Sweetened with pure maple syrup and topped with an oaty, nut topping, this healthy and easy Vegan Apple Crisp is the perfect fall dessert!
I love fall desserts!
Especially anything involving apples.
Even more so, I love fall desserts that are easy to make and good for me, yet don't compromise on flavor.
Enter in this Vegan Apple Crisp recipe!
How to Make Vegan Apple Crisp
Like I said above, this vegan apple crisp recipe is really easy to make and chock full of good-for-you ingredients. Plus, it's gluten-free!
To make this vegan apple crisp, simple follow the step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) below:
Step 1: Choose, peel and chop your apples.
When it comes to making apple-based desserts, it's important to choose the right kind of apples. Usually crisp, tart apples are the best apples for baking as they hold their shape well and balance out any added sugar.
Honeycrisp apples and Granny Smith apples are popular apples to use when baking. Golden delicious apples also work well.
For this recipe, you'll need about 6-8 medium-sized apples.
Start by peeling off the skin. I like to use a vegetable peeler, but a sharp knife works fine too. Honestly, if you don't mind apple skin, you can always leave the skin on for some added fiber and nutrition.
After you've peeled your apples, chop them into bite-size pieces and place them into a medium-sized sauce pan.
Step 2: Cook and sweeten the apples.
To the peeled and chopped apples in your pot, add a touch of maple syrup and some cinnamon. Stir everything together until well combined.
Place the pot over medium heat and allow the apples to cook for about 10 minutes or until softened, stirring often.
Step 3: Prepare the crumble topping.
While the apples cook, you can prepare the crumble topping.
Start by processing the nuts into a coarse meal. I love using pecans, almonds or walnuts! Then combine the ground nuts with oats and cinnamon and stir to combine.
Pour maple syrup and coconut oil over the nut and oat mixture and stir until all the nuts and oats have been well coated. Set aside.
Step 4: Top apples with crumble topping and bake.
Once the apples have softened, pour them into a baking dish. An 8x8 dish should work well for this recipe.
Top the apples evenly with the crumble topping and bake the vegan apple crisp for about 20-25 minutes in a preheated 350F degree oven. You'll know the apple crisp is done when the top is slightly golden brown.
Step 5: Serve and enjoy!
Scoop hearty portions of the apple crisp onto plates and serve with banana ice cream, store-bought vegan ice cream or homemade coconut whipped cream.
What About Gluten-Free?
Thankfully, if you're in need of a gluten-free and vegan apple crisp, this recipe is indeed gluten-free!
However, one thing you may need to verify when dealing with severe gluten allergies is that your oats are certified gluten-free (the ones I use and recommend are Bob's Red Mill gluten free oats). This is usually specified on the packaging!
Whether you're vegan, gluten-free or none of the above, this dessert is so simple to make and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, it's healthy enough for breakfast (at least in my opinion)!
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For more delicious, vegan apple desserts, be sure to check out my Easy Vegan Apple Turnovers and this Vegan Apple Cake with Maple Glaze!
Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe
- 6-8 red apples peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups oats
- 1 cup nuts ground into flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 °F and set aside an 8x8 baking dish.
- Place all of your peeled and chopped apples into a large sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add in the maple syrup and cinnamon and stir to combine. Cook the apples for about 10 minutes or until softened.
- While the apples are cooking, prepare the crumble topping by mixing together in a large bowl the oats, ground nuts and cinnamon. Pour over the maple syrup and coconut oil and mix until combined.
- Once the apples have softened, pour them into your baking dish and top them with the crumb mixture.
- Place the baking dish into your oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
- Serve warm with dairy-free ice cream or coconut whipped cream!
William Parsons says
Delicious and healthy food. Agree.
Thanks so much!
Amanda N says
Question, why do you cook the apples first in a pan? Would then not get soft in the oven at 20-25 mins? Asking as I like my apples in apple crisp to have some structure to them still and not be mush.
Hey Amanda! You can do it either way I'm sure, but without cooking they'd be more crispy, which may be just how you'd like it! The apples still had a subtle crunch to them even after cooking on the stove and I thought the textures were perfect!
Liv @ Healthy Liv says
Ahhh I remember your arm injury last year. So glad you get to race this year and I know you'll rock it!
This apple crisp looks amazing. Just made an apple crisp to share on my blog soon, too- it's my favorite dessert of the season!!
Ah, that was a bad point in my life haha! I'm so glad I'm healthy so far and hopefully I can make it to Saturday (just 5 days away!) so I can finally check another half off my list. And we both must be on the same page making apple crisp! It's the weather. Just gotta put apples in everything:)
How do you get your banana ice cream to look so creamy? It looks amazing! Personally I think I've come to a similar place as you with running. I actually want to run another half marathon, but in general, I will probably do the shorter workouts. 🙂
And apple crisp + ice cream is one of my very favorite desserts!
I don't know! I blended it and then put it in the freezer for a while to make it harder and scoop-able:) And I know I'll be torn on whether to train for another race in the future too. I have a love hate relationship with them! So glad you love apple crisp Emily! It's one of my favorites too!
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit says
A large part of me wants to just make this right now and call it lunch lol! The textural contrast of an apple crisp with ice cream on top can't be beat, and even better when it is as super simple as this. Good luck with training for the half marathon...I can't even imagine doing something like that, but I admire your commitment!
It's totally acceptable to eat this apple crisp at anytime of day! And thanks for the encouragement on my half marathon. I'm pretty excited to race...and then not have to train anymore haha!