Zucchini Crisp – A Delicious Alternative to Apple Crisp

Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable, you can use it in so many different ways. It’s great grilled, stir-fried, or even raw tossed into salads. I also like to bake mine into a healthy snack. The other day I came across a few recipes using zucchini like apples by cooking them into dessert cobblers or crisps, I just had to try it out myself!

It was amazing to see how a zucchini recipe could look and taste like an apple crisp. This recipe is perfect when zucchini is in season and if you have a lot to get rid of (just like apples during apple season!). Feel free to mix in other ingredients to the crumble topping. I added in some flaked coconut and flax seeds but they’re optional if you don’t have any.

Peel and cut zucchini into cubes.

Mix together the zucchini and filling ingredients.

Mix together the topping ingredients until crumbled.

Top the zucchini cubes with crumble and bake.

Zucchini Crisp Recipe

  • 4 cups zucchini, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar

    Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cold coconut oil or butter (or half of each)
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons flax seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Heat oven to 375°F. In a bowl, mix together the cubed zucchini, lemon juice, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish or ramekins for individual portions.

    For the topping, combine the light brown sugar, oats and flour into a bowl, then mix in the coconut oil until crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture over the zucchini cubes. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the zucchini is tender and the top is golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

    Total Time: 60 minutes
    Yield: makes 6 servings
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    4 Responses to “Zucchini Crisp – A Delicious Alternative to Apple Crisp”

    1. Bryan & YiRan April 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      Woah, interesting! Does this actually taste sweet like apple crisp would? How do the flavors compare?

      • Barb April 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

        Hi Bryan & YiRan! The spices and sugar sweeten the zucchini but honestly, the flavor and texture is pretty darn similar to an apple crisp. Zucchini doesn’t have a very strong flavor anyway so it’s the perfect substitute.

    2. Anna @ hiddenponies April 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

      Interesting, I’ve never heard of this substitution except maybe shredded in muffins – I’ll have to try it! Your crumble topping looks amazing.

      • Barb April 22, 2012 at 10:44 am #

        Thanks, Anna! Same here, I always shredded zucchini for muffins or bread. But definitely try this recipe out, you’d be surprised!

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