Not many people can resist the aroma and flavor of apple cinnamon. Whether it comes in the form of a homemade apple pie or an apple crisp, it is a taste combination that’s hard to beat. Apple crisp is a fall favorite and you don’t have to it pass up if you are trying to lose weight or are an avid calorie counter. This low fat apple crisp recipe uses granola for the topping and only a fraction of the flour found in a traditional recipe. This version is not only lower in fat but has fewer calories because it calls for less sugar and requires whole-wheat flour versus regular all-purpose four. As an added plus, you don’t have to be seasoned cook to make this easy recipe.
1-1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice
3 to 3-1/2 pounds of Granny Smith, Gala, or Honeycrisp apples cut into large cubes
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
6 crunch granola bars, crumbled (approximately 2 cups of granola)*
1/3 cup butter or butter substitute, softened
*If the granola bars are difficult to crumble into small pieces by hand, use a food processor and pulse a few times until they are crumbled.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Use a small saucepan and boil the apple juice so that about half of the original 1-1/2 cups is remaining. Allow it to cool.
3. Combine the cubed apples, apple juice, lemon juice raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
4. Pour the apple mixture into a 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.
5. For the topping, put the crumbled granola, flour, and softened butter in a bowl and use a fork to mix them together well.
6. Spread the granola mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
7. Bake for 45 minutes or into the topping is crispy and brown. Cool slightly before serving.
Since our goal was for a low fat version of the traditional dessert, skip the usual scoop of ice cream on top and use a couple of tablespoons of frozen vanilla yogurt.
Instead of all one type of apple, you can use half tart green apples like Granny Smith and the other half a sweeter variety like the Honeycrisp.
Just as with a traditional recipe you can mix other fruits into your low fat apple crisp. For instance, if you are not a big raisin fan, substitute cranberry raisins for the golden raisins in this recipe.