Old Fashioned Apple Crisp: My family’s recipe for Apple Crisp has been passed down for years and is MUST have in the fall and winter months. One bite of this easy crisp, you will see why my family is so in love with it!
Every year at Christmas, my Dad’s company gives him a huge box of fresh apples from orchards in Ohio. It is one of the best gifts to get in my opinion. Those apples are so fresh and just about every variety of apples are present in this box.
Some of the other varieties of apples like Red Delicious and Granny Smith, are not my favortie to eat fresh. However, when put into a baked apple dessert–bring them on!
My Dad’s birthday is also around Christmas, and it is his tradition to choose Old Fashioned Apple Crisp as his birthday dessert. And if he ever changed his mind, I think everyone else in my family would pitch a fit.
Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
My mom has been making this Apple Crisp Recipe ever since I can remember.
And as we have grown, my sisters and brother and I have all pitched in to help peel apple and dig our hands into the crisp topping to mix up well–it is like therapy for us, is brings back so many fabulous memories of childhood and holidays.
This Apple Crisp Recipe is not light. It is not healthy–well, oats and apples are technically healthy, but this crisp is filled with butter, sugar and white flour. If you are looking for a healthier option, give my friend at Texanerin Baking’s Paleo Apple Crisp a try. Or if you need a gluten-free Apple Crisp, try out this Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Crisp from My Gluten-Free Kitchen.
And I would not change a single thing about it–everything in moderation right?!
If you are craving comfort, decadence, and want to celebrate apple season, you NEED to try this Easy Old Fashioned Apple Crisp. My guess is it will become one of your favorite family memories as well.
Tips on how to make The Best Old Fashioned Apple Crisp:
- For the best flavor, use a variety of apples. My favorites apples to use for apple crisp are granny smith, golden delicious and courtland or gala.
- If you need to have Gluten-Free Apple Crisp, use certified gluten-free oats and a 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour.
- Old fashioned oats and quick-cooking oats can be interchanged in the apple crisp with oats topping.
- In my book, Apple Crisp must be served with a good quality Vanilla Ice cream!
Update to recipe: I had a friend ask for an Apple Crisp without Oats. I took my recipe and used flour in place of oats and increased the butter to 1/2 cup. I let the used a pastry cutter to cut cold butter into the flour and spices and topped and baked as directed.
The verdict on Apple Crisp without Oats?
My dad ate is and said he may have a new FAVORITE!
Check out all my Oats Recipes for many recipes using oats of all varieties.
If you are looking for a recipe for Apple Pie, try out this Cranberry Maple Apple Pie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.
Easy Apple Crisp
An old fashioned apple crisp recipe made with oats.
- 4 cups sliced pared, and cored apples (I do not slice my apples, but my family does!)
- 2/3-3/4 cup cup brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- ¾ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/3 cup butter softened
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 8x8 pan and set aside.
Peel (if desired), and thinly slice apple, filling the baking dish three-quarters of the way full.
Blend oats, sugar, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour with hands until mixture is crumbly. Spread over apples.
Bake for 20 minutes covered and then uncovered for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.
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