December 2, 2013

Using up Green Apples: Make Apple Crisp

Kristy and I volunteered with a wonderful organization this year called the Portland Fruit Tree Project. The project helps harvest fruit trees in the city and donates fruit that might have otherwise gone unpicked to local food banks. We helped to care for and harvest the fruit trees in a city owned orchard. Any of the fruit that can't be donated after a harvest gets divided amongst the volunteers. This is usually imperfect but still edible fruit. We got a bunch of green apples from one of those harvests and we needed a way to use them. Which brings us to today's post...

Apple crisp is one of our favorite desserts and is pretty simple to make. Kristy developed up with the recipe several years ago, so we tried it with the green apples. It worked wonderfully! favorite!

Apple Crisp Recipe 

6-8 medium apples, peeled
1/4 cup sugar or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
1/3 cup milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Peel the apples and then slice into thin slices.

Tip: to prevent the apples from oxidizing put the slices in water with some lemon juice or vinegar. Just make sure to rinse the apples off before you mix with the other ingredients.

2. Mix together the sliced apples and mix with the other ingredients listed under filling. Line the apple mixture in the bottom of a 9 x 9 in. pan.

3. Mix together all of the ingredients listed under topping. We used a KitchenAid mixer but it is just as easy to mix by hand.

4. Place the crumbled topping on the apples. Bake in the oven for ~45 minutes until crisp (ha...a pun).
5. Let cool for 15-30 minutes. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor (ha...another pun).

The reward..enjoy!


  1. Hi Nathan and Kristy - thank you for reminding me of my Mom, when I miss her so much this time of year ! We'd go pick apples at the neighbors every fall. Your apple crisp could be a whole wheat flour version of hers ! ( I suspect you, she , Betty Crocker , Les and I have somthing in common! ) Your blog reminds me of what I was brought up with, though for Mom it wasn't a dream, it was a necessity. Her thriftiness was a product of living through the great depression - she grew to love conveniences after a lifetime of frugal living - though she still couldn't part with a cool whip bowl or the wax paper from an empty cerial box, and yes, she saved the wrapping paper to re-use from Christmas to Christmas. I'm thankful that the generations can still learn from each other and keep reminding one another we already have everything we need...... a little encouragement goes a long way - keep up the good work, I think I'll go bake an apple crisp! ( I , unlike my Mom, do have whole wheat flour on hand!) Wishing you and your loved ones every blessing this Christmas and always...............Shalom. Jan

    1. I too am so grateful for everything that we are able to learn from previous generations. No need to reinvent the wheel when there is so much wisdom available already! I am also grateful that we were able to choose this path rather than having it thrust upon us. We are blessed to have that freedom and those choices.


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