Healthy Apple Crisp is sweet, delicious, and made with good for you ingredients like apples, oats, coconut, and pecans. It's sweetened with a little bit of coconut sugar and makes the perfect fall dessert.

Vanilla ice cream melting over this healthy apple crisp recipe and a spoon taking a bite.

Friends! It's officially autumn! And to celebrate the season of all things warm and cozy, I've made us a delicious apple crisp. But this isn't any ordinary apple crisp. This one tastes like your best apple crisp dreams, but it's made without any flour, dairy, or refined sugars. I promise no one will notice this ‘healthy' version and you'll be sung praise through muffled, dessert-filled mouths.

Healthy apple crisp love

  • Spiced apples cooked slowly until soft and reminiscent of apple pie.
  • Rolled oats, sweetened with coconut sugar, like your favorite bowl of oatmeal.
  • Toasted pecans and coconut flakes to round out the fall flavors.
  • Warm out of the oven it will spread smiles all around.
  • Topped with a scoop of Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream because there are few things better in this world than a bite of this healthy apple crisp with melting ice cream.

Three scoops of ice cream on top of a pan of healthy apple crisp.

How to make this healthy apple crisp recipe

Making apple crisp is a little like making apple pie but without all the fuss. The most time-consuming part of this recipe is peeling and chopping the apples. You can speed up the process a little by not peeling the apples. I often keep the peel on, which gives the apples a little more bite.

  1. Peel the apples and chop them.
  2. Mix the apples with some coconut sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg and put them into a pie pan.
  3. Now mix the oats, coconut, pecans, and coconut sugar with some melted coconut oil. Spread this on top of the apples and put the pan into the oven.

Once the apples are soft and bubbling, take the pan out of the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes before dishing it into bowls and topping it with some vanilla ice cream.

Healthy crumble being spooned over apple crisp.

Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up in October (we celebrate early here) and I think this healthy apple crisp would make the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe. It can easily be made ahead of time and warmed up in the oven for 15 minutes before dessert time.

And since so many people eat specific diets these days, having a dessert recipe that is vegan and gluten-free should satisfy most of the people around your table. But don't worry, this apple crisp will be loved by the eat-everything-arians, too.

And if you want to serve two desserts, here are two more of my favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes to choose from:

A spoon taking a scoop of healthy apple crisp from the pan.

Love apple recipes?

We love to eat apples year-round, but come fall is when we tend to cook with apples. Here are a few of our favorite apple recipes:

Favorite Sweet Apple Recipes

Favorite Savory Apple Recipes

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Healthy Apple Crisp with Coconut and Pecans

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bakes
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This delicious Healthy Apple Crisp is made without any flour, butter, or refined sugar. Sweet apples, topped with a coconut, pecan, and oat crumble, are baked until soft and sweet. It's an easy to make dessert that is perfect for autumn parties or Thanksgiving dinner.


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Ingredients

The Apple Crisp

  • 6 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each: cinnamon and vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon each:  nutmeg and sea salt

The Topping

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the apples with the coconut sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and sea salt. Transfer to a deap-dish pie pan and gently press down.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together all the topping ingredients. Spread the topping evenly over the apples.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes (see notes) until the topping is golden and the apples are soft and bubbling. Check the apple crisp after 40 minutes and, if the topping is getting too brown, loosley cover the pie pan with aluminum foil. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Cook time will vary depending on the type of pan used. If you use a larger baking dish, check on the apple crisp after 30 minutes.

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