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Nothing says fall quite like a freshly baked Vegan Apple Crisp! Warm, tender apples smothered in sweet maple syrup and seasonal spices, layered below a pecan and oat topping, and baked until warm and crispy! Serve with a big ‘ole scoop of vegan ice cream and dig in!
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 healthy apple crisp packed with fresh apples in no time at all. This recipe is also gluten and oil-free, so it’s perfect for just about anyone.
Enjoy it on any fall weekend after apple picking, or bring it to your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s one of those vegan desserts that no one will know is free of animal products and will please absolutely everyone!
Ingredients You’ll Need
For the Apple Filling
- Apples: When baking with apples, it’s best to use firm, tart apples that will hold up in the oven and balance the sweetness in the remainder of the crisp recipe. For this reason, we love using Jonagold apples, Cortland, Braeburn, Pink Lady, or Granny Smith apples in this delicious apple crisp.
- Liquid sweetener: We’ve used both vegan honey and maple syrup and both are delicious! If desired, agave would also be a great neutral-tasting sweetener. If you are interested in trying vegan honey, try this Homemade Honey Recipe or purchase a Vegan Honey!
- Lemon: You’ll need freshly squeezed lemon juice to help balance the sweetness and add a pop of freshness. If you love the flavor of lemon, we recommend adding a bit of lemon zest, too!
- Spices: This vegan apple crisp is simply spiced with warm cinnamon and nutmeg. If you have it, apple pie spice would also be great here!
- Cornstarch: This thickening agent is essential to thickening the crisp filling. As the apples bake, they will release their liquids, and without the cornstarch, the filling will be too runny.
For the Crumble Topping
- Rolled oats: When making a crisp, we recommend using old-fashioned oats. They hold their shape during baking and create a nice balance between crispiness and a slightly chewy texture. Quick oats or instant oats can work but will make a softer, less textured topping.
- Almond flour: Make sure to use almond flour, not almond meal. Almond flour is not only lighter in color, but more finely ground and makes the best, soft and chewy crumble mixture.
- Pecans: Raw pecans are best. If they are roasted or flavored, they will alter the final flavor of the vegan crumble.
- Coconut sugar: In order to keep this crisp refined-sugar-free, we opted for coconut sugar, but brown sugar would work well, too.
- Cinnamon: The warmth in the ground cinnamon complements the natural sweetness in the apples and the crumble topping and creates the perfect fall dessert!
How to Make Vegan Apple Crisp
- Make the apple filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples with all of the apple-filling ingredients, except the cornstarch. Once combined, sprinkle the cornstarch over the filling and give the cinnamon apples another good mix. Transfer the filling to the baking dish and spread it out into an even layer.
- Make the crumb topping. In the same large bowl (no need to wash), add all of the ingredients for the crumb topping. Mix until well combined. The mixture should be crumbly and similar to a granola-like consistency.
- Spread the oat crumble over the filling. Evenly distribute the apple crisp topping over the apples in the baking dish.
- Bake. Place the vegan apple crisp into the oven on the middle rack and bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apple filling has thickened.
- Serve. Allow the apple crisp to cool slightly to set the filling, then scoop and serve, as desired. Enjoy!
We recommend serving this vegan apple crisp while warm with a scoop of your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream. You can also take this fall dessert to the next level and drizzle it with vegan caramel sauce, additional chopped pecans, a dusting of powdered sugar, or a dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream. You can even repurpose the extra caramel sauce to make additional apple desserts like Vegan Caramel Apples or this Vegan Apple Galette!
Leftover crisp will keep for up to 5 days when stored in the refrigerator. To keep the crisp as fresh as possible, tightly cover with plastic wrap, or transfer leftovers to an airtight container. Reheat individual servings of apple crisp in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through.
This easy vegan apple crisp can also be frozen. To freeze, make the crisp in a freezer-safe container, then before baking tightly cover and freeze for up to 2 months. Before baking, allow the frozen crisp to thaw for 24-48 hours in the refrigerator, then bake as usual until golden and bubbly.
Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.
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