Pecan Apple Crisp

I don’t know how to say it any other way. I’m a sucker for apple crisp. It’s easy to make –so much simpler than apple pie! It’s also a consistent crowd pleaser, my boys both request and devour it on a regular basis. Nothing makes them quite as happy as walking into the house after school to a freshly baked apple crisp.

Although I have other apple crisp recipes, I created this one because I wanted a crisp recipe that was more like an apple crunch, i.e., a baked fruit dessert with a very crunchy topping. The chopped pecans in this easy apple crisp recipe give the topping a fabulous consistency.

Pecan Apple Crisp

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  • Place apples and lemon juice in an 7 x 11 inch baking dish; set aside
  • In a food processor, combine almond flour, coconut sugar, and salt
  • Pulse in shortening
  • Very briefly pulse in pecans
  • Sprinkle topping over apples
  • Cover with tin foil and bake at 350°F for 40-50 minutes, or until juices are bubbling
  • Increase heat to 400°F and bake 8-15 minutes, watching closely, to brown top of crisp
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 48 mins
Total Time 58 mins
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This apple crisp recipe was inspired by one in the Pioneer Woman’s book A Year of Holidays. In her New York Times bestseller Ree has a Thanksgiving recipe called Caramel Apple Pie. For an extra decadent treat, top my gluten-free Pecan Apple Crisp with my luscious Caramel Sauce and homemade whipped cream.

Some folks might wonder what a gluten-free, Paleo blogger is doing with a copy of The Pioneer Woman’s book. First, I’m a huge fan of Ree’s, she is an incredible home schooling mom, amazing photographer, and inspiring woman! And her recipes look absolutely delicious. Of course, I can’t eat them as written. However, I love looking at “regular” cookbooks (not for special diets) to see how folks cook.

If you have loads of apples, check out my Healthy Apple Recipes page! My boys love my Baked Apples recipe, it’s a great one for beginners if you want to teach your children how to cook.

If you’ve had enough of apple recipes, and want a taste of summer, pull some peaches out of the freezer and try my Paleo Peach Crisp recipe. Whatever you decide upon, happy baking. Fruit desserts are the best!


22 responses to “Pecan Apple Crisp”

  1. I used this recipe as inspiration for an apple crisp I took to a work pot-luck (I used butter instead of palm shortening-all else the same). My dessert was selected as the best dessert (I won a $25 gift card!). There were lots of gooey, rich options, but this simple, pure desert won out! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. I made this last night and it was awesome…actually, I am eating it right now for breakfast as well! I followed the proportions but made the following substitutions out of laziness and/or using what I had on hand:

    -grass-fed butter in place of shortening
    -mix of sweet and tart apples and did not peel them (added a little cinnamon)
    -mix of pecans, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds
    -turbinado sugar in place of coconut sugar
    -used my hands to mix the topping vs. a food processor

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  3. i am impressed even though you want to sell your cookbooks you share your recipes i am fairly new with this no gluten way of life thanks so much. noa

      • Hi Stephanie,

        Thanks for your comment. The only way to find out if that substitution would work is to test it. Unfortunately, I have not done so, therefore don’t know if it will work. If you do will you please stop back by and leave a comment to let us know how it turned out?


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