice flour and jaggery.! Yum!

Quick and Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Servings: Makes about 6-8 servings
  • Time: about 30 mins prep, 55 minutes baking time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 6 Apples, thinly sliced (preferably a mix of Gala, Macintosh and Cortland)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon pow
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice/all spice pow

For the streusel topping:

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (I used part whole wheat)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • Chopped almonds and walnuts (optional)


Take a round pie dish and grease it well using some butter.

In a mixing bowl, add the sliced apples, sugar, spices,the flour and water.  Toss the apples to coat them well with the sugar and spice mixture.(Use your hands!)

Pour this apple mixture onto the pie dish.

Next in  the same mixing bowl, add all the streusel topping ingredients and mix well using a spoon.  The mixture will be crumbly.

Pour this mixture evenly over the apples.

Bake in the oven uncovered at 350 deg F for about 50-55 minutes or until the top looks crisp.

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