Healthy Apple Crisp
This Healthy Apple Crisp is so easy to make and is naturally vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. It’s loaded with apples and topped off with a crispy topping made from oats and almond flour. Serve it up on its own or top it off with your favourite ice cream!
What makes this apple crisp healthier?
Looking for a go-to dessert that is both healthy and easy to make? Look no further, this is it!
I love making crisps. They’re one of the easiest desserts to make and you can really use any fruit you have on hand. Whether it’s strawberry rhubarb crisp, pear crisp or apple crisp, it’s a simple dessert that is light, fruity and a crowd pleaser!
Sometimes apple crisp recipes can be made with a lot of added sugar, oils and butter to create a tasty but not-so-healthy crisp. And since apples are so delicious on their own, I wanted to create a healthier version to really let the apples shine.
This recipe for healthy apple crisp is made with less sugar and less oil/or butter than a regular crisp and uses a combination of oats and almond flour for a gluten-free crisp topping. It still tastes sweet and indulgent but only has 18 grams of sugar, (mostly natural sugars from the apples) 9 grams of healthy fats and 5 grams of fiber per serving.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- This is the perfect easy apple dessert recipe that doesn’t require any fuss with making pie dough.
- It’s the perfect recipe to use up any of those Fall apples from apple picking.
- This apple crisp is relatively low in calories with 230 calories per serving.
- The crisp topping is like a crunchy oatmeal cookie that is high in fibre and protein.
- This crisp stores well in the fridge for 3-4 days so it can be enjoyed again and again! (If it lasts that long.)
Ingredients & substitutions
- Oats: To make this Healthy Apple Crisp gluten-free, make sure to use gluten-free oats. Otherwise, any quick oats or rolled oats will work just fine!
- Almond flour: This gives the crisp some more protein and adds helps the topping come together. You can substitute any type of flour you like.
- Coconut sugar: This type of sugar (also known as palm sugar) has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, so it won’t leave you with that *sugar high.* You can substitute brown sugar here if needed.
- Spices: Cinnamon and nutmeg. Definitely recommend using both of these spices in this recipe!
- Salt: to help balance out the flavour.
- Coconut oil: You can also use dairy-free butter or regular butter.
- Lemon: Fresh lemon is preferred!
- Apples: McIntosh, Cortland, Granny Smith and Honeycrisp are all great options!
What is the difference between apple crisp and crumble?
The main difference between an apple crisp and an apple crumble is all in the topping.
A crisp topping is generally made with a base of oats. Whereas crumble topping is more of a streusel-like topping made from a mix of flour, butter and sugar. Though some people use the name interchangeably now for these two desserts.
How do you slice apples for apple crisp?
There are two main ways you can slice your apples for a crisp. Either in slices or in cubes.
For both of these options, you’ll want to start by removing the skin from your apples using a peeler. Simply peel away all the skin and discard. Then cut the apples in quarters. cut along the center to remove the seeds and stem. Then slice into thinner slices, or chop up into cubes.
Slices will give a crisp more texture as pieces hold together more, whereas cubes will give you a bit more of a softer texture. Both ways are delicious!
How to make a healthy Apple Crisp
Peel the apples and cut them into slices. You can also cut the apples into small cubes. It all depends on your personal preference! Then toss them in a bowl with some spice and lemon juice.
Next, Prepare the healthy crumble topping by adding the topping ingredients to a food processor and pulsing until everything is incorporated. You can also do this by hand in a large bowl.
Layer the apples on the bottom of a baking dish. Make sure to spread the apples out in an even layer. Then use your hands to sprinkle the crisp topping over the apples evenly.
Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes until golden brown on top.
Tips for making this recipe perfectly
- Use Honeycrisp, granny smith, Mcintosh or Cortland apples for best results.
- Don’t forget to peel the apples! Apple peel will be tough in the crisp and will make it less enjoyable.
- Use quick oats if you prefer a smaller crumble in your topping, or rolled oats if you prefer a chewier/nuttier texture in your topping.
- Use room temperature coconut oil or butter. This will give you a more crumbly dough and will result in a delicious crisp topping.
- You do not need to cover this crisp while baking. Make sure to bake it in the middle rack of your oven.
Fridge: store any leftover apple crisp covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. Eat directly out of the fridge or warm in the oven or microwave
Freezer: Let the crisp cool completely, then cover well with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw on the countertop then warm in the oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through.
Healthy apple crisp FAQ
No. An apple cobbler is made with a pie dough or biscuit topping. Apple crisp is made with an oat-based streusel topping.
The best apples to use are honey crisp, granny smith, gala, pink lady, Mcintosh and Cortland.
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Healthy Apple Crisp
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 60 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
This Healthy Apple Crisp is easy to make and healthy enough that you can even eat it for breakfast!
- 4 apples, peeled and cut into slices
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- pinch of
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature (or butter or vegan butter)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- In a bowl mix the apples, lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon together
- In a food processor or bowl, mix together the oats, almond flour, coconut sugar and remaining cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until everything is incorporated. (If using a bowl, use a fork or your hands, mash the coconut oil or butter into the dry mixture until it’s well incorporated and forms small clumps.)
- Layer the apples in an 8×8 inch baking dish then sprinke the crisp topping on top of the apples.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown on top. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Use Honeycrisp, granny smith, Macintosh or Cortland apples for best results.
You can use quick oats or rolled oats for the crisp topping. Do not use steel cut oats!
Use room temeprature oil or butter rather than melted. This will result in the best texture for the crisp topping.
You do not need to cover the crisp while baking.
Store leftovers in the fridge covered for up to 5 days.
- Serving Size: 1/6 of the recipe
- Calories: 230
- Sugar: 18g
- Sodium: 100mg
- Fat: 9g
- Saturated Fat: 6g
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 3g
Keywords: healthy apple crisp, vegan apple crisp, gluten-free apple crisp
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I made this for the second time, and it’s so delish! A simple and great recipe. I substituted the coconut sugar for pure maple syrup and loved it!
Thanks for the review Shayla! Happy you love the recipe 🙂
Excellent! Easy to make and very delicious! Hit in SD!! Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome Mary! Happy you enjoyed 🙂
The best Apple crisp recipe! I’m going to make a pan of this today!
So happy your loving the recipe Elle 🙂
This was so good! I only used half the amount of coconut sugar and it was still perfectly sweet!
Thanks Meagan! Happy you enjoyed 🙂
I have a box of red delicious apples that were brought to me from an apple farm and I don’t want them to go to waste. Do you think they will hold up nicely in this recipe?
I think they would work well!
Made it tonight and it was amazing and delish. I added some pecans and unsweetened shredded coconut to the topping. Will definitely be making it again.
So happy you enjoyed the recipe Samantha 🙂
This was fast and delicious!
Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed!
Easy five stars from me! Easy to make and delicious!
I have Quarantine supply issues but I really want to make this tonight…I do not have coconut sugar or Almond flour…what can I substitute? can I use cane sugar and oat flour?…
Hi Andrew! You can use any sugar you have on hand in place of coconut sugar. For the almond flour, you can substitute regular flour or whole grain flour, or a gluten-free flour, any of them will work just fine!
Make it almost every week for my toddler! Loves it and has all the flavors of an apple pie. Thanks!
Aww, I’m so glad he loves it! Thanks for sharing, Trinity!
I’m looking forward to baking this tonight for thanksgiving! do you think it would be okay to sub almond flour for regular flour and coconut sugar for regular brown sugar? thanks a lot!
Hi Ana, I think those substitutions are fine! 🙂
Everyone love them here !!
Thank you for the review Ana! Happy it was a hit 🙂
That recipe looks amazing and I LOVE the baking dish you used. Could you tell me where I can find it?
Hi Allison, thank you! it’s from a store in Canada called the Bay!
This was amazing and everyone loved it
Thanks so much Arielle! Glad you enjoyed!
This sounds fabulous. I’ll be making it for a party next week. Do you mind sharing where your beautiful baker is from?
Hi Cheryl, hope you enjoy it! The baker is from a store called The Bay (a Canadian store)