This lightened up apple crisp can be enjoyed for dessert and breakfast. One very small apple will yield just enough apple pieces for a single serving. If you have a large apple, then you should be able to make two. I usually stuff my baking dishes pretty full since they’ll shrink a little. If you’re feeling lazy, this is a great dessert because it’s so easy and you can use just one bowl to mix everything up. This really is an easy, instant-gratification type of dessert that you can feel pretty awesome about enjoying.
- 1 small or 1/2 large apple, chopped small (about 1/4″ chunks)
- 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch or tapioca starch
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2–3 pecans, chopped (about 1–2 tablespoons), or sub your favorite nut
- 1 tablespoon flour of choice (I like spelt or whole wheat)
- 1 teaspoon sucanat or sugar, optional (personally, I think apples are really sweet, so I usually leave the sugar out here)
- small pinch salt
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon canola oil (or oil of choice)
- butter (or vegan butter substitute), optional –
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking dish (I use a 4″ round ramekin) by brushing the inside lightly with oil.
- In a medium bowl, combine chopped apples and cornstarch and mix until cornstarch is evenly distributed. Pour apple mixture into prepared ramekin.
- In same bowl (if you’re feeling lazy, but feel free to use a new one), add oats, pecans, flour, sucanat/sugar if using, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Mix in canola oil until evenly distributed. Pour topping over apple mixture in ramekin. If using butter, put a couple tiny bits of butter on top of the oat mixture.
- Bake 22-26 minutes, until apples are tender to your liking.
- Remove from oven and let rest until safe to eat. Enjoy!
Serves 1: you can easily multiply to make additional single serve crisps, but I don’t recommend multiplying ingredients to make one large crisp since the topping to apple proportions are so high.
Note: I left the peels on my apples because I kind of like the texture and it’s just faster and easier…but feel free to peel yours
Note: I usually skip the butter because I want my dessert fast! and this adds a bit of flavor, but sometimes not enough to slow me down.