This Healthy Apple Crisp recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and is made with tender juicy apples and buttery oatmeal topping! You’ll be making this gluten free apple crisp all season long! It’s simple to make and always gets rave reviews!

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I think this just might be the easiest dessert I’ve ever made! After chopping the apples, it can be thrown together in less than 5 minutes. And let me tell you, this apple crisp is a real crowd-pleaser. It didn’t even last a full day in the Lee household!

If that’s not reason enough to make this classic fall dessert, let me entice you a little further. It’s cozy, comforting, much easier to make than homemade apple pie and absolutely irresistible topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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HOW DO YOU MAKE HEALTHY APPLE CRISP?

To make this apple crisp recipe, first make the filling by mixing together sliced apples with maple syrup and lemon juice. Once the filling is in a baking dish, it is ready for the topping. Make the topping by combining brown sugar or coconut sugar, oats, cinnamon, almond flour or regular flour and melted butter or coconut oil in a medium bowl. Use a fork to stir the mixture into a topping. Sprinkle the topping over the filling and bake it for a delicious dessert.

WHAT MAKES THIS HEALTHY APPLE CRISP SO SPECIAL?

  • This gluten free apple crisp recipe has a simple ingredient list. From fresh organic apples to wholesome gluten-free rolled oats- there are only eight simple ingredients required.
  • It’s so quick + easy! Throw this delicious dessert together in a time crunch and love the results.
  • A dessert that goes from its baking dish in the oven directly to the table is always a winner.
  • Servings are easy too: simply scoop out some of the apple filling with the topping and place it in a small bowl. Top with ice cream or caramel sauce (or both!). No fussy slicing or worrying about presentation. This easy apple crisp is a breeze to dish up.
  • You’d never know this was a healthier recipe. I’ve lightened it up just enough for you to enjoy and still feel like it’s something really special coming out of your oven.
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WHAT APPLE MAKES THE BEST APPLE CRISP?

OK, this topic of the best apples for baking is always up for debate. First and foremost, use whatever apples you have on hand. It is hard to go wrong with a crisp recipe.

Honeycrisp will be your favorite– crunchy and bright, these apples are great for snacking and baking.

Avoid a soft apple that will go mushy during baking. If soft apples are your only option, give it a try but know that the texture of the filling will be softer like applesauce. Not a bad thing, but maybe not ideal for an apple crisp.

TIPS FOR THE PERFECT CRISP

  • Unless the skin of the apple just really bothers you, there’s no need to peel the apples. It saves so much time and you’ll hardly notice the skin once the apples are cooked and soft.
  • Make sure that you cut your apples into similar size slices so that they cook evenly.
  • Your topping will be best with rolled oats (old fashioned oats) instead of quick oats. Quick oats are cut into pieces to cook more quickly and tend to get mushy when baked.
  • If you notice your topping browning too quickly in the oven, cover with foil and continue to cook until apples are soft.

CRISP VARIATIONS

This healthy apple crisp can be customized to include your favorite fruit flavors.

  • Berries: Mix together 2 cups of berries such as raspberries, blueberries or blackberries and 2 sliced apples in the filling.
  • Pear: Stir together 2 diced pears and 2 diced apples for the filling.
  • Peach: For the filling, stir together 2 diced peaches and 2 diced apples.
  • Peach & Blueberry: You’ve got to try this recipe. It’s a family favorite!
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SHOULD APPLE CRISP BE REFRIGERATED?

Since the topping has melted butter, I recommend that you refrigerate apple crisp if you want to eat it at a later date. It will stay good for the day out on the counter and then after that refrigerate it for 3-4 days. You can reheat your apple crisp by microwaving individual servings for about 30 seconds.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CRISP AND A CRUMBLE?

The difference between a crisp and a crumble lies in the topping. Both a crisp and a crumble have the same fruit filling with a loose sugary topping sprinkled on top. However, a crisp topping contains oats and often nuts. The oats tend to crisp up during baking and the nuts provide a little crunch. A crumble topping bakes up soft and usually contains only brown sugar, flour and butter.

I hope y’all get a chance to make this healthy apple crisp recipe very soon because it’s truly one of my favorites! It’s so much easier and quicker to make than pie and, in my opinion, just as wonderful. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and this apple crisp would be a lovely addition to the menu. My favorite way to serve it is with vanilla bean ice cream because why not?!

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5 from 10 votes
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Apple Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2.1g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.8g
Sodium 61.3mg3%
Potassium 87.5mg3%
Carbohydrates 26.8g9%
Fiber 5.6g23%
Sugar 15.1g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 11.5mg14%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:8 servings
Healthy Apple Crisp
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
 

Apple Crisp is an easy dessert that takes so little time to pull together. You’ll have this crisp going from your oven to the dessert table in no time at all!

Ingredients
FOR THE APPLE FILLING:
  • 2 pounds apples (about 5-6 medium apples), thinly sliced*
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey**
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1/2 lemon, juiced
FOR THE CRISP TOPPING:
  • 1 cup rolled oats (use gluten free, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar***
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted****
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a 9-inch pie plate with a natural cooking spray.
  2. Combine all filling ingredients in a medium bowl and transfer to pie plate. Apple slices will almost be overflowing out of pie plate.

  3. Combine all crisp topping ingredients in a medium bowl. I like to use a fork to get them fully combined.
  4. Evenly sprinkle crisp mixture over the top of the apples.
  5. Bake for about 40 minutes and until apples are of desired softness. If after 40 minutes, crumble topping is browning, but apples are not soft enough- place tin foil over the crumble and bake another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before spooning out.
  7. Serve warm and with vanilla ice cream, whipped topping or coconut cream, if desired.
Recipe Notes

*You can peel, if you'd like, but I don't. **Honey is not vegan. I used a sugar free, calorie free pancake syrup. ***I used a brown sugar/Splenda blend. ****Any butter or even coconut oil will work.

Author: Kim
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free Apple Crisp, Healthy Apple Crisp, Vegan Apple Crisp

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