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Great-Grandma Peggy’s Apple Crisp

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This simple apple crisp recipe comes straight from my great-grandma, so you know it has to be good! Celebrate fall with a easy treat!

spoon in pan of freshly baked apple crisp.

      This fabulously simple apple crisp comes straight from my great-grandma’s recipe box. There is no added sugar, just lots of delicious apple flavor. 

It is a healthy treat that celebrates fall in a fabulous way.  Great food from great-grandma’s kitchen to yours!

      I know #appleweek is over, but I just couldn’t help but to make one more apple dish to share with you this fall.  I actually got this recipe from MiMi during apple week, but it was too late to get it added.

    So, I am sharing it with you now.  This recipe comes from my great-grandma Peggy via my Maw-Maw and then through MiMi.

apple crisp with fresh whipped cream on top.

     Maw-Maw (my maternal grandmother) has been going through her recipes and passing some along to MiMi (my mom).  Of course, MiMi is passing them to me too.

   You may remember that my great-grandma Peggy is also the one who gave us the German Chocolate Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting that was met with such rave reviews.  Yeah… so you know it is going to be good!  She is also the one who made MiMi her special birthday cake.

     This recipe has no added sugar even though it was from before that was a thing.  If you are using sweet apples, you really don’t need it.

     If your apples are tart or you just can’t imagine an apple crisp without a little extra sugar, feel free to add a few tablespoons of brown sugar.  I made mine just as it was written though and added a dollop of fresh lightly-sweetened whipped cream and was happy as a clam.

small plate of apple crisp and whipped cream

    The note on my great-grandma’s recipe say “this is kind of a quick treat or an easy dessert.  Maybe it is served by scooping from pan since it won’t cut into even squares.”  I know I found it to be an excellent treat.

     I served up one scoop for a picture before dinner (these darn shorter days are making it harder to get a picture with semi-decent lighting!) and I couldn’t keep from picking at it once I got started.  Mmmm.  There is just something about the warm apples and crispy oat topping that kept my hands going back for more!

spoon in pan of freshly baked apple crisp.

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Without Added Sugar

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This simple apple crisp recipe comes straight from my great-grandma, so you know it has to be good! Celebrate fall with a easy treat!


  • 4 cups sliced cooking apples
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sifted flour
  • 1 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place apples in a greased shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine dry ingredients. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples.
  3. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes or until apples are tender.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 259mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This simple apple crisp recipe comes straight from my great-grandma, so you know it has to be good! Celebrate fall with a easy treat!

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Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Where are the 26g of carbs and 8g of sugar coming from in just 1 serving according to the nutritional information? Wanted to make this for a Diabetic person in my family.


Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Most of the carbs and sugar come from the apples themselves. The rest of the carbs come from the flour and oatmeal. There isn't added sugar, but there is natural sugar and carbohydrates in the recipe.


Monday 7th of November 2016

Love apple crisp, and this looks like the best recipe. I love older, handed down dishes. I have pinned this and I am going to get some apples and whip it up. Love that there is no added sugar and the flour can be substituted with GF. Love apple crisp, more than apple pie. Licking my chops in anticipation!


Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Isn't a good crisp the best? I gave it a double take when there wasn't any sugar in it, but it really works. It makes it feel like an acceptable snack... or breakfast!! hee! I hope you love it!

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Saturday 5th of November 2016

When I bake my next apple crisp, I am trying this! You know me, I don't mind sugar, but so many crisp recipes have too much sugar. I think this recipe sounds great!


Monday 7th of November 2016

It was nice to have one that wasn't quite so sweet, though I am not usually to complain about a bit of sugar! Thank you!


Friday 4th of November 2016

YUM! Totally pinned! :)

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Saturday 5th of November 2016

Thank you!

Debbie Kitterman

Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

my husband loves apple crisp, and yet, I haven't made any for years :/ He always wants double the topping too... but I like this recipe, becasue it doesn't have the added sugar, so it is something that would fit into how we are eating now. thanks for sharing over at #WayWow


Thursday 3rd of November 2016

I hope you love it! Thanks!

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