Monday, November 22, 2010

Apple Crisp Snack

This week's recipes lack the hearty-vegetarian-full-meal quality you may be used to. With Thanksgiving a mere 3 days away, the Hungry Spoon kitchen is relying on safe n' simple dinner options (tonight: Butternut Squash Risotto), so more time can be devoted to Thursday's feast preparation.

And a feast it will be. Expect a Chocolate-Pecan Pie recipe coming your way very, very soon.

In the meantime, I'll keep up with yesterday's snack/healthy dessert trend (Banana Soft Serve anyone?), and provide you with another uber-healthy dessert/snack to munch on: Baked Apples.

I first made a pan of this Apple Crisp look-alike last month during a lasagna celebration with my friend Alli. I quickly discovered that it doubled as an after-work snack (we all know I can't get enough of those), and it triples as a breakfast oatmeal mix-in. I can bake a pan on Sunday, and it lasts all week. Seriously awesome.

How 'bout them apples?

The only downside? I didn't measure a thing. Nope, just went with my foodie instincts and pulled the whole "pinch of this, splash of that" act.

Tonight, trust your own foodie instinct and whip up a solid batch of baked apples to get you through the holiday eating splurge.

Baked Apple Crisp
(A Hungry Spoon unmeasured original)

As with all of my measure-less recipes, feel free to get creative. I imagine dried cranberries would be a great addition, as would pears and maybe even some orange zest?

  • 6 apples, thinly sliced
  • a dash of brown sugar (just a dash!)
  • Lots o' cinnamon
  • Sprinkling of nutmeg
  • Oats (about 1/2 cup)
  • a little Smart Balance or non-hydrogenated vegan margarine (about 1 - 2 TBSP)
  • Optional: fat free frozen vanilla yogurt
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the apple slices with a the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into a 9 inch square pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Mix the oats a little Smart Balance, and a dash of brown sugar if you'd like :) Sprinkle over the apples and bake until tender, about 30 minutes or so. If you're looking for a full-out dessert, top with fat free vanilla frozen yogurt.


  1. Holy monkeys that looks so good! Lately I've just been slicing apples, coating with cinnamon and a bit of sugar, and then nuking them in the microwave for like a minute. ;) But this sounds so good, it might make an appearance at my thanksgiving dinner!

  2. Apples and Cinnamon are BFFs! The crunch makes them even better. Love how simple(and healthy) this is to cure that craving!

  3. I make this all of the time. Delicious!

  4. I've been saute-ing apples and tossing into my overnight oats for awhile now. Definitely recommend, lady!

    Way to do what feels right with your apple crisp. I mean really, as long as you have something savory/salty to get the whole topping-bit together with, you're rockin.

  5. I so enjoyed this measurement free recipe! I bake quite a bit, and it is always refreshing when I can throw in a little bit of this...a little bit of that! This looks so warm and comforting. Thank you for sharing with me...I hope you have a wonderful week of feasting, friends and family!

  6. mmmm i made baked apples last week :) so tasty!

  7. Crisps have got to be one of my favorite things. I make a peach crisp that I LOVE, and I always make an individual apple crisp sometimes in the microwave. Those are perfect for those nights that my hubby is shoveling down ice cream and I am looking for a healthy but sweet treat :)

  8. baked apple and cinnamon are the best combo ever, perfect for a afternoon snack.
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