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Lowfat Apple Berry Granola Crisp

Lowfat Apple Berry Granola Crisp

It was raining this morning and I’d been gone all weekend. I needed to bake something. I have these frozen apples in a bag my friend gave me for making apple pies, but I’m not so good at pies. Have I mentioned my fear of crusts? I am not good with pie crust … and besides pie crust has so much fat in it! And I don’t need any of that … so how about a crisp? Crisps are easy, relatively healthy and yummy. Especially if you can cut out some of the fat and sugar in the topping. You can really make this crisp with any kind of fruit you like … I’m thinking peach crisp will most likely be next …

Lowfat Apple Berry Granola Crisp

Lowfat Apple Berry Granola Crisp

Adapted from

  • 6 cups mixed apples (peeled and sliced) and berries (use any proportions you like … I used mostly apples, and just a few raspberries because that’s what I had on hand)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon quick-cooking tapioca (not whole pearl)
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup unbleached white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch square baking dish (or 10-inch pie pan) with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the fruit layer ingredients. Spread the fruit evenly in your baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg white, oil, vanilla, and fruit juice and then stir into the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Stir in the granola.
  5. Sprinkle the oat-sy granola topping over the fruit.
  6. Cover and bake for 20 minutes, then uncover and continue to bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, until the fruit is soft and bubbly and the topping is crisp and golden.
  7. Serve warm. Top with lowfat ice cream or frozen yogurt if you like … or even a bit of greek yogurt. That would be yummy too.

Lowfat Apple Berry Granola Crisp

This recipe was shared at Crazy Sweet TuesdayTotally Tasty TuesdaysMidweek Fiesta, Cast Party WednesdayFull Plate ThursdaysFit & Fabulous Fridays, and Successful Saturday.

20 responses

  1. This would not be safe in my house:)

    March 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  2. Looks so good! Double sluuuuurp!

    March 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Sherri! It is scrumptious … I will probably be eating it for breakfast tomorrow …

      March 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

  3. Delicious! I like the big scoop of icecream on top.

    March 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much!:)

      March 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  4. looks like you are on granola roll! keep the recipes coming:-)

    March 20, 2012 at 5:39 am

    • Ann

      LOL, yes, I guess I am on a granola roll! Don’t worry, I have no shortage of recipes:)

      March 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

  5. Looks delicious!!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:33 am

  6. Wow.

    Hey, I have a question for you. I have cardamom pods. I haven’t used them yet. Theoretically, I should just be able to bang the seeds inside with the bottom of a pint glass, or something, to grind them up, right? They’re so tiny, I don’t think a coffee grinder would work. Have you ever encountered this? Or did you just have ground cardamom, like a smart person would buy. (Don’t know what I was thinking. I think ice cream, is what was going through my mind when I bought them.)

    March 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    • Ann

      You have cardamom pods? I have been looking for cardamom pods! I want to make “real” chai tea and the recipe I have calls for pods and I can’t find them … yes, I use the powdered kind. I’m not exactly sure about cardamom.

      I found this, though: they use a coffee grinder:

      March 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

    March 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  9. Apple berry crisp is an all time favorite of mine…this recipe looks absolutely delicious!! A must try:)

    March 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Emily! I think you’ll like it:)

      March 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

  10. i could eat this all day LONG! I would love for you to stop by and link up on my linky party if you have a minute:) Cant wait to try this!!

    March 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    • Ann

      well sure I will! thank you for the invite!

      March 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

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  12. Crisp is one of my absolute favorites!!! I think we had kindred taste buds last week.😉

    March 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

  13. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have an awesome week end and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    March 30, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • Ann

      Oh thank you so much Miz Helen:)

      March 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

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