Easy healthy apple crisp stacks are a fun twist on a dessert favorite, and it’s ready in about 30 minutes!
Check out my newest VIDEO on how to make this fun dessert:
So confession: I’m not an apple pie person.
I was a junior in high school before I ever even had apple pie.
(My mom wasn’t anti-dessert. She just wasn’t a baker and it wasn’t something at our holiday table.)
So, my high school math teacher found out I’d never had apple pie — long back-story there, so just go with it — and she decided to make me one. Because hers was amazing.
And it was. It was delicious! I’ll never be able to eat a short-cut apple pie after knowing how good the real thing is.
But still, I wasn’t really a convert. You’ll never see me order apple pie at a restaurant and I just can’t get that excited about it, even in the fall when I’m ALL about apple everything.
But an apple crisp? That calls to me. I love any kind of crisp, really. I make a delicious individual peach and blueberry crumble in the summertime with the fresh fruit and we literally cannot get enough.
All year long, really, I use whatever fruit is seasonal, add that amazing crumb topping and we dive in. With ice cream, of course. (And shh, sometimes with Greek yogurt for breakfast ;))
So for my ALL-APPLES-ALL-FALL tribute we’ve been having here on the blog — check out my homemade applesauce with fruit add-ins, my sautéed chicken and apples with rosemary and my easy slow cooker apple butter with no sugar added — I knew I had to make an apple version of one of my favorite desserts.
But I also wanted to get a little creative with it, make it a little more interesting, a little more fun.
So I used apple slices, topped them with the crumble and stacked them up. Baked them off then stacked ‘em up again. And added ice cream. #winning
Easy healthy apple crisp stacks. It’s kind-of like a stacked up crustless apple pie. It’s kind-of like a deconstructed apple crisp tower. It’s kind-of like a skinny version of baked apples, made a little crazy.
And it’s kind-of like delicious. And so quick and easy!
I love that I can just do a single apple and make a treat for the kids. Or just do one or two for a late-night snack for the hubs and I. (Or maybe just one all for myself in the morning when everyone’s out the door!)
And when I’m feeling really indulgent? I just stack them higher and dig in!
A few notes on this easy healthy apple crisp:
- I use a sharp knife and slice right through the core. Then I remove the inner circle. See the video above for a visual.
- I make my slices a hefty 1/4-inch thick. They get completely cooked through in the oven but still hold their basic shape to be able to stack them up.
- I’m white whole wheat flour kinda gal, but you can use regular all-purpose flour or substitute a gluten-free flour blend to make this a gluten-free recipe.
- You can make these vegan! Just substitute a vegan butter. (Make sure it’s cold and hard – freeze it if necessary.) You could try this with coconut oil but I haven’t tested that and can’t vouch for it.
- I’ve used Gala and Red Delicious apples before and both work great. Any baking apple would be fine here.
- You can easily halve the recipe or just use one apple and 1/4 of the streusel mixture for a smaller batch.
- You can also make a full batch of the streusel mixture and just keep it, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, to make smaller batches of these again and again and again. (She says from experience.)
I hope you’ll join me in this new-found apple fun. Stacked apple pie, baked apple slices, easy healthy apple crisp stacks – whatever you want to call it, it’s a must-have for fall.