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Zucchini “Apple” Crisp (Easy Recipe Uses 8 Cups of Zucchini!)

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This zucchini “apple crisp” is easy to make and uses a LOT of zucchini. Like the zapple pie (zucchini apple pie), this zucchini crisp uses lemon juice and spices to make zucchini taste like apples.

zucchini "apple" crisp

We’ll also share zucchini storage tips and more of our favorite zucchini recipes.

A reader asked, “Why not just use apples to make apple crisp?”

I’m more than happy to use apples in season, but right now the zucchini is going crazy. So we eat zucchini. The freezers are full, and I could can apple pie filling, but this is easier.

Zucchini Apple Crisp Recipe

The trick to getting the right texture for your mock apple crisp is pre-cooking the zucchini filling.

If you take the time to slow simmer the zucchini slices, they’ll resemble soft cooked apples. If you are in a hurry and don’t mind the squash “al dente”, you can the simmer time to 10-15 minutes.

Filling:

  • 8 cups peeled, seeded and sliced zucchini or summer squash
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Crust/Topping:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour or gluten free flour blend like Namaste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal

To make the filling:

Combine the sliced zucchini and lemon juice in a large saucepan.

sliced zucchini

Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.

Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Let cool to room temperature.

zucchini 'apples"

To make the crust/topping:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir flour mixture into sugar and butter mix. Mix in oats.

Flatten 2/3rds of crust mixture into the bottom of a greased 13x9x2 inch pan.

crust and topping

Spread will cooled zucchini mock apple filling. Top zucchini mixture with remaining crumb mixture, patting lightly.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until topping starts to turn golden brown and filling is bubbling.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Try your zucchini apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream, if you like.

How big should the squash be for the zucchini apple crisp?

This recipe works best with large zucchini (the ones that look like clubs). Small zucchini taste too much like vegetables, but the big monsters are a blank slate for flavor.

Can I use other squash instead of zucchini?

Sure, it’s fine to use other types of summer squash, like yellow summer squash or pattypans. You can even use winter squash that didn’t have time to fully mature.

I do advise peeling, because the skin tend to get tough as the squash gets bigger. Make sure to remove the seeds, too, as they will be a dead giveaway that it is zucchini apple crisp.

Zucchini Storage Tips

If you have room in the freezer, go ahead and shred or slice and freeze in portions for your favorite recipes. Thaw the zucchini before use, and drain off some of the extra liquid.

I freeze in 2 cups portions in individual bags. A friend freezes one cup scoops, then puts the scoops into one big bag.

I also like to dehydrate zucchini. Because zucchini has so much water, this is a great way to store more zucchini in less space.

Store the dried zucchini in an airtight container, preferably with a moisture absorber. (This is the brand that we use.)

If you shred the zucchini finely, dry it and blend it, you can use it as a low carb flour. It substitutes one for one in recipes that use coconut flour.

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Zucchini Apple Crisp

zucchini "apple" crisp

This zucchini apple crisp is easy to make and uses a LOT of zucchini.

  • Author: Laurie Neverman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20 slices 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

Filling:

  • 8 cups peeled, seeded and sliced zucchini or summer squash
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Crust/Topping:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour or gluten free flour blend like Namaste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal

Instructions

To make the filling:

Combine the sliced zucchini and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.

Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Let cool to room temperature.

To make the crust/topping:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir flour mixture into sugar and butter mix. Mix in oats.

Flatten 2/3rds of crust mixture into the bottom of a greased 13x9x2 inch pan. Spread will cooled zucchini mock apple filling. Top zucchini mixture with remaining crumb mixture, patting lightly.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until topping starts to turn golden brown and filling is bubbling.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Try your zucchini apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream, if you like.

Notes

This recipe works best with large zucchini (the ones that look like clubs). Small zucchini taste too much like vegetables, but the big monsters are a blank slate for flavor. You can also use other summer squash or immature winter squash.

Keywords: zucchini, crisp, mock apple

zucchini "apple" crisp

More Zucchini Recipes

When the zucchinis start ripening, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Try these recipes to help you use up your bounty.

Zucchini gummy candy (sweetened with fruit juice)

Homestyle zucchini bread

Cheesy garlic zucchini bread (works with fresh or frozen zucchini)

Pickle relish sweetened with honey (substitute zucchini for cucumbers)

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