January 31, 2024

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with a Health Apple Cranberry Crisp

apple and cranberries

Apple crisp is the perfect healthy treat any time of year. Our Apple Cranberry Crisp is sure to hit the spot. 

Join us as we share all the tips on apple picking, varieties and, seasons. Then of course, try our delicious, healthy apple cranberry crisp recipe!

How to Pick a Good Apple

Picking a good apple involves assessing its appearance, texture, and, sometimes, even its aroma, depending on the variety. Here are some tips to help you select the best apples:

  1. Check for Firmness: A good apple should feel firm when you gently squeeze it. Avoid apples that are overly soft or have bruises, as these may be overripe or damaged.
  2. Look for Smooth Skin: Examine the apple's skin for any blemishes, cuts, or wrinkles. A smooth, unblemished skin is a sign of a healthy apple.
  3. Consider the Color: The color of an apple can vary depending on the variety. However, in general, look for apples with vibrant and consistent coloring. Avoid apples that are too dull or have noticeable discoloration.
  4. Inspect the Stem: A fresh apple should have a stem that is still attached and looks green and healthy. A missing or withered stem may indicate that the apple is not as fresh.
  5. Smell the Aroma: Some apple varieties, like Fuji and Honeycrisp, have a pleasant aroma. If the apples have a fruity and fresh scent, it's a good sign that they are ripe and flavorful.
  6. Consider the Purpose: Different apples are suited for different purposes. For eating out of hand, you might prefer sweeter varieties like Gala or Red Delicious. For baking, tart varieties like Granny Smith work well.
  7. Feel the Weight: A good apple should feel heavy for its size. Heavier apples are typically juicier and denser.
  8. Check for Ripeness: If you plan to use the apples immediately, choose ones that are ready to eat. If you want them to last longer, opt for slightly underripe apples and let them ripen at home.
  9. Ask for Recommendations: If you're unsure about which apples to choose, don't hesitate to ask a store employee or a local farmer for recommendations based on your preferences.

Remember that apple preferences can vary, so what's considered a "good" apple for one person may differ from another's taste. Experiment with different apple varieties to find your favorites for various culinary uses and eating preferences.

Apple Varieties Chart

Apple varieties chart

When are Apples In Season?

Apples are typically in season August through October. During their season apples are more flavorful when bought locally and they cost less.

Apple Season Chart

apple season chart

Apple Berry Crisp Recipe

This healthy apple berry crisp is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and get you your apple for the day. Enjoy!


Preheat the oven to 375° F.

For Filling: In a 2-quart baking dish, combine apples and cranberries. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over fruit mixture in a baking dish; toss to coat.

For topping: In a small bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Using a fork, stir in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the apple mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm.


5 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
1 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. whole-wheat flour
1 Tbsp. butter, melted

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