Pumpkin Apple Crisp | Healthier Holiday Recipe

This pumpkin apple crisp is the perfect recipe to try out this holiday season. You will love the crisp apple, tender pumpkin and the tasty and sweet topping! 

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One of my favorite dessert recipes my mom makes is apple crisp. I actually like it better than apple pie (shh don’t tell my brother I said that!), because I love the filling and crunchy topping. Apple pie is great, don’t get me wrong, but I love me some apple crisp! So when I was thinking of healthier holiday recipes to share with y’all, one of my first ideas was to create a lighter version of apple crisp. To be honest, it’s not that bad for you to begin with, but I decided to give it a fun “Becca” twist that I loved… the pumpkin! Not only does it make it look awesome, but the pumpkin mixed with the apple crisp was so good. I loved it, and it’s definitely a perfect recipe to try this Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

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To make this recipe a little healthier, I swapped granulated sugar with some coconut sugar. If you haven’t given coconut sugar a try yet, you need to! The flavor reminds me a lot of brown sugar, and I’ve used it as an alternative in many of my recipes. They have all turned out fine, and I can’t tell the difference. Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the coconut palm, and actually contains some nutritious qualities, which regular table syrup or high fructose corn syrup do not. Although there’s still not a lot of data concerning coconut sugar yet, it has been found to contain many of the nutrients found in the coconut palm. Some of those nutrients include iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. It also has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, since it contains a fiber called inulin which has been shown to slow glucose absorption. However, it is important to remember that this is still sugar, and high in calories. It’s not a miracle sugar, or something you should be eating in spoonfuls everyday. It is a little better than table sugar, which is why I choose to use it. So, that being said, consume responsibly, my friends! 

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What is your favorite “lightened up” holiday recipe? Share it in the comments below! 

Pumpkin Apple Crisp

Pumpkin Apple Crisp
A delicious and healthier version of apple crisp that is perfect for the holidays.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium pie pumpkin
Filling
  1. 2 granny smith apples
  2. 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  3. 2 tsp vanilla
  4. 2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
Topping
  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 1/4 cup quinoa
  3. 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  4. 2 Tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut the top off the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. I used a metal spoon to scrape the sides better. This is a messy step, but necessary!
  3. Place the pumpkin on a cookie sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Core, then dice the apples. (I left on the skin, but you can peel the apple if you want.)
  5. In a small bowl, toss the diced apple, coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  6. In another small bowl, mix together the rolled oats, quinoa, pumpkin seeds and maple syrup. Set aside.
  7. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and fill halfway with the filling. Put half of the topping in, then fill the rest of the way up with the filling. Scoop the rest of the topping on top.
  8. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the pumpkin is fork tender.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool.
  10. Slice it up and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I liked scraping the pumpkin and eating it with the filling, but Isaac just ate the filling and topping. It's in the hands of the fork holder. ;)
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  1. Small Town So(Lace)

    November 16th, 2016 at 7:31 am

    This sound so yummy. I’ve never seen this recipe before so I will definitely have to try it!

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Awesome! Let me know how it turns out, and share pictures :D

  3. Candy Kage

    November 16th, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Well this is totally new and different way to make and serve a crisp. Never tried pumpkin apple crisp but think I will now.

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:11 am

    You should! And it’s definitely a fun and unique way to serve it. :)

  5. Shannon Marie

    November 16th, 2016 at 8:42 am

    This looks amazing!

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thanks Shannon! :)

  7. Emily

    November 16th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    What a creative way to make apple crisp!

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Thanks Emily! It was really fun to make too.

  9. Jessica Bradshaw

    November 16th, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Oh my gosh!! This is precious!! It sounds delicious!! Ahhhh!!! Must eat now.

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Girl it was so good!! I have ingredients to make another one soon haha. And I didn’t feel gross after eating it either… win win!

  11. Sara Giboney

    November 16th, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Yum!! This sounds great! I love that it’s free from refined sugar!

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Me too!! That’s one of my favorite parts about this recipe.

  13. Krissie Aguilar

    November 16th, 2016 at 11:18 am

    YUM!!! Love the idea of using real pumpkin for the recipe. Beautiful table-scape too!

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Thank you so much Krissie!! The pumpkin is what made it, I have to admit. :)

  15. Chrissy Z.

    November 16th, 2016 at 11:53 am

    This not only looks super delicious but also very pretty! Thank you for the recipe!

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Thank you Chrissy! You should try it out… It’s as yummy as it looks.

  17. Emily @ Em Writes

    November 16th, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    This sounds phenomenal. I love apple crisp, but I’ve never tried it with pumpkin seeds!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Oh girl it’s so so good! I’m a huge fan of pumpkin seeds, and they went perfectly with the apple filling.

  19. Katie Arnold

    November 16th, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    What a creative (and yummy) idea!!

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Thank you Katie! It was super fun to make. :)

  21. Dawn - Our Food Fix

    November 16th, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    What a super fun and festive fall dessert! Anything served in a pumpkin is a win :) As a bonus I can easily make this Paleo by swapping the grains for more chopped nuts. Thanks for the idea!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I agree!! The pumpkin is definitely what made this recipe. And that’s a great idea! I know it will be just as good, too.

  23. Jackie

    November 16th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Omg yum!! Absolutely love that you served it in an adorable little pumpkin!!

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Aww thanks Jackie! The pumpkin is definitely what made this recipe so fun.

  25. Alicia Marie

    November 16th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    This looks delicious! What a great fall dessert!

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Thank you Alicia! :)

  27. Stephanie

    November 17th, 2016 at 7:00 am

    This looks delicious and I can only imagine how good your house smelled while making it!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Ohh it smelled divine!! There’s nothing quite as delicious smelling as cinnamon and apples, right?!

  29. Kiara Catanzaro

    November 17th, 2016 at 7:28 am

    This looks amazing and incredibly festive for the upcoming holiday! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Thank you Kiara! It was perfect for a healthier Thanksgiving dessert.

  31. Crystal Gareau

    November 17th, 2016 at 8:47 am

    This looks incredible for the holiday season. I would have never thought to put it back into a pumpkin, it’s looks amazing.

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I’m all about fun ways to showcase food, and the pumpkin was perfect in my opinion! It’s definitely a recipe I’m making again. :)

  33. Mistle

    November 17th, 2016 at 10:40 am

    This looks so yummy!! I have never tried out coconut sugar before. I will have to be on the look out for some. I am not a huge fan of apple pie either.

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Coconut sugar is awesome! You should give it a try. :)

  35. Adriana

    November 17th, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    This is such a good idea! I love how pretty it looks too and I can only imagine how yummy it is!

  36. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Thank you Adriana!! It was so so good. I could have eaten the entire thing by myself haha.

  37. Ana Ojha

    November 17th, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I love pumpkins and this pumpkin apple crisp looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  38. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for stopping by Ana!! It is definitely something I’m making again.

  39. Julie Hoag

    November 18th, 2016 at 1:22 am

    This looks amazing!! I will love trying it out!

  40. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Awesome! Thanks Julie!

  41. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    November 30th, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thank you Taylor! I love styling photos like that :)

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