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The Best Apple Pear Crisp

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Looking for the best apple pear crisp? Then look no further. This recipe has flavor, fiber, and comes together without fuss.

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This apple pear crisp is a nourishing fall favorite that is easy to make and even easier to eat. It’s a real crowd-pleaser that can be enjoyed for dessert, fika, or even breakfast.

I love to use a combination of different kinds of apples and pears because it yields a more complex flavor and because it’s practical–I get a variety of apples and pears in my farm share during the fall months.

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The Best Apple Pear Crisp

What makes this recipe the best?

  • It’s delicious
  • You can use any combination of apples or pears (or just one kind)
  • It’s simpler than most crisps because you don’t have to spend time peeling
  • It provides a lot of fiber thanks to the oats, almond flour, chia seeds, and the skin and inside of the fruit
  • Leaving the skin on also means less food waste
  • It provides heart healthy omega-3 fats from the ground almonds and chia seeds
  • It’s allergy friendly: gluten-free as written, sub coconut oil for butter to make dairy free, and sub ap flour for almond flour if nut-free
  • It makes your house smell amazing (ok, so I guess all crisps do that, but hey, it’s an important point!)

Sure, peeling the apples will lead to a more sweet and delicate final product. But my family loves it just as much with the skins on. This is a good thing since one, it means I don’t have to spend time peeling (a real limiting factor for me), two, we all get a little extra fiber, and three, there is less food waste!

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Modifications

This recipe is very versatile. Here are modifications that you could make:

  • Fruit type: Use all apples or all pears. (If you have peaches and blueberries on hand, check out this similar Blueberry Peach Breakfast Crisp recipe.)
  • Less oats: Not a super oat fan? Cut it back to 1 cup and increase the almond flour to 1 cup.
  • More nuts: Mix in 1/2 cup of sliced almonds or chopped pecans and cut the oats down to 1 1/4 cups.
  • Nut-free: Use 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and 1 1/2 cups oats instead of oats and almond flour as written.
  • Dairy-free or vegan: Use melted coconut oil instead of butter.
  • Not a cinnamon lover: Use cardamom instead of cinnamon.
  • No seeds: Omit chia seeds if not appealing to your family.

Get Baking!

Ready to get baking? Just do it! This recipe can be made earlier in the day and then refrigerated until ready to bake. Alternatively, bake it now and then reheat it later. Either way, it’s a win-win.

For this recipe, you will need a standard 9×11 baking dish or something similar. The white pie pan that I used is about 11 inches in diameter. It’s my favorite for making crisps and crumbles.

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The Best Apple Pear Crisp

Looking for the best apple pear crisp? Then look no further. This recipe is simple because you don't have to spend time peeling the fruit. Sure, you could peel it if you prefer, but by leaving the skin on you not only save time, but you also add fiber and reduce food waste.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • large baking dish (e.g., 9 x 11 or 11 inch circular)

Ingredients
  

Apple-Pear Filling

  • 7-8 cups chopped apples and pears (about 7-8 apples and pears) use a combination of different types
  • cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 – 1 lemon)

Crisp Topping

  • 1 ¾ cups old-fashioned oats
  • cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • In a large bowl, combine chopped apples, chopped pears, sugar, arrowroot powder, and cinnamon. Toss and then drizzle with lemon juice. Transfer to a large baking dish.
  • Use the same bowl to make the crisp topping. To the bowl add the oats, almond flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Combine with a spoon and then mix in the melted butter and maple syrup.
  • Spread the crisp mixture evenly over the apple pear filling. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown, the fruit is soft, and the juices are bubbling. If not quite ready, bake for another 5-10 minutes. (All ovens are different, so use your senses to decide when it's ready. A fragrant smell is a good sign that it's ready!)
  • Enjoy with ice cream, Greek/Skyr yogurt (pictured), coconut cream, whipped cream, or anything else that calls you!
Keyword almond flour, apples, high-fiber, oats, pears, vegetarian
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