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Apple Crisp with Oats

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  • Total 1 hr 20 min
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Is there anything more enticing than the smell of baked apples and cinnamon wafting through the house? How about that first bite of a warm apple crisp? If you’re craving those comforting flavors, we have a treat for you. This classic Apple Crisp with Oats is as scrumptious as it is simple. New and experienced bakers alike will love the abundance of crisp apples tossed with cinnamon and sugar, and topped with golden streusel. Warning: it smells so good, your family may gather in the kitchen to wait as this delicious dessert bakes to golden, bubbly perfection.
Updated Oct 28, 2023
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What is oatmeal apple crisp?

Sweet, sticky, and scrumptious, apple crisp is a baked dessert with a golden brown streusel topping. Ingredients typically include cooked apples, butter, sugar, flour, oats, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It may go by its other alias apple crumble. But whatever you call it, we call it delicious.

How do you make apple crisp with oatmeal?

This traditional apple crisp with oatmeal topping couldn’t be easier to prepare. (How great is that?) The luscious filling consists of chopped, peeled apples along with sugar, flour, cinnamon and a dash of lemon juice. Then comes the craveably crisp streusel topping, made with oats, sugar, cinnamon, flour and butter. You just place your filling in a baking pan, sprinkle the streusel mixture on top, pop it in the oven and wait for the magic to happen.



  • 3/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut in pieces


  • 6 cups chopped (3/4-inch pieces) peeled tart apples (6 medium)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, mix 3/4 cup flour, the oats, brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until blended. Cut in cold butter, using fork or pastry blender, until mixture is crumbly. (Do not overmix.) Set aside.
  • 3
    In large bowl, mix Filling ingredients until well coated. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle streusel over top.
  • 4
    Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until topping is golden brown and juices are bubbling along edges.
  • 5
    Cool at least 20 minutes before serving.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Serve your Apple Crisp with Oats with some sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
  • tip 2
    Granny Smith apples were used in this recipe—but you can customize your crisp and choose your favorite baking apple.
  • tip 3
    A pastry blender is a handled U-shaped utensil made up of wires or thin metal blades. It’s used to “cut” fat—like butter or shortening—into small bits and evenly distribute it throughout your dough.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples for apple crisp with oats?

When choosing apples for Apple Crisp with Oats, look for varieties that are crisp and tartly-sweet. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Braeburn, Cortland and Empire (or any combo of these) are great choices. They will hold their shape during baking, and they aren’t too juicy, which can result in a watery apple crisp.

Why put lemon juice in apple crisp with oats?

Lemon juice keeps the flesh of your apples from turning brown before you bake them, making for a more appealing presentation. This way you can prepare your apple crisp with oatmeal before you start dinner, then set it on the counter until you’re ready to bake. If you pop your crisp in the oven while you’re serving dinner, it should be ready just in time for dessert!

What if I don’t have lemon juice for apple crisp with oats?

Due to its tartness and acidity, vinegar is an excellent substitute. However, only substitute vinegar for lemon juice in cooking or baking when the amount called for is relatively small so it won’t impact the flavor of your finished dish.


450 Calories, 16g Total Fat, 3g Protein, 72g Total Carbohydrate, 47g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • When you’re looking for a crowd pleasing treat, apple crisp with oatmeal is a guaranteed hit. Especially when you serve it warm and top whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. But whatever you do, don’t expect leftovers. This dish will have your friends and family coming back for second helpings.
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