Friday, September 16, 2011

Healthy Apple Crisp {Apple Picking in Santa Ynez}

One of the great things about Santa Barbara is that we have Santa Ynez just 40 minutes away.
 It feels like a thousand miles away with vineyards out one window. And rolling hills dotted with grazing cows out the other. So peaceful.
Last weekend we took a little family trip to Seein' Spots Farm in Santa Ynez.

We visited with the rescued farm animals there and picked our own apples. If you haven't seen a miniature donkey before, you really need to. So adorable.

The apples that were not devoured on the drive home were turned into a wholesome and delicious dessert. Or snack. Or breakfast. Most recipes call for peeled apples, but I leave the peels on. It's quicker and the peels are loaded with vitamins. I think it ads a nice texture anyway.

Apple Crisp 
Serves 8
6 cups chopped apples 
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 T lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. organic cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
4 T (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil 8 ramekins, jars, or an 8" square baking dish. 

In a large bowl toss the apples with the syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread into baking dish(s). 

Mix the oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt together. Add melted butter and stir until combined. Sprinkle over fruit. 

Bake for 35 minutes or until bubbling and fruit is tender. Check half-way through baking. If topping is browning too quickly, cover with foil. 

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream for a more decadent dessert. Yum!


  1. I love apple crisp! So yummy & perfect for fall. Thanks for the great photos (as usual!) and recipe :) Have a great weekend!

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  3. Sounds perfect!! Your pictures are all STunning!! WOW

  4. The recipe looks soo delicious...but I have a question - any substitute to maple syrup?

  5. Love all your photos! Looks like you guys had such a good time :) This apple crisp looks amazing!!!

  6. Great photos! I can't wait to get apple picking. I never thought to leave on the peels when I bake with apples, I'll give it a try.

  7. Apple crisp is one of my favorite foods. Love the use of maple syrup in this recipe. Lovely.

  8. I am dying to do this!! HOW FUN!

  9. your pictures always delight~

  10. Oh looks so good. I used to live in Santa Barbara. Miss it so much!!!

  11. Great pictures! There is nothing better then apples straight from the tree!

  12. we are going apple picking soon and to the pumpkin patch! So excited to watch my little boy run around in the fields. HE is going to love it. This apple crisp looks amazing! So sweet,flavorful yet healthy!

  13. Sounds as good as it looks, Marina! We usually go north to See Canyon for apples, but I want to see that miniature donkey, so may have to go south:)

  14. Found this on Pinterest {going to try it this week} your newest follower. Please stop by one of my blogs. =)


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