Apple Crisp

For me, no fall is complete without making this easy apple crisp recipe! Filled with warm spices like cinnamon & ginger, it's cozy and delicious.

Apple Crisp

Is there anything better than warm apple crisp baking in the oven?

For the last few years, this easy apple crisp recipe has been my go-to fall dessert. Not only is it a HUGE hit with our friends and family, but it’s also simple to make, it’s deliciously spiced, and it will make your kitchen smell amazing!

Apple Crisp

The Best Apple Crisp Recipe

I’ve made lots and lots of apple crisps in the past, but this one takes the cake… er… crisp. It starts with warm, stewed, soft apples – I cook them down with a little apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice!) for pop. Then, I add cinnamon, ginger, and a pinch of cardamom to give them a warm, spiced flavor. Gala apples are my favorite variety for this recipe – I like their sweet/tart flavor and firm texture. But if you have a favorite baking apple, feel free to use it here. Granny smith apples, Honeycrisps, Jonagolds, or a mix would all be excellent.

I love these stewed apples so much that you could just stop here and eat them by themselves as a truly healthy fruit-only dessert. They’d also be insanely good on oatmeal or overnight oats for breakfast.

Apple Crisp

My Easy Apple Crisp Topping

But, since this is dessert and it’s called apple crisp, let’s talk about that crisp topping! It’s a mix of rolled oats, almond flour, walnuts, coconut oil, brown sugar (or coconut sugar), and, of course, more cinnamon, because I don’t think there could ever be too much cinnamon in a fall dessert. This topping happens to be gluten-free because oats & nuts crisp up perfectly without the need for flour, and they just taste so good together.

Apple Crisp

How to Make Apple Crisp in Advance

This healthy apple crisp recipe is great for entertaining because it can almost entirely be made in advance. I make the apples and the topping ahead of time and divide the the apple mixture among the ramekins. A few minutes before serving, I sprinkle the topping over the ramekins and pop them in the oven.

I like to make these extra festive by sprinkling them with pomegranates. Serve with vanilla ice cream or coconut cream, and dig in!

Apple Crisp

If you love this easy apple crisp recipe…

Try my pumpkin bread, carrot cake, apple pie, or apple crumble next!


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This easy apple crisp is the best fall dessert! Prepare the filling and topping separately, combine, and bake when you're ready to serve!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Spiced apple filling
  • 4 apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt
Crumble topping
  • ½ cup whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup crushed walnuts
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup firm coconut oil
For serving
  • Pomegranates
  • Vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Make the filling: Combine the apples, apple cider vinegar, and water in a saucepan and simmer over very low heat, covered, stirring occasionally (making sure the apples don’t burn on the bottom of the pan) for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir, and add the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and salt and stir again. The apple should be tender and the juices should be thick.
  3. Make the topping: In a small bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Use your hands work in the firm coconut oil until the mixture crumbles. If the mixture is too dry, add a few drizzles of water until the mixture starts to stick together when pinched.
  4. Scoop the apple filling into 4 individual ramekins, top with the crumble (you may have a little bit extra) and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly crisp on top.
  5. Remove from the oven. Top with pomegranates and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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  1. Wanda Melebeck
    12.15.2018

    Delicious healthy dessert!

  2. Gaby Dalkin
    12.15.2018

    I’ll take mine with an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream, please 🙂

  3. caitlin allen
    12.16.2018

    Could i make this in a banana bread pan? I don’t own any ramekins…

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.17.2018

      yep, that should work just fine!

  4. Susan
    12.16.2018

    Can any flour be used in topping? My great niece is allergic to nuts of any kind.

  5. CHRISTINE
    12.19.2018

    Hello Jeanine, Quick question about the apples – the recipe mentions “4 apples, sliced” but the photos show cubed apples. When should I cube the apples – before cooking on the stove or after? Cheers!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.19.2018

      you’re right – cubed! Cut them into cubes before cooking. Just fixed that, thanks!

      • CHRISTINE
        12.19.2018

        Whew, thanks very much, Jeanine! I was driving myself crazy last night, LOL. I’ll be trying this pronto – looks too delicious to wait any longer. Happy Holidays!

  6. Heather
    12.22.2018

    I have way too many apples I think! How many cups did your 4 apples make?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.22.2018

      it’s a pot full to begin with, but they cook down by nearly 2x, enough to fill 4 small ramekins. The crumble recipe makes a tad extra, so if you have extra apples, that’s not necessarily a problem, you just might just have enough for 1 more serving. Or you can always save the extra cooked apples for oatmeal in the morning. Hope that helps!

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