This sugar-free Apple Crisp with Oats, Pears, Cranberries, & Pumpkin is the epitome of fall in a bite.
This healthy apple crisp recipe is for my Trim Healthy Mama readers. It is an E (or energizing) recipe which means it has a healthy amount of carbs and is low in fat. I tend to lean on S recipes (low carb) here at Joy Filled Eats but I still love fruit which is one of the reasons why I do Trim Healthy Mama instead of a low carb diet.
Trim Healthy Mama balances all the food groups and all the nutrients your body needs. I'm still nursing my baby so I like to get in my healthy carbs when I can. Most of the time my E meals are rolled up turkey plus a piece of fruit at lunchtime. I need to branch out a little more and this delicious apple crisp with oats is a great way to try to do this.
How to Make Apple Crisp with Oats
Apple crisp is one of the easiest desserts to make. Really! My 9-year-old can make this healthy apple crisp almost entirely on her own. You just need to peel and cut the apples (a thin slice apple cutter helps with this) and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Dump in a baking dish, stir together the oat crisp ingredients and then sprinkle them on top. Bake and enjoy!
Pumpkin Pear Cranberry Apple Crisp
I figured why not incorporate all the best flavors of the fall into one dessert. Pumpkin, pears, apples, cranberries, and a little cinnamon all at once. One of my favorite cookbooks is called Apple Pie Perfect. I have read it cover to cover (I love cookbooks) and one of the recipes uses cubed sugar pumpkin. I decided to use pumpkin puree in this adaptation to keep things simpler but there is still a nice pumpkin pie flavor in the apple crisp.
How to make a Low Fat Apple Crisp Topping
One of the requirements for a Trim Healthy Mama E meal is that it needs to have less than 5 grams of fat per serving. When making an oat crisp topping I traditionally use a whole stick of butter. To keep this within the guidelines I cut back on the butter and added a little cottage cheese in its place. Cottage cheese in apple crisp? I promise you cannot taste it a bit!
Best Apples for Apple Crisp
I like to use an assortment of firm and soft apples in my apple crisp with oat topping. My family went apple picking a couple weeks ago and we picked Fuji, Empire, Macoun, and some more heirloom varieties. To be honest, once we got home I forgot which was which. I just took a random assortment and began baking. It worked! As long as you don't use all soft apples, like Macintosh, you should be good!
- 4 apples about 1.5 lb, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 2 pears about .5lb, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- ½ cup pumpkin
- ⅓ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon glucomannan
Oat Crisp Topping:
- 2 cups oats
- ½ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- ⅓ cup cottage cheese
- 2 tablespoon butter softened
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Stir together all the apple filling ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Dump into the prepared baking dish.
- Add the oat crisp topping to the large bowl. Mix with your fingers, breaking up the curds of cottage cheese until they are incorporated into the topping. Sprinkle on top of the apple filling.
- Bake for 45 min until golden brown with the juices thickened and bubbling along the edges.