Light Apple Pecan Crisp

This amazing apple pecan crisp is simple, scrumptious and easy to enjoy at only 150 calories per serving. Plus, it’s so delicious served with reduced fat vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

Light Apple Pecan Crisp – Cinnamon spiced, delicious with vanilla ice cream, and only 150 calories per serving! |

Home is very much with my husband here in Texas, where we’ve made a nice little love nest. But, nothing – and I mean nothin’ – takes me truly home like a warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. One scoop of this delicious, comforting dessert and I feel ten again.

Light Apple Pecan Crisp – Cinnamon spiced, delicious with vanilla ice cream, and only 150 calories per serving! |

Helping my mom peel apples (and eating along the way) for pies and crisps remains my favorite fall memory as a kid. Tossing the tart-sweet slices with a spicy mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and sugar was my job and the amazing aroma always takes me back to the excitement of Thanksgivings and first snowfalls. Can you tell I can’t wait?

Well… I may be waiting a while for the first Texas snowfall but I couldn’t wait to share this delicious and light dessert with you! Each serving is under 150 calories, so enjoy your summer and eat this easy, delish dessert, too!

Light Apple Pecan Crisp – Cinnamon spiced, delicious with vanilla ice cream, and only 150 calories per serving! |

With just 4 tablespoons of sugar and half as much butter, this mouthwatering apple crisp is low in sugar and fat, and sprinkled with protein rich oats and pecans. Yum!

Light Apple Pecan Crisp – Cinnamon spiced, delicious with vanilla ice cream, and only 150 calories per serving! |

Into the scrumptious streusel topping I also added a couple crushed Walker’s Shortbread cookies. Their shortbread is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and adds a little extra buttery-sugary indulgence to an already amazing crisp!

Serve it up with big scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or frozen yogurt, and a bunch of spoons. This crisp will be one tasty treat you’ll go back to again and again, anytime of year!

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Light Apple Pecan Crisp

Yield: Makes 4 large servings / 6 small servings


1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

3 Granny smith apples, cored, sliced thin


1/3 cup quick oats

1/4 cup crushed shortbread cookies (about 3) / recommended: Walker’s Shortbread

1 Tbsp. chopped pecans

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Toss in sliced apples and coat evenly. Place apples into a 9-inch square or round baking dish.

In the same bowl, combine topping ingredients and mix by hand until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over the apples.

Bake until topping is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Test by inserting a toothpick; it should come out clean and not pick up the apple slices.

Serve with vanilla whipped cream, ice cream or frozen yogurt. To store, cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 4 days.



23 Responses to “Light Apple Pecan Crisp”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 13, 2012 @ 5:07 am

    I love the crushed shortbread in the topping, these crisps look scrumptious!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 13, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    Under 150 calories?! I’ll have 2 servings then :)

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    SkinnyMommy — August 13, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Looks so perfectly fallish–yum!

  4. #
    Angie's Recipes — August 13, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    Fall is in the air. Yummy!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 13, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    I can’t wait for fall either! I love how you use crushed shortbread cookies in the topping!

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    Mom — August 13, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Jeez I hope this counts in the rule of 5 fruits/veggies a day so I can make it a staple! Now that it has less sugar I’m more likely to make it – the shortbread in the topping sounds divine. Who knew you were going to further perfect perfection? Nice job, hon! xoxoxo ~ Mum

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — August 13, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Oh Georgia! I am so happy to see a non summer fruit in a dessert recipe! I’m ready for fall baking and you are right…this apple crisp just makes you feel like home. Love that you added those shortbread cookies into your crumble! I love those on their own! Beautiful photos!

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    Amber Potter — August 13, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    This sounds amazing and has me excited for fall to get here!

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    Paula — August 13, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    A recipe after my own heart! Love apple crisp. Yours looks undeniably delicious.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — August 13, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    I can’t wait for fall too :) I’ve never made apple crisp though, but I do love it!

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    Guru Uru — August 13, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Thighs crisp looks so warming and delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 13, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    Love this! The close up in the bowl makes it look incredible. And shortbread cookies? That’s definitely more interesting than a normal crisp. :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 13, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    I love apple crisp – it is one of my favorite fall desserts! This looks amazing!

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    Anonymous — August 13, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    If you use Splenda baking blend you will cut the calories even more.

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    Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies — August 13, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    You cannot go wrong with pecans, says I. I love that this has less sugar, too. Guilt free and delicious dessert!!

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — August 13, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    I love this light version. Apple crisp is so homey – Fall is coming!

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    Lynna — August 14, 2012 @ 4:32 am

    ummm this looks DELICIOUS! & what a delicious combo!

  18. #

    What a delightful looking crisp and your photos are just so inviting. Beautiful presentation!

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    19 — August 14, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    Looks lovely!! Just about in time :-) since I am about to use an entire box of peaches I got from the market to make something very similar. I want to make it gluten free, though so will see :-) I love all of the colors in your pictures.

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    From Valeries Kitchen — August 14, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    Mmmm shortbread cookies in the topping. I love that! I’m with you on fall…I love it. I’ll miss the sun but I really look forward to all the cozy pumpkin stuff we have coming up soon. Thanks for giving us a less guilty way to enjoy one of my favorite desserts!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — August 19, 2012 @ 4:22 am

    I’m totally on the countdown to fall, and with recipes like this apple crisp waiting for me, it’s even harder to stay patient for cool weather. And I LOVE the idea of using the shortbread cookies in the topping! Just lovely.

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    Kari — January 19, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    I am thinking of making this for my book club this week. Is it really not necessary to grease the baking dish?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — January 19, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Nope, not necessary, but grease lightly if you want!

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