Lighten Up Apple Crisp – Gluten-Free

On Monday I was whipping up our Easter dinner and realized I had nothing for dessert – GASP!! I looked around to see what was in the fridge and saw that I had a crisper full of apples –  apple crisp it was! I have an old recipe which I knew I could lighten up a bit but still keep the same delicious taste. Originally I planned out four servings but later decided I wanted half the pan – don’t judge! It was still only 230 calories – with cool whip.  So, without further ado…

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Lighten Up Apple Crisp

4 moderate servings – or 2 big ones!!

2 apples, cored and diced (I used my favourite – Royal Gala)
3/4 cup dry gluten-free oats – I used Bob’s Red Mill
3 Tbsp xylitol brown sugar  – I used Ideal (you can use regular brown sugar; I’ll put the nutritional value for both below)
1 Tbsp gluten-free flour – I used Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend
1 Tbsp Earth Balance Organic Butter
2 tsp cinnamon – or more!
1 tsp vanilla extract
Squeeze of lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease with butter (or spray with non-stick spray) a 9-inch pie plate.  Core and dice your apples. Place in a medium bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon (to your liking), add 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, flour and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix well. Pour into pie plate.
In another medium bowl mix oats, butter, cinnamon, 2 Tbsp of brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix well with your hands; it should be crumbly. Add this on top of your apples. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.


Place on top of apples, cover and bake!

Remove from oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes – don’t burn your mouth like I did!!

There you have it! A quick dessert that’s as easy as pie crumble 🙂

Nutritional Info – for 1 moderate serving (with xylitol brown sugar)
105 Calories,  22g Carbs, 3g Fat,  1g Protein, 9g Sugar, 26mg Sodium

Nutritional Info  – for 1 moderate serving (with regular brown sugar)
139 Calories,  28g Carbs, 3g Fat,  1g Protein, 18g Sugar, 26mg Sodium

Optional toppings – cool whip or vanilla ice cream.

Have you ever taken an old recipe and lightened it up??


  • Anonymous April 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I tend to use apple butter when I’m baking now. Its really easy to make it.

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