This recipe for a Sugar-Free Apple Crisp allows you to enjoy the warming flavors of fall without any added sugar. The natural sweetness from the apples shines through in this healthy recipe. Sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

sugar free apple crisp served in a bowl

This delicious apple crisp has no added or refined sugars!

Sweet red apples are topped with an almond flour crisp and then baked for a healthy and satisfying dessert. This plant-based dessert is a great way to indulge without any of the guilt.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It’s good for you! The only sugar in this recipe is the natural sugars in the red apples and the raisins.
  • Not only will apples and cinnamon make your house smell amazing but they also taste like fall!
  • This is a perfect dessert to meal prep. You can cut the apples and make the topping ahead of time. Put the crumb topping in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator so all you have to do is assemble and bake.

Key Ingredients

Red apples – Since there is no refined sugar in this recipe I recommend using red apples because they are naturally sweeter. Fuji & Gala are predominantly sweet while Honeycrisp are firm and just slightly tart. Honeycrisp are my favorite type of apple to bake with.

Lemon – A small amount of lemon juice adds a bright pop of flavor and brings out the sweetness of the apples.

Raisins – Raisins are a great way to add natural sweetness to a dessert. If you don’t like the strong flavor you can also try golden raisins which have a milder and fruitier flavor.

Cinnamon – I love the flavor of cinnamon in apple desserts. Not only does it pair well with apples but it’s incredibly good for you. Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants that help your body fight infections.

Almond & oat flour – I love to use almond flour and oat flour for crisp toppings. Almond flour has a slightly sweet flavor and they both have a nutty quality to them. Be sure to use gluten-free oat flour if you are on a gluten-free diet.

Chopped pecans – Pecans add a nice crunch to the topping. You can also use walnuts if you prefer.

Coconut oil – In place of butter I used coconut oil to keep this recipe dairy-free & vegan. If you eat dairy you can use butter or ghee in it’s place.

Almond milk – Be sure to buy unsweetened almond milk to keep this apple crisp refined-sugar free. Soy or cashew milk would also work great.

ingredients for an apple crisp

Recipe Steps

Step One

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Core and thinly slice the apples then place into a mixing bowl.

Step Three

Add the lemon juice, raisins, vanilla, and ground cinnamon to the apples and use a spatula to mix together.

how to make a vegan apple crisp

Step Four

Pour the apples into the greased baking dish.

Step Five

Make the topping by combining both flours, pecans, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine and then pour the mixture over the apples.

Step Five

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes or until the apples are soft.

Step Six

Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream (be sure to use sugar-free versions, if necessary)!

apple crisp with almond flour

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • It’s traditional to peel the apples for an apple crisp. But, I like to leave the skins on for more fiber and nutrition. But, feel free to peel the apples, if you wish.
  • If you don’t want to use almond flour or oat flour, you can use any other type of flour you like, except for coconut flour. You can also use a mixture of half rolled oats and half flour, if you prefer.
  • You can serve the apple crisp plain or with your choice of whipped cream or ice cream (look for sugar-free versions to keep this recipe free from added sugars). For dairy-free and vegan friends, look for dairy-free versions of either.
  • If you prefer the topping to taste sweeter, you can add 1/4 cup Monk fruit sweetener or coconut sugar.
  • Even though this recipe has no added sugar, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure that you can tolerate the carbohydrates and natural sugars from the apples, especially if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

FAQs

How long will this apple crisp last in the refrigerator?

It will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How do I reheat the apple crisp?

If you prefer the topping to stay crisp it’s best to reheat the crisp in the oven. Reheat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed all the way through about 10 to 15 minutes. If you don’t mind the topping losing some of it’s crispness you can also reheat in the microwave until warm.

Can I add sweetener to the topping?

Yes! If you would like to add a sugar-free sweetener to the topping you can add 1/4 cup of a sugar free sweetener. If you want to add a natural sweetener you can add 1/4 cup of coconut sugar or maple syrup.

apple crisp with serving spoon

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Sugar-Free Apple Crisp


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This recipe for a Sugar-Free Apple Crisp allows you to enjoy the warming flavors of fall without any added sugar. The natural sweetness from the apples shines through in this healthy recipe. Sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.


Ingredients

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  • For the filling:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 5 sweet red apples, such as Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (use gluten-free oat flour if you are on a gluten-free diet)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish lightly with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Core and thinly slice the apples, placing the sliced apples into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the lemon juice, raisins, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons of the ground cinnamon to the apples and gently toss to combine.
  4. Pour the apple mixture into the baking dish.
  5. Then, make the topping by combining the almond flour, oat flour, chopped nuts, coconut oil, almond milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in the mixing bowl.
  6. Stir to combine and then pour the topping mixture over the apples.
  7. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the topping has started to turn a golden brown and the apples are soft.
  9. Serve warm.

Notes

  1. It’s traditional to peel the apples for an apple crisp. But, I like the leave the skins on for more fiber and nutrition. But, feel free to peel the apples, if you wish.
  2. If you don’t want to use almond flour or oat flour, you can use any other type of flour you like, except for coconut flour. You can also use a mixture of half rolled oats and half flour, if you prefer.
  3. You can serve the apple crisp plain or with your choice of whipped cream or ice cream (look for sugar-free versions to keep this recipe free from added sugars). For dairy-free and vegan friends, look for dairy-free versions of either.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sugar-free apple crisp with almond flour, sugar-free apple crisp recipe

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