Vegan Apple Crisp

Today’s apple crisp recipe is one for The People, whomever those people may be. Need a vegan apple crisp? Check. How about a naturally sweetened, refined sugar-free apple crisp? Double check. Gluten free apple crisp? Healthy apple crisp? DELICIOUS APPLE CRISP that you can devour with friends or alone in front of your refrigerator, quiet and at peace with the world? Check, check, and check!

The BEST apple crisp I ever baked! Vegan Apple Crisp with Pecan Oat Topping. EASY, healthy, and gluten free recipe made with coconut oil and maple syrup. @wellplated {clean eating approved}

Fruit crisps and I are old pals. They are one of the fastest, easiest desserts to throw together before dinner—this vegan apple crisp topping takes less than 5 minutes to prep—and they bake in the perfect amount of time to serve hot out of the oven when you are ready for dessert.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I didn’t set out to make this a vegan apple crisp or a gluten free apple crisp, or really anything other than ridiculously yummy. As fall fortune would have it, however, it turns out that this apple crisp recipe, my absolute favorite fruit crisp to date, happens to be all of the above, and it’s healthy too!

Vegan Apple Crisp with the BEST Pecan Oat Topping. Easy, healthy, and gluten free! This recipe is made with coconut oil and maple syrup, so it’s clean eating approved. @wellplated

I will warn you: backing away from this vegan apple crisp is a feat of physical and mental prowess that exceeds the abilities average mortals. If you can stop at one spoonful of the crunchy, toasty, cinnamon-spiced perfection that is this vegan apple crisp, you are made of stronger stuff than I.

You may also be a super hero, in which case, call me. I have a particularly stubborn pot soaking in my sink, and I would love your assistance polishing it clean.

OMG this is the BEST Vegan Apple Cranberry Crisp! Easy, healthy, and gluten free recipe. @wellplated

I made this vegan apple crisp with a blend of my beloved Honeycrisp apples and Granny Smith, but any firm baking apple will do nicely. If you have apple picking on your autumn agenda (or just need another excurse to eat apple crisp), this healthy apple crisp recipe is the perfect way to polish off your haul.

The vegan apple crisp topping is a blend of oatmeal, almond meal, flaked coconut (adds extra addictive toastiness, not a coconut flavor, so if you are coconut adverse, fear not), maple syrup, cinnamon, and coconut oil. Mix the topping up in a single bowl, then “quality test” it by taking a bite before sprinkling it over the apples. You will be very, very happy that you did.

The BEST Vegan Apple Crisp. Easy, healthy recipe with pecans, oatmeal, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Gluten free and clean eating approved! @wellplated

The final touch that launches this vegan apple crisp to the superlative “best apple crisp of your life” is a handful of dried cranberries. Last fall, my friend Conor tossed a handful into his homemade apple pie (in honor of his wife Kate, a cranberry fiend), and when I tasted a bite, I knew that I’d eaten something special. One year later, I still remember how lovely the cranberries’ chewy, sweet pop was paired with the apple filling, so I followed suit and added them to this vegan apple crisp too. Aren’t they just the prettiest little jewels?

Award-winning Vegan Apple Crisp with Pecan Oat Topping. BEST healthy apple crisp and it’s gluten free too! @wellplated

Pull out your forks, friends. This might be an apple crisp for “The People” but you are going to want to fight for the biggest scoop, before the rest of “the people” beat you to it!

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Vegan Apple Crisp

Easy Vegan Apple Crisp. Healthy apple crisp made with coconut oil, maple syrup, juicy apples, and lots of warm spices. Simple, gluten free, and DELICIOUS.

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

For the Apple Filling:

  • 4–5 large, crisp apples (about 2 pounds; I like a mix of sweet and tart, such as Honeycrisp and Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sugar dried cranberries (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or honey if the crisp does not need to be vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (it’s an amazing flavor upgrade to grate your own nutmeg. I use this zester to do it.)

For the Crisp Topping:

Directions:

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven, then preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and core the apples, then cut them into 1-inch chunks.
  2. In the bottom of a 9×9-inch baking dish or other 2-quart casserole dish, mix together the apples, cranberries, maple syrup, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, prepare the topping: Stir together the oats, nuts, almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle the oil and maple syrup over the top, then use a spatula to combine until the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Sprinkle the topping over the filling.
  4. Bake the crisp for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden. Check at the 30-minute mark—if the crisp starts browning too quickly, lightly tent it with foil, then continue baking as directed. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt (dairy free if needed).
  • *I prefer rolled oats over quick oats because they have a better, crunchier texture. Quick oats will lead to a mushier topping.
  • **To make your own almond meal, pulse whole, raw almonds in the food processor until they form fine crumbs. Do not overprocess or you will have almond butter instead.
  • *** I prefer unsweetened coconut in this recipe to keep it naturally sweet, but the recipe will also work with sweetened flaked coconut (also called baker’s coconut).
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • The crisp can be prepped up until the point where it goes into the oven 1 day ahead. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, uncover, then bake as directed.

Adapted from my Cherry Blackberry Crisp

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 8)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 315
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 39mg
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Protein: 4g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

18 comments

  1. LOVE this apple crisp recipe, Erin! So fun when things end up being totally accidentally vegan and gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy :) If anyone shares ways to walk away after one bite of this, PLEASE PASS ON THE TIPS. My dish will be empty equally quickly, I am certain of that!!

  2. Omg I’ll take the whole pan thanks!!! Apple Crisp is such a classic crowd-pleasing fall dessert. Totally making it soon!!

  3. Oh my goodness Erin, made this today. The best crisp everrrrrrrr!  The flavors are perfection, such a sophisticated comfort food.   I hate it when a recipe is praised and  then the reviewer states how they changed it up.   But I HAD To make it today but could not go to the store. Soooo I used 2 pears, a honeycrisp and agave syrup instead of maple syrup. But I think the heart of the recipe is amazing. My husband just finished his 2nd bowl and I’m going back for my 2nd as I hit the post comment. Thank you for your blog. 

  4. Wow, beautifly thought out recipe. I can see that the crispness of the ots and nuts etc work really well with the soft apples. Awesome work! as always.

  5. This apple crisp looks so warm, inviting, and absolutely delicious! It’s a perfect fall recipe and would disappear at my house in a matter of minutes!!

  6. This is perfect crisp for this time of year ! Thank you Erin !

  7. I just made this and it was the best apple crisp I’ve ever made! Thank you so much!

  8. Hi can you use anything in place of corn starch? I want to make this but dont have any in the house.

    • Hi Nicole! Since I tested the recipe with cornstarch, anything else would be a bit of an experiment. The most direct swap would be arrowroot flour. You could try swapping all-purpose flour, though the recipe will no longer be gluten free (and the flour will cloud the color of the filling and it might change the taste). As a last resort, you could leave it out totally. The filling will be pretty runny this way, but it will still have good flavor.

  9. This recipe turned out beautifully. Such a good one that we will be repeating again. Thanks Erin :)

    Rating: 5
    • Cara, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the crisp! Thanks so much for giving it a try and reporting back!

  10. I made it many times, thank you! Always subbed almond meal for the cornstarch okay. And fresh
    nutmeg , as well as fresh ginger gives a great added joy! Thank you again.

    Rating: 5

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