Easy Apple Granola Crisp

You may think that because I blog about food that I come home every night and whip up some fancy shmancy meal for myself.


After a long day of work + babysitting + working out, I walk in the door and think about the energy I don’t have to cook.  And the energy I especially don’t have to clean up the crazy mess I make every single time I cook.

Some nights I’ll have leftovers for dinner, like last night when I had a greek veggie burger that I made on Tuesday.  I try to pair it with something I can get together quickly like sweet potato fries or roasted zucchini.  Then I feel like Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade.

Some nights I’ll heat up a luna burger, throw it on some arugula, douse it in tahini sauce and call it a day.

Some nights I’ll microwave an Amy’s burrito for “dinner” and then eat a million chocolate covered pretzels dipped in peanut butter thirty minutes later because let’s be honest with each other here, that ain’t dinner.

Some nights, like tonight, I’ll have Trader Joe’s multi-grain roasted vegetable lasagna (which is DELICIOUS by the way).

Some nights, I staaaay up cashing in my bad luck. Some nights, I call it a draw.

Now we all know finally know the words to the first line of that grossly underplayed song.

Props if you’re super lazy and choose to microwave the lasagna for 16 minutes and throw it in the oven for 3. Major props if you put it in a glass dish because it’s more Sandra that way.

I don’t know what loser would ever do something like that.

Since I ate dinner from a box tonight, I wanted to end it on a homemade note.  Ya know, like Sandra.  This might be my favorite recipe on the blog thus far and it also happens to be BY FAR the easiest.  After I licked my ramekin clean, I ran back to the kitchen to make one for Danny and Ally.

I think they might both like me a tad more after tonight.

Easy Apple Granola Crisp for One

-inspired by this recipe


  • 1 apple, sliced or diced thinly
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp granola
  • 1 tsp melted butter
  • drizzle of pure maple syrup
  • cooking spray


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a ramekin with cooking spray.
  3. Combine thinly sliced apples, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.  Toss to coat.
  4. Place apple mixture into ramekin.  Top with granola.
  5. Pour melted butter over top of granola.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven, drizzle with maple syrup, and bake for 5 more minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and devour.

Some nights it’s all about the easiest dessert ever.