Apple Crisp Easy Recipe – Quick and Homemade

by | Sep 1, 2021

Your apple crisp homemade recipe has arrived and so has all of fall dessert deliciousness! This wonderful fall dessert is one I look forward to every year.

If you’re looking for fall recipes this apple crisp easy recipe must be on your list! Best of all this apple crisp is so easy to make. We love apples – fresh, cooked, in cobblers…..apples are just one of our favorites, and our home is filled with them.

apple crisp in a red pie dish with silver spoons in front with a silver spoon filled with apple crisp on the side on a wooden background with whole apples in the background

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One taste of this delicious dessert and you’ve won’t believe it is both gluten and refined sugar-free. The addition of fresh thyme adds a subtle savory note to the otherwise sweet flavor profile of this classic recipe.

What Apples Are Best For Apple Crisp

The best apples for to use for apple crisp are firm apples with a bit of tartness. Granny Smith and Honey Crisp apples are a great option. You can even use Pink Lady or Golden delicious! The best apples for dessert are the ones that stay crisp and don’t become soggy. Texture is key, when making this fall favorite.

a top view close up of honey crisp apples

When it comes to choosing your apples, the fresher, the better, however if you happen to go apple picking and have some leftover, older apples will do just fine! No need to let these delicious seasonal fruits go to waste.

What You Need to Apple Crisp Gluten Free

Apples – again choose a firm apple. The top choice in our home is the Pink Lady.

Lemon Juice – You can juice your own lemon, or I love shortcuts, and always keep Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lemon Juice on hand.

Real Maple Syrup – there is nothing better than natural maple syrup! And we love Vermont Maple syrup.

Apple Juice – look for sugar-free apple juice that is 100% natural apple juice.

Ground cinnamon – this spice lends such a festive flavor to anything, but it especially highlights the apple flavor in this dish.

Allspice – Allspice is a traditional spice used in many apple dishes.

Salt – salt is used to enhance and bring to the forefront some of the more subtle flavors of this dish.

Fresh Thyme Leaves – this lends a fresh twist on an old favorite dish.

Gluten-Free Oats– Most oats

Almond Flour– The use of almond flour instead of regular flour keeps this recipe gluten-free! You may also choose to use coconut flour.

Almond Shavings– You can buy these at the store or use whole almonds and chop them up yourself.

Honey– I like to use pure, orange blossom honey or raw honey for the best flavor.

a jar of apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, apples, a lemon, and thyme on a wooden cutting board on a white counter

Topping For Apple Crisp

To make the topping for apple crisp combine the rolled oats, almond flour, sliced almonds, honey, and melted unsalted butter. You may also season this topping with cinnamon if you love cinnamon, but it doesn’t need it. Stir the mixture until the oats are thoroughly coated and the ingredients are well combined.

Topping ingredients for baked apple cinnamon crisp featuring a bag of rolled oats, honey, almonds in a teal ramekin, melted butter in a white ramekin, and almond flour in a teal plate on a wooden cutting board on the counter

How To Make Apple Crisp

To make apple crisp healthy recipe you’ll need to grease and baking dish and set it aside. In a separate bowl, combine your chopped apples, lemon juice, honey, apple, juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme leaves, and salt. Toss it all together until well combined and each piece of apple is coated.

Pour the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it into a nice even layer. Grab the apple crisp topping you made earlier and spread it in a nice even layer right on top of the apples.

It’s time to pop it into the oven! I adore the smell of warm, cinnamon apples- its such a delight. Bake until the top is golden brown, around 30 minutes. If it begins to brown earlier, cover it with aluminum foil to avoid burning.

The apples should be caramelized and bubbling when you remove it from the oven. If you can wait, let the apple crisp cool for a bit before you dig in!

apple crisp on a plate with whipped cream on top on a white wooden background with red apples, vanilla ice cream, and a pie dish with more apple crisp

Tips For Making This Fall Dessert

  • Be creative with flavors try using a few different types of apples in your apple crisp recipe
  • Make sure to cut the apple pieces into uniform chunks so that they cook evenly and are done at the same time
  • You can substitute maple syrup for the honey if you prefer, or use a sugar substitute like Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener in syrup or granulated form
  • If you have a convection oven, definitely use it! The air circulation will help to get the topping nice and crispy. If not, put it on broil for a few minutes with the oven door slightly ajar.

How To Serve Apple Crisp

Classic apple cinnamon crisp is served with vanilla bean ice cream, but you could try any flavor! We have a lovely salted caramel pecan ice cream that would pair perfectly with these fall flavors!

Of course, you’ll also wanted to top it with some fresh whipped cream, extra toasted nuts and oats. You may also want to try serving it in individual ramekins. This way it looks perfectly portioned for a party or on your holiday table!

Apple crisp in  2 ceramic molds on a wooden cutting board on a wooden table with fresh apples, silver spoons, and almonds in the foreground.

Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute 35 seconds
Total Time: 21 minutes 35 seconds

This delicious apple cinnamon crisp is the perfect fall dessert. Its a comforting, seasonal dessert that is sure to please everyone who tries it!


  • 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. real maple syrup
  • 2 T. 100% apple juice (sugar free)
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. ground allspice
  • 1½ t. fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ t. salt

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. almond flour
  • 1/3 c. almonds, sliced
  • 1/3 c. honey, preferably local
  • 3 T. unsalted butter, melted


  1. Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish and set aside.
  3. Place apples in a large non-reactive bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice. Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme leaves, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside.
  4. Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
  5. Pour apple mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.
  6. Place into a preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover the dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning.
  7. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with some vanilla bean iced cream or freshly whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy! 
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 406Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 15mgSodium 142mgCarbohydrates 71gFiber 9gSugar 50gProtein 5g

This wonderful fall dessert is one of my absolute favorites. I’m sure that as soon as you try it, it will be your new favorite too!

The crisp tinge to the air is the perfect time for baking apple crisps, and this recipe is so easy that your family will be clamoring for more! With the perfect balance of sweet and tart, your clan will love this apple dessert.

Looking for other fall desserts to add to your table? Check out our creamy Pumpkin Mousse recipe!

What do you like to eat with your apple crisp? Let us know in the comments below!


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