Apple Betty

It’s tough to find fresh fruit in the Winter that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, or that doesn’t travel halfway around the world to arrive in my local grocery store. So we mainly eat apples, bananas, and oranges. And last week I seemed to have apples overflowing my fruit basket–gala, granny smith, yellow delicious, jazz, figi–you name it. What on earth could I do with so many apples? 

Make Apple Betty!

My mom used to make this dessert growing up, and I often requested it on my birthday. In reality, it’s quite simple: peeled and sliced apples soaked in orange juice and topped with a buttery crumble topping.

But I was curious to remedy this recipe with freshly ground flour in my Vitamix Dry Grains container.

First I peeled and sliced the apples, then tossed them with orange juice and cinnamon in my baking dish. 

Next, I ground hard white wheat berries into approximately 2 cups of flour in my Vitamix Dry Grains container. Then, I poured the sugar and melted butter into the Vitamix Dry Grains container and ran the machine on medium speed until coarse crumbs began to form. I dumped that on top of the apples and baked for an hour.

What’s better than making a homemade dessert while only dirtying a few dishes? One baking dish, one cutting board, and one blender cup (which happens to also be self-cleaning). I call that a baking success! 

Yield: 12

Apple Betty

Apple Betty

Apple Betty is an easy dessert of apples soaked in orange juice topped with a buttery crumble topping.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 9 apples of mixed varieties, peeled and sliced
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ sticks butter, melted
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ cups hard white wheat berries, ground into 2 cups flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Pour the orange juice into a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  3. Peel and slice the apples. Then add the apples and 1 tsp cinnamon to the baking dish with the orange juice. Toss to combine.
  4. Grind the wheat berries in the Vitamix Dry Grains container on high for one minute to yield approximately 2 cups of flour.
  5. Add the sugar to the Vitamix Dry Grains container and run on low for 15 seconds to combine. 
  6. Add the melted butter to the Vitamix Dry Grains container and run on medium for 30 seconds until coarse crumbs form.
  7. Pour dry mixture evenly over the apples.
  8. Bake for 1 hour at 375°F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 5gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g

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