The dessert is known as Apple Surprise and doesn't include any extra sugar except for those found naturally in the fruit.

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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.