Healthy Apple Pie

This month’s recipe redux theme is “healthy holiday dessert you will be sharing with family and friends this season”. I was making an apple pie for Thanksgiving and decided I wanted to do something to replace the butter laden crust. I searched through some of my old favorite recipes and found a yogurt apricot pie recipe (that inspired me to use a granola crust), and my absolute favorite apple pie recipe. I went to work on the crust substituting honey for the sugar, whole wheat pastry flour for half of the flour, and coconut oil instead of the butter. For the filling, I replaced the white flour with whole wheat pastry flour, substituted brown sugar for the white sugar, and added lemon juice and lemon zest. I made a crumble topping using oats, whole wheat pastry flour and brown sugar again,  but added my own twist; instead of butter I used lemon olive oil! The smell was incredible throughout the house and what resulted…. well lets just say it won’t make it till Thanksgiving!

Healthy Apple Pie

Madeline Basler RDN, CDN
Crunchy and delicious this is healthy alternative to apple pie substituting butter laden crust with a healthy granola crust and topping.
Prep Time 55 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8


Granola Crust

  • 1 cup white whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed almonds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3-4 T coconut oil melted
  • pinch of salt


  • 7 cups thinly peeled cored, and sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon whole wheat pastry flour
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 c lemon olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the crust

  • Mix all ingredients for crust and press into a 9 inch pie crust and cook for 10-12 minutes. Cool.
  • Mix all filling ingredients and place in cooled pie shell.
  • Mix crumb topping and scatter on top of the apples.
  • Bake for 50 minutes until apples are tender and topping is browned and crispy.