Is there anything more delicious than warm apple crisp? This one features blackberries too, making it a perfect pairing for a cozy winter treat. There’s little added sugar and a lot of yum. See what our student reviewer said about it, and then try it out for yourself with these easy step-by-step directions.
For the filling
- 1 tablespoon coconut (or olive/vegetable) oil
- 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced (we used Granny Smith)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups fresh blackberries (or sub your fav berries)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
For the crisp
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup almond meal (almonds ground into flour) or regular flour
- ¼ cup coconut or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup coconut (or olive/vegetable) oil melted
- Heat oven to 375° F.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 9-inch cast iron skillet (or spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray).
- Toss apple slices in cinnamon and add to heated skillet. Cook for about 3–7 minutes until softened.
- Toss berries in cornstarch, maple syrup, and lemon juice; set aside.
- Combine all crisp ingredients in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Remove skillet from heat and add berry mixture to the apples.
- Sprinkle crisp mixture over the top of the fruit mixture.
- Bake for 35–40 minutes. Allow crisp to cool before serving.
Optional: Serve with vanilla ice cream or yogurt!
Sonia M. is a third-year student at the College of the Desert in California.
“This apple berry crisp is the perfect treat for any student in a hurry! It can be a yummy breakfast, brunch, quick lunch, snack, or dessert (especially when paired with ice cream). It’s such a versatile recipe, and it made enough for me to have leftovers for the next day’s breakfast (with yogurt instead of the ice cream). By the way, it’s gluten-free and vegan—yet filling and delicious. What more can you ask for?”
I got everything for less than $12! I bought from Walmart and my local 99-cent store, and had some of the ingredients already on hand. It makes four to six portions, so it’s a pretty affordable and practical recipe.
The recipe is very easy to make—it just required a stove, a pan, and the ingredients. If you don’t have the exact ingredients, it’s easy to substitute the apple and berries for other fruits of your choice.
The combination of berries, apples, almond flour, coconut oil, and cinnamon satisfies the sweet tooth without a lot of added sugars—I thought it had the perfect amount of sweetness! It’s hearty, warm, filling, and even healthy. I will definitely make this recipe again, maybe with peaches, coconut flakes, raisins, or other mix-ins next time.