Apple-Cranberry Crisp

By ​Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD​ | November 4, 2020 | Rally Health

Apple Crisp

Serves 8

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Cranberries add a festive touch to this classic apple crisp, but that’s not the only upgrade. This crisp uses oats, whole-grain flour, and chopped pecans in the granola-like topping. It uses about 50% less added sugar than many traditional versions, yet it still has a sweet cinnamon flavor. Top with a small dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to serve as a perfect ending to your holiday meal.


3 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

3 Tbsp white whole-wheat flour, divided

¼ cup brown sugar, divided

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp lemon juice

¾ tsp ground cinnamon, divided

¼ tsp salt

3 Tbsp chilled butter, cut into pieces

½ cup oats

½ cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the inside of an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Combine sliced apples, cranberries, 1 Tbsp flour, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice, ½ tsp cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Gently stir to combine all ingredients. Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish.

3. In a small bowl, stir together 2 Tbsp flour, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, oats, ¼ tsp cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Add chilled butter pieces. Use the back of a fork to cut butter into oat mixture until combined and crumbly. Add pecans, tossing to combine.

4. Sprinkle topping evenly over prepared apples in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

5. Serve in a small bowl or compote. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or small spoonful of vanilla ice cream if desired.

NUTRITION FACTS (per 1/8 of crisp): Calories 210; Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 3.5g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 95mg; Total Carbs 31g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Total Sugars 17g, Added Sugars 8g); Protein 3g.


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