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Wild Apple Crunch

 Wild Apple Crunch

Serves: 8

Category: Desserts

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Apples and walnuts are baked together with dried fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg for warm and fruity treat that is even better than apple pie!

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6 apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
6 regular or 3 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup raisins or currants
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
juice of 1 orange


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients except the orange juice. Place in a baking pan and drizzle the orange juice on top.

Cover and bake for about one hour, until all ingredients are soft, stirring occasionally.

Note: You can also simmer this in a covered pot for 30 minutes on top of the stove, stirring occasionally.

Calories 197; Protein 3 g; Carbohydrates 35 g; Sugars 27 g; Total Fat 7.5 g; Saturated Fat 0.7 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 3 mg; Fiber 5.3 g; Beta-Carotene 53 ug; Vitamin C 11 mg; Calcium 36 mg; Iron 0.9 mg; Folate 19 ug; Magnesium 34 mg; Potassium 354 mg; Zinc 0.5 mg; Selenium 0.6 ug

Comments (32):



01/17/2008 07:07 AM

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Fabulously simple & sweet- satisfies my sweet tooth and can be served to any one.
I replaced water with apple juice as well as using the orange juice- very sweet but spices add zest. Next time would add walnuts after cooking so they stay really crunchy


02/28/2008 02:08 PM

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This is good!


12/06/2008 09:03 AM

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I made this for breakfast--it was a little too sweet for breakfast. It would be excellent for dessert. I added some large oats to it--just a handful. Yummy.


02/19/2010 03:35 PM

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This is very good. My husband, who has a real sweet tooth, also likes it. It is a little too sweet with the full amount of raisins, so I make it now with 1/2-2/3 cup.


12/03/2010 01:11 PM

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Fabulous!! I made it on the stove, and like Theresa, I added some oats (museli, actually). I used organic gala apples, so no peeling necessary.
This comment was last edited on 12/04/2010 10:34 PM


04/02/2011 09:07 AM

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I thought this was pretty good but not as great as some of the other apple recipes. I didn't read the reviews until after I made it. I think adding oats like some of the others would take it to 5 star for me.


10/15/2011 11:02 PM

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Fantastic! I made this tonight adding 1/2 cup oats, orange rind, and substituting dried unsweetened cherries for half the currants. It was delicious. I think the orange rind was a great addition. I'll definitely make this again!


11/22/2011 09:41 PM

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Delicious! It was much sweeter than I thought it would be. I ran out of walnuts so I used pecans and it was great. Next time I'll try the walnuts. SO GOOD and easy.


12/02/2011 12:30 PM

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It was a wonderful dessert- very sweet! I added a handful of chopped almonds in addition to the walnuts and sprinkled a handful of oats on top.


11/01/2012 06:14 PM

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Tried the recipe today, without the cinnamon,nutmeg and orange juice o.

Why ruin the great flavour of the apples and other ingredients,

It is excellent,and easy to digest.

Great recipe.
This comment was last edited on 11/01/2012 06:15 PM


11/02/2012 04:01 PM

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I love this! I just had one apple, so I used 2 T of raisins, 2T walnuts, 1/8 cup of water, 2 dates and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Forgot about the orange juice, will try it next time! Oh, and I added a few tablespoons of Trader Joe's spiced apple juice--It's 100% apples plus spices. I made it on the stove and after a half hour, just left it on the stove to cool. I did stir fairly often while it was cooking.

This is even better than the one my sister makes with lots of sugar.
This comment was last edited on 11/02/2012 04:02 PM

Frank Saunders

11/03/2012 10:29 AM

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I made this recipe with dried cranberries and prunes in substitution for the raisins and dates. I also used Gala apples. I diluted white grape juice half and half with water. I cooked it on top of the stove and it was ready in 30 minutes. It was very sweet so would probably not use the grape juice next time; however, when I ate it for breakfast I cut up a banana and mixed it into the single serving size bowl and it cut the sweetness to where it got a 5 Star rating. Mixed with a banana this is an excellent dish for breakfast to give you a lot of fruits to start the day.


12/05/2012 07:44 AM

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The kids and the husband loved this. It will replace the traditional deep dish apple pie at Christmas! Who knew?!?!
5 stars as is! (ok so I only used half the currants suggested.)


03/25/2013 09:58 PM

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I too, added some orange zest - Delicious. I've had it 2 nights in a row!


03/29/2013 07:54 AM

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I tried a 1/2 recipie of this on the stovetop last night. It was great. I substituted figs
for the dates. I real nice base recipie as it is or to play with modifying.


05/12/2013 07:18 AM

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I made it for my 5 and 6 yo daughters and non-ETL husband for dessert and they could not get enough of it. Amazingly like apple pie, it's hard to believe this is good for you, and even harder to believe it's not laden with brown sugar and other garbage! I was particularly surprised at how satisfying this dessert was. I'm very new to this nutritarian concept, yet didn't feel deprived at all. And afterwards, no disgusting 'heavy' feeling like it's all just sitting in your stomach. Finally, I'm doing something good for me and my family. [When you know better, you do better.] This one's a keeper.


10/06/2013 10:55 PM

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This was delicious but a little too concentrated in sweetness. I would add a topping of oats and nuts or something simliar next time. I also doubled the cinnamon and used Ceylon rather than Cassia cinnamon for a more complex taste.


10/07/2013 11:47 AM

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I had some of this for breakfast mixed with some Bob's Red Mill multigrain hot cereal and it was fabulous! Too sweet by itself but great mix-in.


11/06/2013 04:21 PM

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Very good and tasty, used pineapple juice as no oj.... Looked breakfasty, so will try it with oats for breakfast indeed. Could be used as a crumble base too with nuts and


11/22/2013 07:50 PM

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This was easy and delicious!! I even made some as a gift for friends.


01/12/2014 07:25 AM

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I used 3 lbs of Fugi apples and 8 Medjul dates or 154 grams of Medjul (or any kind of date). I used currants and simmered on stove top. I've gotten many compliments.


01/14/2014 04:04 PM

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Great dessert. Satisfies my sweet tooth. Also, tried it with almonds and pom juice. Either way it is a keeper.


01/06/2015 03:33 PM

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this is one of my favorite desserts on this website. It is so easy to make and tastes wonderful. I have tried it with 3 different types of apples, red delicious, the golden delicious and braiburn. It's a matter of taste but the golden delicious is too sweet for my taste. People can't believe this has no sugar or honey, it is so sweet! Also added Pumpkin Spice (made them in the oven)
This comment was last edited on 01/06/2015 03:36 PM


02/28/2015 04:20 PM

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Yum! Made 1/2 recipe for dessert the other night and had leftovers - there's only hubby and me. Just ate them for lunch. When it was warm out of the oven the other night, I thought it was sweet, even for a dessert but very good. It did not seem so sweet cold and the flavors were well "mixed" and delish! Love the crunch of the nuts mixed among all the soft fruit. Beats fried apples and reminds me of my favorite Apple Crisp dessert from childhood.

Will make again as a warm dessert and hope for leftovers. 5 stars! (Oh, look, I was able to add them.)
This comment was last edited on 02/28/2015 04:31 PM


04/16/2015 07:25 PM

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After reading the reviews that this is a very sweet desert, I added frozen cranberries, oats and instead of raisins put Kirkland organic antioxidant fusion (dried blueberries, cherries, peppitas etc). The cinnamon, apples and dates made it sweet enough to satisfy those urges but not overly sweet.


01/08/2016 10:45 PM

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First time made this almost according to Hoyle. I had some left over pineapple juice I couldn't resist throwing in. I too opted to add the walnuts at the end, rather than early on. It was yummerific. Feeling a bit peckish for something sweet after dinner tonight and so I went to this well again, cuz I have a bushel of apples from my brother in laws tree in the garage. (The apples are in the garage, not the tree). Took more liberties this time around. Couldn't find the dates even though I'm damn sure I have some, but in my search came across some dried apricots, so I chopped a few of those bad boys and tossed em in. Plus a little shredded coconut that also crossed my path in the date hunt. Added some frozen blueberries and the requisite spices. Liked the oats idea voiced by others, so I plopped in a small handful of steel cuts. Stove top simmer til the whole kitchen is smelling freakin fabulous. I eat this topped with some almond milk. Oh yeah, 5 stars.

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10/14/2016 06:07 PM

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nowhereman, Loved your review, so now I am gonn' try it too!


01/28/2017 03:22 PM

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This is wonderful! Thanks so much. When I was growing up, we made a lot of "Cherry Crunch," which included a cup of sugar, gooey pie filling, and half a stick of butter!!! Ouch!  You don't miss any of that junk with this recipe.  I did add about a half-cup of rolled oats and baked it --most satisfying!

This comment was last edited on 01/28/2017 03:23 PM


02/18/2019 01:59 PM

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This tastes like Mince meat. I love good old fashion mince meat pie. But now i can have it healthy! I do mine in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop.


This comment was last edited on 02/18/2019 02:00 PM


09/20/2019 05:45 PM

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Why do all your receipes contains so much sugar? 27 g in this one.


09/20/2019 06:03 PM

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It’s natural sugar offset by the fiber in the fruit and vegetables. 


09/22/2019 09:09 PM

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Great, tried to give it five stars but only took four, thank you


11/03/2019 04:13 PM

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Wow! I have truly enjoyed making this recipe. (Several times in a row now). Excellent for breakfast. Have omitted the dates as have found the raisins and apples are plenty sweet enough. Have used cranberries (used the dates in this batch), apricots and almonds, a mixture of raisins, even added a bit of allspice. Every batch was consumed within no time. I tested the apples by eating a piece during the recipe preparation and used my taste buds to judge whether or not the apples could withstand cooking without the dates.  Love this one.