Homemade Apple Crisp with Cranberries…A Nutritious Way to Indulge!

I’ll be the first to admit, I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. Anything sweet, sugary, and decadent is right up my alley (unfortunately). As a Dietitian and personal trainer, it is usually expected of me to limit sweets, processed foods, and desserts. Although this is a good weight loss strategy, it is never a good idea to deprive yourself, especially if you enjoy these foods. Life is no fun when you deprive yourself of delicious foods!

With this being said, my strategy is to enjoy desserts in moderation, and make more desserts by hand in order to incorporate healthy and fresh ingredients. For instance, this homemade apple crisp includes fresh apples, apple juice, lemon juice, oats, cinnamon, and cranberries…with just a touch of flour, sugar, and butter. Instead of making a dessert from a “box,” there is plenty of Vitamin C and fiber to enjoy in this dish!

Apple Crisp with Dried Cranberries

Source: Food and Wine Magazine, August 2011

Total Time:  1 hour, 25 mins

Serves: 10


1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (I like to use “Best Life Buttery Spread” instead of regular butter for added nutritional benefits)

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

½ tsp. salt


8 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch wedges

¼ cup sugar

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup unsweetened apple juice

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


1. Prepare the Topping: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cinnamon. Cut the butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the oats, brown and granulated sugars, and salt.

2. Prepare the Filling: In a large bowl, toss the apples with the sugar and lemon juice. Add the dried cranberries, apple juice, and melted butter and toss again. Spread the filling in a 9×13 inch baking dish.

3. Sprinkle the topping over the apples evenly. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 55 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let the crisp cool slightly and serve with unsweetened whipped cream.

Note: To make this recipe more decadent, add a few mini chocolate chips before serving!


1 Comment »

  1. Looks really really delicious :D. My sweet tooth has come back… which is bad as I’m trying to lose weight… damn.

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