Healthier Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp – Real Food Whole Life Print
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Healthier Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

  • Yield: 8-10 1x


The perfect dessert to serve a crowd, Healthier Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp is brimming with lightly sweet cinnamon-spiked apples and topped with a crunchy, satisfying oat topping.

It’s also naturally gluten- and dairy-free, so you can enjoy this comforting dessert more often!



5 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

1 orange, zest grated and juiced

1 lemon, zest grated and juiced

¼ cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Topping:

1 ½ cups oat flour*

1 cup whole, rolled oats

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

⅓ cup melted coconut oil

⅓ cup pure maple syrup

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Whipped Cream (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 14 x 2-inch oval baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Combine the apples, zests, juices, ¼ cup maple syrup, and cinnamon in the baking dish, stirring well.
  3. To make the topping, combine the oat flour, whole oats, salt, cinnamon, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil. Stir until well combined and crumbly. Scatter evenly over the apples.
  4. Place the crisp on a sheet pan lined with foil and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm, with pumpkin spice whipped cream if you like


*Make your own oat flour for this recipe by placing 2 cups whole oats in a blender and blending until a coarse flour forms. Alternatively, you can buy pre-made oat flour at well-stocked grocery stores and online (either regular or gluten-free). Be sure to buy gluten-free oats if you want to keep the recipe gluten-free.

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp from Barefoot Contessa Parties

Invite your child to help prepare the crisp. Older children can peel the apples, and younger children can help mix the topping and sprinkle over the apples.