nana’s apple crisp

This is one of Brian’s all-time favorite desserts, made for him by his grandmother whenever we see her.  A few year’s ago, Nana gave Brian a book of all of his favorite recipes of hers so that we can make them whenever we want.  This one is requested every fall…

I made a couple of minor adjustments (turbinado in place of refined sugar, butter in place of oleo, WW pastry flour in place of white) but for the most part stuck with the original recipe.  I’d love to figure out a good substitution for the butter/oleo in the topping to make it a bit healthier, so if anybody has any suggestions please let me know!


Nana’s Apple Crisp (with a few Bella Eats modifications…):



  • 14 medium, tart apples
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1-1/2 cups turbinado sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375*.
  2. Peel, core and slice apples.  Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss.  Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples, toss to coat.
  3. In separate bowl combine all crisp ingredients.
  4. Stir apple mixture and pour into ungreased 9×13 pan.  Spread topping mixture over top and “pat down”.
  5. Reduce oven heat to 350* and bake for 45 minutes.









7 responses to “nana’s apple crisp

  1. The crips looks wonderful. I make a similar crumb topping on my cranberry date bars that calls for 1 cup of butter. When I made these a few days ago I reduced the butter by 1/4 cup and replaced 1/2 of it with heart healthy canola oil – totally 3/4 cup total verses 1 cup. It turned out perfectly – I actually think even better because the oil helped the topping stay together more than butter does.

  2. gosh, the photos you take are incredible! probably the best of any food blogger around, for sure.
    I’m not too sure about substitutions but I remember my mom saying how applesauce can be used in place of oil. Not quite sure if that would work…

  3. Yum!
    I’m with Kelsey, the only subs I can think of are applesauce for oil.

  4. great recipe it looks beautiful

  5. runningwithfood

    Looks fantastic … thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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