individual apple crisp

Does anyone else wait until the kids are in bed to make dessert? Sometimes I feel a little guilty about it, but it’s so nice to be able to savor every bite without a little person screaming at me for more sugar! We’re trying (as always) to make better choices with our food lately, and this dessert fits the bill perfectly. It’s generally healthy (hey, you’re eating a whole apple!), it comes together incredibly quickly (less than 10 minutes, tops), and it’s totally delicious! The best part? You can make an individual serving! Which means I don’t find myself continuously scooping cold spoonfuls out of the fridge and eating way more dessert than I should. I usually double the recipe and make one for me and one for Geoff, and it has become one of our favorite fall evening traditions. Yum!

The original recipe calls for adding a teaspoon of toffee bits to the topping, which I’m sure would be amazing. However, I haven’t actually purchased any toffee bits yet, so I can’t say for sure! Also, I bake them in our convection toaster oven, and it’s perfect! It only takes 7-8 minutes, and I don’t have to heat the whole oven just for two tiny desserts.

Individual Apple Crisp
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

1 small apple
1/2 teaspoon flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon old fashioned oats
1 1/2 teaspoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel then chop apple into small, 1/4″ cubes. Toss with flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, then pour into a non-stick sprayed, individual-sized baking dish.

In the same bowl combine brown sugar, oats, and flour. Smush with your fingers until butter is well distributed among the ingredients. Top apples with the mixture and bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp is golden brown.

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