Apple & Yam Oat Crisp! ~ A Modern twist on a Classic Recipe


Delicious Apple & Yam Oat Crisp

When I moved out of my parents house at age 19, one of the best things anyone gave me was a ring binder style Betty Crocker Cookbook. That was many, many years ago. I still have that cookbook, and there are still a few tried and true recipes I refer to as loose bases for my own recipes. The original Betty Crocker Warm Apple Crisp is one of those recipes. It was as yummy when I was 19 as it is now.

1980s Edition

Flash forward to this past Tuesday. We were at our Brand New Local Natural Food Co-op. As we walk in, I take note of some beautiful, gnarly little yams on a painted hutch. A few feet away are some big, firm perfect yellow-blush apples. Pennsylvania isn’t great at many things, but we do grow some awesome apples. I grabbed six of those right away – half for our son to eat;  the other half for us to cook with. Over in the organic bulk bins, I saw some great smelling rolled oats. It hit me all at once. Brown Sugar, Oat, Apple & Yam Crisp! Oh, Yummy!! I told Bruce my idea and he was all in! 🙂

You can eat this hearty, delicious crisp as a dessert, as a side dish with pork, or even for breakfast.

Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!

Apple & Yam Brown Sugar & Oat Crisp

* Ingredients: 

2 cups sliced Apples

2 cups sliced Yams


Crunchy Oat Topping

1 cup of Water

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour

3/4 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oat

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

healthy pinch of cloves

– 9 x 12 baking dish [I like glass or Corningware best]

* Method:

  • Heat oven to 375º F. [190 c] Grease bottom and sides of baking pan with butter. (or coconut oil spray)
  • Arrange apples and yams alternately and evenly in pan. Do not worry about design – it will be covered. Carefully pour water into pan so it runs to the bottom. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl, cut in and stir remaining ingredients until well mixed; sprinkle evenly over apples and yams. Try to cover the yams and apples completely.
  • Bake about 45-50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling slightly through. The apples and yams should be tender when pierced with a fork.


You can serve this right away, cool to room temperature, or make ahead and reheat.

It is amazing topped with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


Apple & Yam Crisp with Cranberry Orange Sauce

Bruce served ours warm with home made Cranberry Orange Sauce. Y-U-M!

We hope you give this easy and tasty dish a try. We love it!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

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