Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is a fast dessert recipe that lets you use up apples, pears, berries you have on hand. It is good to use up fresh fruit in season like apples and rhubarb. You can also use frozen sliced fruit - it doesn't need to be thawed before baking. This is a tried and true recipe made many times - Canadian Comfort Food for those long cold winters!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Slice apples in large greased large casserole dish. You can leave them unpeeled or peeled as you wish.
  3. Combine dry ingredients, then cut in margarine until crumbly. Put over fruit and cook for approximately 35 to 45 minutes until fruit is cooked through. Check with a knife - if the fruit is soft and the oatmeal crisp is brown, it is done.
  4. You can substitue diced rhubarb, pears, berries like saskatoons or blueberries for part or all of the apples. You may want to sprinkle a bit of cornstarch over top before you put the oatmeal over top to thicken the fruit as it cooks. Apples don't need thickening, but berries and pears are juicier.
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Most Helpful

We really enjoyed this simple crisp. It was very quick and easy to make. I used butter, pears, pineapple, nectarines and strawberries. They worked perfectly with the topping. It was a oatmeal and fruit delight. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe. :)

Baby Kato August 31, 2010

Great recipe and extremely versatile. I use raw sugar sometimes for the brown, butter instead of margarine (it's way better for you--no transfat), and grease pan with coconut oil. Not too sweet either and less time and trouble than a pie. Thanks!

OR Chrissy January 31, 2010