Recipe Makeover: Apple Pear Oatmeal Crisp

Nov 05


When I think of fall, I think of apples, spice, and family. This recipe definitely includes ALL three. Most people have a traditional apple pie at their Thanksgiving table, laden with calories and unwanted saturated fats that ultimately end up on our midsections (or in my case, directly on my backside) shortly after the holiday. I don’t know about you, but that is not one of my goals this year.  This recipe is a way for me to have my cake (…pie), and eat it too!

Rather than a heavy crust surrounding the fruit, I’ve substituted a lighter crumble topping, with heart-healthy oats and good-for-you fats. In addition, there is much less sugar in the filling, which means that the flavor of the apple can truly shine through.

I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for my next Thanksgiving recipe makeover: green bean casserole. Dun, dun, dun!

Watch the video for this recipe!

Skoog’s Apple Pie Alternative:
Apple Pear Oatmeal Crisp


2 apples, sliced
3 firm pears, sliced
1 Tbsp raw sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup water

1 cup whole oats
1/3 cup oat flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp raw sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup local honey
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place fruit in a large bowl, drizzle with lemon juice. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp raw sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water on fruit. Mix well.
  4. Transfer fruit to a 9-inch baking dish, spread evenly.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine Topping dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Spread the crumb mixture evenly on top of the fruit.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is lightly brown and fruit is bubbly.
  8. Serve warm or cold with low-fat vanilla yogurt or enjoy it alone.

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