• Apple Crisp Light

    January 3, 2012

    Remember my mom’s recipe for Apple Crisp? It’s seriously delicious and one of my favorite desserts ever, but, sadly, it’s not at all healthy. I mean, there’s a cup of sugar and a full stick of butter in it. So, when Mal suggested it for dessert last night, I happily made him a batch and made myself a lighter version, which turned out amazingly. It’s no mom’s Apple Crisp, but it’s pretty close!

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    Apple Crisp Light



    • 3 medium apples, coarsely chopped
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon


    • 3/4 cup rolled oats
    • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 tbsp butter, softened


    1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
    2. Combine filling ingredients in a large bowl; coat apples in cinnamon and sugar, and then transfer to a baking dish. (I used a 1-1/2-Quart Covered Round Dish.)
    3. In the same large bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients and mix well, and then pour on top of the apples in the baking dish and spread evenly.
    4. Bake for 40-45 minutes until apples are soft and topping is lightly browned.
    5. Allow to cool before serving and enjoy!

    Serves 4


    BLT’s were on the menu for last night’s dinner: 2 slices of bacon + 2 slices of tomato + lettuce + mayo on a toasted whole wheat Sandwich Thin.

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    Baconator. Because … she makes everything better?


    (Yes, I got sucked in to The Bachelor again. I’m not proud, but I love those crazy chicks!)

    On the side, I had some roasted Brussels sprouts.

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    And, of course, for dessert, I enjoyed some Apple Crisp Light. The topping, in particular, came out so well—hearty and sweet!

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    Thanks to everyone who entered my Marshalls and T.J.Maxx Gift Card Giveaway! Here are the winners:


    My first fitness goal for this year begins tomorrow with a Bikram 30-day challenge. I’ve been doing Bikram yoga for a little over two years now but have never completed 30 classes in 30 days, so I am excited to test my mental and physical strength!

    My second fitness goal is to complete my first 5K. I am not a natural born runner (or so I think) so I look forward to the challenge of training my body to become a runner once and for all. Here’s to a fantastic year!


    I want to get more out of my gym membership by taking more classes. I love some of the yoga classes, but I need to get more into the cardio and strength classes as well.

    Congrats, Dawn and Cate! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

    Question of the Day

    Anyone else watching The Bachelor this season? If not, what’s the trashiest show you watch on TV?

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    { 79 comments… read them below or add one }

    Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops January 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I have The Bachelor dvr’d but haven’t watched it yet. The trashiest show I subject myself to though is probably The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!


    Julie Ryan January 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Great recipe – I took it out at 45 minutes and wanted the top more crunchy so I sprayed it with ICBINB and threw it back in the oven on 400 for another 5 minutes. Perfect. Thanks for sharing :)


    Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life January 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I was going to try and skip the bachelor this season, but after all the reviews of how crazy the chicks are this season I think I need to tune in :)


    Alaina January 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve never really been into the Bachelor-type shows. Although I did get a kick out of Flavor of Love with Flava Flav! That was enjoyable. :-)


    Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine January 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I just watched some millionaire matchmaker a few days ago.

    I think I lost brain cells?

    I’m not complaining 😀


    Bobbie January 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’m watching the bachelor right along with you. I always watch it and the bachelorette…it is definitely my choice of brain trash 😉 I was kind of disappointed though when I found out it was going to be Ben. I just don’t find him attractive! I know everyone else does but I just can’t get into him. I did feel badly for him last season though. Glad your healthy version of apple crisp was good!!


    honeywhatscooking January 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    omg, I still haven’t watched the Bachelor. I DVR’d it. Tonight is my hubbs b’day, but I’m so watching it tomorrow night. Can’t wait!


    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I just love apple crisp! it’s one of my favorite desserts and I don’t make it nearly enough! I love you recipe!! I like that there not a lot of sugar in it or butter!


    Katie January 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    The Bachelor last night was ridiculous … but of course I will keep watching for the rest of season :)


    Neeta January 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Tina – I read regularly but don’t usually comment. Wanted to let you know I made your apple crisp (with a couple mods – I added a tbsp of ground flaxseed and a handful of chopped walnuts to the topping) and it came out really well. The future hubby agreed it’s one to repeat. Thanks :)


    Tina January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    @Neeta: Nice!!! :)


    Bake a Little January 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just made it with a few less apples to really let the crisp hold its own :) it was delish! http://bakealittle.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/light-apple-crisp-courtsey-of-tina/


    Jenny January 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I made the apple crisp light last night and my husband and i finished it in a single sitting. way to good to stop! thanks for the recipe! new years resolution – portion control :) …good thing its mostly apples and oats!


    Tina January 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Ha! I’m glad you guys like it! :)


    Michelle January 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    You should try the apple crisp light with almond flour instead of all purpose. I bet that would be even better!


    Raney February 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Holy cow, your crisp is amazing!


    Tatiana from Paris February 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    BRAVO à chef TINA! I love your apple crisp! so yummy!
    This evening i made it for dessert and we ate it with the yogurt .so tender texture of the apples, yougurt and a little bit crispy oats….oh, we really enjoyed of this dessert.
    I didnt had a vanilla extract, but i add 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg because i like this mix. Tasty!! next time i want to try add also a little bit raisins.
    thank you Tina for this wonderful and simple recipe!!


    Elizabeth October 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I just made your light apple crisp last night and it was delicious! My family loved it and no one noticed that it was light. I used Macintosh instead of green apples since that’s what I had and steal cut oats since that’s what I had. Turned out perfectly!


    Ashley December 1, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Apple pie/apple crisp is my favorite dessert! Can’t wait to try out this lighter version!


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