I can’t think of a better dessert than this perfectly sweet apple crisp made from heaps of delicious local apples … easily adapted to be vegan to boot!
I make apple crisp ALL the time, but for some reason I’ve never posted my recipe! Apparently the same goes for my biscuits (my cousin Jillian forwarded a bunch of people to the blog for the recipe but silly me I haven’t ever posted it… I’m on it!). Truth be told my apple crisp recipe has really evolved over the years. The original version that was passed down to me was super sweet and had a thick layer of oat mixture on top. And while nobody was complaining, I figured I would switch it up a bit and overhaul one of our all-time classic fall desserts to make it more up my alley.
I doubled the apples to yield a dietitian-approved apple:oat mixture ratio and cut out the gluten, using oat flour instead. I have NOTHING against gluten personally, and don’t make it a routine to cut it out of my diet as I have no problems tolerating it, but I really like the nutritional profile of oat flour (high in soluble fibre, just like the apples) and love the fact that when my aunt Mary or my cousins Steph or Sam pop by for tea (not nearly often enough, love those ladies!), that they too can enjoy it since they have Celiac disease. Whenever you make something for a person who truly can’t tolerate gluten be sure to use ingredients that are labelled “certified gluten free“.
Soluble fibre is the type of fibre that acts like a sponge in your gut, helping with gut motility (you need to make sure you have lots of water in your diet for this to work properly, which I recommend anyway), helps reduce LDL cholesterol and nourishes your healthy gut bacteria. The old fashioned oats are less processed than quick oats if you’re ever staring at the oats in the cereal aisle scratching your head: they are my first choice along with steel cut oats (also a good choice, just not for this recipe). Apples are also a great source of soluble fibre!
This apple crisp is so so easy to make, is perfectly balanced and almost healthy enough for breakfast (you could cut the sugar back even more if you wanted to… I would try 1/3 or 1/2 cup if you want to make it suitable for breakfast, it still needs a bit of sweetness). Use vegan butter to make it vegan of course!
Happy baking my friends!
Apple Crisp (Gluten Free & Vegan Option)
This apple-heavy and not-too-sweet no-fail version of apple crisp also happens to be gluten free and vegan-izable. Perfect for those fall cozy days when the apple buckets are over-flowing!
- 10 cups 1/2" diced peeled apples* (about a dozen apples)
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free)
- 3/4 cup oat flour (gluten free)
- 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup melted butter or vegan butter
Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9x13" baking dish. Place the apples in a large bowl.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, oat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix to combine. Stir in the melted butter or vegan butter to combine.
Stir 1/2 cup of the oat mixture into the apples and stir to combine. Transfer the apples to the baking dish and spread evenly with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the apples.
Bake until the top is golden brown, around 1 hour. Serve slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla 'nice cream' or ice cream.
*gala or spartan apples work well here