Granny Smith Apple Crisp

Here’s a lovely seasonal treat –gluten free apple crisp that’s simple and easy to make with very few, and very healthy ingredients. This recipe for Granny Smith Apple Crisp is particularly low carb because I use the low glycemic sweetener xylitol.

Since so many people have written to me to tell me they do not use agave, I thought it would be nice to research a variety of alternative sweeteners and experiment with them. Hence the use of xylitol (a low glycemic sweetener) in this recipe. My children couldn’t taste the difference and my doctor highly recommends xylitol for those that can digest it –it is not as easy to digest as agave for some people.

As always, use the ingredients that suit you best, and take the time to experiment with substitutions, as I cannot answer your (or my own) substitution questions without actually testing them in real life in my real kitchen.

apple crisp with xylitol gluten-free recipe note

As you can see from the note above, this recipe was a major hit with my older son. He left me a note on the dessert that said, “Mom, please do not let ANYONE eat the crisp. I want to eat it. TKS (Thanks).

Granny Smith Apple Crisp

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  • In a 1.5 quart pyrex bowl, toss apples, xylitol and lemon juice
  • Stir water and arrowroot together to make a slurry then toss into apple mixture
  • In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt and cinnamon
  • In a small bowl combine vanilla, coconut oil and xylitol
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry --mixture will be very crumbly
  • Sprinkle topping over apple mixture
  • Bake covered at 350°F for 45 minutes, until apples are soft and topping is golden brown
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
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Every fall when I begin baking fruit desserts in earnest, I have the same internal dialogue –what is the exact difference between a crumble and a crisp? And every fall, without fail, I pull out my well worn copy of the Joy of Cooking and look this up again. I thought I would share what the good book says with all of you:

“For a crisp, the flour, butter, and sugar are mixed together like pie dough before the liquid is added, and the mixture scattered over the top.”

“A crunch is fruit sandwiched between two layers of sweetened, buttered crumbs; it is served cut into squares, like bar cookies , but is more fragile…Crumble is the British name for a crisp or crunch with oatmeal in the topping.”

Here are some more healthy gluten free recipes using apples:
Cinnamon Apple Cake
Caramel Apples
Fennel Apple Soup


64 responses to “Granny Smith Apple Crisp”

  1. Hey Elana!

    I LOVE ALL OF YOUR RECIPES! I’m actually only 13 years old but when I want to make desserts for after dinner some nights, this is my go to website. I’m making this apple crisp tonight, and even though I haven’t tried it I know it will be awesome. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!

    • Alessandra, what an incredible comment! I love meeting kids who cook here on my website and I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying my recipes :-)

  2. Hi Elena,

    It looks great, Im curious to know what is the size of the baking pan, 8 or 9″?
    Thank you
    Happy Holidays

  3. Yummy! Made this with 3 granny smith and one honeycrisp. I subbed in erythritol with the apples (swerve) and used coconut sugar in the topping. And grassfed butter instead of coconut oil. I ate it hot with a scoop of So Delicious vanilla coconut milk ice cream….heaven! Your recipes are so valuable to me. I have to watch my blood sugar and am always surprised and happy about how well I tolerate your recipes. Having a treat is way more fun when it doesn’t sky-rocket my blood sugar.

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