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Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you’re craving apple crisp but don’t want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need!

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need! | iowagirleats.com

Speaking of irresistible fall comfort foods…you’re either going to love me or hate me for this (let’s go with ❤️ though, mmkay?) What if I told you you could make just enough apple crisp for two, using ingredients I can almost guarantee you already have in the house, and that it can be made in one skillet on the stovetop in under 15 minutes?

Because I can’t be the only desperate pregnant woman in the world at this very moment craving the classic, sweet fall treat with a very real fear of making then devouring an entire regular-sized batch in one sitting, right? Or you know, every apple crisp-loving person who sits around, foot tapping and watch checking, while a big batch bakes for a whole hour?

We’re talking 8 kitchen staple ingredients, 1 skillet, 15 minutes, gluten-free, easily made dairy-free, speak to your SOUL Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two! All the things you love about regular apple crisp – tender, cinnamon-spiced apples smothered under a crunchy crisp topping – except you can make just enough for an evening nightcap and you don’t have to wait an hour for it to bake. Can I get an Amen?!

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need! | iowagirleats.com

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is my answer to the single serving mug cake that never turns out quite right. If it’s not too eggy, it’s too spongy, doesn’t translate using GF flour, or calls for like, double checking my microwave’s wattage. Cake is supposed to lower my stress levels, not increase them!

That said, I’m sticking to the stovetop and this perfectly proportioned dessert that makes just enough to share when a craving for apple crisp hits. And by “just enough to share” I mean sharing with the baby, of course. Eating for two and all that? ?

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need! | iowagirleats.com

Start by making the crisp topping. This stuff is just ridiculous and so easy – it’s basically homemade skillet granola, and if you happen to eat half of it while waiting for the apples to cook I would completely understand (and totally relate.)

Add 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter like Earth Balance, 2 packed Tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar, 1-1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to a medium-sized skillet then stir until melted and bubbly. Add a scant 3/4 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats plus 1/4 cup sliced almonds then cook, stirring often, especially near the end, until the topping is very fragrant and slightly toasted, 4-5 minutes. Scrape the topping onto a piece of parchment paper or silpat then set aside to cool.

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need! | iowagirleats.com

Crispy, crunchy, perfectly sweet topping = DONE!

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To the same skillet add 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter, 1 packed Tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon then stir until melted and bubbly. Add 2 medium-sized apples that have been peeled then cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups) then turn the heat down just a touch and cook for 2 minutes. Place a lid on the skillet then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but still have a little bite, 3-5 minutes.

This recipe is all about using what you’ve got to satisfy a serious and sudden apple crisp craving, so really any apple will do. That said, I tested using Jonagold and Honeycrisp and both were fantastic.

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Last step is to scoop the apples into a bowl then top with the crisp topping and a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream, if you please, before diving in. I hope you LOVE this quick and easy, totally scrumptious Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two the next time a craving hits!

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need! | iowagirleats.com

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two

Description

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need!

Ingredients

serves 2

  • For the Topping:
    • 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter like Earth Balance
    • 2 packed Tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
    • 1-1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • pinch of salt
    • scant 3/4 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats
    • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • For the Apples:
    • 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter like Earth Balance
    • 1 packed Tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 medium-sized tart apples, peeled then cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups)
  • Ice cream or whipped cream for topping (optional)

Directions

  1. For the Topping: Add the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to a medium-sized saute pan over medium heat then stir until melted and bubbly. Add oats and almonds then cook, stirring often, especially near the end, until mixture is very fragrant and slightly toasted, 4-5 minutes. Scrape onto a silpat or parchment paper (could probably just use a plate too,) then set aside to cool.
  2. For the Apples: Add butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the same skillet then stir until melted and bubbly. Add apples then turn heat down slightly and saute for 2 minutes. Cover skillet with a lid then saute, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender but still have a little bit of a bite, 3-5 more minutes.
  3. Scoop apples into bowls then top with crisp topping and serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need! | iowagirleats.com