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Easy Apple Crisp

Easy Apple Crisp

Fresh sliced apples tossed with real maple syrup, pure apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, and fresh thyme leaves baked with a sweet oatmeal, honey, and almond topping!  Gluten-free!  Makes 4-6 servings.

 

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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  I’m excited to share with you our favorite apple crisp recipe!   If you’re a fan of apple pie, then you’ll love this apple crisp.  To me, the best part is the sweet, crispy buttery topping.  Wait, maybe my favorite part is the sweet and tart apple filling with those wonderful spices.  Well, seems I love this recipe inside and out and I hope you do, too.

 

baked apple crisp with ice cream

 

One taste of this delicious dessert and you’ve won’t believe it is both gluten and refined sugar-free. Fresh thyme adds a delicate savory hint to the sweetness of this classic recipe.  This old fashioned apple crisp recipe is popular any time of the year since apples are readily available year round.  Serve with coffee or a cold glass of milk!

 



 

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WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR APPLE CRISP?

Choose firm apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady, for this recipe. These varieties will hold up well to the heat of baking without turning to mush.

 

ingredients for apple crisp

 

Ingredients for Apple Crisp:

6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/3 c. real maple syrup
2 T. 100% apple juice (sugar free)
1 t. ground cinnamon
½ t. ground allspice
1½ t. fresh thyme leaves
¼ t. salt

 

topping ingredients for apple crisp

 

Topping Ingredients:

1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 c. almond flour
1/3 c. almonds, sliced
1/3 c. honey, preferably local
3 T. unsalted butter, melted

OPTIONAL:  add 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts to topping mixture.

 

What To Serve with Apple Crisp:

Vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream!

 

apple crisp topped with ice cream

 

How to Make Apple Crisp:

STEP 1:  Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350° Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish and set aside.

STEP 2:  Place apples in a large non-reactive bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice. Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme leaves, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside.

apple crisp filling

STEP 3:  Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.

apple crisp topping in bowl

STEP 4:  Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.

Apple Crisp in pan

STEP 5:  Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.

baked apple crisp

Recipe Notes:  Serve warm with some vanilla bean iced cream or freshly whipped cream, if desired.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

apple crisp with ice cream

Easy Apple Crisp

Fresh sliced apples tossed with real maple syrup, pure apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, and fresh thyme leaves baked with a sweet oatmeal, honey, and almond topping!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp 100% apple juice (sugar free)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1-1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup honey, preferably local
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  • Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish and set aside.
  • Place apples in a large non-reactive bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice. Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme leaves, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside.
  • Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
  • Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.
  • Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve warm with some vanilla bean iced cream or freshly whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

Serve warm with some vanilla bean iced cream or freshly whipped cream, if desired.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
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SHOULD I PEEL THE APPLES FOR AN APPLE CRISP?

Yes! For this Apple Crisp recipe, I peel the raw apples simply because the skin can get chewy and tough. Save yourself some time and use a Johnny Apple Peeler to peel, core, and slice an apple all at once! 

 

HOW LONG WILL APPLE CRISP KEEP IN THE FRIDGE?

The Apple Crisp will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.  It’s actually really good eaten cold!  Store it in airtight containers.  I like to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 20-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids.  These containers are great for meal prep, too!

 

CAN YOU MAKE APPLE CRISP AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes! Make the apple filling, place in an air-tight container, and refrigerate for up to one day.  You can also make the topping the day before and put it in a separate air-tight container and refrigerate. When ready to bake, follow Steps 4 and 5 of the recipe.

 

CAN YOU FREEZE APPLE CRISP?

Yes, this Apple Crisp freezes well.  Allow the Apple Crisp to completely cool off.  Then place into a freezer container or sealable plastic freezer bag (write the date on the bag so you can easily remember it). It will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge the day before you plan to eat if. You can reheat in the microwave, if desired.

 

HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL SAUCE

Some people like to put caramel sauce on their Apple Crisp.  Sounds really good, doesn’t it?  I have not tried it but this homemade caramel sauce recipe from Fifteen Spatulas seems easy and looks divine!

 

If you try this recipe, leave me a comment!  I’d love to hear from you.

 

For more sweet recipes, please check out these delicious desserts:

Chocolate Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

Apricot Nectar Cake

Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cake

Banana Nut Muffins

Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins



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