The best healthy apple crisp recipe you’ll ever make! It’s super easy to make. No added sugar to the apples and topped with a cinnamon rolled oat crumble, this easy vegan apple crisp is ready in under an hour, naturally low in sugar, gluten free, and the perfect healthy fall dessert!
The easiest vegan apple crisp ever
Put this undetectably healthy apple crisp at the top of your list of fall baking, especially after a trip to the apple orchard!
This is is THE apple crisp recipe to make. Like above all healthy apple recipes out there (okay maybe not alllll of them, because I do have a pretty awesome apple pie recipe), this crisp is the best.
Filled with caramelized thinly sliced apples (repeat: thinly sliced!), coated in a sweet cinnamon, and topped with a sweet and crispy healthy oat crumble topping that just makes you swoon.
And yet it’s entirely vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and nut free, making it a perfect recipe for those who need food to be free of the Top 8 Allergens.
I know this for a fact because as I tested this final round, my sister was visiting and before she even asked what it was, she took a bite.
And then another. And another, until she finally asked, “Is this one going on your blog?! Because this is amazing.”
That’s how I knew I wasn’t crazy for thinking this apple crisp is undetectably vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and barely sweetened with a little natural sugar (maple syrup, aka liquid gold).
What’s the difference between a crisp, crumble, and cobbler?
So with many making crisps, cobblers, and crumbles right now, you might be wondering what the heck is the difference between them all.
I know I did, at least! So let’s break it down:
A cobbler is typically more like a biscuit on top of a filling. It’s made with flour, a fat (like coconut oil or vegan butter), a sweetener, and water. You can check it out here on my Paleo Vegan Blueberry Cobbler.
A crumble is very similar to a crisp, but it actually typically doesn’t have any oats in it. The crumble consistency is made from a combination of sugar, flour, and coconut oil, plus a little bit of cinnamon if you’re going for a more streusel topping. If it does have oats, the ratio has more flour than oats. You can check out a crumble topping on my Blueberry Crumble Bars and my Apple Crumble Cake.
A crisp is made from oats, flour, coconut oil, and sugar, but with more oats than flour, if at all. Now the reason why it’s called a crisp is because when baked, the topping gets nice and crunchy, whereas a crumble is much softer.
Of course, the example of this on the blog is this healthy apple crisp!
Now that you have the rundown on crisps, crumbles, and cobblers, (insert The Office’s Jim and Charles meme here), let’s make this healthy apple treat!
Vegan Apple Crisp Ingredients
This healthy apple crisp is very minimal in terms of both ingredients and equipment needed. For the ingredients, you’ll need:
- Apples, sliced very thin and skin removed: use a super sweet apple variety, since this healthy apple crisp has a no sugar added filling. I recommend gala or fuji!
- Cinnamon: I also add in a mix of pumpkin spice, but you can just use cinnamon!
- Rolled oats: gluten free as needed.
- Oat flour: or another flour, such as all-purpose flour, or a gluten-free flour blend- this recipe is super flexible!
- Coconut oil: you can also swap in vegan butter if you’d prefer!
- Maple syrup: I have not tested this recipe with coconut sugar, but you can use a keto-friendly liquid sweetener, such as Wholesome Sweets’ Allulose!
As you can see, this is an entirely gluten free and vegan apple crisp! Absolutely zero butter, dairy, or the like going in this crisp recipe.
In terms of equipment, you will need to skin the apples, or else the skin will prevent the apples from caramelizing together. Since this is a no sugar added crisp filling, we’ll need to give the apples the best chance to caramelize!
Then you’ll just need a cast iron skillet or casserole dish. You can make this in a large casserole dish, but I just think presentation wise, a cast iron is beautiful!
How to make a healthy apple crisp (overview)
For the full written instructions and ingredient measurements, see the bottom of this post in the recipe card. You can also hit the “jump to recipe” button at the top of this post! Here, we’ll go over a brief overview of the steps, along with providing visuals for a better understanding of the recipe.
How to make a no sugar added apple crisp:
- Prepare the skillet.
Start with greasing the skillet or casserole dish. Either works here!
- Toss together the apples.
You’ll add lemon and cinnamon, and toss until evenly coated. Then pour the sliced apples into your pie dish.
- Make the oat crumble.
To make the healthy crumble topping that goes onto this shockingly healthy apple crisp recipe, whisk together the oats, flour, spices, and nuts. Add in the melted coconut oil and maple syrup, and combine until it’s a wet and thick batter.
- Assemble the apple crisp and bake!
Then top the apples with the cinnamon nut crumble. Place into the oven, covered with some tin foil for the start, to bake.
Once it’s done, remove it from the oven with an oven mitt and let it cool for a few minutes before topping with some vegan vanilla ice cream and diving in!
Do I need to remove the the apple skin for an apple crisp?
Yes, please do remove the apple skin for making an apple crisp. Please don’t skip this step.
If you don’t remove the apple skin, the apples won’t create that gooey caramelized texture that you think of with an apple crisp.
I want you to have the absolute best experience making this vegan apple crisp, so be sure to not skip this step!
Notes about this vegan apple crisp:
I know that a few will always need to swap out ingredients because sometimes we don’t have everything on hand or can’t consume something due to an allergy.
So let’s go over it all right here in my tips and tricks for making this the best apple crisp recipe you’ll ever eat!
- Go for Gala. I really prefer Gala apples because we’re not adding any sugar to the apples. You can use Granny if you’d like, but I don’t think it will be sweet enough. Another great sweet apple to use here is Golden Delicious or Fuji!
- Slice your apples very thin. This will ensure that they cook evenly throughout the skillet and really caramelize all together.
- Add in nuts to the crumble topping for extra fall flavor: warmed pecans or walnuts go wonderfully in this crisp.
- However, you can also make this a nut free healthy apple crisp! Got an allergy to nuts or just don’t like them? Easy! Swap in the walnuts and pecans for pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds if you’d like! Or you can leave the nuts and seeds out all together- your apple crisp will still taste amazing 🙂
- Flour swaps: this gluten free apple crisp recipe doesn’t necessarily need to be gluten free if you don’t need it. If you only have all-purpose flour, then by all means, swap it in at an equal ratio! You can also use homemade oat flour as well. If you don’t have access to cassava flour, this apple crisp works with oat flour, a gluten free flour blend, and almond flour 🙂
How to store apple crisp
If you have any leftovers of your crisp, not a problem.
Use an airtight container to maintain freshness.
This apple crisp will last for about a week in the fridge. To reheat, simply scoop your desired amount onto a piece of aluminum foil, and heat it in the oven for 5 minutes at 350F.
There you have it! An easy, and surprisingly vegan apple crisp (but don’t let that scare you!).
You’ll just absolutely love this super easy vegan apple crisp recipe! It’s so incredibly simple in ingredients and method, and tastes out of this world- no one will know it’s healthy!
If you give this apple crisp a go, let me know what you think in the comments below! As always, I’d absolutely love to see your beautiful recreations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there!
Happy healthy apple crisp baking!
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The best healthy apple crisp recipe you’ll ever make! No added sugar to the apples and topped with a cinnamon rolled oat crumble, this easy vegan apple crisp is ready in under an hour, naturally low in sugar, gluten free, and the perfect healthy fall dessert!
- 4–5 medium Gala apples, skin removed and sliced thin
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice or mix of cardamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
- 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
- 1/3 cup oat flour or all purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice or blend of cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice
- 1/3 cup coconut oil or vegan butter , melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Optional: 1/4 cup pecan halves (or sub in nut-free alternative, such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or omit all together)
- Please read through all instructions before beginning.
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a medium sized casserole dish or cast iron skillet with oil. Set aside. Make sure the apples are peeled and sliced thinly. Measure out all remaining ingredients.
- Make the apple crisp filling: In a large bowl, combine the apple slices, lemon juice, and 1 tbsp cinnamon with 1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice or spice blend. Once coated evenly, pour into your prepared casserole dish, and set aside.
- Make the oat crisp crumble: In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, and spices. Add in the maple syrup and melted coconut oil, and combine until all dry ingredients have been absorbed. Add in your nuts and/or seeds here as well.
- Assemble the apple crisp: top the apple slices with the crumble topping until all of the apples have been covered.
- Bake: Cover with tin foil and place into the oven to bake for 30 minutes, then remove the tin foil and bake the apple crisp for another 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven using an oven mix and let cool for 10 minutes. You can carefully place a piece of tinfoil back over to maintain moisture.
- Serve and enjoy! Serve with your favorite ice cream! Store any leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
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