A grain-free Healthy Apple Crisp recipe with almond flour topping is a comforting, delicious dessert healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. Vegan, paleo friendly, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free! This simple apple crumble only requires 7 basic ingredients!
Whether you’re looking for an impressive apple dessert to share with friends and family for a special occasion or a tasty treat regardless of the time of year, this quick and healthy apple crisp recipe is here to tantalize taste buds!
The warmly-spiced sweet tender apples paired with the rich buttery topping makes for a sensational experience.
A big bonus is this easy apple crisp recipe may just be the simplest version you’ve ever made. In fact, it is far simpler than making classic apple crisp!
It involves nothing more than cooking the apples on the stove top (to soften them up), stirring the topping ingredients in a mixing bowl, then dumping everything into a casserole dish to bake.
No cutting cold butter into the flour mixture, no need to break out the food processor, pastry cutter, or pastry blender. Zero fancy maneuvers or baking experience necessary!
Even if this is your first time making homemade apple crisp, you are guaranteed success with this goof-proof approach.
This may just be your new favorite fall dessert or treat for sharing during the holiday season!
This recipe makes enough to serve four people. If you’re serving more than four or if you want leftovers, you can easily double the recipe and use a large 13″ x 9″ casserole dish.
Let’s discuss the fresh ingredients needed to make the best apple crisp recipe!
Ingredients for Healthy Apple Crisp:
Fresh Apples: Choose the kind of apples that you typically use for apple desserts. Granny Smith apples are a great selection because they bring that tart, iconic apple flavor. Choose tart apples or go with sweeter apples like honey crisp apples, pink lady apples, golden delicious, Fuji apples, etc. Any variety of apples works as long as you know you enjoy them
Pure Maple Syrup: Used to sweeten the apple filling and the crumble topping, a small amount of pure maple syrup goes a long way in making this delicious apple crisp perfectly sweet.
Ground Cinnamon: A little ground cinnamon brings so much life to the already delicious apples, bringing warm depth of flavor.
Tapioca Flour: Tapioca flour gets mixed in with the apple filling to make it nice and thick and gooey. If you prefer using cornstarch or arrowroot flour, you can swap them as a 1:1 substitute.
Almond Flour: Rather than using all-purpose flour for the crumb topping, we’re using almond flour. Almond flour brings its own amazing flavor and texture to this easy recipe. It is naturally sweet and generates a soft yet crunchy topping for that perfect bite.
Coconut Oil: In order to keep this recipe dairy-free, we use coconut oil in the crumb topping. If you aren’t dairy-free, you can easily replace it with melted butter.
Vanilla Extract & Almond Extract: Bringing nuance and depth of flavor to the topping, I love adding both vanilla and almond extract. You can use either or omit both if you don’t have them on hand.
Sea Salt: A pinch of salt is added to both the apple pie filling and the crumb topping to bring out all the delicious flavors.
Now that we’ve covered the wholesome ingredients, let’s bake this warm dessert!
How to Make Paleo Apple Crisp:
Prepare the Apple Filling:
Peel, core and slice apples.
Transfer the apple slices to a medium-sized saucepan with the rest of the ingredients for the apple mixture. Cover the pot and heat over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples begin to soften, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
This process results in tender apples for the absolute best texture.
Prepare the Crumble Topping:
While the apples are cooking on the stove top, prepare the crumble topping. Add both the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients for the topping to a large bowl and stir well until combined.
The mixture should result in a somewhat sticky, crumbly topping. Set aside until ready to use.
Prepare the Crumble:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Evenly spread the crumble topping on top of the apples. It’s perfectly okay for this to look messy! Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until crumble topping is golden brown and crispy.
Serve warm apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Make my Paleo Salted Caramel if you love a caramel drizzle!
Store any leftover apple crisp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can you freeze apple crisp? Absolutely! I freeze it in small or large zip lock bags for up to 3 months.
Aside from pre-cooking the apples and stirring up the ingredients for the crisp topping, simply plop everything into a small casserole dish or cake pan and bake! It’s so easy and the end result is magical!
This perfect apple crisp tastes even better the next day! If you’re able to prepare it ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop, I recommend doing so.
- Replace apples with pears. If using pears, omit the water and skip the cooking process. Simply toss all ingredients for filling together in a mixing bowl, then transfer to the oven-safe dish (like my Cardamom-Spiced Pear Crumble).
- Replace pure maple syrup with coconut sugar, coconut nectar, cane sugar, brown sugar, sugar-free sweetener, or sweetener of choice.
- If you aren’t dairy-free, use 4 tablespoons of unsalted melted butter instead of coconut oil.
- Use hazelnut flour or cassava flour instead of almond flour for the apple cobbler topping.
- Add ½ tsp ground cardamom to the apple filling mixture for even more fall flavor.
More Vegan Fruit Crisp Recipes:
- Gluten-Free Pear Cobbler
- Grain-Free Cherry Crumble
- Paleo Raspberry Crumble
- Keto Blueberry Crumble
- Paleo Strawberry Crumble
- Peach Crisp
Enjoy this fall-inspired apple cinnamon delight!
- 4 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced*
- 5 Tbsp water
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp tapioca flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Prepare the Apple Filling:
- Heat all ingredients for the filling in a saucepan over medium heat, covered. Bring to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples begin to soften, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Prepare the Crumble Topping:
- While the apples are cooking on the stove top, prepare the crumble topping. Add all ingredients for the topping to a small bowl and stir well until combined. Set aside until ready to use.
Prepare the Crumble:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Transfer the cooked apples to an 8” x 8” baking dish or small casserole dish.
3. Evenly spread the crumble topping over the apples. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until crumble topping is golden brown and crispy.
4. Serve crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
*I use gala apples, but you can use any type of apples. Granny smiths, pink lady, honey crisp apples, and fuji apples are all great options.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 369Total Fat 16gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 23gFiber 4gSugar 19gProtein 6g
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This recipe was originally posted in October of 2018. I updated the photographs and copy to provide more detailed information and made some minor changes to the recipe.