Healthy Apple Pecan Crisp That’s So Good You’ll Be Eating Dessert First

My family goes back FAR with desserts of the apple variety. Every year for Thanksgiving, my mother and her (10!) siblings would gather at my uncle’s house, bringing in their prized dessert varieties. One year, it occurred to everyone while talking that their favorite part of the meal was actually the dessert afterward. From then on, a pie or two was brought out for everyone to enjoy in the kitchen while the kids played, final meal preparations were made, and families arrived.

This isn’t apple pie persay, but it falls into that same crunchy, cinnamony, baked-goodness category for me. Enjoy it after your Thanksgiving meal, or do it how my family does it — eat dessert first.

healthy apple pecan crisp

Healthy Apple Pecan Crisp



  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 3 pink lady apples
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • ¼ t. nutmeg
  • ¼ t. ground ginger


  • 6 T. coconut oil
  • 1 c. pecans
  • ¾ c. almond flour
  • 2 T. unrefined maple syrup
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ t. ground ginger
  • ¼ t. sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut the apples into ¼-inch slices.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the filling spices.
  4. Place apples in a 9-inch baking dish. Toss with filling spices to coat. Set aside.
  5. For the topping, put all topping ingredients in a food processor.
  6. Pulse until everything is fully ground a crumbly paste is created.
  7. Spread the topping over the apples to fully cover.
  8. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until apples are bubbly and topping is crisp.
  9. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to cool before serving warm.

This recipe is adapted from Paleo Running Mama. Check her out for more great recipes!

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P.S. Looking for more easy, simple, real-food recipes? Check out the Taste of Health Meal Plan. Or, up your nutrition game with my self-paced online course: How to Eat Like a Nutritionist.

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