Oat & Walnut Apple Crisp

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There is nothing more inviting than a bowl of warm dessert on a cold winter weekend.  And lemme tell you, this past weekend was COLD!  It snowed.  It sleeted.  It was icy and gray all day on Sunday.  Did you get any snow or wintry weather?  It was the first here on the East coast.  Although we didn’t get a lot of accumulation, it still made for the perfect day to stay inside, curled up in sweats and watching Christmas movies.  Not to mention the perfect type of weather for eating warm apple crisp! apple crisp, apple desserts, dessert recipes

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Dario and I stayed inside and watched 2 Christmas movies in a row!  Followed by the Little Mermaid – yes I watched it!.  I haven’t seen that film in like 15 years.  And it was my all time favorite movie EVER as a child!  It definitely wasn’t as good as I remember when I was 4, but it was still fun to watch all these years later.  And after watching it over a thousand times between the ages of 4 and 12, I still knew every word.  Mom…you’d be proud!

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apple crisp, apple desserts, dessert recipes Ok…back to the dessert.  Like my Peach & Blackberry Cobbler, this apple crisp is a cinch to put together and can bake while you’re eating dinner.  A perfect sweet ending when you have company.  Or on a cold winter day.  Either works!  I used two types of apples – granny smith and honey crisp.  I like the dual flavors of somewhat tart and sweet.  Together, cooked down, both apples make a wonderful filling.  Topped with crispy oatmeal and walnut crumble and possibly some vanilla gelato…can you say yum!?

apple crisp, apple desserts, dessert recipes Oat & Walnut Apple Crisp:

  • 5 apples sliced thinly – a mix of granny smith and honey crisp
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp salt, divided in half
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 c brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the apple slices, apple cider, corn starch, 1/2 tsp salt, lemon juice and pumpkin pie spice.  Stir apple mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and apple slices are coated well in the spice and corn starch.
  3. Pour apple mixture into a large baking dish.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor add the oats, butter, flour, cinnamon and brown sugar.  Pulse a few times until the butter is broken down into the size of peas.
  5. Stir in the chopped walnuts by hand.
  6. Top the apples with the crumb mixture.  You can press some of the crumb mixture in your hands to create a more solid topping.  You will most likely have extra crumbs – these freeze well and can be used later for other desserts.
  7. Cover apple crisp with aluminum foil and bake for 40 mins.  Remove foil and continue to bake another 10-15 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  8. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

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