Kids In The Kitchen I: Awesome Apple Crisp

While I absolutely love food, I am passionate about cooking, baking and including my three kids into the process.  I was never taught how to cook growing up and ended up teaching myself at the beginning of my Navy days.  I, and all my test subjects AKA friends, found out I had a knack for it so, here I am now decades later hoping to enlighten my kids and everyone I can in our cooking ways.

My eldest son has taken on my passion for food and everything in the kitchen so I decided to gift him a subscription to Kid Stir (read more about it here).

Tonight we ventured into an apple crisp to use up several apples we had purchased discounted at the grocery store.  The recipe mainly came from his Kid Stir recipe book but, with modifications to make it a smidgen healthier and also to test out variations.

Awesome Apple Crisp

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6

6 Apples

(Granny Smith, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Cortland or Honeycrisp)

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil

whipped cream or evaporated milk (optional)


(1) Pre-heat oven to 375Β°F.

(2) Peel and cut the apples into chunks then spread them evenly into a non-greased 8″ or 9″ square baking pan.

(3) Use softened coconut oil or heat it in the microwave in a non-metal bowl until melted (around 45 seconds).

(4)  Mix oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl.  Add the coconut oil then, mix with a fork or spatula until crumbly.

(5) Place crumble evenly over the sliced apples.

(6) Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the topping is light brown and the apple juices start to bubble.

(7) When cooled, top with whipped cream or evaporated milk.


Replace 1/2 cup of apples with one of the following:

Dried cranberries, dried cherries, fresh blueberries, pear slices or butterscotch chips.

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When did you learn how to cook/bake?


    1. I have always enjoyed my kids helping out in the kitchen too, no matter how messy it ends up getting πŸ˜‰

  1. This apple crisp sounds so scrumptious! I love that you include your children in the cooking/baking process. Great blog! If you ever feature any recipes using beets, I would be happy to share on my site. Family cooking/baking is one of my favorite things to feature. Cheers!

    1. My kids and I love all vegetables and fruits πŸ™‚ Next we dabble with beets I will be knocking on your door (per se) πŸ˜‰

  2. This crisp does sound very good, I’ve not yet tried using coconut oil this way, and I have some. I started baking as kid, I would help my older sister.

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