One is pumpkin pie- there is no Thanksgiving or Christmas in the Sharp-Fitzpatrick home that can occur without pumpkin pie. And for the record, I enjoy mine without whipped cream and always at room temperature. Just-so-you-know.
The other iconic family dessert is apple crisp. It’s my belief that apple crisp really started my love affair with food. I even created a whole YouTube video about my memory of my grandmother and the lessons she taught me about love and nourishment through the act of making apple crisp.
I have never (and sadly will never) know how to make grandma’s apple crisp the same way that she did, so I figured I might as well put my own spin on it completely.
Grandma, I can’t beat you, so I’m not going to even try.
My Apple Crisp + Pumpkin Pie Mashup!
Not only did I want to do a mash-up of my two favourite holiday treats (Pumpkin Pie & Apple Crisp!), I wanted to make it a lot healthier than grandma ever did. Apparently calories didn’t matter when I was 5. So for me, that meant cutting down on sugar and butter, and boosting the fibre with my go-to crunchy breakfast cereal All-Bran Buds.
In just 1/3 cup of the addictively crunchy stuff, you get 13 g of fibre, 3 grams of protein and only 80 calories. And it’s not just for putting on yogurt or serving with milk and berries!
The result in this amazing pumpkin & apple crisp? Individual, super comforting, better-for-you holiday desserts that I’m sure my grandmother would have loved.
Do you love apple crisp? Have you ever added pumpkin to the mix? What’s your go to holiday dessert that you’d like to see lightened up? Leave me a message below and I’ll try to work on the updated version!
Healthy Pumpkin & Apple Crisp
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- In a bowl, mix together all of the apple filling ingredients until well combined.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together all of the crisp topping ingredients until combined.
- Divide the apple mixture between four 1-cup ramekins and top with the crisp topping. Transfer to the ramekins onto a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until the apples are tender and the crisp topping is crunchy and golden brown.
- Enjoy warm out of the oven, or at room temperature.
Disclaimer: This recipe was developed in paid partnership with All-Bran, however, as always, all opinions are genuine.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.