• Hannah Estabrook

Reality Bites: Wholesome Apple Crisp

Sometimes, I just need a little bit of dessert. Not because it’s any special occasion, or I’m rewarding myself for anything in particular… just because it’s Tuesday night, it’s been a long day, and something sweet and warm would really just hit the spot. You know, that spot that a big scoop of cinnamon and vanilla laced, brown sugar crumble topped apple crisp would fill quite nicely? Mmhmm, I thought you would.

This simple, crowd-pleasing recipe is truly foolproof, and has become my go-to for any casual occasion, from family dinners with the grandparents, to Tuesday night dessert cravings. It requires only basic ingredients, and is a great way to use up those old, bruised apples that have been hanging around just long enough that nobody’s ever going to eat them. Even better? Considering that it’s made with whole grains, fresh fruit, healthy fats, and just a touch of unrefined sugar, I consider it healthy enough to eat the leftovers for breakfast the day after, which is an added bonus in my books!


  • About 6 medium-sized apples*

  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ⅓ cup rolled oats

  • ⅓ cup spelt flour or fine almond meal

  • ⅓ cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened

*Almost any kind of apples will do, but I prefer Macintosh or Gravenstein, which are ideal for baking, and usually available locally year-round!


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and get out a circular or square glass baking dish.

  2. Peel, core and chop the apples in to bite-sized pieces, then toss them with 1 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon, until all of the pieces are evenly coated. You should have enough apples to almost fill your baking dish, with just a little bit of space left at the top.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and mash them together using a fork to form a coarse crumble- about the texture of moist sand.

  4. Cover the apples with the crumble topping, packing it down lightly.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and golden, and the apples are soft when you test them with a fork.

  6. Remove your apple crisp from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Superfood Spotlight:


Apples are a humble fruit, sometimes overlooked amongst all of their flashy, tropical counterparts. When it comes down to the facts though, apples have a lot going for them- both nutritionally, and environmentally. They’re a delicious and dependable Canadian classic, and are one of very few fruits available locally in Nova Scotia year-round. Purchasing local fruits and veggies cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and storage of fresh produce, and helps support small, sustainable farming operations in our province. Plus, it turns out that the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may be quite accurate! Boasting a wide array of phytonutrients that help regulate blood sugar, dietary fiber that prevents heart disease, and a healthy dose of antioxidants and vitamin C, apples are a traditional good-for-you food that you can count on!