Fall is a great time to cook with apples, but many apple recipes are packed with sugar. Eating too much sugar can lead to obesity and health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions that can eventually cause heart disease.

During our recent cooking class, we focused on lightened-up, heart healthy apple recipes. Here’s one that you can make at home!

Deconstructed Apple Pie


  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp. light brown sugar (can substitute Stevia for less sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into 1/2-inc pieces
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. water


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, pulse flour, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon to combine. Add butter and process until mixture is moistened throughout and dough begins to darken. Using the pulse button, process until moistened and pieces can be squeezed into small clumps.
  3. On baking sheet, spread 1/4- to 3/4-inch clumps to cover the sheet so there are different sized pieces.
  4. Bake for 4-5 minutes, toss clumps to redistribute and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until crunchy and cooked through. Watch carefully during the last minutes of baking; the pieces should darken and harden but not overcook.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, combine apples, lemon juice, sugar and water and stir to combine. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until apples soften. Add additional water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, if mixture begins to dry out or starts to stick to the pan. Set aside to cool.
  7. Divide apples into individual bowls and top with crumbles.


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