Cinnamon Rum Apple Crisp: A healthier option

Healthy living sometimes puts a damper on social situations.  Imagine if you will being invited over to someone’s home for dinner and your assigned course was dessert.  What would you do?  What would you bring?

If you were me you’d bring this, a Cinnamon Rum Apple Crisp.

On Sunday night we went to dinner at my Mother’s and I offered to bring something. My Mom asked for her favorite dessert, my apple crisp. My original recipe is loaded with butter, delicious and definitely not good for a healthy eating plan. This is the alternative I created. It was delicious. Much less fat than the original, full of fibre and heart healthy cinnamon, this dish is definitely one I’m going to make again. I hope you like it!

Cinnamon Rum Apple Crisp


  • 1 bag of sweet apples
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 scant c brown sugar
  • 1 scant c large flake oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp rum (optional)
  • Cinnamon to taste


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Roughly chop apples and place in a 9X13 rectangular pan.
  • Cover the apples with a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon.
  • Over medium heat melt the butter in a medium sauce pan.
  • Add the brown sugar to the melting butter and stir continuously
  • Add the Oatmeal and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.
  • Remove from heat and add 1 tbsp of rum.  *The rum will cause mixture to bubble so be careful.
  • Drizzle the mixture over the apples.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes or until the apples are as soft as you desire.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Extra Information:

  • The rum is optional but it does add some liquid so if you choose to forgo the rum, consider adding another tbsp of butter.  If you don’t use the rum it will be a little sweeter.
  • You may be tempted to peel the apples but trust me, you don’t need to. They soften beautifully as you cook the dish and the peel is loaded with good stuff (or so they tell me).
  • This recipe doesn’t include any flour and if you use certified gluten free oats its a great dessert to serve for your friends who are gluten intolerant.
  • Bake this in the middle of your oven.  You don’t want it too close to the burner as it will brown the top too quickly and the crisp will be much too crisp by the time the apples are done.
  • I’ve made this many different ways.  Mix up the fruit.  Some of our favorite combinations include peaches with mixed berries and apples with cranberries.  Play with seasonings, use fruit in season and adjust to your own taste.  This is an incredibly versatile dish that you can use over and over again.

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