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Senior’s Cooking Corner: Old Fashioned Apple Nut Crisp

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Nostalgic Apple Nut Crisp seniors can make on a lovely fall evening for family and friends.

Old-Fashioned Apple-Nut Crisp

Fall is here and it’s time to enjoys it’s wonderful treats and seasonal bounty!  Smile Senior Care loves to find healthful recipes that still satisfy our seniors’ sense of nostalgia for the wonderful comfort foods of their youth.  Seniors, ask your home care aide to assist you in preparing this dish, then make a nice cup of tea and enjoy!

Of course, we would like you to know some of the benefits of this recipe.  Seniors, walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, an essential component for healthy brain function.  The antioxidants in apples will also do a great job in helping you stay healthy, not to mention the benefits from the fiber they contain.  Oatmeal is also a great source of fiber and protein.

Makes: 8 servings

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  • 5 medium-large crisp, tart apples, such as McIntosh, Empire, Granny Smith or Cortland, peeled and thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or Splenda Granular
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat an 8-inch square (or 2-quart) deep baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine apples with granulated sugar (or Splenda), lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Toss to mix. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine whole-wheat flour, oats, brown sugar and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix to blend. Using your fingers (or a fork or pastry blender), cut in butter until evenly distributed and there are no chunks. Stir in oil, apple juice concentrate and nuts; toss well until evenly moistened and clumpy.
  4. Remove the foil from the baking dish and scatter the topping evenly over the apples. Bake uncovered until the topping has browned and the fruit is soft and bubbling, about 30 minutes more. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Per serving: 274 calories; 10 g fat ( 3 g sat , 5 g mono ); 8 mg cholesterol; 47 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein;6 g fiber; 1 mg sodium; 231 mg potassium.

From EatingWell:  February/March 2005The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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