Apple Crisp

This gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan apple crisp is great all year round, though especially soothing in fall and winter. One of my family favorites, children seem to love this healthy dessert dish –my boys and their friends gobble it up time after time.

Apple Crisp

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Servings 6



  • In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • In a small bowl, combine oil, agave and vanilla
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry
  • Place apples in a 2 quart baking dish
  • Crumble topping over the apples
  • Cover and bake at 350°F for 50 minutes on low rack
  • When apples are soft and their juices bubble, remove cover and bake 10 more minutes to brown crisp
  • Serve warm
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
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Saying no. Sometimes this is the only thing to do. E (my 7 year old) was home with a bit of a flu this week. He has actually been lying on the couch whining and whimpering for several days. Today was the first day he felt better and he asked me to make him an apple crisp, which I gladly obliged.

However, when he asked if he could help me prepare it, I told him, “No, people who are not feeling well get to rest and not put their little paws in other people’s food.” I had paused for a moment before this, considering his request, as baking with my children is one of my favorite activities in the world.

Sometimes we all need to slow down –saying no can be the best way to say yes. My encounter with E reminded me of this. Of the need for boundaries, quiet and rejuvenation. This can be especially true in the winter when we want to go inside and hibernate for a few months.

On another note, I have found that we really are of no use to others unless we take care of ourselves. Hence, the old airline adage –put on your own oxygen mask first, before helping others. This is what I was modeling for my son, saying yes, by saying no.


77 responses to “Apple Crisp”

  1. This is delicious!!! It only took a few minutes to pull together. Perfect dessert for a rainy fall Saturday. I am not vegan so I subbed butter for the oil. I also used maple for honey because that’s the sweetener I like in desserts. It will reappear at Thanksgiving. We all loved it!

  2. I love this recipe and have been using it for years. Impressed anyone I’ve shared it with, especially others who are also gluten-free like me. I’m low on almond meal (1/4-1/2 worth) and I’m wondering what I could use instead to make up my 2 cups worth. Have you any thoughts on coconut flour, sorghum floor or even finely ground almonds? We are not shopping much in these pandemic times, but baking with what we have I bring joy.

  3. What about using oatmeal in the crumble topping? How is that Keto? I am still learning. Thanks for your recipes.

  4. I am on the GAPS diet right now and it has been hard with apple season here not to have any apple desserts. I’ve now been able to add cooked apple so this recipe makes me happy. I just tried it and am totally in LOVE. Thank you for your recipes.

    • Laura, thanks for your incredible comment! I wrote this post in 2008 and my little one is now a 17 year old teenager. I’m still saying no all the time these days :-)

  5. This is my go to recipe for my family or for a potluck.
    I substituted coconut oil for oil and xylitol for the sweetener.
    The family loves it.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Lupe, I haven’t tried substituting something for Celtic sea salt in this recipe so not sure. Yes, my recipes work everywhere from sea level to high altitude :-)

  6. Love this Elana! I halved the recipe (used 3 apples) + avocado oil instead of grapeseed oil and it’s delish :)

    2nd time making this and am sure it will be finished in no time. Thanks again for a great recipe that is simple and takes very little time!

  7. Thanks so much for this recipe. I’m currently on a low carb diet, and I made a few substitutions based on what I had available at home, and this dish came out wonderfully. I’ll be checking out your other recipes and books.

  8. Have been making your recipes for years but saw this one in your list of things to make with ground nutmeg and made it today for Thanksgiving – it was a hit!! Everyone loved it!! We made it with coconut oil and it was delicious – thank you!

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