Vegan Apple Crisp

October 27, 2014

If you’re wondering why I didn’t post on Friday, take a peak at my Instagram. A sweet baby kitty showed up looking for a home and dominated my prime post writing time. If you know anyone in mid-Michigan looking for a fur baby of their own, please let me know! He loves cuddling and watching TV.

Vegan Apple Crisp @hiddenfruitnveg

If cuddly kitties aren’t your thing (why are we even friends?), let’s talk about this apple crisp. And to talk about apple crisp, I need to first back up to pie. For 25 years of my life, I thought that I hated pie (and therefore crisps, crumbles, etc). True, pumpkin pie and various cream pies got a free pass, but gelatinous fruit? Blech. We were at restaurant centered around pie a few weeks ago, which I ironically go to for salad, when I saw free samples. If you know anything about my life mantras, you’ll know that I can’t turn down something that’s free: “If it’s free, you take it (unless it’s drugs)”.  I grabbed a chunk of cherry and blueberry, even though I knew I hate pie and extra, extra hate blueberry pie. When I took a bite of cherry, my whole world turned upside down. But it was probably just really good cherry pie, right? No way I’m changing my mind about blueberry! But then I did. If I was wrong about pie, I knew I had to be wrong about pie-adjacent goodies.

Vegan Apple Crisp @hiddenfruitnveg

Luckily, I had a big pile of apples dying to be made into baked apple goodness and I could jump right in. This crisp does have as solid of a top as I’ve seen before, but I like it a little more crumbly because 1. it uses less oil 2. it lets the crumbly bits get all over the soft, tasty apple chunks. Feel free to send tasty pie/crisp/crumble recipes my way. Or just whole pies. Right to my door. Thanks in advance.

Vegan Apple Crisp @hiddenfruitnveg

Vegan Apple Crisp
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Serves: 9 servings

  • 6 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. agave nectar or other liquid sweetener
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, plus extra
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt
  • ⅓ c + 1 tbsp. coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ¾ c old fashion oats
  • ½ c white whole wheat flour (AP or regular wheat flour will work)
  • 4 tbsp. melted coconut oil or vegan butter (regular butter will work, but then it’s not vegan obviously)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz and 8 x 8 inch square glass baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Toss together the apple, agave, 1 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of nutmeg in a medium bowl. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the prepared dish.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add the sugar, another pinch of salt, oats, flour, coconut oil, and a dash of cinnamon. Mix with a fork or spoon until all of the ingredients look slightly wet. Sprinkle the topping over the apples.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes, until the apples are bubbly and the top is lightly browned. Serve hot and store any leftovers in the fridge.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/9 pan Calories: 220 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 40 Fiber: 5 Protein: 2


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      Erin @ The Speckled Palate Oct 28, 2014

      But seriously. It looks amazing, and who doesn’t love some apple goodness? I’m glad those pies changed your mind a few weeks ago because, well, pies are kind of the best. Even though they’re somewhat fussy to make. (And even though crisps are easier and waaaaaaaay less fussy because they don’t deal with dough.)

      Good luck finding that kitty a home!

    Kelley @ Chef Savvy Oct 28, 2014

    Great way to use up the leftover apples I have. Can’t wait to try. Thanks!

    Joanna @Makingmine Oct 28, 2014

    I’ve never ever made apple crisp, but this looks too amazing not to try. I think I have everything I would need in my pantry, so maybe a little baking can happen this afternoon 🙂

    Isadora @ She Llikes Food Oct 27, 2014

    Cats always trump blog posts!! Especially when the kitty is as tiny and cute as that one! Are there really people out there that don’t like cats?! I don’t want anything to do with those people! I used to think I hated pie also, but I’m finally coming around to fruit pies and I especially love apple crisps! Crisps are also so much easier to make than pie, so I’m totally all over this crisp!

    Emily Oct 27, 2014

    Yay I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve got apples to use up and all the other ingredients already here. Can’t wait!

    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy Oct 27, 2014

    I am loving apple crisp at the moment, especially with coconut oil – I think it adds a really nice flavour.