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Apple, Date, and Ginger Crisp

A little ginger -- a powerful anti-inflammatory and digestion aid -- goes a long way in this dessert. Combining dates and apples provides a sweet dose of fiber. Read more about the Health Benefits of Apples and get more Healthy Apple Recipes.

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  • Servings: 4
Apple, Date, and Ginger Crisp

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Body+Soul, September 2007


  • 4 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 pitted Medjool dates, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 Macoun apples, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 9 gingersnap cookies, finely crumbled (3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup thick unsweetened yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, grated ginger, cinnamon, orange zest, and dates. Add apples and toss to combine. Transfer mixture to an 8-inch square baking dish.

  2. In a small bowl, combine gingersnaps with pecans, remaining sugar, oats, and remaining butter. Using your fingertips, work mixture to form a crumble topping. Distribute topping over apples. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until fruit mixture is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until topping has browned and apples are tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving with yogurt.

Reviews (4)

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 28 Jan, 2013

    Apple, Date, and Ginger Crisp
    Russell's Sunday Dinner
    Sunday Dinner Guest Dr. Julie Iezzi, PhD
    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • ShawnEC 22 Apr, 2011

    This recipe is delicious and unique. Fresh ginger in the filling is warming to the mouth. Because my grocery store did not carry Macoun apples, I used all Granny Smith. The results were still fantastic.

  • kalimc 18 Sep, 2009

    this is truly delicious !

  • deweydame 16 Mar, 2009

    Could the chef make a lower carb version? TIA

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