Dessert Featured Kid-Friendly Recipes — 14 October 2016

Honey crisp apples and oats are the star ingredients in this healthy, homemade pie.

By: Jodie Shield, MED RDN

Which do you prefer: apple pie or apple crisp? Trick question because you can have both when you make my Dutch Apple Crisp Pie. The key to baking a delicious pie is picking the perfect apple. Sounds simple, but not an easy task with over 2500 varieties grown in the United States alone. For this recipe, I recommend using fresh, honey crisp apples. They’re slightly tart and naturally sweet so you don’t need to add much sugar, and they hold their shape well when baked so you don’t end up with mushy applesauce texture. In addition to the apple, the crust is important too (check out my post Top Ten Pie Baking Tips). However, in a pinch there’s no shame in using a ready-to-eat shell to save time. For the crumb topping, I use old-fashioned rolled oats. This adds fiber and crunch and makes the pie look and taste like apple crisp. Serve your pie warm or go ahead and add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream or gelato. For additional lightened up dessert recipes like Blueberry Crisp and Classic Pecan Pie download my free app Eat Healthy Homemade Meals from iTunes or Google Play!

Dutch Apple Crisp Pie

6 servings

Prep Time = 15 minutes

Cooking Time = 30 minutes


  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell


  • 5 cups peeled, sliced honey crisp apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss apples with lemon juice in medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon together in large bowl. Add apples and pour into unbaked pie shell.
  4. For topping, in separate bowl combine rolled oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar; mix together with melted butter. Sprinkle topping over pie, and press down lightly.
  5. Bake 30 minutes or until topping is brown and apples are tender.

 Nutritional Information per (1 slice) Serving: 398 calories, 4 grams protein, 60 gram carbohydrate, 17 grams fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 27 milligrams cholesterol, 5 grams fiber, 32 grams sugar, 96 milligrams sodium







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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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