Apple Crisp In-a-Mug

by Katelyn Castro

Nothing beats a slice of homemade apple pie, fresh out of the oven. But, let’s be honest; sometimes you don’t have the patience to craft a perfect piecrust, or the time to wait by the oven as the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon fill the kitchen. Sometimes, turning to a simpler recipe can satisfy your cravings, saving you time and keeping you sane.IMG_0002

This Apple Crisp In-a-Mug is the perfect solution. Yes, it requires only a mug and a microwave and it only take five minutes to make. And yes, it is DELICIOUS.

Better yet, this apple crisp is also a little healthier than your average slice of apple pie. The fiber in the oats is good for your heart, and it keeps you feeling full. The nuts and canola oil are also great sources of healthy unsaturated fats, replacing the saturated fats in piecrusts made with butter or shortening. Also, the Vitamin A and C in apples (especially if you keep the peel on) help support your immune system, and hopefully keep you from catching a cold this fall!

So, here it is: Apple Crisp In-a-Mug. It’s a sweet and simple dessert to satisfy your craving for sugary, cinnamony, apple goodness… Enjoy!

Apple Crisp In-a-Mug


1 medium apple, peeled and sliced

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp oats

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp nuts, finely chopped (walnuts, almonds or pecans)

1 tsp canola oil


  1. In microwavable mug, combine sliced apples, vanilla, and cinnamon.IMG_0007
  2. In a small bowl, combine oats with brown sugar, nuts, and canola oil.
  3. IMG_0009 Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of apples. Microwave uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes on high power, until the apples are tender. Let it sit for a few minutes and serve!


Katelyn Castro is a first-year student in the DI/MS Nutrition Program at the Friedman School. In her free time, you can find her running (and sometimes falling), experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, and forcing her friends and family to try her healthy concoctions.

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

1 comment on “Apple Crisp In-a-Mug

  1. Delicious and quick! Great recipe to use whenever I’m craving some apple pie. Thanks for sharing Katelyn!

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