This healthy apple cobbler is what fall baking is all about! It's an easy, cinnamon-apple dessert that the whole family will love! 21 Day Fix and Weight Watchers approved.
Hey guys! Does your fam go apple picking in the fall? I know a lot of you do, because so many of you have been checking out my Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe over the last couple of weeks! Btw, if you haven't made that one yet, I hope you do, it's SO good!
We've picked many different kinds of produce, but this was the first year we've ever gone apple-picking and we loved it! There's just something satisfying about the way the apples part ways with their stems that made my little heart so happy.
In any event, I had a wild amount of apples in the house that were ripe (you see what I did there?) for recipe testing and I've been thinking about cobbler lately like nobody's business so here we are.
And YOU GUYS. You need this warm pan of delicious cinnamon apples topped with sweet, buttery, crispy-topped perfection in your life asap!
We've been happily devouring it for days. My sister, mouth full of cobbler said "This does not taste Fix approved!" But it is, dear sister, it really is. ♥
Anyway, enough chit chat, let's do some Q&A and then I'll show you how stinking easy this apple-y gorgeousness is to make!
What is a cobbler?
A cobbler is a fruit dessert, where the fruit filling is topped with either a batter or biscuit dough and then baked. In this particular recipe, I opted for a biscuit-style topping, but because I love both, I've also got a crazy-good, cake-style version coming soon!
Is apple cobbler healthy?
Well, while apple cobbler is filled with, well, apples, it isn't always very good for you because it's often loaded with sugar and butter. However, in this 21 Day Fix apple cobbler recipe, I've cut way back on both (though I promise, this dessert is plenty sweet!), and used healthy whole wheat flour in the topping instead of white!
While few desserts are truly "healthy", this one is pretty darn good!
What kind of apples should I use to make this healthy apple cobbler recipe?
I used a mixture of Jonathon, Mcintosh and Cortland apples because that's what we brought home from apple picking, but feel free to use whatever good baking apples you like, or switch it up each time for slightly different flavor profiles!
Some other great ones are pink ladies, braeburns, crispins, golden delicious, granny smith and honey crisp.
Can 21 Day Fix Apple Cobbler be doubled?
Yes! Double it in a 9x13 pan, or you can make a baby 3-serving apple cobbler and put it in a loaf pan 🙂
Can healthy apple cobbler be frozen?
It sure can!
Does this classic apple cobbler need to be refrigerated?
Technically no, however, it'll last longer if you refrigerate it. 1-2 days on the counter versus 4-5 in the fridge (and I actually think it tastes better in the fridge anyway, so throw it in there if you've got the room)!
What are some more healthy apple recipes?
You can find a TON of delicious and healthy apple recipes (like Apple Cider BBQ Chicken, Slow-Cooker Stuffed Apples and Apple Walnut Brie Chicken!) from The Foodie and The Fix (and a few of my friends!) in this Healthy Fall Apple Recipes post!
Also, as a bonus, don't forget this Ultimate List of 21 Day Fix Fall Recipes post for all of your fun fall recipe needs!
How to make Healthy Apple Cobbler:
First, make the filling!
Whisk together the cornstarch, spices and salt. Then, slowly whisk in about half of the cider, until there are no lumps left from the cornstarch or the spices. Then add the remaining cider, maple syrup....
and lemon juice. Stir in your apples and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened and the apples have slightly softened (you can also choose to cook the apples longer if you prefer them to be pretty soft in the end, this method will leave a bit of texture). Put your filling in a sprayed 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish and set aside.
Make the dough!
Whisk together the dry ingredients, then cut the butter into that mixture with either a pastry blender or two butter knives, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the almond milk.
Drop the dough by spoonfuls on top of the apple filling (I spread each dollop just a bit with the back of the spoon, but the dollops will spread further in the oven). Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes.
If you guys give this Healthy Apple Cobbler recipe a try, please let me know what you think! You can leave a comment below or tag me on Insta @thefoodieandthefix. Or if you’re in my private Facebook group, I’d love to see a photo of your creation in there! I hope you enjoy ♥
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- 2 Tbs cornstarch
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon (you can also substitute all of the spices for a teaspoon of apple pie spice if you have some on hand!)
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice (optional)
- a good pinch of ground ginger (optional)
- pinch of salt
- ¾ cup apple cider
- ½ Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbs pure maple syrup
- 6 cups of thinly sliced, peeled apples (I used a mix of cortland, macintosh and jonathon because I had them from apple picking, but use whatever you like!)
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour (regular whole wheat flour or 1:1 gluten-free flour can be substituted)
- 2 Tbs white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, grated or chopped very fine (after I do this, I throw it back in the fridge or freezer for a bit to get cold again before using)
- ½ teaspoon raw sugar (you can also just use a bit of white or brown sugar if you don't have this on hand, but it adds great texture if you do!)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk the cornstarch, spices and salt together in a large saucepan. Whisk in about half of the cider until there are no lumps of cornstarch left, then whisk in the remaining cider, maple syrup and lemon juice.
- Peel and slice apples then add them to the pan. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, or until the mixture has thickened and the apples have slightly softened*.
- Pour the mixture into an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish that's been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Set aside while you make the dough.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With either a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the almond milk until just combined, and then dollop the dough evenly over the apple filling (I usually spread it just a bit with the back of my spoon, but it'll spread more as it bakes - see photo).
- Sprinkle the raw sugar just over the biscuit dough, then bake for 35-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and crispy on top.
- I like to let it cool for about 10 minutes or so then enjoy warm!
*The apples in this recipe still have a bit of texture to them. If you prefer your apples to be pretty soft, you can cook them longer at this point, adding a little extra cider if necessary to keep them from getting too thick and burning.
21 Day Fix Container Counts per Serving: 1 Purple, ½ Yellow, 2 sweetener tsp, 2 oil tsp
Weight Watchers Personal Points: Healthy Apple Cobbler
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: ⅙th of pan
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 8g
Nutritional information provided is approximate and for informational purposes only.