Apple Nut Crunch

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Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients. It only uses one medium apple and it is the perfect size for a weeknight family meal. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Apple Nut Crunch Recipe (with only one apple):

It’s officially apple season here in Indiana. There’s nothing like the smell of a baked apple dessert in the oven.  It’s warm and inviting, homey and settlig – just what we all need right now.

My general rule of thumb is that fruit does not belong in a dessert; in my mind, a dessert is CHOCOLATE, peanut butter or butterscotch. However, apple is my one exception to this rule. I love all baked apple desserts, even if it’s just simple baked apples like these.

I was struck by how few ingredients (only 1 apple) this crunchy apple dessert called for in my Caterin to Charleston Cook Book. The recipe is the perfect size in my humble opinion. It makes an 8 x 8 inch apple nut crunch which is just the right size for a one-time dessert with no leftovers to tempt me the rest of the day.

Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

You probably already have all the other ingredients on hand.

  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

This recipe makes enough for a weekday family meal, making it truly perfect for a sweet bite after lunch or dinner.

Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

How to Make Quick and Easy Apple Dessert:

Instructions:

  1. Mix egg and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into wet mixture.
  3. Fold in diced apples, chopped nuts and vanilla and pour into a 8 x 8 inch baking dish.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  5. Serve warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

For the full instructions for Apple Dessert (without oats, brown sugar or cinnamon), scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes About Apple Nut Crunch:

  • I left my apple unpeeled for this crunchy apple dessert; however, if you prefer to peel it, then go for it.
  • This is the perfect sized dessert for everyone family member to have just one serving. It’s baked in an 8 x 8 inch baking dish (like this one), and leftovers almost never are a problem.
  • This apple dessert is without brown sugar oats and cinnamon which makes it unique!  If you are a cinnamon fanatic, go ahead and add some to the batter.
  • I used chopped pecans but you can use your favorite chopped nut. Walnuts would be perfect too.

Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Which apples are best for baking?

We like using Granny Smiths and our kids love eating them so it’s a win-win to buy just one bag at the store for baking and snacking!

Jonathans, Jonagolds, Honeycrisp, Braeburn and Melrose are all good options. Don’t be afraid to mix and match too. Pair a tart Granny Smith with a sweeter Honeycrisp. You can use Fuji and Gala apples too!

Baked Apple Desserts:

Grandma’s Apple Crisp (without oats)

Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp recipe is a traditional apple crisp without oats. The melt-in-your-mouth crumble topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more.

Baked Apple Surprise

Baked Apple Surprise is an old fashioned apple cake recipe.  The ingredients are easy, and it's baked in a pie pan making it a quick dessert or breakfast to get on the table.  Plus, your kitchen will have the aroma of fall with hints of apple and cinnamon.

Sour Cream Apple Bars

Grandma's Sour Cream Apple Squares is an old-fashioned dessert that will have your family begging for more.  These delicious bars have two layers including a creamy apple layer and a sweet brown sugar crust. Serve these with whipped cream just like our Grandma did.

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Apple Nut Crunch

Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crunch, apple dessert without brown sugar, apple dessert without cinnamon, apple dessert without oats, apple nut crunch, baked apple dessert, crunchy apple dessert, quick and easy apple dessert
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Beat egg lightly and add sugar. Stir until light yellow in color.
    Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
    Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Add flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir.
    Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Add diced apples, chopped nuts and vanilla, stirring until combined.
    Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Pour into prepared dish. Baked for 30-35 minutes.
    Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Scoop out and serve topped with ice cream or whipped cream while warm.
    Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

  • I left my apple unpeeled for this crunchy apple dessert. If you prefer to peel it, then go for it.
  • This is the perfect sized dessert for only family, one serving. It's baked in an 8 x 8 inch baking dish (like this one), and almost never has leftovers. 
  • This apple dessert is without brown sugar oats and cinnamon which makes it unique!  If you are a cinnamon fanatic, go ahead and add some to the batter. 
  • I used chopped pecans. Use your favorite chopped nut. Walnuts would be perfect too. 
  • Looking for a classic apple crisp? Our Grandma's recipe is the BEST!

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg

Apple Nut Crunch is the perfect fall dessert when you are short on time and ingredients---it only uses one medium apple. This crunchy baked apple dessert is served warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

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