I cannot get enough apples this time of year and this apple crisp is one of my favorite things to make! I love to throw it together for a weekend dessert, but it’s also a perfect dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. Our bodies thrive when we eat what’s in season, so I love to incorporate whatever is fresh in what I’m making.  Apples are perfect for cooling the lingering heat in the body from the summer, plus they are just plain delicious.

I love exploring all the varieties of apples!  Do you have a favorite?  For this apple crisp, you can use any type of apples, but I prefer gala, fuji, honey crisp or Granny Smith.  It’s also fun to mix and match!  The apple filling is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and some spices, and then the crowning glory, my favorite part, the topping piles up on top!  Anyone else feel like you could just make a pan full of topping and eat it straight up?

How to Make Apple Crisp

Start by peeling, coring and slicing your apples.  My kids used to fight over who got to help me with the apple corer/slicer machine–now there’s only one who’s still interested so he gets it all to himself!  Then toss the apples with all the remaining ingredients, making sure you get all the apples coated. Dump the mixture in a casserole pan and move on to the topping.  For the topping, melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan.  Once it’s melted, stir in the coconut sugar and salt.  Then add in the oats and flour and mix well.  Spread the topping over the apple filling and cover the pan with foil.  Bake it for 30 minutes with the foil on to keep the topping from browning up too much.  After that, take the foil off and let it continue baking for another 10-20 minutes, until the filling is bubbling up and the top is golden.  Top it with lightly sweetened whipped cream or coconut cream.

Quick Tip:  This recipe works great as a pie too!  Use your favorite crust (homemade or storebought, I won’t tell!) to line a 9″ pie pan.  Add your apple filling to that, followed by the topping and bake just as you would for the crisp.

Try out this recipe this fall and let me know how you like it!


Apple Crisp

This apple crisp is a perfect fall dessert. Free of gluten and refined sugar, with a dairy free option as well!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8


Apple Filling

  • 6-8 apples depending on size
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • ½ cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat or almond flour


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Peel, core and thinly slice apples, and add to a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla and arrowroot and stir to coat all the apples.
  • Spread the apple mixture into a 2½ quart casserole dish.
  • To make the topping, melt the butter or coconut oil in a saucepan. Once melted, stir in the coconut sugar and salt, then add the oats and oat or almond flour. Mix until well combined.
  • Spread the topping over the apple mixture in the pan.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-20 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.


This recipe could also make a great pie!  Simply roll out a pie crust and put it into a 9" pie pan, then add the apple filling and topping as noted above.  

Want another great fall recipe?  Try my Hearty Chili!