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For a quick & healthy dessert, try my Easy Apple Crisp recipe - it's the perfect fall dessert made with juicy apples, cinnamon & a gluten-free crisp topping

  • Author: Yumna Jawad
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It’s always this time of year when I end up with so many apples from the apple orchard. What do I do with them all? I love apple pie but it can be time consuming to make at home. So I started making this easy apple crisp a few years ago instead. It’s very similar to a traditional apple crisp with some healthy swaps and overall super quick steps. You’ll have a warm cinnamony apple pie-like filling with a crispy buttery oat topping. It’s ll the fall feels for real! Ready to make this beauty?

Apple crisp close up with ice cream and caramel sauce drizzled on ice cream

How to Make Easy Apple Crisp

There are two parts to Apple Crisp – the apples and the crisp. Starting with the apples, I like to chop or slice the apples really small, and mix them with maple syrup and lemon juice.

Collage of chopped apples dry and then with lemon juice and maple syrup

Then in goes the cinnamon. And it’s 3 teaspoons, which looks like a lot of cinnamon, but it’s definitely needed! Most recipes also add flour or corn starch here in the filling, but I don’t think it’s necessary at all.

Collage of two images of chopped apples with cinnamon added and with cinnamon being mixed in with a spoon

Now for the crisp part, I make mine gluten free, so I use gluten free rolled oats, oat flour (which I grind myself in my Vitamix), more cinnamon, either brown sugar or coconut sugar and some salt. By using oats and oat flour, it gives me an excuse to have this easy apple crisp for breakfast…haha!

Collage of apple crisp dry ingredients in a bowl on the left and getting mixed on the right

Then I dice up the butter into small cubes and rub them into the oat crumble streusel mixture. To make it faster, you can also just leave the butter as is or melt the butter. But I like incorporating the butter evenly all over the mixture for better browning results of the crumble.

Collage of two images showing apple crisp dry ingredients on the left with butter added, then with butter getting rubbed into dry mixture

Then I transfer the apples to a baking dish, and top it with the crumble mixture. There’s no need to grease the dish, but you certainly can. Or you can line it with aluminum foil for easier cleaning.

Collage of two images showing prepared apples on the left, and then the apples with the topping on the right

When it comes out of the oven, you’ll smell a warm cinnamony sweetness that is so cozy, comforting and calling your name! Scoop out a nice big helping of the apple crisp, and serve it a la mode. I know you see that caramel sauce in the corner, and you know this easy apple crisp is about to get drizzled with all that caramel goodness!

Easy apple crisp plated on a large white plate with two ice cream scoops and caramel sauce on the side

Tips to Make Easy Apple Crisp

  • Pick a Mix of Apples: For best flavor, I like combining sweet and tart apples. You can see I have a variety of colored apples that are all different kinds from the apple orchard. If they’re all sweet, the easy apple crisp will lend itself to an overly sweet apple crisp. And if you only use tart apples, you may need to add sugar to cut through the tartness (which I’m sure you don’t want to do!) The combination of different apples will give the perfect flavor balance.
  • Keep Apple Pieces Small: I like chopping up the apples really small or slicing them thinly (like in the video below). This is key because it helps to cook the apples faster, and ensures that they are super soft by the time the crumble is browned.
  • Allow Time to Cool: Easier said than done haha! But this is very important because it will give the sauce made from the juicy apple filling a chance to thicken, and the flavors to settle.

This is one of my favorite fall desserts that you can easily whip up when you have extra apples on hand, people coming over and craving a cozy dessert when it’s cold and yucky outside. The great thing about it is it’s reminiscent of homemade apple pie with all the same flavors.

But it’s healthier than apple pie, easier to make and can totally be eaten for breakfast. Hey, it’s basically oats and apples (ice cream optional at breakfast haha 😉 )

Taking a bite from the apple crisp with ice cream on the side

I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood Easy Apple Crisp recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.

If you use up some apples and still have loads more, I’ve got you covered with these other amazing apple desserts!

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Apple crisp close up with ice cream and caramel sauce drizzled on ice cream
Healthy Apple Crisp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

For a quick & healthy dessert, try my Easy Apple Crisp recipe - it's the perfect fall dessert made with juicy apples, cinnamon & a gluten-free crisp topping

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, fall, fall dessert, Gluten free, healthy dessert, thanksgiving
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 311 kcal
For the apple filling:
  • 5-6 apples chopped or sliced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the crumble topping:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter cold, diced
  • Vanilla ice cream optional
  • Caramel sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 

  2. For filling: In a large bowl, combine apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Transfer apple mixture to an 8x8 square baking dish.

  3. For topping: In medium bowl, combine oats, oat flour, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add diced butter to the crumble topping. Using your fingers, rub butter into the crumble mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over filling.

  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until apple is tender and topping is golden brown. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Freezer Instructions: After baking the apple crisp, allow it to cool completely, then cover it with two layers of aluminum foil. You can freeze it for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw it overnight in the fridge and warm it at 375°F oven for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

Make Ahead: You can make the topping ahead of time but add the butter right before baking it for best results.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some substitutes that will work well:

  • For the flour, you can use almond flour, gluten-free flour or even all purpose flour. I love using oat flour to keep it gluten-free and light. 
  • For the butter, you can use a vegan butter stick or coconut oil
  • For the pecans, you can leave those out completely as I've done in the images or use walnuts or almonds
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Apple Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 300mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 22g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  • Reply
    Noreen Notaro
    February 4, 2019 at 11:35 am

    We threw in a banana and some blueberries we had left over at the end of the week. we will definitely make again!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      February 4, 2019 at 11:37 am

      That sounds amazing!! So glad you liked it and thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply
    October 28, 2018 at 7:06 am

    This I like. Simple and effective.

  • Reply
    October 22, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Love it. Great recipe

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