Healthy Granola Apple Crisp Recipe in 30 Minutes

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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You will love this granola apple crisp recipe! Autumn is here and for me, that means apple season. When I think of apples, I think of apple crisp. I love it warm from the oven with whipped cream on top. It’s one of my favorite autumn desserts and it brings back fond memories of my childhood as this was one of my mom’s favorite desserts to make.  Unlike Mom’s recipe, I use granola to top my apple crisp.  It gives it a wonderful texture and a reach crunch that I just love. (Sshh don’t tell Mom!)

Healthy Granola Apple Crisp Recipe

Using granola to top your apple crisp recipe is a simple shortcut that can save time when preparing dessert. But, how healthy your granola apple crisp recipe is depends on how healthy the granola is that you start with.  Not all commercial granola recipes are created equally. Some are very high in sugar or artificial ingredients. When you look for a commercial granola, look for something that doesn’t have added sugar or ingredients that you do not recognize.

Of course, if you have time, you can always use homemade granola instead. I really love my peanut butter coconut oil granola and my gluten free granola I make for my daughter. If you have extra granola left over, you can use it to top a parfait like I do with my apple cinnamon yogurt parfait. Check out my easy apple crisp recipe.

Yields 6

Healthy Granola Apple Crisp Recipe

One of my favorite homemade apple crisp recipes that uses granola as a topping.

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 4 large whole apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups healthy granola
  • 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat to 375F.
  2. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.
  3. Put the apple slices in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice.
  4. Pour the apple slices into the baking pan. 
  5. Add the granola, flour, cinnamon, allspice, and sugar to the bowl and mix well.
  6. Stir in the melted butter.
  7. Sprinkle the topping over the apples; don't pack it down. 
  8. Bake 30 minutes.



2512 cal


120 g


353 g


14 g
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red apples to make a granola apple crisp recipe

Apple crisp is one of my favorite healthy dessert recipes. It’s also very versatile. We go apple picking in the fall so we always have lots of fresh apples to use up at that time. But, in the summer, you can make this recipe with rhubarb, strawberries or blueberries. Check out my blueberry crisp recipe or mix this recipe up a bit and try an apple cranberry crisp with granola topping. You can even mix things up a bit and combine apples and pears or strawberry and rhubarb. If you don’t have fresh fruit on hand, you can make this with canned peaches. But, please be sure that you start with canned fruit in its own juices rather than in syrup to keep the sugar at a minimum.

This really is a dessert recipe you can get on the table fast. One of the things that takes the longest is peeling the apples. Using an apple corer and peeler is a great way to save time. Check out the video above for an example of how fast you can peel apples using one. You can find one here.

I hope you have time to try my healthy apple crisp with granola topping!

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