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.
Body+Soul, September 2007
  • Prep Time 25 Minutes
  • Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 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.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (17)

  • 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.

  • mariamar 25 Oct, 2010

    I am going to try this recipe. Have granny smith apples in 'frigerator and am going to substitute dried figs for the Medjool dates. Sounds really good can almost smell it already.

  • MissInk 1 Oct, 2010

    Try replacing the brown sugar with agave nectar. Agave nectar is very sweet with no "unusual aftertaste'". Although it is as high in calories, it has a low glycemic index and less of a clycemic "load" so that if your issue is high glucose, you can still enjoy this dessert in moderation.

  • cookiedust 26 Oct, 2009

    This dessert was very tasty. The fresh grated ginger really adds a lot. Also, tastes great with nonfat plain yogurt. I will definitely make again and share with friends.

  • kalimc 18 Sep, 2009

    this is truly delicious !

  • deweydame 16 Mar, 2009

    Could the chef make a lower carb version? TIA

  • chrisbensch 28 Feb, 2009

    This dessert is so delicious that I never thought once about how healthy it was!

  • tealyb 10 Jan, 2009

    It would be nice for those of us on low/no sugar diets to have other options than artificial sweeteners or too high "sugars content". Splenda type sweeteners are toxic to me. The recipe's sugars are way too high for me also.

  • ArtistCarol 16 Dec, 2008

    Doing the math i'd say that these are generous dessert sizes and what they describe as dessert for four really would be dessert for six, at least in our home.

    Here is how it works out - for four people it includes four apples, 4 dates, plus 9 gingersnaps and miscellaneous oats and pecans. So if it's considered for six, its less than 300 calories and it sounds so rich, that sounds like a pretty satisfying dessert in smaller dose.

    The yogurt sounds nice but as someone who's lactose intolerant i've learned how nice things can taste when they're not 'a la mode', too. So that knocks a few more calories out.

    Also compare this to a typical piece of apple pie - that usually comes in at around 325-350 calories, but is higher in fat due to the crust, and probably equal in carbs and has less fiber.

    One lesson here is that we choose our own poison so to speak - if i skip dessert and wine all week (well, ok, just three glasses for the week instead of one every night!) and give myself a bit of heaven like this dessert, well, it's worth the wait.

  • futurowoman 9 Dec, 2008

    This is a wonderful dish! I LOVE it! I made it with Galas and Golden Delicious, and it was fabulous!

  • PatKauf 3 Nov, 2008

    I'm also surprised with the total # of calories. And yet, it sounds delicious and better than chocolate cake! Some apples are jucier and sweeter than others. McCoun is a sweet apple. I have easy access to Fiji apples, which are also very sweet. I usually cut back on sugar in this kind of recipe anyway. So, I will try it with Brown Sugar Splenda, which is half the calories

  • bigmarcella 20 Oct, 2008

    most of the carbs are FROM th fruit

  • kkach 20 Oct, 2008

    Sorry I miscalculated. This has 429 calories not 409. I'm not sure with 65g CHO how this could be considered healthy, you are nullifying any healthy benefits of the spices, fruits, or oats.

  • kkach 20 Oct, 2008

    I would have thought there would have been a healthier dish. 409 calories is too much for dessert.

  • futurowoman 19 Oct, 2008

    PS. When I say that I made a "double batch," I mean that I made two of them at the same time. They were the recommended size.

  • futurowoman 19 Oct, 2008

    This is very delicious! However, it took a lot longer to prep all of the items--I made a double batch, and it took over an hour to prep and about an hour to cook. If you have the time, though, it's totally worth it! Yummy, wholesome, and very nice with plain yogurt *full cream, of course!*