Healthy-ish Apple Crisp for One

Fall weather showed up yesterday, and I am so excited about that! I can start pulling out sweaters and boots, and eat all things apple cinnamon (I’d pick that any day over pumpkin spice – what about you?)! 

I was in the mood for some apple crisp tonight, but I didn’t want to make a whole pan of it. Enter Pinterest. With a quick search of “single serve apple crisp,” I had a plethora of recipes to browse. They all looked yummy, and I started to pull out the ingredients.

However, after clicking in to 3 or 4 recipes, I was shocked by how much butter and sugar they all called for. Each one I looked at had at least 3 tablespoons of butter and 5-6 T of sugar (that’s like 60-75 grams of sugar) in a single serving. While I don’t consider myself an overly healthy eater, I knew that those quantities were crazy. I couldn’t bring myself to consume that much butter and sugar in a single dish.


That didn’t deter my craving for apple crisp though. While I probably could have modified my search to include the word “healthy,” I figured it would be quicker to just improvise my own recipe using ingredients I know are common in apple crisp! Bear with me at my first attempt at writing a recipe 🙂

Healthy-ish Apple Crisp for One

Apple Mixture:

  • 1 medium/large apple, cut into 1/4 – 1/2 inch cubes (you can peel it if you want; I did not)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt

Crumble Topping:

  • 3 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp water
  1. Mix all apple mixture ingredients in a microwaveable dish and stir until the apples are coated. You’ll want to use a slightly bigger dish than you might think because it gets all bubbly and yummy, and you don’t want an overflow mess.
  2. Microwave apple mixture for ~ 1 minute or until apples begin to soften.
  3. Combine all dry crumble topping ingredients in a separate dish. Add the butter and use a fork or your fingers to cut the butter into the dry ingredients.
  4. Place the topping mixture over the cooked apple mixture. Drizzle the water over the top of the crumble.
  5. Microwave for 1-2 minutes or until topping is bubbly and apples are cooked through.

Once it’s done cooking, let it sit for a minute or two to set and cool.

I thought it was a little less sweet than a typical apple crisp, but it was still sweet enough for me. The topping is softer than the apple crisp I’m used to, but it tastes delicious! You could throw in some chopped pecans or walnuts if you want more of a crunch to it. Let me know if you decide to try it!

Have you ever made up a recipe after not finding quite what you’re looking for?

~E

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