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Inspired Recipe: Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

Inspired Recipe: Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

Jon Ronson’s Lost at Sea chronicles many aspects of human weirdness.He explores phobias, atypical religions, aliens, murder, and many strange things in between. I thought it was only natural to incorporate one of our most bizarre ingredients into this week’s inspired recipe: peanut butter.  “Peanut butter isn’t weird!” you say. Try finding it anywhere but the USA and Canada–only here are we obsessed with our thick brown paste. There have even been incidents where the US government has parachuted peanut butter to people in need, and they thought we were poisoning then. Even if you still aren’t sold that peanut butter is strange, I went ahead and stuck it in an unexpected location: apple crisp. Try this out!

Read our recommendation of Lost at Sea.

Cinnamon apples
Peanut butter for apple crisp
Apple crisp with peanut butter



  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon (enough for a liberal shaking)
  • 1/3 cup butter (chilled)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 4 large apples
  • cooking spray
  • something creamy: milk, ice cream, frozen yogurt, half-n-half


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spray a 13 x 9" baking dish with your cooking spray.

Chop up your apples and lay them evenly in the dish. Shake cinnamon liberally over all the apples.

Combine all other ingredients. Cut cold butter into little pieces with a pastry knife or two forks. Stir it all up until it resembles coarse clumps.

Sprinkle the mixture as evenly as possible over the apples.

Cook for about 40 minutes or until the apples are tender.

Pour something creamy over the warm apples if you wish (I used fat free half-n-half)


Served warm with some sort of cream accompaniment, this apple crisp makes an excellent fall dessert. The peanut butter contributes protein, the apples provide iron and the oatmeal offers fiber. Think of our peanut butter apple crisp as a warmer, more delicious granola bar. Not bad, huh?

Peanut butter apple crisp
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