• Karen C Uthus

Apple Crisp Recipe

Updated: May 8, 2020

In autumn as the days become cooler, drier and shorter, we look to fortify ourselves with warming, moistening and comforting foods. According to ancient Chinese medicine, it is important to honor the seasons by eating those foods that are in harmony with the environment and support our adaptation to seasonal change. Autumn is a time to boost our immunity and prepare for the introspection that comes with turning our energies inward. Apples are a fabulous fall food, rich in antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients. The nutrients of an apple are concentrated in the skin, so it is best to select organic, if possible. Scrub all produce before eating or preparing. This is a simple recipe and can serve as a breakfast item or treat. Pair the sweet apple crisp with a plain or vanilla yogurt. Be aware of the added sugars in the yogurt.

Prep time: 15 min; Cook time: 45 min; Serves: 12


6 apples, unpeeled, cored and sliced (recommend: Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Braeburn, Crispin, or Pink Lady.)

4 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. allspice

½ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. cardamom

¾ cup maple syrup (Grade B is best, as it is less processed.)

2 cups rolled oats (gluten free)

6 tbsp. brown rice flour

6 tbsp. organic butter softened (opt. grass fed ghee)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, place the apples in an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Blend the spices in a small bowl: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cardamom. Sprinkle the lemon juice and 1tsp. of the spice blend over the apples. In a medium bowl, add the maple syrup, oats, flour, butter and the remaining spice blend. Stir until well blended. Spoon the mixture over the apples. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold.


Fun Fact: It is apple bobbing season. Have you ever wondered why apples float? Apples are 25% air by volume making them less dense than water. If apples were more dense than water, they would sink.

Disclaimer: This website does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please seek professional medical advice as needed.

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