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


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Pumpkin Apple Crisp

  • Author: Rebecca Hicks
  • Total Time: 60


A delicious and healthier version of apple crisp that is perfect for the holidays.


  • 1 medium pie pumpkin


  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup


  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!


  • 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. ;)
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40


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  1. Small Town So(Lace) says:

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

  2. Candy Kage says:

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

  3. Shannon Marie says:

    This looks amazing!

  4. Emily says:

    What a creative way to make apple crisp!

  5. Jessica Bradshaw says:

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

  6. Sara Giboney says:

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

  7. Krissie Aguilar says:

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

  8. Chrissy Z. says:

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

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

  10. Katie Arnold says:

    What a creative (and yummy) idea!!

  11. 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!

  12. Jackie says:

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

  13. Alicia Marie says:

    This looks delicious! What a great fall dessert!

  14. Stephanie says:

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

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

  16. Crystal Gareau says:

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

  17. Mistle says:

    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.

  18. Adriana says:

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

  19. Ana Ojha says:

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

  20. Julie Hoag says:

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

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

I'm becca, and I'm so glad you're here.

I'm a sinner saved by grace who loves staying active and eating healthy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Isaac, and I'm mama to James and an adorable puppy named Lillie.

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