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Best Healthy Apple Crisp (Easy + Gluten-Free)

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Congratulations, you’ve just stumbled upon the best healthy apple crisp recipe ever! It’s ridiculously easy and delicious! Completely gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and can easily be made dairy-free, vegan, and nut-free! It seriously is the best ever apple crisp I’ve ever had! No one will think this is healthy.

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Best Ever Healthy Apple Crisp

Is apple crisp healthy? A lot of people may think that apple crisp is inherently healthy because come on… there’s fruit in it! Right?! Well, the truth is, most apple crisp recipes have refined sugar, refined flour, and these ingredients really just don’t do your body any good. Instead of having refined and highly processed ingredients in an apple crisp, this apple crisp recipe is made with coconut sugar, oats, oat flour, and apples! You will simply adore the finished result, trust me! 

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What Kind Of Apples To Use For Healthy Apple Crisp?

I used a variety of apples that we picked from our local apple orchard! They were mostly gala apples. This article from Bon Appetit is helpful if you’re really wanting some info on what the best apples for apple crisp are. This mama isn’t too picky, so I just used what we had on hand. Literally ANY AND ALL APPLES will work like a charm for this healthy apple crisp recipe. Don’t let the fact that you don’t have granny smith apples hold you back from making this glorious fall dessert.

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How To Make The Best Healthy Apple Crisp

If you made my Healthy Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal, then you know how easy my recipes are. This vegan apple crisp is no exception.

Easy steps to making apple crisp…

  1. Peel and chop your apples into medium bite sized pieces.
  2. Toss the apples in the cinnamon and spice mixture.
  3. Make your crumble topping.
  4. Spread the glorious crumble on top of your apples.
  5. Bake for around 35 minutes.
  6. Eat plain, or serve with ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy!!!
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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe

What I love about this easy apple crisp, is the fact that we use oats as the main “flour.” I love using oat flour for most of my recipes, but for the crumble topping, I wanted to create a little more texture so we use ½ cup rolled oats plus some oat flour. Using oats and tapioca flour make this apple crisp recipe completely gluten-free! See notes below recipe for tapioca flour subs.

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Commonly Asked Questions

  1. What size baking dish for apple crisp? I used a 2 quart baking dish (the same baking dish I use for my baked oatmeal recipes). A baking dish with a similar size and shape should work perfectly!

2. How should I cut my apples for apple crisp? I cut my apples into medium bite sized pieces and they cooked so perfectly. Not mushy, just soft enough, with the slightest crunch. SO GOOD!

3. How many cups of apples for apple crisp? We use 6 cups of chopped apples for this healthy apple crisp recipe. See above for what type of apples you can use for apple crisp.

4. Can I make this apple crisp nut-free? Absolutely! Just omit the walnuts in the crumble topping to make this apple crisp nut-free! Easy, peasy!

5. What can I use as a substitute for grass-fed butter? You can use solid coconut oil, or vegan butter as a substitute for grass-fed butter. This will make the apple crisp vegan and dairy-free too!

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How to Store Healthy Apple Crisp

Store apple crisp in the baking dish with a lid or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week! I’ve also read that you can freeze leftover apple crisp for up to 3 months too!

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Yield: 8 servings

The Best Healthy Apple Crisp (Easy + Gluten-Free)

healthy apple crisp

Congratulations, you’ve just stumbled upon the best healthy apple crisp recipe ever! It’s ridiculously easy and delicious! Completely gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and can easily be made dairy-free, vegan, and nut-free! It seriously is the best ever apple crisp I’ve ever had! No one will think this is healthy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Filling

  • 5-6 Medium/Large Apples Peeled Cubed (Bite sized pieces, about 6 Cups)
  • 3 Tbs. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Tapioca Flour (Can sub cornstarch or arrowroot powder)
  • 1 Tbs. Cinnamon
  • Dash Nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp. Lemon Juice (Can omit. Not needed if using granny smith apples)

Topping

  • 1½ Cups Rolled Oats
  • ⅓ Cup Oat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 6 Tbs. Cubed Cold Grass-fed Butter (can sub vegan butter or solid coconut oil) room temperature butter also works well.
  • ½ Cup Coarsely Chopped Walnuts (or nut of choice) (can omit for nut-free)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 2 quart (or 8x8 inch) baking dish, add all filling ingredients (make sure your apples are peeled. If you forgot to peel them, check out note 4). Mix until combined. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, add oat flour, rolled oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon, pink salt and stir until combined. Add in cubed butter and use a hand held pastry blender or your hands to combine ingredients until it looks like coarse crumbs. 

3. Place crumble topping on apples and bake at 350 F. 32-38 minutes until top is golden and the apples are bubbling (mine was perfect at 35 minutes).

4. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving and enjoying!

Notes

  1. What kind of apple should I use for this healthy apple crisp? Literally ANY AND ALL APPLES will work like a charm for this healthy apple crisp recipe.I used a variety of apples that we picked from our local apple orchard! They were mostly gala apples.
  2. What size baking dish for apple crisp? I used a 2 quart baking dish (the same baking dish I use for my baked oatmeal recipes). A baking dish with a similar size and shape should work perfectly!
  3. How should I cut my apples for apple crisp? I cut my apples into medium bite-sized pieces and they cooked so perfectly. Not mushy, just soft enough, with the slightest crunch. SO GOOD!
  4. Unpeeled apples: I’ve done this before. Chopped up all my apples and then realized I forgot to peel them! No need to fear, this apple crisp will still turn out great! You may just have to bake it an extra 5-10 minutes to really soften the apples. The apple crisp may not be as gooey/juicy either because the peel is harder to break down when baked. It still tastes amazing though so don’t go throwing away your apples! 🙂

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1/8 of apple crisp

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 9.4gCarbohydrates: 32.5gNet Carbohydrates: 30.8gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 19.7gProtein: 2g

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2 Comments

  • Michele

    Disappointed with this apple crisp. Made this and the topping never crisped. Very disappointing, was serving as to guests. Put it under the broiler for atleast 10 minutes, after cooking it at least 15 min moreg. I will not make this again and do not recommend this recipe. And there’s nothing wrong with my oven, I have checked the set temperature is actul because of this

    • Claire

      Hi Michele! I’m so sorry to hear your apple crisp didn’t turn out. Did you substitute any of the ingredients and what temperature was your butter when you mixed it for the topping? Trying to figure out what went wrong for you 🙂

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