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How to make the world's best apple apple crisp with oats and little or no added sugar! EASY and illustrated instructions

Ingredients and Equipment
(per 8" by 11" pan)

Apples - about 12 medium or 10 large apples of fresh, sweet varieties: Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Jonagold, Jonathon. If you can't get any of these, then try McIntosh, Winesap, Honeycrisp, etc.   You will need 4 cups of apple slices, after peeling and coring.

3 Tbsp sugar or Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you will need do your own conversion) - or Splenda, if you prefer,
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup flour


1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts


Step 1- Wash the apples

Just wash them in cold water, no soap. We're going to remove the skins anyway, so don't spend too much time on it. You can remove any stickers that the grocery store put on the apples, though.  Peelers often get suck on those.

Step 2 - Peel the apples

The fastest way to peel the apples is one of these peelers!  With firm apples, it takes about 20 seconds per apple. These apple peelers don't work well on soft, mushy apples or apples with soft spots on them. In that case your stuck with a hand peeler!

Once they're peeled, remove any remaining brown spots (see the photo at left - before removing the blemishes.)

Step 3 - Core and slice the apples

You can use a knife, but the $5 corer/slicer you see in the photo is available at any kitchen store (Bed, Bath and beyond, local "big box" stores, etc.), and is the fastest, easiest way. But any slices that are between ¼-inch and 1/2 inch thick will do.

Remove seeds, stems, any hard parts near the seeds and brown or soft spots.


Here are the apple slices, ready for the crisp!

Apple pie spices sugar, flour and corn starch

Step 4 - mix the sugar and seasonings.

Combine the sugar, flour and spices in a bowl.

Mixed apple pie spices



And mix them well!


Step 5 - Add the butter

Cut the butter into the dry ingredients to create a crumb texture.


Step 6 - Put the spices on the apples

Place the apple slices in an 8" x 11" baking dish and cover with the crumb mixture.


Step 7 - Put the pan in the oven!

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.