Nellie’s Apple Crisp

Bill’s mom has been talking to me for weeks about wanting to make some sort of apple dish. The toss up was between apple pie and apple crisp. Both recipes we plan on posting, but for now, we present you with delicious apple crisp.

Bill and I were on our way home from my best friends wedding in Kentucky when we got a call from Nellie saying that the apples from her tree were ready for picking and she needed a recipe pronto! I had never made apple crisp before, so I immediately got out my phone and googled “apple crisp recipe”. Several came up, and like other baking dishes I use for inspiration, I found one that was a suitable starting point and called Nellie back with some ideas for her apple crisp. She had also found a recipe to use, and made some healthier alterations to the recipe of her own. She said she would attempt this crisp, and have Bill and I try it to see what we thought. It was delicious – she made a fantastic apple crisp!

Bill and I then decided to make our own, also making a few other alterations to the recipe that his mom had given us, and we were off to the food lab to cook up an amazing apple crisp. The weekend we made this crisp, we were cooking a big dinner for my family. They requested a few of our favorite dishes from the blog, so we used this opportunity to try out the new apple crisp. It was a hit! This is a simple recipe, perfect for the fall weather that is on its way. Try this out, and let us know what you think!


  • 5-8 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed meal
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


For the apples-

  1. Peel and chop apples and place in a cooking dish.
  2. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the apples.
  3. Cover apples with ground cinnamon.
  4. Toss apples with lemon and cinnamon until the cinnamon is evenly distributed over all the chopped apples.

For the topping-

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine blanched almond flour and flax seed meal.
  2. Add in cinnamon and nutmeg, and mix with a spoon.
  3. Add in grapeseed oil and pure maple syrup, and mix again until evenly combined.

For the eats-

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cover apples with topping and place in oven.
  • Bake apples for 40-50 minutes or until apples are soft, and topping is crunchy (we tested apples with a fork.
  • When the crisp is just about finished add the chopped walnuts and bake for remaining time (5-10 minutes is ideal). The walnuts will burn if you bake them with the rest of the dish. You want them to be slightly toasted.

This apple crisp is delicious warm out of the oven, but Bill and I are known to sneak a bite or two right out of the fridge. We highly recommend this dessert. It’s delicious, simple, and a healthier option for cool fall evening treat. Enjoy!

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    1. December 19, 2010

      Great way to use up a glut of apples I had. The toasted walnuts really finished it off for me, I used some which I had coated in Manuka honey and cinnamon and then unsuccessfully dehydrated earlier in the week. Fab!

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