Apple Crisp in a Mug

We’ve got our first real cold snap going on, with the threat of snow on the way. What better way to warm up than with a hot mug of apple crisp that only took 2 minutes to make?



I love the idea of making a quick dessert to enjoy in the evening, without making a whole pan for just Garrett and me. Mug desserts are an easy way to get just the right amount of that rich treat you’re craving. Apple crisp is one of my favourite desserts and I love my Nana’s recipe which I normally use. I strongly suggest that you give her recipe a try, but it’s also nice to have a quick version in your back pocket too.



Warm soft apples with a cinnamon oat crumble on top. Delicious!


What you’ll need:

  • 1 small apple, peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp quick oats
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (or 1 packet of stevia)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


Peel the apple and cut it into thin slices. I find that thinner slices cook evenly in the microwave.


Place slices in a microwaveable mug or small bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds.


Meanwhile, combined the remaining ingredients and crumble together with a fork. I just reuse the plate that I cut the apple on. Less dishes!


Stir the cooked apples and then sprinkle the topping on top. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and then microwave for an additional 30 seconds.



Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes (the hardest part is waiting!) and then dig in. A scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whip cream are a nice touch on top.

You could pack this apple crisp up for an afternoon pick-me-up at work too. Just measure out the crumble ingredients into a small plastic bag and slice an apple at home with a sprinkle of lemon juice to prevent it from going brown. Then it’s as easy as tossing it in a mug on your break!


Printable Version


  1. Ada says

    This is frikkin’ awesome. Add me some butter and I’m in heaven! Wonder how this would be, modified for the Pampered Chef egg cooker? Crispy crumble crust! Not in a cup but easily scooped into one. =D

  2. J says

    The recipe looks good but I was so distracted by “without making a whole pan for just Garrett and I” that I had a hard time concentrating on the recipe. Please fix your grammar so nerds like me won’t be distracted. It should say “Garrett and me”. “I” cannot be a direct or an indirect object. Looking forward to trying the recipe!

  3. Crocus says

    O My gosh, love it! I just made it for the first time and eating it still warm yummm.
    I have some dates and walnuts in there too.
    Next time i will put more oats in it.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe yummm

  4. Courtney says

    Let me start by saying I am not an apple crisp expert I am much more of a chocolate fan for an example I wound not order a apple crisp from a restaurant but I would definitely order a chocolate cake or ice cream. Anyways, for some strange reason I got a huge cravings for some nice warm apple crisp but I didn’t want a lot because I didn’t know if I would actually like it and I also didn’t want a big mess. So after searching a lot of different recipes I found this and it was the first apple crisp recipe I’ve made and it was delicious! just amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream it satisfied my cravings and was exactly what I wanted. So thank you so much for sharing and posting this delightful recipe I will definitely be making it again.

  5. Alta Johnson says

    Thanks for this recipe. I realize you intended it for dessert, but I made it for breakfast for my family and they loved it. (There are probably worse breakfast choices). It’s like a hearty, fruity version of oatmeal, and was very satisfying. (My kids started complaining about regular oatmeal, but they gobbled this! The cuteness factor was a plus!)
    I like to see how nutritious I can make recipes without my family complaining! I added chopped pecans for some protein and crunch. I substituted wheat flour for the white, to add a bit of fiber. In mine, I used stevia, because I’m avoiding sugar. I left the peels on the apples, partly to save time, and partly to add nutrients. When the apples are sliced thinly, the peel doesn’t intrude. I cooled it with milk (and added whipped cream for fun). I’ll bet I could add yogurt too, for more protein and a little flax seed or wheat germ.
    When I make it again, I will prep the dry ingredients and chop the apples the night before for a fast morning breakfast! Thanks again!

  6. says

    I had a few apples in my fridge that were meant for a big batch of Apple crisp that was never made. After dinner tonight I had some extra time and thought to make individual crisps. I found this recipe and decided to try it. What a great idea! It’s a “why didn’t I think of it?” kind of idea. It’s. A quick and easy treat. Just slab on some vanilla ice cream and it’s delicious. Thank you for sharing this!



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