Cooking On A Budget: Apple Raisin Oatmeal Crisp

Monday, September 5, 2016

Apple Raisin Oatmeal Crisp

Apple Raisin Oatmeal Crisp ~ a warming, comforting fall dessert that's so easy to make!

There's something so homey and comforting about Apple Raisin Oatmeal Crisp isn't there? It's a bit easier than making pie too because you aren't fussing with making pie crust. Don't get me wrong I love my apple pie and the crust making isn't complicated once you know the right techniques, but the crisp comes together much quicker. In fact the longest part of making Apple Raisin Oatmeal Crisp is the apple preparation.
A while back I was approached by Nonni Strategic Marketing, LLC asking me if I would like to receive a special oatmeal bowl and represent Flahavan's Irish Oat Products on my blog. I said that I would. When the package arrived it felt like Christmas! Enclosed was a wooden spoon, recipe cards, the oatmeal products (regular and steel cut oats) and an apron along with my personalized oatmeal bowl with my name on it.

I took my time in thinking about what to make and since my husband had been throwing out direct hints on a number of occasions how he was looking forward to an apple pie, my conclusion was simple: I would make him an apple crisp.

I almost forgot - when I opened the oatmeal box there was a nice little gift inside - a reusable shopping bag tucked inside! You can now find Flahavan's in stores all across the United States! So when you are in the section where you normally find oatmeal, check the shelves for this fine product.

 According to their website: "Flahavan’s has been milling oats at the family mill in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford for over 200 years." There's a lot of history to this company dating back to the 1700's. And their mission is to be customer led and driven by the need for healthy lifestyles. I like that. I also like that they have a few different versions of their oatmeal. There's oatmeal, steel cut oatmeal and packages of quick cooking oatmeal. With the kids in school you absolutely need to send them off with a hearty and nutritious breakfast. If your time is limited the quick cooking oatmeal is perfect. You can also check out their recipe section on their website for more ideas.

Oatmeal can be used in so many different things and not just for breakfast and we know that it makes a delicious topping on an apple crisp. This Apple Raisin Oatmeal Crisp will go perfect with our dinner tonight too as I am making Pork Chops with Onions, a family favorite and one that we make often here in our home.

For the topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold butter - cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  1. In a food processor add the flour and chunks of butter. Pulse until the butter is crumbled into the flour.
  2. Remove the mixture to a bowl and add in the brown sugar, cinnamon, oats and salt. Work mixture with your hands until incorporated.
For the apples:
  • 8 apples - peeled, cored and sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar 
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add to a 9 x 13 baking dish and cover with the topping.
  3. Baked in a pre-heated 350° oven for an hour or until the apples are tender when poked with a knife.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Serves: 8-10
Cost: approximately $10.78, serving 10 for $1.07 or 8 for $1.34 each

The aroma from the apples and cinnamon is just the quintessential fall smell! It's gorgeous - if you can call a smell gorgeous. I love it and so pleased it came out so delicious!

In case you want to be a tad more decadent, try it with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream!

I was compensated with product only and all opinions are mine and mine alone.


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