Apple, Date, and Ginger Crisp

Photo: Dana Gallagher
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins

Combining dates and apples provides a sweet dose of fiber and a little ginger goes a long way in this dessert. .


  • 4 tablespoons light-brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 4 pitted Medjool dates, chopped into ¼-inch pieces

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into ½-inch wedges

  • 2 Macoun apples, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into ½-inch wedges

  • 9 gingersnap cookies, finely crumbled (¾ cup)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats

  • ½ 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.

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