Easy Apple Crisp for 2

This recipe for apple crisp for 2 is a great choice if you’re looking for a healthy and delicious dessert option. The best part is that it’s a small-batch recipe, so you won’t have to worry about having leftovers.

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If you like naturally sweet desserts, check out these no-bake brownies or these chocolate bourbon balls.

I don’t usually make dessert at home, but sometimes I crave something sweet. Because it’s just the two of us, I prefer not to make a large batch and end up with leftovers. This apple crisp for two is the perfect solution when we want a little bit of dessert and it’s a healthier dessert option too.

Why you will love this recipe

  • It’s a quick and easy dessert to make, perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to bake.
  • This recipe is just enough for two servings which makes it perfect to complete a meal for two.
  • It’s a healthier option. this apple crisp is sweetened by a touch of maple syrup and naturally sweet fruit.

Here is what you will need

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The ingredients for apple crisp in bowls: rolled oats, chopped walnuts, melted butter, maple syrup, apples, cinnamon, graham crackers

Ingredients

How to make individual homemade apple crisp

Prepare the Ingredients: wash and dry two medium apples or three small apples, dice them into bite-sized pieces.

Melt the butter and crush the graham crackers with a rolling pin or a food processor into coarse crumbs. Measure the cinnamon, oats syrup, and walnuts. Use a pastry brush to coat the bottom and sides of the ramekins.

an overhead view of mini apple crisp in a glass bowl

STEP 1: Place the apple pieces into a small bowl with the cinnamon and maple syrup; mix everything together making sure the apples are coated with the sugar mixture.

two white ramekins filled with apple pieces

STEP 2: Fill two ramekins with the prepared apple filling.

butter pouring into a bowl of oats and crumbs

STEP 3. Add the cracker crumbs, oats, walnuts, and melted butter in a medium bowl.

apple crumb topping mixed together in a bowl

STEP 4. Use a wooden spoon to mix all of the topping ingredients together.

two ramekins topped with crumb mixture on a baking sheet

STEP 5. Pile the topping mixture over the top of the apples in the ramekins and bake until the topping turns golden brown.

The best apples for apple crisp

You can choose any type of apple you like for this mini apple crisp recipe, just like with many apple recipes. I prefer using a mix of sweet and tart apples. Our go-to combo is Granny Smith apples because they stay firm and offer a blend of different yet complementary flavors. Granny Smith brings the tartness, while Honeycrisp adds the sweetness. After baking, you get a perfect mix of sweet, tart, and soft apples. Other good apple options include Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Gala, Haralson, Jonathan, and Pink Lady.

an overhead view of two portions of apple crisp in two separate white ramekins on a white plate

Recipe variations and substitutions

Vegan – Substituting the butter with an equal amount of unrefined coconut oil.

Gluten-free – Use gluten-free oats, crackers, or almond flour for the topping for a gluten-free version.

Nut-free – Leave out the walnuts. To add some crunch, replace the walnuts with pepitas or sunflower seeds.

Fruit – Change up the fruit by using any combination of diced pears, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, instead of only apples for a mixed fruit crisp.

Coconut – Mix shredded coconut into the oat topping for a tropical twist.

Gluten-Free – This recipe can be easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free.

Nuts – Change up the nuts and use chopped pecans or almonds are an excellent substitute for chopped walnuts in apple crisp.

Serving ideas

Serve individual mini apple crisps after a special dinner with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh whipped cream or a few slices of cheddar cheese. These mini crisps are also a great addition to a dessert tray along with no-bake brownies, and cookies.

You can also make this apple crisp recipe in one serving dish, such as a small skillet or larger ramekin topped with a scoop of ice cream.

A close up of apple crisp with a spoon

How to make mini apple crisp ahead of time

You can make this tasty dessert ahead of time, up to one day before baking. Keep the ramekins with apple crisp covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before baking, then follow the recipe card instructions to bake them up.

How to store leftovers

If you end up with leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Enjoy leftovers cold, at room temperature or reheat them in a 350-degree oven or in the microwave.

Tips

  • Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice into the apple-filling mixture for a touch of freshness.
  • Allow the mini apple crisps to rest for a few minutes before serving which will help the flavors blend together.
  • Slice your apples uniformly to ensure even cooking of the apples.
What is the difference between apple crumble, apple cobbler and apple crisp?

An apple crisp layer of topping contains oats and nuts. The apple crumble topping is made with flour, butter, and sugar and does not contain oats and nuts. An apple cobbler is usually made in a deep dish, and the topping is made with dropped biscuit dough.

Can I freeze apple crisp?

It’s best to thaw these before baking. Once they are assembled, wrap them well and freeze them for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, bake them from frozen. You may need to add a few extra minutes of baking time.

Can I use store-bought apple pie filling instead of making my own?

You can use store-bought filling. However, when you make your own, you can control the sugar and they will taste fresh.

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mini apple crisp in a white ramekin dish on a white plate

Mini Apple Crisp

This easy to follow recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors in every bite !
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple crisp for 2
Servings: 2
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Anne

Equipment

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Ingredients

  • 2 apples cored and diced (peeling is optional)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup oats Old Fashioned Rolled

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350.
  • Dice the cleaned and dried apples and place them in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon maple syrup  to the apples in the bowl and mix everything together making sure the apples are coated with the syrup and cinnamon.
  • Place one half of the mixture into one 6 ounce ramekin and the other half into another 6 ounce ramekin and set them aside.
  • Crush the 4 graham crackers with a rolling pin or a mini food processor. (this should make about 1/4 cup crumbs) Place the crumbs into a mixing bowl. 
  • Add 3 tablespoons melted butter to the crumbs along with 1/8 cup chopped walnuts and 1/4 cup rolled oats to the crumbs in the bowl and stir to combine all of the ingredients
  • Spoon the topping mixture over each of the ramekins (the ingredients will overflow a bit, press them down with the back of a spoon) and bake for 30 minutes until the topping turns brown. 

Notes

TIPS
  • squeeze a little bit of lemon juice into the apple filling mixture for  touch of fresh flavor.
  • allow the mini apple crisps to rest for a few minutes before serving which will help the flavors blend together
  • Slice your apples uniformly to ensure even cooking of the apples
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a microwave or oven.
See above for recipe variations and more!
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ramekin | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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5 Comments

  1. These are a wonderful fall dessert! I love that they are mini – great for entertaining! Nothing better than delicious warm apple crisp!

  2. Perfect little treats! I love that they’re mini and you can have just enough of the delicious apple crisp or make plenty for a gathering!

  3. I love this! There’s only two of us so I don’t usually want to make a whole baking pan’s worth of dessert so this is perfect!