Apple Crisp (GF, V, Refined Sugar-Free)

Apple Crisp is a favorite in my house, no matter the time of year. With such warm and cozy spices as cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice, it feels like a bite of fall in my mouth — and I love fall. 

Whenever we have too many apples on our hands and they start to get a little soft/bruised, I usually like to make apple crisp. We've been eating a lot of apples throughout quarantine, so I've had the chance to make this multiple times. 

While I do enjoy a rich and buttery crisp, sometimes I like to make it low in sugar and dairy free. Is it really that much healthier? Maybe not. If you want it, shouldn't you just enjoy apple crisp in all its normal, gooey, brown sugary and buttery goodness? Heck yeah. But if you want a dessert that's a bit lighter and doesn't leave you in a sugar coma when you inevitably add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, then this one's for you. 

If you love apple crisp as much as I do — and you want a lighter, allergen-friendly version—then I hope you'll try this one out!

Apple Crisp Recipe

Apple filling:

  • 4 – 5 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 1/4 c almond flour (if you have a nut allergy, oat or AP flour work fine too)
  • 1/2 c flour of choice (can sub with more almond, oat, or AP flour)
  • 3/4 c old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar (can sub with 3/4 cup brown sugar; just omit the maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Dash of allspice and cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter/vegan substitute)
  • 1/4 c + 2 tbs coconut oil (can sub with dairy/vegan butter)

1. Grease an 8x8 baking pan and pre-heat your oven to 350°F.
2. Add the apple filling ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour into the pan.
3. In another bowl, add the topping ingredients and mix together with a fork or masher. (Sometimes just I finish mixing this crumb mixture with my hands. Whatever works!) Sprinkle on top of apple filling mixture, making sure to cover evenly.
4. Bake for ~40 min or until the crumb topping is golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream or by itself. Enjoy!