This single serve apple crisp recipe uses exactly one apple per crisp and can be frozen for later. Tasty, convenient, and perfect to stock up the freezer!
Apples are one of my favorite snacks, but also one of my favorite dessert ingredients. Bake them up to make baked apples, or enjoy them as a holiday-worthy dessert like this make ahead apple crisp. But sometimes you end up with odds and ends that need to be used up, and that's where this single serve apple crisp recipe comes in handy.
This single serve apple crisp is absolutely perfect when you have one apple that is no longer good for eating fresh. Not enough apples to make Instant Pot applesauce, but you want to use it before it is completely soft.
All we need to do? Chop it up, toss with brown sugar, cinnamon and flour, and top with a delicious buttery crumble topping.
Why you'll ♡ single serve apple crisps
- they each use one apple
- they can be frozen for later
- perfect if you are cooking for one
Types of apples to use
You can really use any apple to make this recipe, but I do have some favorites and some types of apples that I generally avoid.
My top picks are granny smith, ambrosia, fuji, honey crisp and gala. When baking with apples, it's great to have a mixture of sweet and tart apples to deepen the flavors, however you can make these single serve apple crisps with straight up sweet or straight up tart apples. It's delicious regardless!
I personally avoid macintosh and red delicious as I find their texture to become mealy and unappetizing when baking.
For these single serve apple crisps, you will need an oven-safe container. I like to use large ramekins (10-14 oz) or 20 oz Corningware meal mugs. You could even use an oven-safe glass meal prep container in a pinch (go for a 3 cup container).
How to prepare
To prep these apple crisps, we start by peeling and chopping our apple into ½ inch pieces. Toss it with cinnamon, brown sugar and flour and place into the ramekin or baking dish.
Next we prep the crumble topping by combining melted butter with brown sugar, rolled oats, cinnamon and cardamom. Sprinkle over the apples.
If baking immediately, place in a 350°F oven. It may be easier to arrange multiple ramekins on a baking dish to get them into and out of the oven easily.
Bake for 30 minutes, then top with ice cream and enjoy!
Freeze for later
If freezing for later, simply cover the ramekin with foil or a lid. Place in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.
Important- if freezing in a ramekin or glass baking container, you must fully thaw the crisp before baking it in the oven. Placing a fully frozen baking dish into the oven risks a dangerous explosion.
Thaw by placing in the fridge overnight. Place the crisp on the counter while the oven pre-heats, then place the crisp into the oven and bake it up.
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- Lemon Meringue Pie Bites
- Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Chocolate Dessert Hummus
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- 1 apple (peeled and diced)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter (melted; salted or unsalted works)
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
- For the filling, stir together the apple, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a 10-ounce ramekin.
- For the crumble, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, cinnamon and cardamom, until coarse and crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the apple mixture.
- To serve immediately: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 30minutes.
- To freeze: Cover the ramekin with a square of aluminum foil. Top the foil with plastic wrap and fasten with an elastic band.
- Store for up to 3 months.
- To thaw: Thaw overnight in the fridge.
- While pre-heating the oven, remove crisp from fridge to come to room-temperature.
- Bake at 350°F for 30minutes.
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