Apple Crisp in a Cast Iron Skillet {recipe}

Recently we had a potluck with some fellow campers, and I pulled out this recipe from the past.

When I first started making and testing this recipe, I used a 6 inch cast iron skillet. I have since been gifted with an amazing 10 inch (#8) skillet! So I adjusted for that. And it’s actually way easier to make, because it doesn’t insist on bubbling over! Yay! 🙂

It’s kind of like apple pie, without the hassle of making a crust. 

Apple filling
Crumb topping

It’s great with some ice cream as a dessert. Or with some plain yogurt for breakfast- fruit and granola all in one! 

Apple Crisp
A great dessert or pair with yogurt!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
  1. 8-12 cups apples - peeled, cored and sliced (approx 9 apples)
  2. 3 tablespoons honey or sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  5. 1 tablespoon cornstarch or tapioca starch
  6. 1 tablespoon butter
  1. 7 tablespoons butter - COLD
  2. 1 cup gluten free oatmeal
  3. 1 cup almond flour
  4. 3 tablespoons sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. dash of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon butter in cast iron skillet and heat in oven. After butter is melted, remove from oven before butter begins smoking. Rotate pan to coat bottom and edges with melted butter.
  3. Mix all filling ingredients together, stir to coat. Set aside.
  4. Mix dry topping ingredients together.
  5. Cut in butter till coarse "pebble" texture.
  6. Put apple mixture in skillet and spread out evenly.
  7. Add topping evenly to top.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
  1. Fits nicely in a #8 or 10 inch cast iron skillet. Reduce by 1/2 or 1/3 for smaller skillet.
Fresh Cooking Meg

songs to encourage

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. ~Philippians 3:20+21 

Skin Care & Cleaning Products I use {updated}

One of the most common questions I get is “what do you use….?”. Because everyone knows if I’m okay with it, it’s probably pretty safe stuff! 

If it’s not listed here, I’m not using it. This year we’ve combined uses of many things to keep it simple. I’ve tried to note things that get used to multiple things… 

We have stopped using Seventh Generation completely this year. As a pioneer in natural cleaning products, it was disappointing to see them sell out to the big corporation Unilever. And shortly thereafter they added 2 chemical preservatives to their dish soap. That was enough for us. 

I still use the EWG’s Skin Deep data base to check ingredients I’m not familiar with. Just because a product is free of things I’m allergic to, doesn’t mean it’s free of harmful ingredients, and I prefer to keep away from all harmful things!

Hair & Body

Body Lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hr Lotion

Face Lotion: same as body 

Soap: homemade bar soap by my mother (Leaning Ladder Farm) (also a laundry pre-treat)

Face Mask: Bentonite Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (mix to make a paste)

Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo 

Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner 

Styling Products: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, or Shea Moisture Curling Gel. Homemade oil with essential oils for morning refresh. 

Shaving: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner and Dollar Shave Club razors (The 4X) for my PB. I’ve had to greatly reduce shaving as my skin can’t handle the damage. I use the same or this Panasonic Electric Shaver

Chapstick: Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees. I’ve not had problems with it, so it seems they at this point continue to use real essential oils)


Laundry Soap: Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder 

Dish Soap: Planet Dishwashing Liquid

Hand Soap: Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap in a foaming soap dispenser

We also have and use vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. 


I’ve only used these items once in the last year, so there is no guarantee I could use them regularly.

Foundation: Bare Minerals Original Foundation

Blush: Bare Minerals Blush

Mascara: Real Purity mascara

Lips: Honeybee Garden Natural Lipstick OR Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees)

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