Old-fashioned apple crisp with way less butter
I was at my mother-in-law's last weekend and she made an amazing apple crisp for dessert one night. Mmmmmm, apple crisp! I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but when fall comes around, I start craving apple crisp, apple pie, apple bars—pretty much any kind of apple dessert.
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As we were cleaning the kitchen after dinner, I took a peek at the recipe on her windowsill. The first ingredient? 1 1/2 sticks of butter. For a crisp that filled a regular-size pie plate. I could feel my arteries clogging.
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It was one of the best apple crisps I've ever had, but I knew I could make apple crisp just as amazing with a fraction of the butter. Take our recipe for Old-Fashioned Apple-Nut Crisp (recipe below), which will save you 286 calories and 9 grams of fat (8 of which are saturated) over typical versions.
This is how we made it healthier:
- We added fiber.
We swapped out white flour for whole-wheat flour, which has three times as much fiber as white flour. Adding more fiber to your diet could help you lose weight.
- We cut fat.
We left a couple tablespoons of butter in the topping for its rich flavor but replaced the rest with canola oil, which swaps saturated fat for heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. How Healthy Is Canola Oil Really?
- We boosted flavor.
• Adding apple juice concentrate to the topping intensifies the apple flavor without adding fat or many calories.
• Toasting the nuts in the topping adds another dimension of flavor plus vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats.
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Here's the recipe—enjoy!
Old-Fashioned Apple-Nut Crisp
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Carolyn Malcoun, Healthy Cooking Blog, Dessert, Recipe Makeover, What's in season
Carolyn Malcoun combines her love of food and writing as a recipe contributor for EatingWell. Carolyn has a culinary arts degree from New England Culinary Institute and a degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison. Carolyn lives in Portland, Maine, and enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and running in her free time.
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