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Skinny Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

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With a super crisp, nutty topping blanketing a warm and cozy, apple cinnamon-spiced filling, this Skinny Slow Cooker Apple Crisp is absolutely irresistible! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy apple crisp, Healthy Apple Crisp, skinny slow cooker apple crisp
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 205
Author Kim


For the apple filling:

  • 4-5 apples, thinly sliced (peel, if desired, but I don't)* (about 7 cups and 2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 tablespoons maple or pancake syrup (honey would work, but is not vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the crisp topping:

  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple or pancake syrup (honey would work, but is not vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Add apples and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl, and toss to combine. Stir in the maple syrup and cinnamon until completely combined. Pour the mixture into the bowl of the slow cooker, and spread it out so that it is in an even layer.
  • Add all topping ingredients to a medium bowl. Stir ingredients until crumbles form. Evenly spoon mixture over apples.
  • Place a dish towel or a few paper towels on top of the slow cooker, and place the lid on top of the towel(s). This will help soak up the condensation that forms along the top of the lid, and keep the topping nice and crisp.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours until the apples are soft and cooked through.
  • Enjoy immediately with whipped cream or ice cream! You can also cover the slow cooker with foil, or transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or cover the slow cooker with foil and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. The topping is more likely to stay crispy if stored at room temperature.


*Use any favorite apple. My personal faves are Gala, Honeycrisp or Fuji.
**In an effort to keep this recipe figure-friendly, the topping does not completely cover the apple filling. For more topping that will cover the apple filling completely, simply double the topping recipe or add in oats and more maple syrup.
***I used Walden Farms zero calorie pancake syrup (for the filling and topping) and this is what is calculated in the nutritional information.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 17.4mg | Potassium: 166.9mg | Fiber: 6.1g | Sugar: 16.5g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 0.6mg