Fruit Crisp Recipe Made with Apples and Pears

    fruit crisp recipe in a bowl

    This fruit crisp recipe is the perfect way to turn everyday fruit into a delicious and healthy dessert. You can use many different types of fruits to make this fruit crisp, but our favorites include apples and pears.

    In general, a fruit crisp tends to be a leaner version of a classic pie. Because most pie recipes call for a pastry crust and pastry top, pies tend to be heavy on the carbs and butter.

    A fruit crisp, on the other hand, relies on a mostly fruit base with just a little pastry or oats (or in this case, both) for the topping.

    To create this healthy fruit crisp recipe, we utilized maple sugar and apple juice for natural sweetness and kept the amount of sweetener minimal. Instead, we relied on the apples and pears for their natural sugar content and used aromatic spices like cinnamon and cardamom to provide wonderful flavor to this healthy dessert.

    You could also try swapping in peaches, apricots, or other seasonal fruits instead of apples and pears. This fruit crisp recipe is very adaptable and a great base to use for many types of fruits.


    Cook time: 40 minutes
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Idle time:



    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Lightly oil a 12×12 baking pan. Spread fruit evenly in the pan and add apple juice.
    3. In a bowl combine maple sugar, whole grain flour, rolled oats, walnuts, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and sea salt.
    4. Work in cold butter until evenly combined and there are no large lumps.
    5. Sprinkle dry ingredients on top of fruit.
    6. Cook uncovered 35-40 minutes until topping is golden brown and fruit is tender.

    Additional information

    Updated by Beeta Hashempour on 7/3/2018

    By the time she was 28, Andrea was diagnosed with thyroid disease, which she credits as her motivation to embark on a healthier lifestyle through natural and sustainable food choices. Her health improved after two years of natural food choices and therapies; those adjustments became the catalysts that changed her life and profession. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she currently teaches her mission to encourage a healthier world through nutritious meal solutions. Andrea is a Natural Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is also the author of her self-published book, “The Whole Truth,” and her follow-up cookbook, “The Whole Truth Eating And Recipe Guide.” Andrea Beaman is the host of Wise Up! and Fed Up! on Z Living.