This is the BEST apple crisp recipe. It’s perfectly sweetened with thick and jammy apples and extra crisp on top. It’s also naturally gluten free using an almond flour and oat crumble topping. This is a quick and easy apple crisp that is perfect for apple picking season!
What makes this the BEST apple crisp recipe?
The photos here speak for themselves, but trust me when I say this apple crisp is just as good as it looks!
First, it’s made with tender spiced apples that are sliced in thick wedges. Since the apples are thicker, they bake for about 10 minutes before adding the crumble topping. This creates an apple filling that is loaded with tender and juice apples and is swimming in a thick sauce.
After 10 minutes the apples are nice and warmed. This is when the crisp topping is piled on. And I say piled because it is A LOT! Crisp is the best part after all.
This recipe uses extra crisp and it’s made with almond flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. It’s naturally gluten free and bakes into a delicious golden brown layer of sweet crumble.
Last but not least, warm spices are added to both the apples and the crisp topping. This apple crisp is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves for extra depth of flavor.
How to make this easy apple crisp recipe
There are two main components of this recipe: the crisp and the apple filling.
Start with the filling by peeling, coring, and slicing the apples. We are using sweet and crisp apples in this recipe for loads of flavor. The apples are sliced into roughly 1 inch wedges for a thick and tender apple crisp filling.
The apples are then tossed in lemon juice, vanilla extract, brown sugar, sugar, cornstarch, and spices. The acidity of the lemon juice helps cut through the sweetness while the cornstarch creates a jammy filling when baked.
Transfer the apples to a cast iron skillet and bake on their own for 10 minutes. This gives them a head start before adding the crisp on top.
As for the crisp, combine oats, almond flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cubed butter to a large bowl. Use your fingers to really mush and press the butter into the crisp. It’s ready when barely any butter is visible and it holds its shape when mashed together.
Dump the mound of crisp on top of the warm apples and spread it even. Then bake to golden brown perfection!
How to make this recipe vegan
Apple crisp just isn’t the same without some butter. For some recipes, you can get away with swapping butter with oil for a vegan-friendly option. But with apple crisp, we want those clumps of butter to remain in the crisp.
As it bakes, the butter melts and sinks into the layers of the apple crisp to create a crisp top and gooey center.
That’s why plant-based or vegan butter can be used in this apple crisp recipe. It bakes and melts just like regular butter to create a super simple vegan apple crisp!
How to make almond flour
If you don’t have almond flour at home, it can easily be made with raw almonds.
Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse to break down into a fine flour. Be careful not to over-blend the nuts as it can turn into almond butter.
Apple Crisp FAQs
For the most flavor, use a crisp and sweet apple like Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Jazz apples.
Yes, it can be baked in anything that will hold the apple crisp! This could be a deep pie dish, a square baking pan, or a casserole dish. As long as the apples cover the dish to where you cannot see the bottom, it can be used to make this apple crisp.
I have not tested this recipe with regular flour so I cannot guarantee a solid swap. If you would like to give it a try, I suggest using 3/4 cup flour in place of the 1 cup of almond flour.
Yes, quick oats can be used in place of the old fashioned oats.
Allow the crisp to cool for about 15 minutes, then dig in and serve in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
It will keep for up to 3 days at room temperature as long as it is well covered. Otherwise, it can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week. Keep in mind that the topping looses it’s crispy consistency once it has chilled, so this is best to serve fresh.
Yes! Once baked and completely cooled, cover in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Allow it to thaw at room temperature before reheating. Bake at 300F for about 10 minutes.
For more delicious apple recipes, check out my:
- Apple Fritter Skillet Cake
- Apple Hand Pies
- BEST Apple Pie
- Caramel Apple Muffins
- Walnut Apple Crumb Cake
- Cinnamon Apple Bread
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