This apple pumpkin crisp is one of my favorite warm and cozy fall desserts. It’s a pumpkin spin on classic apple crisp with pumpkin puree, freshly sliced apples, and a buttery pumpkin spice and cinnamon oat topping. It’s absolute perfection and incredible paired with your favorite vanilla ice cream or even yogurt.
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Why you’ll love this one
This one’s going to be your new favorite fall dessert, promise. This delicious crisp recipe is perfect for the fall time of year, your Thanksgiving menu, holiday gatherings, and it’s a great way to use your bag of apples from your favorite apple orchard.
There is truly nothing better than an apple crisp paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but this pumpkin apple crisp with a delicious buttery crumble topping is one of my favorites for a few reasons.
- It’s a super foolproof and easy dessert! This recipe is easy to put together, and really forgiving too. Even if you don’t measure perfectly, it will still turn out great because the flavor combination is so good.
- Your entire house is going to smell amaaaazing. Is there anything better than the warm aromas of pumpkin, apple and cinnamon filling your house?
- It uses some healthier ingredients like white whole wheat flour and a bit less sugar than traditional crisp recipes. Yes, there is definitely still sugar, because as a dietitian I don’t believe you need to “health-ify” every single thing you eat. But, there’s lots of nourishing ingredients too!
- The best part is that it’s the perfect dessert for both pumpkin lovers and apple lovers- win win!
Let’s get into what you need next!
- Apples: The best apples to use are Macintosh, Cortland, or Honeycrisp in my opinion- but you can use just about any apple you can find!
- Pumpkin puree: Make sure to grab pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
- White whole wheat flour: I love using white whole wheat flour in recipes to add a bit more nutrition, and you truly won’t notice a difference!
- Rolled oats: Rolled oats are a classic crisp ingredient and they’re a great source of soluble fiber, which is always an added perk in any dessert.
- Pecans: Once you use pecans in your crisp topping, you’ll never go back. You can also use walnuts or almonds. The toasted nutty flavor that they add to the crunchy topping is just absolute perfection.
- Maple syrup and brown sugar: You can use honey instead if you don’t have maple syrup, but the apple maple syrup combination is truly the best to harness that fall flavor.
- Butter: Every crisp needs a little bit of butter for that golden brown, delicious crumbly topping.
- Vanilla extract: You can use any vanilla extract or vanilla paste that you have on hand.
- Lemon juice: A little bit of lemon juice adds just the right amount of acidity to bring out the sweetness in the apple pumpkin mixture.
- Pumpkin spice and cinnamon:
- Salt: Just a pinch of salt brings out all the yummy sweet flavors of this crisp.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking dish or coat lightly with butter.
- In a large bowl, make the filling. Combine apples, maple syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and spices. Transfer apple mixture to the baking dish.
- Next, make the topping. In a small bowl, add flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Combine thoroughly using a wire whisk.
- Next, add butter pieces to the oat mixture and mix well using your hands, until the mixture is crumbly and fully mixed (butter pieces should be fully incorporated into the mixture).
- Add the crumble topping to the top of the apples in an even layer.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes until apples are bubbling and easily pierced with a fork, and crumble topping is golden brown. Enjoy with your favorite vanilla ice cream!
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Slice your apples thinly and evenly. To make things even easier you can use a mandoline slicer.
- Prefer the skins on your apples? You can keep them on if you like to, just keep in mind that it will add a different texture to the dessert.
- To bring out the deepest, most delicious flavor, be sure to bake your crisp for long enough. I find the sweet spot for baking time to be between 35 and 45 minutes. The apples should be bubbly and the crisp topping will be golden brown.
- Don’t over-brown the topping. If you’re finding that the topping is browning too quickly, cover with aluminum foil while baking.
- How to serve– Serve this delicious fall dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or Greek yogurt. You can even serve with whipped cream or caramel sauce.
- How to store- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer (in a silicone air fryer liner) or oven if you want to topping to re-crisp.
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Apple Pumpkin Crisp
- 5-6 large apple peeled and sliced very thin
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cold butter diced
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking dish or coat with butter.
- In a large bowl, make the filling. Combine apples, maple syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and spices.
- Next, make the topping. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Next, add butter pieces and mix well using your hands, until the mixture is crumbly.
- Top your apples with the oat topping!
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes, depending on how crisp or soft you like your apples. Enjoy!