No-Peel Apple Almond Crisp

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Controversial as it may be, in almost all cases I prefer crisp to pie.  There are certainly outliers here, I love Key Lime Pie or Lemon Merengue Tart for instance, and if I had a Black Bottom Oat Pie delivered from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, I’d never turn it down… but when it comes to standard fruit fare I usually go the route of a crisp, crumble, or cobbler.

Not only are they so much easier to make, but they are much easier to customize.  I like a crisp that is just sweet enough with lots of texture, and one that you can feel just fine about eating for breakfast or brunch (as I often do).  This one checks all of those boxes.

No dairy, no gluten, and no refined sugar it’s loaded with good stuff – coconut, oats, almonds, spices and of course apples.  It’s my kind of fall dessert, cozy and delicious without sacrificing flavor.  


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No-Peel Apple Crisp

Vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free, but far from short on flavor, this easy apple crisp makes a delicious fall dessert or brunch.
Servings: 6


  • 3 medium-large apples cored and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder, can sub 1.5 tsp corn starch


  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Grade B maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened at room temperature


To Make the Filling

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, gently toss sliced apples with the rest of the ingredients until combined, then pour into a pie plate or cast iron skillet and spread evenly. Set aside.

To Make the Topping

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix with your hands until it starts to clump together. This will only take a 30 seconds or so.
  • Arrange the topping evenly on the apple filling and bake for 40-45 minutes until the fruit is soft and bubbling and the top is golden brown.
  • Serve warm with coconut whipped cream, as I do, or with ice cream or regular whipped cream. Leftovers make a delectable breakfast!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Keyword: apple, crisp
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