Apple and Pear Crisp

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on January 4, 2014

pear and apple crumble

I’ve been eating a lot of cookies and ice cream lately.

For some reason, it’s been the only dessert that tastes good to me! Maybe it’s an end of the pregnancy thing, or a winter-comfort-food thing, but nothing really compares to the warm, freshly baked, gooey cookie with ice cream on top.

In an effort to give myself variety in the “warm dessert/ice cream combo” department, I decided to healthify dessert a bit, and create a fresh fruit compote for myself at home.

It’s lower in sugar than most desserts, and is only 200 calories for a HUGE portion! You can top it with a little bit of vanilla ice cream, or eat it straight out of the oven — either way it will taste absolutely delicious.

Apple and Pear Crisp

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 195

Fat per serving: 6.3g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 195 Calories, 6.3g Fat (1.6g Saturated), 40g Carbs, 29g Sugar, 17.3mg Sodium, 4.5g Fiber, 1.9g Protein


    For the filling
  • 2 cups organic Bosc pears, cut into 1/4 inch cubes (about 4 medium pears)
  • 2 cups organic Fuji apples, cut into 1/4 inch cubes (about 2 large apples)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Ā½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • For the topping
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs (from about 2 1/2 graham cracker sheets)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350Ā° F, and coat 6 small ramekins with cooking spray (if you don't have these, you can use a large baking dish).
  2. Combine all ingredients for the filling in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Decrease the heat to medium, and continue cooking, stirring often, until the apples and pears are tender and the liquid reduces by half (about 25 minutes).
  4. Transfer filling to the ramekins or baking dish.
  5. Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. Sprinkle the topping over the apple-pear mixture, then bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the topping has browned and is slightly crispy.
  7. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint (optional).


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Danielle @ It's A Harleyyy Life January 5, 2014 at 4:19 am

This looks delicious!!!!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

Thanks Danielle! I’m sure you will love it! šŸ™‚


Kira - HealthAble Old Soul January 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

What a good idea to throw graham crackers in there! Yum Yum!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Hehe thanks Kira!! Enjoy!


Porcelina January 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

This sounds lovely, but we don’t have Graham Crackers here in the UK – what kind of crackers are they exactly? Like a savoury cream cracker, or a slightly sweet cracker?? I’d love to find an alternative and give this a try.
Happy New Year!
P x


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hi Porcelina! So graham crackers are definitely a sweet, crumbly cracker (not savory at all) – they more closely resemble a cookie than a cracker. You can substitute any crushed crisp cookie for the graham cracker in making your cheesecake crust (e.g., shortbread, chocolate or vanilla wafers, animal crackers, gingersnaps, biscotti, amaretti cookies, etc.). I think sweeter digestive biscuits sold in the UK might work as a substitute as well. Hope that helps!


Porcelina January 7, 2014 at 1:39 am

That’s really helpful, thank you so much! I have some biscotti that need using up so will give this a whirl over the next week.

P xx


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm

No problem at all! Keep me posted on how it goes! šŸ™‚


Charlotte January 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Tried your recipe – loved it! I think it’s the lemon that makes it so good, balances the sweetness šŸ™‚ Never quite got used to cooking spray so just used a bit of butter instead. Yummy!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Yay!! So glad to hear that Charlotte! And butter instead of cooking spray is totally fine šŸ™‚ Thanks for letting me know how it turned out!


Barbara February 16, 2014 at 6:54 am

Another great recipe! First time, I used apples and pears, second time…just apples! Both times used almonds instead of walnuts. Tastes so good warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Woohoo! So glad you liked this recipe Barbara šŸ™‚ And yumm – vanilla frozen yogurt is perfect with this dessert! Love the idea of using almonds instead of walnuts too — I’ll have to try that next time (or I might use almonds and walnuts!) Thanks for letting me know!


Determined WW Momma January 1, 2015 at 12:28 am

You had me at “crisp!” Yum, can’t wait to try this recipe!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm

I’m sure you’ll love this recipe šŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear how it turns out!


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