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The Best No-Fuss Fried Apple Dessert

I learned to cook from my mother and Food Network. For the past eight years, I've been dreaming up recipes with an easy, playful twist.

Apples galore!

Apples galore!

When the Doorbell Rings, Will You Be Ready?

When big Thanksgiving meal preparations ominously on your to-do list, whatever you decide to during dinner, make sure to include fried apples for dessert! A crockpot is your secret weapon to present a mouthwatering holiday dessert, and this no-nonsense dish takes less than two hours to make.

Can you taste it?

Can you taste it?

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour 30 min

1 hour 40 min

Serves four people


  • 3 Gala apples, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 granola bars, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Slice three gala apples and put them in a gallon Ziploc bag. Add the cornstarch and shake well until the slices are coated.
  2. Combine the two sugars and cinnamon in a bowl and stir them to evenly mix the contents.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the Ziploc bag and shake it up to make sure the apple slices are well covered.
  4. Add everything to the crockpot and top with melted butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Set the time to 90 minutes and the temperature to high.
  5. While the apples are cooking, place four granola bars inside the same Ziploc bag used for the apples. Use a rolling pin to crush them into smaller chunks.
  6. Once the apples are tender without becoming too soft, transfer them to your serving dish and add the granola to garnish.
  7. Top everything with a spoonful (or two, or three) of honey to make your dessert glisten and add a lovely depth of flavor.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

A Step-By-Step of Your Thanksgiving Masterpiece!

Why Apples?

Apples are a great fruit to use during the holidays because they perform double duty. In desserts, they pair beautifully with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. In home decor, they are found in organic centerpiece arrangements along with pumpkins, berries, and greenery.

That being said, it can be difficult to choose from the numerous options of apples in the grocery store, so here are a few suggestions for you to consider. These varieties have thicker skins and are harder than others, helping them to keep well in winter so you can have them on hand ahead of time, before the holiday rush!

Winter-Friendly Apples

  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Honeycrisp
  • Red Delicious

I used gala apples because they keep well and soften without becoming fall-apart tender too quickly.

A Dessert Even Snow White Would Love

And you've done it! Your delectable fried apple dessert is ready to serve, and even the most nitpicky guest will have no choice but to enjoy their serving and ask for another! The ingredients here fed four people, so feel free to adjust accordingly to your guest list. The amazing thing is that as long as your crockpot has space, you can multiply the servings with minimal effort!

Leftovers are a good thing.

Leftovers are a good thing.

The Aftermath

Maybe you overestimated how many apples were needed, and you have a good amount of fried apple dessert left over the day after Thanksgiving. Here are a few ideas for how to gobble up the rest with some fun twists!

Try the Following

  • Spoon it over oatmeal to spice up your breakfast.
  • Top off your pancakes for a Sunday brunch vibe.
  • Make your own parfait (layer apples, yogurt, and extra granola).
  • Spread it over pork to add a nice flavor contrast.

Whatever you do, make sure to save this recipe to use for next year, because your guests are sure to request it! Bon “appétit”!

© 2017 Jessica Koltun