Ginger Snap Apple Crisp with Sweet Cinnamon and Walnuts


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Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 223 per serving
Percent from Fat: 39%
Cusine: American, Vegetarian
Course: Dessert
Diet: mediterranean
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Walnut

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Walnuts are considered one of 14 "SuperFoods" because of their high omega-3 content. No other nut even comes close to containing the same amount of omega-3s! Eating a handful of walnuts everyday can improve your heart health and cholesterol level if you have type 2 diabetes.

Culinary Taste Tip

Some apples are better for baking than others. Granny smith and golden delicious are both good choices and are available year round. For a crispy, honey-sweet, and tart flavor, try using the newest apple on the block, the honeycrisp.

Culinary Technique Tip

Want to keep those fresh apple slices from turning brown? Keep them in a bowl of cold water with a little bit of lemon juice.


1/4 cup turbinado cane sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons Benecol or Take Control spread (not light), divided
2 (12 oz.) packages fresh apple wedges, such as Chiquita brand
2/3 cup coarsely crushed gingersnap cookies, such as Trader Joe's (10 cookies=2/3 cup crushed=2 ounces)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts


Heat oven to 350°F. Combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Melt 1 tablespoon of the spread in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and stir-fry 2 minutes or until beginning to soften. Stir in half of the sugar mixture and continue to stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar melts and juices from apples form a glaze. Divide mixture among six 6 to 8-ounce custard cups or ramekins. Combine cookies, walnuts, remaining sugar mixture and remaining 2 tablespoons spread, tossing well to distribute the soft spread evenly. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Bake uncovered 20 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Pecans may replace walnuts if desired.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 10; Fat calories (kc): 89; Cholesterol (mg): 2; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 1; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 3.5; Monounsaturated fat (g): 3.5; Fiber (g): 4; Carbohydrates (g): 33; Sugar (g): 24; Protein (g): 3 ; Sodium (mg): 78; Calcium (mg): 18

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From: toeduso

These are recipes I can do. Not difficult, expensive or hard to find ingredients. I can't wait to get started. - Melissa

From: dinie

This dessert is fabulous! I rarely fix dessert (for obvious reasons), but this is certainly a tasy exception. Even my picky brother-in-law loved it!

From: kathyannr

Liked this very much. The family was fighting over the leftovers. I doubled the recipe and use an 8x13 cake pan.

From: qvcqueen01

What is turbinado sugar?

From: lolathemola

what in the world is Benecol or Take Control spread? Scary.

From: lolathemola

I wish you would integrate sustainably produced foods into your recipes. Chiquita brand apple wedges do not fall among these. Trader Joe's received the lowest score of all grocery stores in the category of sustainably harvested fish. Personal health is vital, global health is just as vital.

From: rbingo

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From: Janhen

Need low sodium recipes

From: dondmckay

This recipe can also be used with Gluten free ginger cookies to make a treat for those with gluten intolerance. Henry's markets in California have the cookies.

From: jyleads


What is sustainably harvested fish? I find the fish at Trader Joe's better than most grocery stores since it is wild caught and not farm raised.

From: kfox

can graham cracker be used for ginger snaps

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