Easy Vegan Apple Crisp (Gluten and Oil-Free)

October 23, 2019

Gluten Free

By: Chris Petrellese 

A vegan twist on a fall classic, this apple crisp recipe is both delicious and simple to make. Nothing beats the smell of ooey-gooey baked apples smothered in cinnamon sugar…except for maybe the taste 😉

A tray of baked vegan apple crisp with two serving bowls and vanilla ice cream

Who else loves the fall? This time of year makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Everything from the weather cooling down and the leaves changing, to all of our favorite seasonal foods, it really is perfect in every way.

Ingredients for vegan apple crisp on a wooden board by sweet simple vegan

Nothing says fall quite like freshly baked apple crisp. Warm baked apples smothered in maple syrup and seasonal spices, coated with a pecan and oat topping, and served with a big ‘ole scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream. Sounds pretty dreamy, right?

We always do our best to make recipes as simple as possible, and this one is no different. With just 10 minutes of prep and 45 minutes of baking time, you’ll be enjoying this easy apple crisp in no time at all. This recipe is also gluten and oil-free, so it’s perfect for just about anyone.

Bowls with vegan apple crisp and vanilla ice cream

Looking for some more fall-friendly desserts? We have plenty more that you are going to fall in love with 😉

A bowl of vegan apple crisp and vanilla ice cream

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A tray of baked vegan apple crisp with two serving bowls and vanilla ice cream

Easy Vegan Apple Crisp (Gluten and Oil-Free)

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: About 12 small servings


A vegan twist on a fall classic, this apple crisp recipe is both delicious and simple to make. Nothing beats the smell of ooey-gooey baked apples smothered in cinnamon sugar with a crispy topping…am I right? Plus, it’s gluten and oil-free!


Apple Filling

  • 4 cups (446 g) sliced apples (click here for a list of great apples for baking)
  • 23 tablespoons vegan honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (12g) cornstarch

Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup (90g) gluten-free rolled oats (we used this brand)
  • 1/4 cup (28g) blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup (42g) finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (50g) coconut sugar (you can also use brown sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Serve with

  • Vegan vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and have a medium-sized baking dish ready. The dish we used was 10″×8″. You can lightly grease the dish if you’d like but we skipped that and it worked just fine.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the apple filling except for the cornstarch. Once everything is uniform, sprinkle over the cornstarch and give it another good mix. Transfer all of the filling into the baking dish and spread it out as evenly as you can.
  3. In the same large bowl, add in all of the ingredients for the crumble topping and mix until well combined. It will be crumbly with a granola-like consistency. Evenly distribute the topping over the apples in the baking dish.
  4. Place the dish into the oven and bake on the middle rack for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the filling has thickened.
  5. Cool for about 10 minutes or until it is easy to handle and serve with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream.


  • This can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Fall
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free, Oil-Free

Keywords: Dessert, Fall, Vegan, Gluten-free, Oil-Free crisp, apple, cinnamon, thanksgiving

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Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. I love your recipes and your website! Made this for dessert tonight. Really delicious and I plan to make again during Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Susan Briggs says:

    Made this with Granny Smith apples, it was delicious. Great for holidays. Added benefit, it’s makes the whole house smell amazing.

  3. Shannon says:

    This is so good!! I doubled it and have made it 2x in the past couple weeks and the family loves it. I can’t believe it is oil free because the topping gets so yummy and crunchy!

  4. Deborah Gelerter says:

    I’m not sure whether to rave or complain. This was so easy to make and delicious, it has become a regular snack in our house. We double it and make a few adjustments here and there…. Yum!
    These days our house is filled with the heavenly aroma of baked apples and cinnamon. 🙂

  5. Darlene says:

    This apple crisp is really good. I’ve been trying to eliminate our refined oil use and this recipe produced a great tasting, yummy dessert. Thanks for the recipe.

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