This delicious and Simple Apple Crisp is not only a fun way to teach kids some cooking skills, but also a delightful treat that can make your taste buds go woohoo!

Closeup of the Simple Apple Crisp ready and baked in a glass tray and presented on a rack

Teaching simple apple crisp

“It smells like something my grandma makes,” said one of my preschool students, wide-eyed and practically drooling while trying to peek over the countertop into the cooling baking dish.

I had spent the week teaching my class about the life cycle of apples and had decided that the finale to the week would be to teach the children how to make a simple (yet delicious) apple crisp. 

Baking projects are always met with excitement in my classroom.

I’m not sure if it is the messy, hand-on learning or the promise of tasty apple crisp at the completion of this simple project. But whenever I start to say “If anyone is interested in cooking with me, please go wash your –” a stampede of children runs toward the bathroom to wash their hands, in hopes of scoring a coveted spot at the baking table. 

Peeling the skin off an apple on a big wooden table.

The pride of cooking

From start to finish, the preschoolers had their (clean) hands in the baking process of this simple apple crisp.*

Yes, some oatmeal ended up on the floor and and my apple slices were not perfectly thin, but all those things are easy to clean up or overlook.

The pride on their faces and their excitement to “teach Mom and Dad” how to make our creations is worth whatever extra I have to put in. 

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Closeup of the Simple Apple Crisp ready and baked in a glass tray and presented on a rack
5 from 3 votes

Simple Apple Crisp

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
This delicious and Simple Apple Crisp is not only a fun way to teach kids some cooking skills, but also a delightful treat that can make your taste buds go woohoo!

Ingredients
 

For the Filling

  • 4 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup , (depend on how sweet you want it) 
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For the Topping

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour , (sub brown rice flour for a gluten free option) 
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Put ingredients for filling in a 2-quart baking dish and mix until all apples are evenly coated.
  • In a small bowl, mix filling ingredients and crumple over the top of the filling mixture.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.

Notes

When cooking or baking with young children, please be sure to provide adequate assistance and supervision. You as a parent, teacher, family member, or child care provider will have to gauge what each child is personally capable of, but remember the danger of most cooking tools. My students use cooking equipment either one-on-one or in small groups with my careful guidance. 
Calories: 405kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 251mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information provided here is only an estimate shared for convenience and as a courtesy. Information will vary based on ingredients + brands used to create the recipe.

* when cooking or baking with young children, please be sure to provide adequate assistance and supervision. You as a parent, teacher, family member, or child care provider will have to gauge what each child is personally capable of, but remember the danger of most cooking tools. My students use cooking equipment either one-on-one or in small groups with my careful guidance.