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Warm tender apples encased in gooey maple and cinnamony sweetness, finished with a buttery, crispy oat topping make this Vegan Apple Crisp a must-have dessert for the holiday season! This dairy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free and gluten-free apple crisp is sure to please all types of eaters. You can also make it soy-free by using a soy-free vegan butter.
I know we’re a bit past apple season, but there’s just something about baking apples that makes them so perfect for this time of year.
For starters, the aroma itself emanating from the oven is enough to make your mouth water and your heart warm.
That smell, my friends, is pure happiness.
And what would the holiday season be without joy?
Imagine taking a bite of warm, tender, melt-in-your-mouth apples oozing with the flavors of maple syrup, coconut sugar, lemon, cinnamon and nutmeg topped with a sweet, crispy coating…see I told you, mouthwatering! 😉
Now, you might be saying, “You already have an apple-pear crisp on the blog.”
That is true. I did post a recipe for a Gluten-Free Apple-Pear Crisp back in December of 2015.
But that one had pears, and I wanted to make one with just apples…that’s also vegan…and nut-free too. You know, so those with nut allergies can enjoy this ooey gooey goodness. 🙂
Wow! I can’t believe that post was from three years ago! Back then, I mentioned that Greg is obsessed with Christmas decorating.
That was the first year he entered our town’s decorating contest.
Unfortunately, our house didn’t place that year. However, I am proud to report that we won third place in 2016 and first place in 2017.
As you can see below, the decorating fascination continues.
Just so you can understand how serious he takes it, I only asked for one picture of the house for this post, but he gave me three.
He said “you need to get the feel from every angle.”
Anyway, I have to give him (and our daughters) all the credit for creating this beautiful display. Being out in the cold isn’t really my thing, so…
While he was busy “rigging up the lights” and all the other paraphernalia, I stayed inside…and baked holiday treats such as this Vegan Apple Crisp.
How to Make This Gluten-Free, Vegan Apple Crisp
First, preheat your oven to 350°F. Then peel, core and cube the apples. Add the apple pieces to a large mixing bowl.
Add lemon juice, lemon zest, maple syrup, coconut sugar, oat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Use your hands to combine ingredients until they are well incorporated.
Pour apple mixture into a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Spread so that apples are evenly distributed.
Now make the topping. Add oats, oat flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt and vegan butter to a mixing bowl. Use your hands to combine ingredients together until well incorporated.
Sprinkle topping evenly over the apple mixture.
Place the baking dish in the oven on the center rack and bake for 50-60 minutes until fruit is bubbling and topping has browned.
Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
If you’re not nut-free, you might also enjoy our vegan pear crisp.
Vegan Apple Crisp
FOR THE FILLING
FOR THE FILLING
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Peel, core and cube the apples. Add the apple pieces to a large mixing bowl.
- Add lemon, lemon zest, maple syrup, coconut sugar, oat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Use your hands to combine ingredients until they are well incorporated.
- Pour apple mixture into a 13" x 9" baking dish. Spread so that apples are evenly distributed.
FOR THE TOPPING
- Add oats, oat flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt and vegan butter to a mixing bowl. Use your hands to combine ingredients together until well incorporated.
- Sprinkle topping evenly over the apple mixture.
- Place the baking dish in the oven on the center rack and bake for 50-60 minutes until fruit is bubbling and topping has browned.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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