Apple & Pear Crisp

This Apple & Pear Crisp is so good for you that you can eat it for dinner. It’s the perfect combinations of fall flavors in a healthy dessert!

I think fall is my favorite season. I can’t be sure because when spring hits after a long winter, I tend to think that’s my favorite season as well. And when summer finally arrives, I get so excited to go to the beach and eat juicy watermelon that I declare that is my favorite season.

But right now, fall is my winner pick. With the changing of the leaves and the emergence of fall sweaters and boots, I just want to get in the kitchen and bake. But I don’t want to eat a ton of high calorie baked goods, which is why I created this Healthy Apple & Pear Crisp.

Recipe for healthier apple & pear crisp. Vegan & Gluten-free

First off, apples and pears are so good right now. They are in peak season, meaning they are abundant, affordable, taste amazing and are full of nutrients. As an added bonus, apples and pears caramelize and give off their natural sugars during the cooking process.

That’s why this crisp is lower in sugar. With the baked apples and pears, there’s no need to add a ton of sugar into the mix. I let the apples and pears shine on their own and display their inherit natural sweetness.

How to make a Healthy Apple & Pear Crisp

The two main ingredients in this healthy crisp are apples and pears. When baked, the fruit gives off its natural sweetness, so this dessert doesn’t require all that much added sugar to taste great.

Combine the baked fruit with spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg. The nice thing about this simple recipe is that you can make it your own. If you really love ginger, throw some into the spice mixture. If cloves or allspice are what you’re craving, you can sprinkle that onto the dried fruit. The spice combinations are endless.

It’s all topped with a little bit of brown sugar, oatmeal and orange zest for a flavorful topping.

Recipe for healthier apple & pear crisp. Vegan & Gluten-free

How is the topping made?

I call this a “healthy” crisp because of the topping. Traditionally crisps are made with a layer of sugar and butter, but my crisp has the crunchy texture without all the bad stuff.

It’s a mixture of oats, slivered almonds, brown sugar, agave and orange zest. The oats and almonds give it a nice crunch, and the sugar adds a hint of sweetness. Whatever you do, don’t leave out the orange zest. It’s such a tiny amount, but it pairs so well with the fruit and adds a really nice flavor to the crisp.

I encourage you to make this for dessert, but I won’t be surprised if you eat it for breakfast! I know what I’ll be making before my next long run.

Recipe for healthier apple & pear crisp. Vegan & Gluten-free
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Apple & Pear Crisp

Healthy vegan apple & pear crisp

Course Dessert
Keyword apple pear crisp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 329 kcal
Author Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Ingredients

  • 1 apple thinly sliced
  • 1 pear thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup raw slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon agave
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the apple slices, pear slices, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla extract. Stir until the apples and pears are coated in the spice mixture.

  3. In a separate bowl combine the oats, almonds, orange zest, vegetable oil, brown sugar and agave. Stir evenly.

  4. Spray a corningware with cooking spray. Evenly distribute the pears in the dish and coat with the topping. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Apple & Pear Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 crisp)
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 298mg13%
Potassium 363mg10%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Lindsey | Nutrition to Fit
    October 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Can’t wait to see everything to come for you, you’ve come such a far way already! Also, I love your addition of orange zest in the crisp!

  • Reply
    Des_FindsAHealthyLife
    October 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Love this recipe! I’m all about apple crisps once the fall rolls around so I’ll definitely be trying this out!

  • Reply
    10 Recipes Celebrating National Apple Month – Fitkonek
    October 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    […] This apple crisp tastes improbable, but it surely has completely no butter and is minimal within the sugar division. The baked apples are topped with an oat and almond topping, which is evenly sweetened with agave and orange zest. It’s meant to be a dessert, but it surely’s wholesome sufficient to eat for breakfast! […]

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    10 Recipes Celebrating National Apple Month – Deecarpenter
    October 29, 2017 at 1:01 am

    […] This apple crisp tastes unbelievable, however it has completely no butter and is minimal within the sugar division. The baked apples are topped with an oat and almond topping, which is calmly sweetened with agave and orange zest. It’s meant to be a dessert, however it’s healthy sufficient to eat for breakfast! […]

  • Reply
    Tawnie Kroll
    October 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    5 stars
    I love the flavor the orange zest gave this recipe! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Meme
    October 31, 2018 at 10:03 am

    5 stars
    This is a nice alternative to apple crisp! The pears and orange zest really make a difference in the flavor!

  • Reply
    Liz Shaw
    November 4, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    5 stars
    I hear you on the burnout! We love what we do but it is a lot of work. There’s nothing more comforting than a good fruit crisp- thank’s for creating a healthier option for us 🙂

  • Reply
    Lorie
    November 4, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    5 stars
    Couldn’t love this perfect fall recipe more–my bday treat is always a crisp so this is it!!!

  • Reply
    Lindsey
    November 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

    5 stars
    Totally just ate this for breakfast!

  • Reply
    Emily Kyle
    November 6, 2018 at 9:03 am

    5 stars
    so so good, love the apple and pear combo!

  • Reply
    Talia
    December 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

    5 stars
    Super tasty! Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe

  • Reply
    Kamilia
    June 29, 2020 at 2:07 am

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! Delicious and sweet. I have been looking for a while for a healthy apple and pear crumble recipe, and found this. I used maple syrup in place of agave. I tried to find you on Instagram to tag you, but no luck.

    • Reply
      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      June 30, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Thanks so much for the review! I would love to see it on IG if you still have a pic. I’m @nutritionalanat.

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