Dr. Ney’s Family’s Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

The following is our family’s favorite Apple Crisps recipe that is a bit healthier than other Apple Crisps recipes. It is sweetened with maple syrup and apples.

It is so flavorful and not too sweet – the whole family loves it! I’ve made it for school functions (leaving out the nuts) and I am always asked  for the recipe. We adapted it from Cynthia Lair’s Pear Plum Crisp recipe in her fabulous cookbook, “Feeding the Whole Family”. 

1 cup rolled oats

½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup butter, melted

6 tablespoons maple syrup, divided

1/3 cup chopped nuts (we use walnuts)

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

5 cups of apples (roughly 6-7 apples)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix oats, flour, and salt together in a bowl.

Add butter and 4 tablespoons of the maple syrup; mix well. Stir in nuts and set aside. 

In a small bowl combine water, the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup, spices, and vanilla. Set aside.

Put apples in a lightly oiled pie pan or an 8 x 8 – inch baking dish. Pour the liquid mixture over the fruit and toss gently. Spoon the oat-nut mixture evenly on top of the fruit. Cover and bake 40-45 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more to crisp the topping.


Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!

Dr. Maggie Ney is Director of the Women’s Clinic and co-founder of HelloPeri, an online resource for women going through Perimenopause. She specializes hormones and healthy aging. 

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