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This Dessert Recipe Will Take Everyone By Surprise

Apple Surprise: diced fruit baked with a nutritious crumb topping

The surprise here is that this is so good with only the natural sugars of the fruit. If you don’t want to use sugar, choose a sweet apple, such as Honeycrisp.

Apple Surprise Dessert Recipe


  • 4 cups chopped apples (or other fruit)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries (or other dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (or other nut)
  • 2 Tbsp. ground chia seeds (or ground flaxseed)
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix chopped apples with sugar, if using, and place in a greased square or small baking dish. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients and mix with coconut oil. Spoon topping evenly over apples. Bake for 45 minutes.

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is the managing editor for Women's Running and spearheads our nutrition coverage. She’s an avid runner but also loves cycling (both on and off-road), yoga and all kinds of crazy videos to do at home. Formerly the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Nicki started her journalism career at The Washington Post. Her first races were duathlons (run, bike, run) in her twenties with her husband, and then triathlons, completing the White Lake Half Ironman in North Carolina. Since joining Women’s Running in 2013, she’s been more focused on half marathons and trail running. Some of her proudest moments have been running the Boston Marathon (first 26.2), and becoming an RRCA certified running coach and helping others take up the sport.