Cast Iron Apple Crisp

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

Fall has really hit this week, we woke up to frost and chilly temps yesterday and I was baking just to warm the house up. Yes that is my story and I’m sticking to it. I think that is why baking is in full swing when fall hits and one of my favorites is apple crisp. It’s one of the first things I make after we go to the apple orchard, usually the night after we spend the day there because I just can’t wait. This Cast Iron Apple Crisp is so easy it’s been on repeat because there is no reason not to make it. It’s a healthier version than the apple crisp I grew up on and while I would say there are some comfort food classics you can’t mess with because they don’t compare this one it one that is so good healthy or not you’ll want to make it again and again.

I know my grandma would definitely approve of this recipe, I know because we made a slightly different version last fall and brought it to her and I won’t forget that smile on her face. It will probably pop up on my Facebook memories feed any day now. Anyone else love that feature? I get the biggest smile because at least once a week photos of my grandmother pop up since the girls and I would see her weekly. Last week it was 6 years ago A and her having mac n cheese at Noodles together. The week before photos of the girls and her and a big debate over who was going to buy grandma her first PSL at Starbucks 4-5 years ago.

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

When it comes to apple crisp I’m all about the crunchy topping and that ratio of apples. It also has to be a good crumble with texture and nut just soft or crunchy sugar, not like a streusel topping. I’m very particular about my apple crisp. I remember my mom making it and enjoying it for dessert and turning around to have it the next mornings because hey it’s apples and oats, well she made hers with some oats, so it’s technically I could just call it oatmeal right? Don’t try to convince me otherwise because I could justify it all day long growing up. Since I make my Cast Iron Apple Crisp with muesli it’s even more justification to have it for breakfast. Oh and dessert too, but for dessert topped with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!

I’m getting so exciting sitting here at A’s gymnastics writing up the recipe that I want to run home and make a batch for dessert tonight. So easy it’s totally doable even while making dinner. The house would be smelled with amazing smells, we could have warm apple crisp tonight and I’d stash a little away for tomorrow morning. It doesn’t get any sweeter! While I usually love pumpkin, and as my oldest daughter would say I get a little pumpkin obsessed, I’m really not feeling it this year. Crazy I know and don’t get me wrong I still like pumpkin but I’m craving all the apple, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, and squash things this year. Shocking not only my girls but myself. Yes I posted Salted Peanut Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats Smoothie Bowl, my Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahining Dressing (which can also be made with butternut squash) Monday, I have one pumpkin recipe posting next week and a pie posting soon but other than that I think that’s all the pumpkin I will be posting. That’s not a lot at all compared to previous years.

What makes this recipe so easy and how did I make it healthier? Well starting with my favorite local Minnesota made muesli (don’t worry it’s at Target, Whole Foods, and a lot of places nationwide) which is packed with oats, seeds, nuts, and dried fruit. No added sugar! Simple healthy ingredients and the Bircher Apple Cinnamon Muesli is vegan as I think it’s the only flavor not made with honey and like all of their muesli gluten free! Mix that with just a 1/4 cup of flour, cinnamon, pure maple syrup, and coconut oil for the crumble! For the apples you cook those in the pan with just a little coconut oil, add in cinnamon, lemon juice, and a couple tablespoons of maple syrup. Sprinkle the muesli crumble on top, and throw it in the oven. Yes quick, easy, healthier, and minimal mess! For non veganyou can sub honey and if you want and there is an option to sub vanilla bean ghee for half the coconut oil for richer flavor.

Pull it out of the oven and enjoy it warm, or let it cool but don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Ok technically that is optional but really is it an option? Yes I would eat it without but do I really want to…. I’m not sure. Yeah I think I really want to add the ice cream because as simple as it is I’m craving Vanilla Bean Nada Moo (dairy free, vegan) ice cream lately and this is just another reason to enjoy it.

Now that it’s baking season, what is your favorite fall baked good to make?

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

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Cast Iron Apple Crisp
Delicious and simple Cast Iron Apple Crisp is easy to make and a healthier version of the classic that is vegan and gluten free friendly.
Cast Iron Apple Crisp
Course Dessert
Servings
servings (8" cast iron skillet)
Ingredients
  • 4 medium to large apples, peeled and sliced (Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
  • 2 c muesli (Seven Sundays Bircher Apple Cinnamon Muesli)
  • 1/4 c all purpose flour, gluten free if needed*
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4c plus 1 TBSP coconut oil, room temp*
  • 1/3c plus 2 TBSP pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
Course Dessert
Servings
servings (8" cast iron skillet)
Ingredients
  • 4 medium to large apples, peeled and sliced (Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
  • 2 c muesli (Seven Sundays Bircher Apple Cinnamon Muesli)
  • 1/4 c all purpose flour, gluten free if needed*
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4c plus 1 TBSP coconut oil, room temp*
  • 1/3c plus 2 TBSP pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
Cast Iron Apple Crisp
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Peel and core apples and slice thinly.
  3. Heat a standard 8" cast iron skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
  4. Once oil is melted and pan is hot add apples and cook down for about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Once cinnamon is evenly distributed add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup/honey. Reduce heat to lowest setting and let simmer while making the topping.
  5. In a bowl combine muesli and cinnamon. Stir in maple syrup until coated. Add flour and stir until combine. Last add coconut oil/ghee and mix until evenly coated.
  6. Give apples one last stir and make sure they are evenly spread out (jut not all bunched in the middle).
  7. Sprinkle muesli topping mixture evenly over the apples.
  8. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 20!!!!!
  9. Let cook slightly before topping with vanilla ice cream (optional) and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Or sub half butter, vegan butter, or ghee (Vanilla Bean Ghee) for half of the coconut oil for the 1/4c cup.
Also tested with whole wheat white flour.
Local Seven Sundays Bircher Apple Cinnamon Muesli is gluten free, no sugar added, and vegan by ingredients.

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19 Responses to Cast Iron Apple Crisp

  1. I love the smell of baked apples! Using a cast iron is a great idea
    Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner recently posted…How A One Mile Treadmill Run Can Improve Your RunningMy Profile

  2. Oh man, this sounds so good. I shouldn’t have looked at this today, now I need to bake to warm up the house..lol. It’s slowly getting chillier here too, bring on all the baking!!
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  3. Liz says:

    I love that you can make this while making dinner too! Great recipe Sarah! I need to add this to my menu soon!
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  4. Rachel says:

    This looks amazing!

  5. Carmy says:

    I love that you found muesli with no added sugars! This looks delicious! I love it!

  6. Maria says:

    Just recently got a new cast iron skillet, now I know what to use it for πŸ™‚
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  7. i dont make crisps very often but apple crisps + vanilla ice cream is easily one of my fav this time of the year.
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  8. Rebecca says:

    Ohhhh I need to make this with all my csa apples! looks delicious
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  9. can you believe I still don’t have a cast iron skillet! I know they add great flavor, so I really need to get one!

  10. Apple Crisp is my favorite dessert! Your recipes lately are really making me think I need to finally get a cast iron skillet, too πŸ™‚
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  11. This looks fabulous! I’ve been using my cast iron skillet a lot lately but have yet to try a dessert in it! I have some apples on hand though and will have to try this over the weekend!
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  12. We got a cast iron skillet a year ago and we’ve only made dessert in a couple of times. This crisp is next!

  13. Sandi says:

    I love that crisp oatmeal topping! It looks delicious.

  14. Kristina says:

    this sounds incredible! I have nearly everything to make this… happening SOON!

  15. Karly says:

    GIMME ALLA DIS. Seriously though, this looks so insanely good. The absolute perfect fall dessert!

  16. Why have I not purchased a cast iron skillet yet?! Ugh!

  17. I am obsessed with my cast iron skillet and am always looking for new recipes for it! I make a really yummy peach and blueberry crisp in it, but didn’t have a good apple crisp recipe – can’t wait to try yours!!

  18. Skillet pies are perfect for the fall! We do a lot with berries but I’ll have to bring out the apples since that’s my husband’s favorite.
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