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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp is one of those recipes that just make it feel like fall.  And this Apple Crisp recipe in particular is one of my favorites I come back to again and again.  Warm apple goodness with all the flavor of apple pie minus the fuss of making a crust? What’s not to love?

Most Apple Crisp recipes are made with a topping of oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter.  All big no no’s for my belly and for many other peeps out there.

This Apple Crisp has all the yum of traditional recipes, minus the gluten and dairy.  Not only that it is sweetened with just a bit of pure maple syrup and coconut sugar, making it way more gentle on your blood sugar.

Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener made from, you guessed it…coconuts.  It can easily be substituted for granulated or brown sugar in recipes as a healthier alternative that won’t make your blood sugar go bonkers.  As an added bonus, coconut sugar contained inulin, a fiber that aids glucose absorption and even helps your gut bacteria.

 

apple crisp

Now back to this recipe.  A few years back when I first began tinkering around with Apple Crisp, one thing that would get me stumped is how to get the apples baked soft enough without getting too dried out.  So for this recipe you’ll bake the apples with a bit of coconut oil and maple syrup to add in some moisture.  This will also give you a chance to assemble the topping (and prevent the topping from becoming a burnt mess 😮).

I tend to try to keep things as simple as possible in the kitchen, so I didn’t bother peeling the apples.  Really the apples get cooked enough that the peels become so soft they’re hard to notice.  But if peels are not your thing, or you’re feeding some picky eaters, then peel away.  Just make sure you slice the apples thinly so they get good and soft.

As far as the apples, you can use any ol’ apples you want.  I have made this recipe with Gala, Fuji, and Pink Lady (my favorite 😋) and they all turned out great.  If you can try to get organic apples if they’re available where you live.  Although I don’t eat 100% organic, apples are on the Dirty Dozen list of produce that is grown with the most pesticides.  The good news is since they are in season, you can find organic apples on sale right now.

This Apple Crisp would be a fabulous dish to serve at Thanksgiving, or really any old time ya want.  It is super tasty on its own, but topping it off with a scoop of dairy free ice cream takes the yum up a notch.  Both So Delicious and NadaMoo make some really fabulous coconut milk vanilla ice cream if you’re on the hunt.

Alright, ready to make some apple magic?

Ingredients

For the apples:

5 cups apples, thinly sliced

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

For the topping:

1 cup pecans

3/4 cup almond meal

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350.  While the oven is heating, slice up your apples.  You’ll want to slice them up pretty thin to get them nice and soft.  I don’t bother peeling the apples for this recipe, as the peels get pretty soft in the cooking.

Place your apples in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl combine the maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, & 1 tbsp. coconut oil.  Stir it on up and then pour over your apples.  Stir to get your apples coated nice and evenly.

sliced apples in bowl

Place your apples in about a 3 qt. casserole dish, making sure they are spread out pretty even.  Then bake in the oven for 20 min.

apple crisp in casserole dish

While your apples are baking, you can get the topping together.  Place your pecans in a food processor and pulse until it’s nice and chunky.  Add your pecans along with almond meal, vanilla, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and sea salt into large mixing bowl.  Stir it up and when your apples are done top them off with the pecan topping.  Use a spoon to spread it out nice and evenly.  Then bake for an additional 15 min. or so.  Keep a careful eye out on your oven the last 5 min. since all ovens bake differently.

apple crisp

When the topping is a nice golden brown remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes.  This Apple Crisp is delish on its own, but is also amazing topped off with a little coconut cream or your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream.

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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp sweetened with a bit of pure maple syrup and coconut sugar.  All the apple pie taste minus the fuss of messing with a crust.  Gluten free, dairy free, oat free, and vegan.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

Apple ingredients

  • 5 cups apples, thinly sliced (about 5 apples)
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Topping ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.  While the oven is heating, slice up your apples.  You'll want to slice them up pretty thin to get them nice and soft. 

  2. Place your apples in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl combine the maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, & 1 tbsp. coconut oil.  Stir it on up and then pour over your apples.  Stir to get your apples coated nice and evenly.
  3. Place your apples in about a 3 qt. casserole dish, making sure they are spread out pretty even.  Bake apples for 20 min.

  4. While your apples are baking, you can get the topping together.  Place your pecans in a food processor and pulse until it's nice and chunky.  

  5. Add your pecans along with almond meal, vanilla, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and sea salt into large mixing bowl and stir to combine.  

  6. When your apples are done top them off with the pecan topping. Use a spoon to spread it out nice and evenly. Then bake for an additional 15 min. or so. Keep a careful eye out on your oven the last 5 min. since all ovens bake differently.
  7. When the topping is a nice golden brown remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes. Enjoy on its own or topped off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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4 thoughts on “Apple Crisp”

  • I finally tried your apple crisp recipe that sounded so delicious. It did not disappoint!! A definite 5 star recipe! Even my husband, who is new to healthy eating and actually prefers southern cooking, loved it! It was easy to make and so good! You might just turn me into a cook, Mindy!
    ❤️ Peta

  • Mindy,
    I love your blog and can’t wait to try this recipe! Just had to write to say how proud I am of you for writing the blog and sharing all these great recipes!
    love,
    Peta

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