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Delicious Apple Crisp

Warm, fresh out of the oven apple crisp is one of our favorite desserts!

In this recipe, granny smith apples are baked with a sweet and crunchy crumble topping. It’s a classic and timeless dessert for a good reason!

Serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream or ice cream while it’s fresh out of the oven.

Apple crisp in a baking dish with silver spoon. Granny smith apples in the background.

An Easy Recipe For Apples

Every time I have excess apples or berries, I look forward to making a crisp with them. Granny Smith apples are the perfect addition to easy crisp recipes like this one, a crumble or homemade pie.

  • This dessert uses simple ingredients that you might already have in your pantry.
  • It’s easy, affordable and delicious!
  • Flour can be substituted with a gluten-free alternative to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • The recipe keeps well up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Warm apple crisp tastes best when topped with whipped cream, ice cream or whipped coconut cream.
Recipe ingredients on the counter including green apples, bowl of lour, butter, oats, sugar, and spices.

Recipe Ingredients

APPLES: Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples are commonly used in apple crisp. Golden Delicious is another option. For more variety and flavor, you can also mix them together.

OATS: I recommend using old-fashioned rolled oats as they will give the best texture. This style of oat is larger and flatter and produces a lovely crisp crumble topping.

SUGAR: Brown sugar, granulated sugar, coconut sugar or lakanto monkfruit sweetener (it’s sugar-free) can be used in this recipe. We love to use coconut sugar as it has an incredible caramel-like flavor that tastes beautiful with apples (don’t worry, it doesn’t taste anything like coconuts!).

BASE: The base of the crumble contains warming cinnamon and nutmeg, along with unsalted butter and all-purpose flour. Feel free to use gluten-free flour for the recipe, which will also work great.

Four images showing steps to make recipe: first one with chopped apple, knife and apple slicer on a cutting board. Second with sliced apples in a glass baking dish. White bowl with apple crisp ingredients and a pastry cutter. Four image is cooked apple crumble in glass baking dish surrounded by green apples.

How To Make Apple Crisp

This recipe is quick to prepare for a fast dessert.

  1. Peel and slice four apples.
  2. Mix the oat crumble ingredients according to the full recipe instructions below.
  3. Place apples in the bottom of prepared baking dish.
  4. Top with crumble and bake 30 minutes until golden brown and apples are tender.
  5. Let cool 10 minutes, serve and enjoy!

Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a big dollop of homemade whipping cream. So delicious!

Close up of apple crisp with a small plate beside it.

Recipe Tips

  • Peel the apples with a vegetable peeler and use an apple slicer. Then slice each apple in half again for the perfect size.
  • No need to arrange the apples in any sort of pattern, Just dump them into the dish and spread them evenly as much as possible.
  • Prep the butter in advance by letting it sit on the counter to fully soften. This will produce the perfect oat crumble consistency.
  • You can use a fork and your fingers to mix the crumble together. I prefer to start mixing with a fork and then use fingers to break it apart further.
White dish with crumble, whipped cream and spoon inside.

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Apple Crisp

In this recipe, granny smith apples are baked with a sweet and crunchy crumble topping. It's a classic and timeless dessert for a good reason!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a square baking dish with butter.
    Glass baking dish, paper towel and butter.
  • Peel the apples using a vegetable peeler or knife. Slice into thin strips. Remove any seeds, hard parts or skin that are on the slices.
    Two images of a cutting board, first with peeled apples and vegetable peeler, second with sliced apples, apple corer and knife.
  • Add sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a bowl. Mix together with a fork or pastry cutter. Then continue breaking apart the butter with your fingers. The mixture should be clumpy with butter broken into pea-size pieces.
    Two images of white bowl, first with ingredients and butter dumped in, second with ingredients mixed together and a pastry cutter.
  • Add the sliced apple to the greased baking dish. Spread the oat mixture evenly on top. Bake for 30 minutes, until top is golden brown and apples are tender.
    Two images, first with sliced apples in glass baking dish, second with granola mixture spread on top of dish.
  • Let cool 10 minutes, then scoop on to plates and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!
    Two images of baked apple crisp in square glass baking dish at different angles.

Recipe Notes:

  • The recipe keeps well up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.
  • Peel the apples with a vegetable peeler and use an apple slicer. Then slice each apple in half again for the perfect size.
  • No need to arrange the apples in any sort of pattern, Just dump them into the dish and spread them evenly as much as possible.
  • Prep the butter in advance by letting it sit on the counter to fully soften. This will produce the perfect oat crumble consistency.
  • You can use a fork and your fingers to mix the crumble together. I prefer to start mixing with a fork and then use fingers to break it apart further.
Nutrition
Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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