Microwave Apple Crisp for One

This apple crisp cooks up quickly in the microwave and makes a fast snack, breakfast or dessert.
This apple crisp cooks up quickly in the microwave and makes a fast snack, breakfast or dessert.
This apple crisp cooks up quickly in the microwave and makes a fast snack, breakfast or dessert.

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You reach into your fruit bowl or your crisper drawer for a bright shiny apple, wash it and take a bite, looking forward to sweet juice and refreshing crispness…only to find your apple is underripe, overripe, mealy or otherwise less than ideal.

Unfortunately, I let this one sit in my crisper drawer a bit too long.
Unfortunately, I let this one sit in my crisper drawer a bit too long.

Well, despair not. Just because you don’t want to eat that apple out of hand doesn’t mean it has to go to waste. Instead, whip up this super simple dessert (or breakfast or snack) for one!

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Microwave Apple Crisp for One

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, peeled if desired, cored and diced
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon or a mix of spices
  • 1 tsp sugar, maple syrup or honey, optional
  • 2 tbsp rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • 2 tbsp water or cider; bourbon also works

Steps

  1. Place the diced apple in a microwave- and oven-safe ramekin and toss with the cinnamon and sweetener, if using.
  2. Sprinkle the oats and nuts, if using, over the apples.
  3. Pour the liquid over top.
  4. Microwave on high 1 minute, then use the back of a spoon to press the oat mixture down into the apples and liquid.
  5. Microwave another minute or so until the apples are tender.
  6. If desired, place the ramekin in a toaster oven or under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp the top.
  7. Eat with a spoon—bonus points for adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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