Easy Apple Crisp

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  • Apple crisp is a recipe that has stood the test of time. A classic in many families.

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    Traditional Easy Apple Crisp made with an oat topping. Recipe includes regular and gluten free options!

    A good way to use up apples after picking or to make as a dessert… and in some cases, breakfast.

    Classic apple crisp uses apples tossed in sugar and then topped with a crumble or streusel that gets crispy during baking. This usually involves lots of flour and butter cut together like pastry.

    overhead of apple crisp in a baking dish

    But I prefer easy and so I made an easier crisp topping that comes out more like a dough that drops in dollops and the butter is melted and poured over the top. Oats make the topping crunchy.

    Gluten free flour options like coconut flour or almond flour are great. You can also find gluten free all-purpose flour. I used almond flour and it tasted amazing.

    apple crisp on a white plate topped with oats and cinnamon

    What type of apples should I use for apple crisp?

    It really depends on your tastes. Many people prefer a tart apple to balance the sweet flavors, but some people just love more sweet! You can also use a variety of apple flavors for different taste sophistication.

    • Golden Delicious
    • Granny Smith
    • Red Delicious
    • Gala
    • Pink Ladies

    Whether or not you peel your apples will also depend on the type. I used pink ladies, which typically have a soft skin and don’t really require peeling. This is also personal preference.

    corner of an apple crisp in the baking dish

    How do I make an apple crisp with oats?

    It is easy! Simply chop up your apples, either into chunks or slices. Peeling is strictly a matter of preference.

    Toss your apples with a little lemon juice to prevent browning and then sugar to keep them sweet while baking. Transfer them to a baking dish.

    fork cutting into apple crisp

    Mix together the oat topping using your flour of choice, gluten free or not, and then dollop onto the apples. You can use almond extract instead of vanilla if you prefer. You can even get crazy and use both!

    Melt butter and pour it over the crisp topping and apples. Bake and you are ready to eat!

    spooning out hot apple crisp

    Can I make apple crisp ahead of time?

    Any type of crisp is generally best eaten the day it is made and right out of the oven. The crisp topping, even when we use oats instead of a pastry topping, will start to get soggy and never totally regain the texture.

    Plus, I like mine to be a little warm. Not hot, just warm.

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    And served with vanilla ice cream. I didn’t have any on hand when I made this one (on stay-at-home precautions) so we ate it by itself. You can also use whipped cream or even caramel sauce.

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    Classic Caramel Apples
    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com
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    The Best Apple Pie
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    The Best Apple Pie Recipe is an all-American dessert recipe that pairs tart apples with the perfect amount of sugar and spice. 
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    Easy Apple Crisp

    Traditional Easy Apple Crisp made with an oat topping. Recipe includes regular and gluten free options! Serve vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce.
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Total Time45 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: apple crisp, gluten free apple crisp
    Servings: 10
    Calories: 355kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Apples:

    Oat Topping:

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a medium baking dish or casserole dish with cooking spray.
    • In a large bowl, toss apple slices with lemon juice, white sugar and cinnamon.
    • Pour into baking dish and set aside.
    • In the same mixing bowl (no need to make another one dirty), stir together almond flour with brown sugar, fine sea salt, ground cinnamon, baking powder and oats.
    • Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix until uniformly wet.
    • Using a spoon, dollop on top of apple mixture until fully covered.
    • Pour melted butter over the oat topping.
    • Cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and puffy.
    • Remove and allow to cool for 20 minutes before serving.
    • Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or caramel sauce.

    Notes

    *Almond flour can be substituted for gluten free all-purpose flour, regular all-purpose flour or coconut flour.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg

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