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breakfast apple granola crisp

As excited as I am to be — slowly, tentatively — back in the kitchen, I seem to be stuck at the beginning, or at least the beginning of the day. I’m fixated on granola and eggy things, breakfast-y quick breads and this thing I made for the sole purpose of eating with my morning yogurt, and I suspect it has everything to do with us feeling almost constantly like we’ve just woken up. And too early, sigh.

apples

Fortunately, the cause is really cute and so we’ve decided to keep him, even if he at the advanced age of three and a half weeks has decided he no longer wants to sleep in those four-hour stretches he had teased us with in his misspent youth. However, I am stubborn and refuse to complain about the sleeplessness because there is nothing more predictable than new parents complaining about sleeplessness, and I hate being predictable. Instead, I have decided to embrace it, thus if I constantly feel like it is breakfast and I need a cup of coffee, then well, breakfast and a cup of coffee we will have.

peelings
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This crisp is supposed to be the fall answer to my beloved breakfast apricot crisp. I maintain that baked fruit crisps needn’t just be dessert food and if you’re only having them after dinner, you’re missing out. The trick is to dial back the sugar significantly, keep the topping as granola-like as possible and eat it cold, first thing in the morning, with a generous helping of your favorite yogurt on top.

apple base

This isn’t to say that all sorts of things didn’t go south when I made this — I’m not naming names or anything, but a certain someone required enough attention that I was more than a little scatterbrained in the kitchen: the apples took more than an hour to peel and chop, leading to all sorts of discoloration; the granola nearly burned when I wasn’t paying attention and I overbaked the crisp enough that it’s more applesauce than delicious baked chunks . But like we care. We were so happy to have something, anything besides cold cereal for breakfast yesterday afternoon, and something that still managed to be delicious, I’m going to go out on a limb and call this a raging success. Make this, eat it for breakfast this week, whenever your breakfast may be.

apple granola crisp + yogurt

By the way, I know that someone will ask me what kind of apples I used, and the answer is that I do not remember. I got them in baskets at different Greenmarkets and they all had funny names and I grabbed whatever looked good, including one that was so big, even this other giant was impressed.

jacob and the giant apple, 1jacob and the giant apple, 2jacob and the giant apple, 3jacob and the giant apple, 4

One year ago: Family Noodle Kugel and Meatballs and Spaghetti
Two years ago: Hello Dolly Bars and Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette
Three years ago: Lemon Cake

Breakfast Apple Granola Crisp

3 pounds* of whatever apples, or mix of apples, you like to bake with, peeled, cored and cut into medium chunks
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup flour
2 cups oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, as you wish; I used unsweetened)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix apple chunks with lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and pinch of salt in a 9×13-inch baking dish until apples are evenly coated. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the honey. Stir in the flour, oats, almonds, coconut and another pinch of salt until clumps form. Sprinkle evenly over the apple mixture and bake in the oven for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until the apples are softened and bubbly. Should the granola brown before you wish it to, cover the baking dish carefully with foil for all but the last few minutes of baking time, when removing the foil will help the granola recrisp. Cool to room temperature and then stash in the fridge to eat with your morning yogurt.

* To note: I originally made mine with four pounds of apples, which will explain why yours may not look as voluminous as mine. However, I felt that the apple to granola proportion was off, and the apples nearly overflowed in the baking dish, hence why I suggest you use less.

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357 comments on breakfast apple granola crisp

  1. Nicole

    Oh my is he cute. The breakfast apple crisp sounds good too. I still maintain that the best topping for oatmeal is leftover apple pie filling that wouldn’t fit into the pie, so this sounds right up my alley, but perhaps slightly better for me.

  2. Tara

    This is definitely a delicious dish to wake up to (not too mention that delicious little face your little guy has!) :) I love your “roll-with-it” attitude – so inspiring!

  3. MBT

    Ooh! I just went apple picking yesterday and wanted to find something I could bring to work using a bunch of apples – this looks like it! Thanks, Deb!!!

    p.s. where are those jalapeno cheddar scones? when you get the time, of course :-)

  4. MakingSpace

    I read your blog regularly and have enjoyed your humor. This post brought tears to my eyes, and I appreciate your way of expressing your new life so much. Sadly, were I to make this granola, with no infant as excuse, the results might be just as unpredictable. But it’s lovely fun to read your successes, both human and culinary, on a regular basis. Congrats congrats congrats!

    1. deb

      john — I used old-fashioned oats. I like the bigger crunch from the classic oats, but a quick-cooking variety might clump better — any will work.

  5. Barbara in N. FL

    Gorgeous baby, gorgeous crisp! One of my favorite things is a crisp.

    What to do without lemons, Deb? Often I don’t have one as they’re not cheap here in FL believe it or not. When I have one it seems I don’t need it and it goes to waste. Choices: dried orange rind flakes, or orange juice or vanilla?

  6. I bet that big one is a Wolf River. They are all the range at the Chicago markets because they are almost so big that you only need one for a pie!

    Great breakfast idea!

  7. Ohhh this recipe has honey! I especially have a soft spot for recipes that call for honey. This looks delicious. For quite a few days I’ve been thinking of making your granola mix. Yesterday I made brownies inspired by your cheesecake swirl brownies! Thanks :))

  8. di

    funny as it is to admit, i don’t think i read your blog for the recipes anymore. i’m just scrolling down for a glimpse of little apple face…

  9. He is just cute as can be. I know you’ve heard it thousands of times–literally– but I’m sure you don’t get sick of it.

    I read your post right around lunch time and now I’m craving breakfast for lunch!

  10. Hi there! So I think I’ll be making this often! It sounds super simple and super yummy! My daughter was born on Sept. 18, so I hear ya with those sleep-deprived nights and having breakfast at 4pm…or 4am…I’m always happy with simple and delicious recipes like this one! Also, the pressure cooker is my new best friend! Do you use one? And if so, do you have any favorite recipes in which you use your pressure cooker? I love new pressure cooker recipes :)
    ~Jentry

  11. That is one gorgeous baby. And hold on – the sleep thing will get better. And other delights await you. I made granola for the first time this weekend, and then fed it to my son. He loves it. So you can look forward to that in a year and a half or so.

  12. Whoa! I had to look twice at that apple – I thought it might be an optical illusion or something! Your son is SERIOUSLY the cutest. By the way, I’ve made your mom’s apple cake twice, and it is delicious. We put some pics up on our site and linked back to Smitten Kitchen for the recipe; hope it’s alright. This granola looks yummy too – I love cooked apples in any form!

  13. hey your baby is making me smile……after my own sleeplessness.
    you are going to be nostalgic about this sleep deprivation later in life…:)
    the granola crisp is so good with honey…..have to try this , but your baby is sweeter than this for sure.

  14. Ahhhh! So many delicious things about this post! What a cutie.

    I think the woozy, sleepless feeling you’re describing can also be called birth control. Here’s to hoping he’s an early all the way through the night sleeper!

    And smart of you to make things like this crisp. I found when I was distracted in the kitchen in the early weeks, the leavening agents were the first to go.

  15. Early this week I posted a confession to my friends on Facebook: ‘I eat apple pie for breakfast’. Well Deb, it looks like you are giving me a healthier alternative. This looks great, and like you I am also a morning yogurt eater, (when no pie is available), and the combination of cooked apples, yogurt and granola sounds delightful. Unlike you, I am getting my fair share of shut-eye. I hope that beautiful boy’s slumber time increases soon… but from the looks of things, he sure doesn’t need it for his beauty. What gorgeous skin your baby has… and all that dark hair! He melts hearts…
    -Michaela

  16. emily

    Thank you! Yummy and what a cutie!

    I have to say, your blog posts feel like gathering around the fire – more about sharing and less about just plain eating. I love that you share your food and family with us! Thank you!

  17. Laura

    I love the baby with produce/food pictures! Yay! As if apple crisp didn’t give enough feelings of coziness and warmth – you spoil us with adorable baby pics too! Thanks!

  18. Julia

    Congrats – he is adorable! I will be sleepless and in a constant state of eating breakfast in January! I have been baking everything apples this past week and couldn’t get by without my apple peeler, corer, slicer contraption. You must get one! It save SO much time and energy! What a great pic with Jacob and the apple! Too cute!

  19. Big Han

    Crisps are genius almost any time of day in my book. After dinner, early morning, and tea time are my personal faves. I’ve also found that throwing some fresh cranberries in to the mix of an apple crisp gives an amazing tartness on top of the soft sweetness of baked apples. Thanks for a new recipe to play with! I tried the raspberry breakfast bar last week and have deciced that if I make a new oatmealy breakfast thing every week forever I will have ensured happiness.
    I wish you sweet dreams with the little one!

  20. Kim M.

    Oh…my son will LOVE this! Whenever I make crisps of any kind, he loves to re-heat them for breakfast!

    Baby Jacob is such a beautiful baby… I wouldn’t complain about lack of sleep, either! :-)

  21. Oh my goodness he’s cute! How do you get anything cooking with him to cuddle? I love this blog. I love your photographs, I love your recipes, but the baby has just moved to the top of the list for me. Have faith. You’ll sleep again one day!:)
    V

  22. I love your perspective. And it helps change mine, potentially. I dig perspective tweaking! We’re toying with the idea of parenthood and I have no idea how I’ll possibly deal with all the hard stuff, as much as the good stuff will make it worthwhile (right? right?!) But choosing to -embrace- the lack of sleep – I like that viewpoint. Plus, I am a coffee fiend. So it’s perfect. :)

    And that recipe looks fabulous.

  23. Helen

    Seriously, I used to read your blog for the food and while I still enjoy looking at the recipes, I’m totally coming here now for the adorable baby pictures more than anything :)

  24. What a sweetheart! I’d have problems deciding which to eat: apple or baby. I love breakfast, and it is definitely an all day food. Now I just need to make it to my farmer’s market this week to pick up worthy apples.

  25. Vicky Lynn

    Will have to give the breakfast crisp a try. I’ve been looking for something to bake this week.

    Serioulsy – can this little guy get any cuter? So adorable.

  26. What a cutie-patootie! I haven’t commented on your blog yet, so may I offer congratulations…both on your healthy baby, and on your great attitude (not complaining about sleeplessness??? You must be the first, and I’m sure there are times that it’s not easy!) and on the fact that you’ve managed to keep posting…thanks for sharing your yummy recipes!!

  27. Renee

    Oh boy….just as we have put 5 servings of lasagna, 1 manicotti, 1 pulled bbq pork, 2 roast beefs with gravy in the freezer with the next plans being for soups, stews, and chili…. NOW you say that breakfast is what you crave after bringing home a newborn. We thought we were being so thoughtful planning for our December baby. I guess it’s good there are banana breads, zucchini breads, and your whole wheat apple muffins in the freezer too. Thanks for posting this scrumptious looking recipe, and thanks for sharing your adorable little boy with us!

  28. Jennifer G.

    I’m so totally enjoying the pics of your little guy. He is so beautiful!!. I’m anxiously awaiting those sleep deprived nights/days. My little guy is due today but I think he’s going to bake at least another week.
    Oh and the granola looks yummo. I could eat the whole dish. I have all the ingredients except the apples so off to the fruit market after work tonight!

  29. That sounds delicious.. think I’ll make this tonight and nibble on it for breakfast for the rest of the week instead of going hungry and gorging on crap for lunch, as is my awful habit lately.

    And sweet little Jacob turns me absolutely stupid with his adorability. Especially that of his sweet little nose.

  30. Delicious recipe and gorgeous pictures as usual. I must admit it that crisps have been in my dessert only repetoire but you’re convincing me I should branch out. Baby pics are adorable, esp with the apple for size comparison.

  31. Shondra

    I’m due in a month and a half and am starting to think about what to make and freeze. Do you think this would freeze well? And would you bake it fully then freeze it or would you freeze it unbaked?

  32. Heather

    YAY! You know it’s fall when the apple crisps come out to play.

    I totally know what you mean about always feeling like it’s breakfast. I’ve nearly gone through my entire hidden stash of coffee (I forgot how coffeemate makes a cup of cheap coffee sing). Having oatmeal at lunch time seems oddly right on these chilly mornings/afternoons. Once DS starts sleeping through the night, having breakfast at a normal time will feel weird.

  33. Mary Ann

    Hi Deb,

    I agree with Emily. Your blog posts do make you feel like you are sitting around the fire. This breakfast crisp looks very good and healthy too. I just made your cabbage/mushroom galate–which was sooooooo good. Your pastry makes it “over the top”. I don’t think I need to say enjoy your beautiful new sweetheart of a son. Thank you for the recipes, for posting, and for pictures of that darling child. Take good care.

    Mary Ann

  34. Oh my gosh he is super cute. Love the positive attitude too.
    Oh and the apple crisp looks divine. I made quick brown rice pudding for breakfast with almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup. You’d think I’d be the one making the crisp and you’d be the one microwaving leftover rice… cheers for you!

  35. He looks already DIFFERENT to me – that he does! And I love the fact that you are eating breakfast all during the day – because you are absolutely correct when you say you are always feeling tired like it’s the morning! Apple Crisps are just so darn good this time of year!

  36. I think crisp and yogurt is an excellent idea! In fact, I’m heading to my kitchen right now to make myself a bowl with our leftover crisp from last night! thanks for another great idea!

  37. hennifer

    raging successes or not, I’ll take whatever recipes you feel up to posting if they come with little shots of your adorable munchkin.

    he is just so adorable!

  38. Susan

    Deb, you are such a grown up; a good role model for new Motherhood! Good on you for saving us from the whining about sleepless nights. But, do tell it to your Mom..she’ll probably be happy to rescue you from the baby induced sleeplessness. More than happy, as long as you send the swing along too! Kidding..(not really)

    The crisp sounds great with the yogurt. My and my grown son’s favorite yogurt is the spiced apple flavor yogurt. With this, I can get away from that less healthy stuff and eat a more natural, better quality, sweetish breakfast! Thanks for this.

  39. jendorf

    Oh. . .I’ve been making crisps, and this one looks just like the one I made the other day and ate for breakfast the next morning! Yummy, and totally filling!

    Having had 3 babies in the last 5 years, I would wholeheartedly recommend: Get thee a sling! You will be able to do so much prep work with that little baby and he will magically be attended to while you have 2 hands free. . .it’s the only way I survived ;)

  40. Lin

    Is it 1/2 cup of coconut? The measurement is missing. :)

    Love love love the picture of the little guy, and I can’t wait to make this dish!

  41. Shazza

    ooooh, I will be stopping to buy apples on my way home tonight. I am craving comfort food and this looks perfect. But not NEARLY as perfect as that “certain someone” commanding your attention! He would no doubt get all of mine too. And like everyone else here, I’m grateful you are cookin & posting at all, especially when you accompany your posts with a shot of the wee bit! Thanks and take care…

  42. Erin

    I am not even kidding–yours is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen. Please, please keep sharing the pictures! (And recipes.)

  43. Awww, I love that picture of your little guy with that huge apple – so adorable!

    A fruit crisp with yogurt for breakfast is such a great idea, and would be such a nice change of pace from my usual boring cereal!

  44. Mimi

    I just had the apple version of your apricot crisp for breakfast. It is my go-to breakfast and I always think of you when I make it. I was so happy to see a different version for apple but I’m sticking with my original. And just to let you know about the circle of life, my little daughter who is now 4.5 helped me make the crisp. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Kell

    Aww I love the series of pictures of Jacob. Please keep us posted on how he is doing. The crisp looks wonderful, it will have to be made very very soon.<3

  46. Oh, he is so stinkin cute, it makes me hardly able to wait the 10 weeks or so until my baby arrives, but I will enjoy my sleep while I am getting it.
    Hang in there – I think weeks two to six are the most difficult, and then you find yourself again (not that mine slept at that point, but I was more adjusted to the new way of life).

    Anyway, I am going apple picking with my 5 and 2-year-old this week, so maybe we wil give this yummy crisp a try. Thanks!

  47. Kim

    Ah, yogurt and oats, the breakfast of champions! Champion nursers, that is! I totally had huge supply and I love starting my day with yogurt and granola. You’re looks positively divine. I’m impressed you managed to make it – I was starved and would pull corn tortillas from the fridge and eat them, door open, uncooked.

  48. Crisp looks delicious and my kids will love having it for breakfast. Your little gut is so charming. Keep up your good attitude towards sleep, because you won’t be getting any sleep when he turns sixteen and drives a car. I keep telling myself there will be time to sleep when I’m in the nursing home!
    Mimi

  49. Lara

    The whole time I was reading about the apple crisp I just kept thinking “where is the cute baby photo?” glad I got to see it at the end!

  50. Stoich91

    Hmm…a Columbus Day Delight! Delicious recipe, beautiful baby, and may I congratulate you? I know you hate to be stereotyped and predictable, but you are cooking like a real mom (burning things in the oven, etc. :-)). Love it! Thanks for the honest realism, beautiful pictures, and real-life humor!

  51. Jil

    Oh, he is just too cute! That apple crisp sounds (and looks!!) delicious, and that is such a good idea to use less sugar and have it me more of a breakfast item! I will definitely be trying it out.

  52. He’s a cutie! I love your recipes. I have many favourites from you! Apple crisp is one of the best desserts ever. This summer I made a peach crisp and my husband and I fought over the last piece.

  53. I’ve been obsessed with tea breads lately, cut up and with coffee in the morning. Lemon bread is easy, and I just got a recipe for Pumpkin tea bread from a coworker that looks like it would rock for fall.

  54. sarah ledoux

    is it weird that when i see a new post i am most excited for more ADORABLE JACOBNESS? you’d better keep it up!

    [this looks absolutely fabulous, by the way. i’ll throw one together tonight and try it for breakfast tomorrow!]

  55. Sounds delicious. Apples are perfect for the fall…makes me wish I still lived on the East Coast. It is so crazy how tiny your little one is!!! The apple looks just about the same size as his head! I would make this recipe without the coconut, I think (I never really took to the taste, even in small doses), but everything else I would leave just as is! Yum!!!

  56. This is the perfect thing to make for my mama friends tomorrow morning! The kids will play, we’ll watch the snow melt and eat some delicious crisp. Sounds about perfect to me! :)

    And your little man is SO adorable!

  57. Apple crisp for breakfast is probably THE ideal autumn breakfast food. Definitely best with a heathful dollop of plain yogurt. Thanks for sharing your recipe for this delectable breakfast treat.
    Your little one is precious….

  58. I’ve never even thought of eating crisp for breakfast! Maybe because I usually love to load the top with brown sugar and butter…. hmmm. I’ll try to make it more breakfast-friendly. Warmed up with cold yogurt sounds delicious, I love the hot-cold combo.

    The little guy gets cuter with every post :)

  59. Looks similar to a recipe I made a week or so ago, only I used brown sugar rather than honey. My granola recipe’s also posted on the blog. I’d forgotten how much I like apple crisp this time of year, so I guess it’s time for more apples.

    BTW – granola with warm poached pears is pretty great, too. Add your dab (or more) of yogurt, or dice the pears and do up as parfaits in a pretty glass for a tasty special breakfast. Maybe for the first night little one sleeps through . . .

  60. Vera Russell

    Forget the recipes…that little one steals the show everytime – he is a gorgeous baby (although the apple crisp did look really good, too).

  61. Janet

    Your food looks more delicious than ever! I find myself heading to your site more frequently and trying out more of your recipes. But let’s face it-any excuse to look at that gorgeous baby Jacob! He is really quite edible, so how about posting his recipe, ha ha.

  62. Mary

    Mmm I made a half batch of this and snuck one apple out to try tonight. So tasty! The rest I will save till tomorrow to have with Greek yogurt and some tea.

    If anyone else decides to do a half recipe in a 9×9 pan, I’d suggest using 1.5 lbs of apples but still making the full amount of topping–my topping didn’t make enough for a solid layer. It’s more of a sprinkling of tastiness here and there.

  63. Nicole

    Yes, another of us that just keeps checking in hopes of a photo of that sweet baby – the recipes are a just a bonus! Good luck with the sleeping. Mine’s a bit older than yours but that sleep thing’s still hit or miss. But, I figure sleep’s overrated, right? Right??? ;-)

  64. I hope you realize that 99.99% of your readers will expect a picture of your Little Prince with each new post until he goes to college! :-)

    Adorable, love those big eyes and of course… his hair is simply amazing!

  65. sally… you are 100% correct!!!
    deb…jacob looks really adorable…what a great “timeline” for him/us…we are all having fun watching him develop!
    btw: think you should update your “about” page (teehee)

  66. I like the way you think, lady! This recipe looks like a good one for my kitchen, too, provided I halve the recipe so as not to be eating apple crisp until Valentine’s Day. Ah, the pleasures of cooking for one…

  67. Deirdre

    Yay for you Deb for (a) cooking ANYthing with a three-week-old (b) meeting his needs before ours and (c) not caring at all that your apples got a little discolored while you did that. Speaking of color, check out HIS colour! He looks fantastic. The crisp looks good too, can’t wait to try it.

  68. Whitney

    oh my, lady. you just made mine and my daughter’s morning. you see, her fav foods are apples and…granola!!! however, we’re not a dessert-every-night-kind-of-family so i don’t believe she’s ever eaten them combined in one dish. we are quite, quite grateful that you are making apple breakfast crisp AND sharing.

    p.s. he is flawless. but, i bet you knew that!

  69. kris

    Yum! And Sooo Cute! Yay to you for being able to make something you and hubby can enjoy all while taking care of that cutie pie. I like breakfast anytime. And if I need a cup of coffee I usually need breakfast type food.

  70. This looks tasty, but I probably should stick to eating leftover wedding cake for breakfast tomorrow. Maybe the day after, this will come out of the oven.

  71. Cindy

    I will definitely try this with some apples my Mom gave me from a neighbor’s tree. You are so wise to embrace the sleeplessness. I was so stressed about not getting any sleep, that I made the whole thing worse. Other Moms told me it would pass, but I secretly didn’t believe them. I survived, and it passed. :)

  72. S

    Awwww the baby! Man, that apple is huge. Before reading the context, I actually first thought that you’d photoshopped it in, haha! The crisp looks yummy! I don’t mind partially burned granola, myself, but I’m strange like that. :P

  73. Julie

    You inspired me to make my own apple crisp today. I used my grandmother’s recipe (don’t hate me! I promise to use your recipes in the future!) and I also let it cook too long and it got apple-saucy. I wish I had a lovely baby to blame it on, but I only have myself to blame. : )

  74. Tracy

    What a perfectly cute baby. Makes me yearn for another… I love the dessert made breakfast items, so this is surely on my baking list this week. I am a huge fan of breakfast custard with homemade granola and fresh fruit so I think this may be right up my alley as well. Thanks.

  75. Robin

    My son and daughter-in-law just had a baby as well — he’s a little younger than yours — and they, too, are sleep deprived. I’m visiting them next week to help out after my son goes back to work, and I’ll be making the breakfast apple crisp. Looks yummy, and your baby is pretty yummy, tpp.

  76. Sorry you aren’t getting much sleep – sleep deprivation really is a cruel kind of torture, it totally stinks. I hope it gets better for you soon, my daughter is turning one this week and still waking up 2-3 times a night – so I totally feel your pain.

  77. Louise

    I think I just come here for my baby fix lately! He is too precious. Doesn’t the crisp part go soggy on top of apples and left in the fridge though? Might try this in a very much smaller size to see how it goes down as the various components are well liked around here, but having found a museli my husband likes finally I probably shoundn’t be trying my luck.

  78. This is my first comment, and I usually do not, but now I just have to: your son is adorable! Usually I think that babies look like rats and don’t become cute until a bit later, but I guess yours is an exception! :-)
    And the apple crips does sound wonderful aswell, I think I will give it a try this weekend when a friend is visiting and I need to impress her with breakfast!

  79. This looks like what my grandmal use to make. Very nice!

    Not to mention, your lil one is so adorable. I love the idea of comparing him to an apple. He is so tiny.

    I have two little girls (2 and 4) I am ready for baby number three and seeing adorable pictures like this makes me more excited.

  80. Carol in NC

    We have Farmhand’s Choice Granola with yogurt and blueberries EVERY morning for breakfast. My husband has lost 25 lbs and swears it’s the breakfast he eats. It’s helped him to really cut back over all. Sometimes he’ll have it in the evening for a snack instead of the huge bowl of popcorn he’s accustomed to.

  81. Cristina

    GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS. Oh, yeah. I noticed a recipe for something super yummy that I will make for breakfast was in there too. :)

  82. I’ve been mixing apple crisp into my morning oatmeal. So yummy. And as new parent as well, I can totally relate to nearly-burnt baked goods – multi-tasking sometimes gets a little too multi, knowwhatimean?

  83. Yum! This looks delish…and what a cutie!! As a mom of a 2 yr old I’ll just say that it still takes forever to get anything baked (the breaks for nursing and cooing just turn into breaks for hide-n-seek and impromtu dance sessions) but everything has more love!

  84. Laura

    I make a varietal of this at least once a week. Usually it has apples, blueberries, peaches, raspberries or whatever else I find in the fridge with some from the freezer if necessary. My now 7 year old has been eating this since he could handle solid food. I don’t put an sugar in with the fruit but some brown sugar in the topping – I am totally going to try the honey and adding coconut too. He calls it apple pie. I say just don’t tell anyone at school we have apple pie for breakfast please.

  85. Wow, this looks awesome! And the food looks delicious, too. I’m making that this weekend, no question. (No baby making this year, tho!)

    Perhaps if you had less coffee to wake up, you’d pass on less caffeine in your milk and he’d sleep better?

    And, no, I haven’t had kids, so that’s a total guess!!!

    Glad to see you awake and cooking, no matter what color the apples. Be blessed :)

  86. omg, Deb, looks delicious.
    I too am constantly on a quest to discover yogurt toppers… My latest fave is your salted butter caramel (which is awesome, and easy) with roasted mixed nuts on top of thick Greek yogurt. To die for. And yes salted butter caramel is ok for breakfast!!! It’s pretty much the same as honey. Except for the salted butter. And the cream. And gaaahhh must have more…..

  87. Lorna

    That is great that you are eating a granola breakfast like thing in these early weeks. We used to survive on take-out leftovers when our kids were first born. It was too hard to get to the store to buy groceries, but much easier to make dinner last into breakfast and lunch the next day. Enjoy and take lots of pictures!

  88. RachelM

    You know what? I LOVE that it took you an hour to peel the apples. That’s real world cooking for a mom :)

    Grats and good luck with your little one!

  89. How funny! Our second just turned one month old on Oct. 14 — and I have been wanting “wholesome” type foods as well (I say this as I munch on some homemade cinnamon raisin bread). Even funnier? Despite a lack of sleep, I can’t seem to keep from fiddling around with my blog, either. :)

  90. RicaSuave

    His Royal Cuteness makes my ovaries hurt. I mean, seriously – that is one gorgeous bebe you’ve got!!

    The only thing missing from your apple granols crisp is berries – my MIL had blackberries out the wazzoo this year, so I’ve been adding them to all sorts of baked goods, but they are especially fab-oo in an apple crisp!

  91. Tracey

    I have always loved visiting your blog for great recipes and beautiful pictures but I must confess that now I come for my Jacob fix. He is so beautiful! I just love seeing his beautiful dark hair!!! I don’t think I would be able to put him down!! But I do still love your recipes!

  92. Deidre

    I have been going through SUCH an apple phase lately! Like you, I have so many scraps, peels, and cores and I just hate to throw them away. I use some of them to make apple simple syrup. Take 1 part tightly packed apple scraps (by volume), 1 part sugar (I prefer 1/2 light brown and 1/2 granulated white), and 1 part water. Bring it all to a boil for about a minute and let steep for a few minutes before straining it through a colander. It’s AMAZING in iced tea!

  93. eli

    it’s such a little thrill to see that you posted today — i wasn’t expecting it! you are being so positive right now… despite the lack of sleep and all the stress that comes with it. this looks like a lovely recipe– thank you! i will try it soon.

  94. Stephane

    As embarassing as I find this to admit, I’m generally not a fan of other people’s children: I used to be downright afraid of other people’s babies (RUN (don’t walk)-in-the opposite direction afraid). Yet your son is so amazingly adorable, even I couldn’t resist him if I were given the opportunity to coo and play with him. And your attitude toward the sleep deprivation thing is 180 degrees from my own; I was convinced I was simply going to expire. I am in awe of your determination *and* ability! to balance new motherhood with day-to-day living. Sincere congratulations on your little bundle of sweetness, your happy family and on being a ridiculously good mother already.

  95. Michelle

    I love crisps (and tend to eat them at breakfast even if they were for dessert the night before!) It’s gotten unseasonably cold here in Denver so this will be the perfect thing to have Saturday morning, and clearly much healthier. Now I can’t wait to get to the farmers market! Thanks so much :)

  96. anita

    awesome baby!

    great recipes!

    my husband is allergic to honey… what can I substitute? thanks

    I have tons of apples to use up and I love yogurt.

  97. So often I see tons of comments on your blog and don’t add one. But I wanted to let you know I do read you- follow you and love your recipes. Your latest (your son) is the best of all your recipes! He is darling and I love watching him grow. Mine are grown now but I well remember every tiny thing that happened with each of them!

  98. Cupcake

    I am due in December and am so inspired by your attitude and your cooking. I love breakfast for dinner so why not the other way around! Reminds me of a healthier version of stewed apples and custard that I used to eat as a kid in Ireland – yum!

  99. Lisa

    You know, I am a few years out of the baby making days and I never (and I do mean NEVER) get the urge to do it again but looking at your little guy is giving me a twinge. He is so darn cute. I might have to make the apple crisp since I won’t be making any babies…but I can still practice.

  100. Liz

    Your baby pictures have all been completely adorable and have me overflowing with nostalgia for those new-baby days of sleeplessness and cranking up the infant swing for the 100th time. My babies are now 12 and 7, so those days are long gone, sigh. I’ll console myself by making this crisp. I have almonds lying around so it is obviously Meant to Be.

    I love your blog and I’m sorry I haven’t commented before. Better late than never, though!

    1. deb

      Kay — I like plain, unsweetened full fat yogurt. Favorites are Stoneyfield and Liberte. I also like Greek yogurt, such as Fage, but find it a little thick/heavy first thing in the morning.

      Deb — Was it 11th Street? Say hi next time! Only Jacob bites. :)

  101. Deb (not the author)

    These look delish and like something I might actually like (I have a deep aversion towards baked fruit – it always tastes off to me)

    On an unrelated note, I saw you in the E.Ville a couple of weeks ago walking with your baby. I was going to say Hi, but didn’t want to seem like a stalker fan (I promise I wasn’t stalking – just walking through an interesting/random street/antique fair). Jacob is SO cute in real life and thanks again for posting awesome recipes!!

  102. Oh my! this was delicious! A new fall staple for sure. It is hearty and tangy with just a touch of sweet. And the smoothness of the yogurt is perfect (like whipped cream on apple pie, only breakfast approved!) Thanks for a great recipe!

  103. This looks fabulous. I’m looking for things for apples since I have a whole box I need to do something with. This will be fabulous with the honey flavored greek yogurt we love.

  104. kok1922@yahoo.com

    I still cannot believe you are cooking and in the kitchen. Unbelievable. At this point, I was still trying to control my raging hormones and figure out how to take a shower at least every other day Hats off to you!

    This looks so yum!

  105. Maggie

    BOOP! *presses darling little button nose*
    MMMMMMmmmm. Apples. When I’m lazy, I just slice an apple fairly thin, sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on it, and pop it in the microwave. I usually just hit the “potato” timer button. Works about right. Serve over ice cream, oatmeal, breakfast cereal, granola, heck, I’d probably eat it on cat food.

  106. Q.

    **Drool**
    A little French cafe here in DC serves fruit crisps for breakfast – an idea that never occurred to me! I mean, yes – I will sneak cold pie or cold fruit crisp when I should be eating REAL breakfast, but this recipe means I don’t have to be sneaky any more! I really can have fruit crisp for breakfast! Cold cereal only hits the spot for me late at night:)

  107. The baby is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing him with us. Just think if you sleep you will miss the fast changes which are occurring…easy for me to say, huh?
    From a “Nana” who is watching her 10 month old grandson change by the split seconds everyday. Such joy!

  108. Sarah P

    For anyone reading from Northern California, I recommend Straus plain whole milk yogurt. It is amazing! Hard to find sometimes, but worth going out of your way for.

  109. Soph

    My goodness he is so cute!!! And he still has his hair! My son (who is way older… 11 weeks ; ) has lost all the hair he had at birth! Good for you for being up and about after your c-section – it took me way longer! I am past the breakfast in the afternoon stage – but my evenings are crazy so dinner gets made during his morning nap! The house smells lovely all day and we just have to heat it up once he is down for the night! Take care and I will try to have your attitude concerning sleeplessness!

  110. Sonia

    You know, now after the baby, I immediately scroll to the bottom of the page to look at the baby pic first, then and only then will I go back up and actually read your post. Umm, I still have not read the post but he’s soooo cute!! Okay, off to actually read the post.

    Congrats again!

  111. Susan

    Sarah P #188..You are so right, the Strauss yogurt is outstanding. I immediately thought of it when I read this entry. The store that rhymes with Toll Doods carries it in Nor Cal

  112. Vicki

    I’m going to try this with some granola I have that no one is eating. I’m sure it won’t be quite as tasty, but definitely worth a shot!

    and I thought baking was completely therapeutic when my 2nd baby was born. My husband would say “Go to bed!” and I’d say “Right after I bake these whatevers.” Everyone thought I was insane, but I felt productive and happy, though not as rested as I probably could have been.

  113. Lara

    I have been looking for over a week for an apple crisp recipe to make for my father! Thankfully I follow you!! Congrats on the baby! Can’t wait to make this!!

  114. S.

    This looks great! I make a similar version with pears, but I tend to toast the granola along with some extra nuts separately. This seems much more logical and convenient though!My favorite thing is to eat it with greek yogurt and some pear chips on top. The thickness of the greek yogurt makes it that much more luscious, and the pear chips add a bit of a crunch.
    Will definitely try your version for breakfast tomorrow though :) I have a few apples lying around, waiting to be eaten…

  115. Rebecca

    In response to the time it took you to peel and core your apples, (it used to take me that long too!) I bought this wonderful little doo-hickey contraption that peels the apples for me! It doesn’t plug in but it works with a whole bunch of gears. I’m trying to remember who makes it….you put the apple on the spinning spike in the middle and there’s a rotating blade that actually takes the peels off in just a few seconds! I think the little machine came with a core-slicer thing-a-ma-jig too. Anyway, It’s so useful when you’re making apple desserts – and especially in the fall when there’s an abundance of them! Oh oh! I think it’s Starfrit! It saves me a lot of time with pies, crumbels and turnovers!
    PS – your son is absolutely beautiful! (and I love your site)

  116. jessica

    I made this last night (I also added dried cherries and added in a pear jsut becuase I had one to use) and we had it with ice cream and caramel sauce. then I had it again this morning with yogurt. excellent both ways. thanks! Also – OMG the baby! he is heart-crushingly cute!

  117. Melissa

    We made this yesterday and it is awesome! Best breakfast ever. I think I want to try it with pears. And maybe an apple/bananas combo? I wonder if I could work in pumpkin and add more spice to get a more fall flavor. Anyway, I love the recipe as it is and as a jumping off point for more crisp!! Breakfast Crisps For All!!!

  118. This is so perfectly timely, as I am going fall apple picking on Saturday! I don’t think I’ll have to twist the husband’s arm to accept the idea of fruit-crisp-for-breakfast. :)

  119. I love that you eat this with yogurt, which is one of my most favourite foods in the world. I’m sure this is so tasty – a friend sent me the link to your Mom’s apple cake and I made it this week and wow…truly a treat. Thanks for sharing all your yummy foods and I do hope those stretches of sleep return soon.

  120. Deb (not the author)

    I think it was 11th street. I was between the Strand and checking out my new neighborhood (moving to the LES). Next time I’ll say hi! =)

  121. Vicki

    He’s even more adorable which seems impossible! As the laziest baker/cook/should be banned from reading food blogs, would it be possible to open a box of Cascadian Farms granola and use that instead? Haven’t a clue how to substitute things. You fearless substituter cooks amaze me. Apple crisp for breakfast sounds fantastic.

  122. jen b

    that is seriously the cutest baby boy i’ve ever seen (except my own two boys, of course). how can i focus on yummy food when it is continually overshadowed by such a yummy baby?

  123. Thanks for the recipe! I made it this morning, but scaled it way down. I had two apples in my crisper and longed to use the teensy Le Creuset gratin dishes I bought on sale last month. :-) It turned out fabulously! I used agave honey, whole almonds (too lazy to try and cut them), lime juice instead of lemon juice (lemons are super hard to find in Mexico), and I added raisins on top when it was done. Planned to add diced acitrón (a candied cactus sold here), but the whole thing looked so darn good when it came out of the oven, I said eff it and spooned on some yogurt and dug right in. Thanks again Deb!

  124. Kara

    He is a cutie! Sorry he’s keeping you up at night but this will end soon. I tried a version of your Breakfast Apple Granola Crisp for breakfast this morning and oh my it was AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.

  125. Izzy

    Loved this. It was fantastic and we ate as breakfast and as dessert! However, I was a little disappointed at how the granola didn’t crisp up for me. Wondering if it may be my oven as it started to burn before it got nice and crispy.

  126. Deb

    Oh Deb,

    Your humour is so refreshing and charming. It’s nice to see that your spirits don’t correlate with your lack of sleep.

    But truth be told, with that little guy winking at you, it’s probably easy.

    Oh yeah, and nice recipe too.

    I made an experimental apple crumble for Thanksgiving (in Canada) a couple of days ago that didn’t turn out so hot…Luckily, I had also made your non-experimental apple pie, which was lovely :)

  127. Wow! That’s some apple! I had to pull my friend over to see the glory of the apple and the cutey of the Jacob.

    I have no apples right now, but there is a farmer’s market tomorrow. Maybe I’ll pick up some and have a healthy dessert for once.

  128. Sai

    MissJubilee has it right, I think: if you can lay off the coffee a bit–or at least switch to decaf, it might make your nights a little easier. Good luck!

  129. Danielle

    Hi Deb, just made this and it came out fantastic, I’m eating it warm with cold yogurt… at 10 pm, but hey, it’s good. I’d like to try it with a little more spices, definitely a bit more cinammon and maybe a tiny pinch of cloves?

  130. Oh, I’m torturing myself with your web site–this looks delicious! I’m on bed rest and can’t do much more than pour myself and bowl of cereal. The good news is that when I get back on my feet it will be ages before I need to hunt down an inspiring recipe; I have stacks at the ready! (Your quiche photo and recipe almost sent me over the edge–yum!) ~K

  131. Jean Marie

    That is one cute baby boy – and one gigantic apple! We have been eating your granola bars fairly steadily since you posted the recipe. They are awesomely delicious but the apple crisp will make a nice change. One of the commenters above said she had maple yogurt which sounds perfect. Must look for it. I guess you could just mix some syrup in with yogurt too. Or would that be guilding the lily?

  132. rachelgeneve

    I just discovered your site at 27 weeks pregnant and very much feeling the food blahs. Food is supposed to fun and tasty (ok, and nutritious) but all these dietary concerns and requirements have taken the fun out of it. Until your apple crisp. Your delicious, makes-me-want-to-own-an-orchard-and-eat-this-every-day apple crisp. The only reason I waited a whole day was for lack of ingredients but it’s done now and I’m just finishing my first bowl (but not before doing the happy mouth dance).

    Thank you so much for your thoughts on life, food, and parenthood – I’m looking forward to many more culinary delights in the months to come.

  133. Cheryl

    Oh, what beautiful pictures of your little one, Deb. So, so sweet! And I’d love to recommend a book to you that was a great help to me with my infant granddaughter. It’s called The Happiest Baby on the Block but could easily be called The Happiest Parents on the Block since it holds a key to soothing little ones that I found invaluable. Caring for an infant became so easy and just pure joy once I’d learned its secret. How I wish I’d known it when I was a mommy! Hope you find it as helpful as I did.
    And thank you again for all the great recipes and pictures. Always uplifting to visit your site, and never more than so than recently. Beautiful pics, beautiful baby!

  134. Laceflower

    You might not read down this far but I made apple/pear crisp for breakfasts last week and I didn’t have time to peel the fruit and it was great.

  135. Sarah

    I will be expecting baby pictures with every single post. I think he may be cuter than my baby cousin. That’s saying alot, my baby cousin is frickin’ ADORABLE. (Notice I used “frickin'” so as not to disturb baby ears.)

  136. Yummy! I have found myself eating more yogurt lately, which is weird bc generally when it’s wet and cold outside I don’t want more wet, cold food. Who knows? But I love the look of your apple crisp and wish you many happy breakfasts, all day :-)

  137. Janel

    Hello! I found your site through Caviar and Codfish. I just had to comment because I am also a new mom and totally feel for you both in sleeplessness and scatterbrained-ness! Luckily my lil girl is now 10 weeks old and just slept through the night (well 11pm – 6am) for the first time! So here is hoping that your precious little boy (he is so adorable!) finds his nighttime routine as well! For now I’ll have to try out this recipe to supply some food for my new 6am coffee-baby-feeding routine :)

  138. Erin

    I am so excited for this recipe – I have been wishing for a fall appropriate, but light crumble like dish. I am thinking of trying it with a mix of apples and pear or raspberries – or maybe both! Thanks again!

  139. Laurel

    As soon as I saw this, I was inspired to go buy apples! Made it last night and had for breakfast with vanilla yogurt this morning. SO YUMMY! Thanks again for another great recipe :)

  140. jancd

    He is darling. Don’t worry, this time will pass so quickly and he will be sleeping though the night soon. Just sleep when he does during the day!! The apple crisp looks good, too!

  141. Alisha

    this was delicious! my husband doesn’t usually like apple crisp (the topping is too sugary for him). but not only was the sweetness perfect, it was just the right amount for two breakfasts for our little family! thank you!!

  142. Charlotte

    Oh my goodnessssss…
    I made this last night for this morning’s breakfast and when the bubbling behemoth of deliciousness came out of my oven, it was truly a magical moment.
    Absolutely delicious…I might have to make another batch! ;)

  143. Geri S.

    Jacob where is your apron? LOL Your mom is going to get you busy peeling apples soon you might want to hide someplace! What a sweet baby he is growing so fast. He looks as if he is directing you in your prep of the recipe with those little fingers. What a joy to read the recipes and see them with Jacob included. You always write such interesting pages and I read all of them from A to Z. Apples are great anytime of day or night. Especially now that fall is here what a nice selection at the market. Enough from here. Have a great weekend.

  144. Rachel

    I’m a newly diagnosed coeliac but have been told I can eat oats….can I replace the flour with something or leave it out completely, as I’m getting really fed up of plain porridge for breakfast!
    Enjoy these first moments with your son – they’re precious, and they really do grow up to quickly!

  145. Liz

    As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I HAD to make it. I was able to complete the entire prep and baking while my 16 month old daughter was asleep yesterday. It is delicious! I thought that 3 lb. of apples was more than enough. Although beware, when you peel and core the apple, some weight is lost so perhaps buy 3.5-4 lbs of apples to be sure there is enough. Yesterday I ate it plain–hot right after it came out of the oven and cooler later in the day for a snack. This morning I had it with vanilla yogurt. Both ways it is incredible. Thanks for such a good and easy recipe to have on hand!

    Also, belated congratulations on your beautiful baby. I am amazed at how much hair he has! Very, very cute.

  146. JC

    I made this on Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday morning’s breakfast. HA! I’ve got three kids and one husband who made quick work of it for Tuesday night’s dessert with a big spoon of whipped cream. I’m running out for a few big pears this afternoon so I can make it again. Except I’ll keep it hush-hush so it will still be around for Saturday morning breakfast. I’ll write in to let everyone know how it goes with the change of fruit!

  147. Kay

    This was wonderful warm or at room temperature! I added more cinnamon and some raisins and topped with the suggested Stoneyfield yogurt. Oh, and I replaced the almonds with walnuts. Highly recommend!

  148. Yes yes yes! I love that someone else eats apple crisp for breakfast! I do this all the time, I learned it from my mom (who always justified it by saying that it included fruit & oatmeal!), and always enjoy mine with some homemade plain yogurt. It’s just essentially Fall food for me. Yum.

  149. Catherine

    I just made this and it looks delicious. Two notes: I toasted the almonds while the oven was warming up and I think it that will add a nice flavor. Also, at 400 the granola was *almost* burned after 45 min; next time I’ll either turn it back to 375 or be sure to cover it after 35 minutes or so.

  150. Suzanne

    I just pulled this crisp out of the oven and it looks great! I agree that maybe dropping the oven temperature down to 375 would prevent burning of the coconut in the toping which happened a bit to my crisp. The entire house smells great.
    I have to say what a pretty baby you have!
    Thanks for the great recipes.

  151. Meg

    Congratulations on your beautiful son! I just took the apple crisp out of the oven, it smells delicious, can’t wait to cut into it!! It started to brown about 10 min. in, so I covered it with foil. Thanks!

  152. Holly

    I made the crisp for breakfast this morning. After 40 minutes of baking at 400 degrees, the apples were so overcooked that they were applesauce. :( I blame that on the apples, which have been off my friend’s tree for several weeks and might have been a touch too old to stand up to the baking. The topping was also sparser than I was expecting, and didn’t crisp up at all, staying chewy instead. Sadness.

  153. katy

    the baby is adorable!:-) and this was awesome, I checked it after a few minutes and saw that it was getting dark quick and covered it with foil and it came out perfect. I served it with sausage and of course coffee and my family devoured it.

  154. Cass

    I made this last night and am eating this right now – delish! Will be making it again many times over the Australian summer, perfect for warm mornings…
    Also congrats on your beautiful boy!

  155. Em

    I made this for some friends this weekend. Despite getting a late start, it was a huge hit. The vanilla yogurt really completed the flavor. Thanks for the great recipe!

  156. tanya

    Very very good!

    Made it last night and more than half of it is gone already (and it’s just me and my husband).
    Used:
    buckwheat honey, which lent the dish deep golden color and rich flavor;
    Brown sugar for the apples;
    a pinch of freshly ground cloves in the topping.

    This is a fantastic twist on the apple crumb. The ratio of apples and topping is perfect (I did not measure in pounds, but filled the baking dish to about 2/3). The amount of sugar and honey is perfect: enough flavor without the cloying sweetness. I’ve tried both with and without yogurt, and find perfect either way.

    Will make the recipe again and again. Cannot wait for my parents to stay overnight so I could treat them in the morning to this delicacy.

    Thank you, Deb!

    Oh, and thank you for posting Jacob’s photos. I look forward to them as much as to the recipes.

  157. Tim

    I highly recommend one of those apple slicer/corer devices. The slices are large, but can be cut in half/thirds and still saves you loads of time spent cutting every apple.

  158. Kyla

    This is so yummy! I love the use of honey in the topping. We picked up 10 lbs of local honey at the end of the summer and this recipe is a perfect way to get through some. I love anytime of day recipes. This is dessert tonight and breakfast tomorrow…I can’t wait to wake up and eat it again!

  159. piba

    this was really really good – thank you! I have been looking for sometime for a sweet breakfast make ahead dish and this is such a keeper. It was of course very sweet since my assistant chef (my 4 year old son) put in twice the honey. He has an eye for such things – I bet you can’t wait til little Jacob (who’s quite a cutie!) can do the same!

    I ran accross you when I was looking for a kugel recipe – but since I am only half jewish I was wholly daunted by your recipe – I think the ones we had were all savory (like lipton onion soup and spinach savory) – sounds groce but they were good or at least they were when I was 10 – have you ever done a salty kugel like that?

    I am so glad I started making your recipes – can hardly wait to make more
    my assistant chef has been added by a new little chef – I am sure his brother will be a whiz in the kitchen as well – til then I am VERY VERY much looking forward to some make ahead dishes you hinted to in one of your very funny posts – since my time in the kitchen is way more limited with a newborn and toddler (but the combo I assure you is very very fun!!!)

  160. Alaina

    I made this the other day and have been excited to eat breakfast for once! The yogurt is a must…I eat it with 3% plain and it’s perfect. Will make again for sure!

  161. Lynn

    I used my standard salt water bath for the peeled apples, as I never move fast enough to avoid browning. Few spoonfuls of salt in the salad spinner, filled with icy cold water, then throw the cut up apple pieces into the bath. If distracted, throw partially peeled apple halves in, too, and answer phones or whatever without browning worries. I spin out the apples after draining, and maybe a light rinse, and omit salt in the rest of the recipe.

  162. Susanna

    delicious, although my topping burned despite its being covered. i love the level of sweetness, definitely a keeper. thanks as always :)

  163. Julia

    Really enjoyed this with yogurt! Did not find it too sweet for breakfast. Reduced heat to 375 but in my oven the coconut did get too dark and tasted a bit burnt in places. Next time will try 350.

  164. I love this! I am such a fan of apple dishes that aren’t too sweet, I love just the apple flavor! My daughter and I made this early this morning and just ate some with vanilla yogurt. Yum! Thanks for keeping your website going right now, I don’t know how you are doing it but I am really enjoying it. We plan menus and shop according to some of the things you are posting since you are usually right on schedule with what is in season! You make my life easier!

  165. Katie

    Thank you!! I am a new reader and this is the first SK recipe I’ve made– success! I ate some with my yogurt on the way to work, and it was the perfect, delicious breakfast.

  166. Carolanne

    I am also a new reader and wanted to thank you for this delicious recipe! Loved it! Your new baby boy is absolutely beautiful… Thank you for all that you share.

  167. Heather

    I made this crisp last night and had it this morning with yogurt! I love it with the almonds and coconut. For breakfast this morning was great…maybe tonight with ice cream will be better! This is a keeper recipe :)

  168. Joanne

    Made this tonight. I love that it’s not too sweet. Followed the recipe except I didn’t have any almonds, so I left them out. I wish I’d had them, because I’m sure they would have been delicious. I also had a problem with the topping burning at 40 minutes and it’s clearly the coconut that burned.

    Thanks for the lovely recipe. Next time I”ll probably sprinkle the coconut on top of the apples and then put the rest of the topping on top.

  169. Joanne

    ok – so i’m posting again a few hours later. But – I brought the rest (90%) of this in for work this morning. Devoured with yummmms echoing in the halls. Saved a bit for myself and stirred it into my morning oatmeal. Sounds a bit recursive, but it’s wonderful. You rock.

  170. Rachel

    Tonight’s my second time making the crisp. My two daughters love it and didn’t even notice it’s not nearly as sweet as my old dessert crisp recipe. It’s been a great addition to my weekday breakfasts to speed up the get-to-school process while still ensuring a good meal. Thanks! Your website is great!

  171. Veggiesaurus

    Made this delicious apple crisp yesterday and it’s fantastic! I skipped the corn starch and added an extra 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (I love cinnamon), and it turned out wonderfully. I did end up covering the dish with foil for about 10 minutes because the crisp was browning too much, and ended up cooking for about 45 minutes. Wish there was a way to reduce the amount of butter, but regardless, it’s very yummy. The minimal sugar and usage of honey worked out perfectly. Once again, another delicious recipe. Thanks!

  172. Betty

    Thank you for the lovely idea! I keep homemade granola in my pantry so I was inspired by your recipe. I often eat berries/yogurt/granola in the summer and miss that combination in the winter. This is great seasonal variation that will be part of my regular fall/winter breakfast rotation.

    I threw this together while the coffee was brewing. I made a small portion for two from one apple. I did not add any sugar. I microwaved the apple and lemon juice until softened. Mixed in the cornstarch and cinnamon, topped with granola and popped it into the toaster oven. I sweetened some greek yogurt with agave while it was baking and everything was ready at the same time. Easy enough to do on a busy morning. Thank you!

  173. Jendorf

    This was delicious! I am definitely adding this to one of my favorites–for me. My kids and husband, however, felt that it wasn’t sweet enough. I think I’d add a bit more honey or maybe some brown sugar? (only in their portion)

    I, however, will be making this for me to eat while my kids eat their Quaker oatmeal packets, which are terribly sweet in my opinion! Hopefully, they’ll come over to my side eventually!

    I also ‘healthed’ it up by using whole wheat flour, cut the butter in half and substituted canola oil and sprinkled some flaxseed meal in with the oats. . .Yum!

  174. Jennifer

    I made this yesterday for a pre-Memorial Day BBQ. It was a hit! I used 4 Granny Smith apples, and baked it in a round casserole dish. We served it with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Delish!

  175. pam

    I made this several times over the winter. I once made the mistake of making it the same week as your carmel sauce, very naughty. This past weekend I made it with a few granny smith, rhubarb and rasperries and macadamian nuts instead of almonds. Abolutly amazing

  176. I’m baking this recipe on the weekend. I’m not a breakfast eater. Don’t like cereal, porridge, toast etc. So I’m excited about this!! I’m just wondering how long this will keep in the fridge & if you can freeze it?

  177. Liz

    This was really fantastic! I made it once a few weeks ago when my husband came home from the farmer’s market and said, and I quote “All they had was apples so I got you twelve of them” and again, with a bit of a variation, this week when my mother went on vacation and asked me to take all the fruit from her fridge and eat it so it wouldn’t go bad. I ended up with three large bags of peaches so this recipe got peach adapted and it came out great then too. Thanks so much!

  178. Steph

    Hi there! i’m really looking forward to making this recipe, but have a question. Does it actually call for a 1/2 a coconut or is that supposed to be 1/2 cup shredded coconut? I’m sure your other readers are better versed in the measurements you tend to use–but if you (or anyone else) can please clarify this, I’d appreciate it!
    Thanks!

  179. Lindsay

    I made this last night in order to give breakfast a test-drive throughout the week (my colleagues have convinced me that my habit of declining breakfast in favor of coffee in the mornings is completely bizarre), and wow, I love it. Thank you!

    Also, to Steph @ comment 295? I used a half-cup of shredded coconut, not half of a whole coconut, and it turned out A-okay. : )

  180. katie

    I’d love to make this as written, but my husband isn’t a big fan of coconut and I don’t want to eat the whole dish myself. Actually, I do, but I want to fit in my pants more. Is there a decent substitute for the coconut? More oats? More nuts? Or should I just give in and use the coconut anyway?

  181. Anne

    So, I did this tonight. Followed the instructions for the most part (only had to leave out the coconut (none in the house), but I should have paid more attention to the comments about the browning/burning. I definitely should have covered mine. After about 25 minutes, mine was a very dark brown/burned on top, so I covered it at that point. I’m thinking it was the almonds and honey that caused the topping to burn. Also, I’m pretty sure that 350-375 degrees would have been plenty hot, and probably would have prevented such a dark topping. Nevertheless, I’m still eating this with my yogurt in the morning.

  182. Samantha

    I’ve been following your website for a while and occasionally daring to try some of your recipes (the simplest ones), and now that I’m living in China where no one really believes in baking (they don’t even know what tin foil or peanut butter are in my town), I was wondering if there are any dessert recipes you can think of that don’t require an oven. At some point I’ll try microwaveable cookies, but I want to see if I can make something on a hot plate. We have lots of apples here, brown sugar and butter (and oatmeal) are accessible. Anything you can think of that can be made with a hot plate? I also have a mini food processor from the U.S. that sometimes works. Thanks! (Also: being in rural China has made your photos of delicious/unobtainable foods almost unbearable.)

  183. This was delicious. I made it a couple of nights ago when I needed to use up some apples in our fridge. It wasn’t too sweet and the almonds were a delicious addition. I had it both for dessert and for breakfast (with yogurt). Thanks for a great recipe!

  184. Kathy in St. Louis

    Oh, how lovely. I kept the topping as written, except that I used one cup each rolled oats and barley flakes — and my honey was an Australian lavendar honey. I really mixed things up when it came to the fruit, though: I kept two pounds of apples, using a mix of four different apples, but for the remaining pound of fruit, I plumped in hot water a mix of dried apricots, dried Angelina plums, and raisins. (Also tossed in some leftover, fresh cranberries — about a cup.)

    I did season the fruit with the juice of one lime, a pinch of nutmeg, and a couple tablespoons of cinnamon sugar, which gave a well-balanced mix of sweet and tart.

    And, I had a big bowl of it for breakfast with a big dollop of plain, full-fat yogurt. Just lovely. Thanks, Deb.

  185. Leslie

    Your Blog has become my life raft!! As strangers in a strange land (we’ve recently moved to Italy from the US) and a dislocation-caused stay-at-home mom previously a full-time professional, I find myself feeling very personnally unproductive running after our beloved 23 month-old daughter. I have greatly appreciated your humorous mom-oriented comments and get a great laugh out of them and the ability to totally understand. Anyway, thanks for being a fabulous kitchen-artist and providing me with new and different ideas to create and feel productive!!!

  186. Jessica

    I was wondering if you can make this up the night before and refridgerate and bake in the morning? I would love to try this. I love your blog!! Thanks for posting and letting us enjoy your recipes!

  187. Anna

    I just made it, again….. my kids and us, adults LOVE it for breakfast, after school snack, desert (with ice cream)…. Love, love, love your recipes and pictures!

  188. Sue

    Never thought of a crisp for breakfast. I’ve been making muffins for my husband to take to work and have with his morning coffee. He’s not much for eating before he leaves the house. I’ll have to surprise him with this! It’s fall and I love the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven. Thanks for this great idea!

  189. piba

    has anyone tried their hand at freezing this – I have made it many times and love it – but have an apple tree ready for harvesting and was wondering if this is as good thawed as it is fresh!

    thanks for the help!!

  190. Raul C

    I made this first without coconut or almonds (didn’t have them and had apples to use up) and it was quite yummy. I ate some at each meal for a week! I had it sometimes warmed, sometimes cold, always with vanilla yogurt. Very good. I have a batch in the oven right now with coconut and almonds, so I’m excited to see how this turns out.

    Oh, and my first batch, I used only a half-stick of butter (reading is hard, duh) and it turned out ok, but the granola was a bit chewy. This time I used a whole stick.

  191. Joy

    I had six granny smith apples lying around so decided to make this! Should have read the comments– checked it at 35 minutes and it had started to burn. I put foil on it and reduced to 350, hopefully it’s still good! Substituted coconut oil for the butter, arrowroot for the cornstarch, agave nectar for the honey, and used coconut flour for added fiber and protein. Can’t wait for breakfast all week!

  192. Nancy

    Looks wonderful I am making it tonight for Easter Brunch with the kids. We are eating organic and natural foods. So I have changed a few ingredience. Out with the butter and using Cocnut oil instead. It is in the oven and smells heavenly. Thanks for the recipe.

  193. Grace

    At last – the perfect crisp. I’ve tried many recipes over the years searching for the best mix of ingredients for the topping, including one or two of your other crisp recipes. This is the ONE. I love the granola-like topping, which was what I longed for. I used peaches and golden raspberries that were on their last legs along with some blueberries and cranberries I had kicking around the freezer. Delish, although I could have upped the sugar a little bit to compensate for the cranberries. Thanks Deb – I’ll probably never use another crisp recipe as long as I live.

  194. Michelle

    I make this all the time now, and I give out the recipe a lot. I ALWAYS forget to tell people to cover it while baking, and although it mentions it in the recipe, they ALWAYS end up with a slightly burned apple crisp the first go round. The way it’s mentioned makes covering during baking seem optional, but it’s really not!

    I suggest changing the recipe to say cover with foil and bake, then remove foil for the last 5 minutes. Then the text below can say if you would like it more browned leave the foil off for the last 10 minutes or more.

    Just an idea!!

  195. Kay

    I love this recipe – I’m not particularly fond of apples unless they’re baked, and this is so good! It’s become one of my go-to breakfasts that I bring to work, and goes so well with a big dollop of Greek honey-flavored yogurt. I would agree that it really does need to be covered until the last few minutes, though.

  196. Lauren

    This is a great recipe! I make this weekly in the Fall, it is simple and delicious. I have 4 young kids who LOVE it for breakfast or snack. We always top with a little vanilla yogurt…I love that it seems like a treat but is not a dessert. I add a little nutmeg and allspice to the granola mixture. Yum!

  197. I made this today. I think its a good recipe, but I think I am used to apple crisp being a little sweeter. I would probably add brown sugar to the topping mixture next time, maybe double it, and drop the honey all together.

    I should probably just add some ice cream and forget all the things I just said. haha.

  198. Tanja

    Delicious! The same warning as the others. The Coconut burns so cook at 375 and watch closely. i would add some cranberries for a little zing and replace the white sugar with brown. used maple syrup rather than butter.

  199. jmarie

    Oh my this was amazing! I left out the coconut (picky hubby) and did 1/4 c honey, 1/4 c maple syrup and it turned out great. I loved the maple-y ness of it. I also did about 3.5 lbs of apples and think the ratio was pretty good, but our apples were small local ones, so there may have been more ‘waste’ with cores and whatnot.

    One think i really like is that it’s not hit-you-over-the-head sweet, like some cobbler/crisps can be…nor is it overly bread/cake-y. Will DEFINITELY be making this again!

  200. Kate

    Just made this yesterday, so so good! I topped it with Greek yogurt and honey, wonderful. Also left out the coconut and it still worked great.

    Deb (or anyone else) — I want to make this as a thanksgiving breakfast for the family, but that would require makin itvegan. Any specific suggestions for what instead of butter may work well here?

  201. Coreen

    Delicious! Just made this and will be using it as my go-to dessert apple crisp recipe…once you add ice cream it will be sweet enough for dessert. Served it with greek yogurt that I mixed with maple syrup and cinnamon, for breakfast.

  202. Kris

    I went apple and pear picking a couple weeks ago and tried this recipe with both! With the pears I added fresh cranberries to the filling, nutmeg instead of cinnamon, then swapped in buckwheat flour for regular, maple syrup for honey, and brown butter for regular melted…I am addicted….!!! It was even more delicious the next day!!

  203. Catherine

    Made this over the weekend and it was delicious! The only change I made was to add alittle extra oats and about a 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Thanks!!

  204. Megan

    Mine also burned. It’s very appropriate to show a burned apple crisp when trying to cook with a new baby. But it’s still very edible despite being black.

  205. deb

    Hi Jackie — I haven’t tried it but people in the comments mention auditioning it with everything from coconut flour to oat flour. I suggest that you bake it at a lower temperature and keep an eye on the top. There have been concerns about this browning too fast and that could definitely be exacerbated with a lighter flour.

  206. Dominika

    This is SO.DARN.GOOD. Make this now. Breakfast is my favorite meal…and I wanted a new recipe to mix it up. I’m not a cereal girl. I like a breakfast that makes me feel loved and comforted after waking up (even if I made it myself). THIS is so heartwarming. Most importantly – it’s not too sweet. It’s just sweet enough that the apples taste apple-y. I followed the recipe almost exactly: I left out the coconut (because people keep saying it burns easily), added a dash of cloves (because I love the spice) and I covered the whole dish for the first 25 minutes to prevent overbrowning. It’s perfect!! The apples retain their shape but become soft and saucy. The topping is hearty, like oatmeal without the “glop”. I prefer it warm, but it’s great by itself or with some greek yogurt. Love it love it. Thank you!!

  207. Meg

    If leaving out the almonds due to food allergies, should I increase amounts of any other ingredients (maybe oats?)? Thanks … Many of your recipes have become staples in our house, btw!

  208. Rosa

    We made this last night as part of a marathon weekend of apple eating, peeling and processing after ordering 40 lbs of cooking apples from a neighbor and ate it for breakfast with yogurt. Amazing – it’s the vision of apple crisp I always have in my mind, but the first time reality has actually lived up to my imagination. Glad to have 10 plus pounds of pealed and frozen apples at the ready to make this again at least once this week.

  209. Emily

    Made this today for a healthy take-to-work breakfast. I did make some alterations; I omitted the coconut, because I didn’t have any, and subbed some of the apple with pears and cranberries, because my fruit basket literally runneth over. I think the cranberry makes a wonderful addition. The nice balance of tart to just brighten everything up. Yummy!

  210. Jay Koes

    Amazing recipe. I subbed butter with liquid coconut oil and honey with maple syrup to make it vegan. I also used vanilla sugar for the filling but left out cinnamon simply because I’m not a fan. GF flour worked perfectly with this recipe BTW. Thanks so much for posting, will be making it again for sure!

  211. Tanya

    I just made this tonight…Delicious!!! I had to bake it at 375 because the granola started burning 10 minutes in but 50 minutes later I took it out of the oven and it was perfect! I love your blog! I’ve been cooking out of it for the past week or so and I’ve never been disappointed :)

  212. KelBer

    Made this tonight. For the ingredients, I used whole wheat flour but everything else as-is. I used Fuji apples because they were on sale, but later learned they are not the best for baking. Rookie mistake. Either way, it is super delicious. Per the other comments, I baked for 45 minutes at 375. It is still a bit darker than I would like, so maybe next time I will try 350, but there will definitely be a next time. Thanks for posting this to Facebook and getting it on my radar! (I have a one-month-old and a 4-year-old so having breakfast on hand is a must!)

  213. I went apple picking three weekends in a row and didn’t know what to do with the dozens of apples I have. Luckily I found this recipe, THE best thing I’ve had all fall!

    Thank you thank you for such a delicious recipe!!!

    xoxo Hannah

  214. Mary

    I just tried this recipe. I used all granny smith, which was a mistake because it was way too sour. Next time I’d follow Deb’s suggestion of mixing it up. I baked mine on the middle rack for 45 min at the suggested temp. but it came out like applesauce! Next time I won’t bake it for so long or maybe I’ll put it on the top rack. Overall it was still tasty enough.

  215. Jennie

    my 4 year old (who pretty much doesnt like anything except cottage cheese) woke me up this morning and wanted to know if I was going to make some ” mazin’ apple crisp”. We all love this recipe- I do leave a bald spot of no topping for picky eaters. (I cave and cater…I know- I know…).

  216. Jasmine

    We really love the peach crisp recipe you did and have done that with apples too. I was wondering how this one compares to that? Thanks.

  217. Dragana

    Just following up on questions re: freezing. Would you bake completely, cool and then freeze, or freeze unbaked and then thaw and bake? Thanks!

  218. Anna

    I’ve been on a major Apple kick lately and slid this in the oven around midnight the other night after I convinced my 7 month old with fomo to go to sleep. Loving how it’s not too sweet, though I wish the topping had crisped up a bit more.

  219. Flora

    I subbed coconut oil for butter and ground-up cashews for the almonds, and it worked well. I sweetened the apples a little more. I ate some when it was warm and found that I wanted maple syrup in my yogurt, but once it cooled off it was sweet enough. Nice way to use up those apples.

  220. suewanda

    Pretty much followed the recipe and it was delicious! I eyeballed the amount of apples – basically I kept peeling and chopping them til they filled the dish. Used Ontario McIntosh apples and they were amazing. Depending on how sweet your apples are I think you could even cut some more of the sugar. Thanks for a great recipe!

  221. Christine

    I am hosting a brunch this weekend and I am curious if the crisp will be better if I bake it in the morning and serve it slightly warm. Thank you.