Not-Too-Unhealthy Apple Pie

Dear Reader,

Making healthy recipes can be more complicated than it sounds. For one, often such recipes require a handful of ingredients you may not have on hand, like arrowhead root, spelt, agave, or coconut sugar. Additionally, at times these recipes substitute natural ingredients, like cane sugar, for more questionable options like stevia, erythritol, or other artificial sweeteners. Overly complicated healthy recipes have their merits: they often pack in more nutrients, offer more nuanced flavors, and can be fun (…if you’re into challenging yourself), but if you’re looking for something a bit simpler — I got you with this not-too-unhealthy apple pie recipe.



  • Pre-made pie crust (9”) (usually frozen)


  • 2.5 tablespoons maple syrup (honey is an adequate substitute)
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • If you have “All Spice” consider 1 teaspoon cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoon All Spice
    • If you have “nutmeg” consider 1 teaspoon cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 medium apples, thinly sliced, and peeled—use SWEET apples like
    • Gala (like I used)
    • Red delicious
    • Honeycrisp
    • A mix of apples also works
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour (all purpose or gluten free works too)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil (olive oil or vegetable oil work; you could use apple sauce, but it will make the topping more crumbly — but it also means less fat)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (a pinch)

Optional: ice cream or a whipped topping for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Peel, core, and thinly slice apples
  3. In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients (maple syrup, cinnamon, apples, lemon juice)
  4. Pour filling into the frozen pie crust
  5. Mix crumble ingredients in a bowl (rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, oil, salt) until combined
  6. Sprinkle crumble on the top of the pie
  7. Bake 40 – 50 minutes
    • Note: This pie won’t be very ‘gooey’
  8. Cool and serve (with ice cream 🙂 )




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