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Vegan Apple Crisp

This mouth-watering vegan apple crisp is full of cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar flavors! Topped with a sweet, buttery oat crumble.

Warm vegan apple crisp topped with melty vanilla ice cream.

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Is there anything better than biting into a juicy, crisp apple?

Yes, yes there is. Enter: apple crisp! Warm, soft apples spiced with cinnamon and other tasty flavors topped with a crunchy oat and brown sugar crumble. Add a scoop of vegan ice cream and omg. The ultimate fruity, comforting dessert.

Fortunately for us apple lovers, apple crisp is so easy to make. In my opinion, it is one of the easiest desserts, period! There are two components: the apple filling and the topping.

Because this dessert is basically fool-proof, feel free to add your own spin! For example, you can make it gluten-free by just using GF flour. Or, add walnuts to the topping for an additional crunch.

Filling before being mixed - apples, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.

Ingredients

Filling

  • Apples: about 3 pounds worth
  • Brown sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract

Topping

  • Flour
  • Oats
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
  • Melted vegan butter

Best Apple to Use

Any apple will work in this recipe but keep in mind they all taste a bit different. Some apples are tart, some are super sweet.

Many choose a tart apple like a Granny Smith that pairs well with all the sweetness of the brown sugar. I love a “sweet-tart” apple, like Honeycrisp or Cripps Pink. If you’re at the store and unsure, check out this apple guide.

How to Prep the Apples

I prefer peeling and chopping the apples, so the recipe is written that way. However, apple crisp is a forgiving recipe that isn’t quite an exact science like many desserts. So, you can leave the peel on if you wish!

You can also slice the apples instead of cubing them. Regardless, make sure to cut around the core and discard it.

Toss the apples with brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking sheet. Then make the topping!

Apple dessert filling in a white baking dish.

Brown Sugar Topping

The sweet and crunchy topping is as simple as mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Once you’ve mixed all of the dry ingredients (oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt) pour in some melted vegan butter. Mix until the butter is fully incorporated, then sprinkle atop the apples.

Slide the apple crisp into the oven and bake until the top is golden brown and the filling is hot and bubbly.

Serve warm with vegan vanilla ice cream, yogurt, or whipped topping. They add a lovely contrast to the warm apples!

Completed baked apple crisp with an oat crumble topping.

Make Ahead

Yes, you can prepare this apple crisp a day ahead. But, I recommend baking the day-of. Prep the apples and topping as directed in the recipe below, but store the components separately in the fridge for up to 1 day. The lemon juice should prevent the apples from oxidizing and turning brown.

Ready to bake? Assemble in a baking dish and bake as directed.

Apple dessert served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Want more apple recipes? Try this apple lentil salad!

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A bowl of apple crisp with ice cream

Vegan Apple Crisp

Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
Delicious vegan apple crisp with an oat and brown sugar topping. This recipe can easily be made gluten-free.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 10
Calories 293 kcal

Ingredients
  

Filling

Topping

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Peel the apples and then cut them into cubes.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
  • Spread the apple mixture evenly into the baking dish.
  • In another bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix in the melted butter.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.

Notes

To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour and oats.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 138mgPotassium: 218mgFiber: 5gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 505IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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