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Maple Zucchini Crisp

6 servings Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 1 hr

Working veggies into a dessert is one of my superpowers. I’m all about getting as many nutrients as I can in every meal, and a sweet treat is no exception. 

This Maple Zucchini Crisp is a great way to use up all that summer squash in an interesting way while some cinnamon and a little maple syrup add flavors that will help you embrace the change in seasons. 

The simple granola topping of almonds, pecans, walnuts, coconut oil, and a dash of sea salt adds a satisfying crunch with lots of healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. And fun fact, pecans are actually among the nuts with the highest content of flavonoids, including neuro-protective anthocyanins, which we often only think of coming from blue and purple foods. 


Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD 

Maple Zucchini Crisp Easy Healthy Recipe



  • 5 medium zucchini (6 cups), peeled and diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 lemon zested (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about ⅓ cup juice)
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground flaxseeds

Crisp Topping

  • ½ cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Optional garnish

  • ¾ cup canned coconut cream, chilled (solids only)


Step 1 Maple Zucchini Crisp Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 2 Maple Zucchini Crisp Healthy Recipe

Step 2

In a medium saucepan, add the diced zucchini, lemon juice, zest, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring every 5 minutes until the zucchini has softened.

Step 3 Maple Zucchini Crisp Healthy Recipe

Step 3

While the zucchini is cooking, make the crisp topping. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Step 4 Maple Zucchini Crisp Healthy Recipe

Step 4

When the zucchini is ready, remove from heat and mix in the almond flour and flaxseed.

Step 5 Maple Zucchini Crisp Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Transfer the zucchini to a baking dish and bake for 40 minutes until golden and most of the liquids have evaporated.

Step 6 Maple Zucchini Crisp Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Serve warm in individual bowls, topped with the nut crisp and some coconut cream (if using).

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving (with coconut cream) Calories: 459, Total Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 125mg, Carbohydrates: 26g, Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 15g, Protein: 9g, Net Carbs: 19g

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