This vegan apple crisp recipe has a delicious apple filling that's topped with essentially an oatmeal cookie crumb topping. It's warm, delicious and full of flavor.
This is a little different than a traditional apple crisp. It has more of an oatmeal cookie topping and is super delicious!
I have another apple crisp on my blog, but it's less crispy and has a double crust. I love that apple crisp, but I don't know if I would fully put it into crisp mode.
There seems to be a bit of a variety in apple crisps.
I don't know if I would call this one traditional either because it hints more at an oatmeal cookie topping.
But it's still worth making and definitely fits in the realm of a delicious apple crisp.
My kids and everyone I shared this with loved it.
Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe Q&A
Can I lower the sugar content?
Yes, depending on how sweet the apples are will depend on how much sugar you use in the apple filling.
Can I use a different fruit filling?
I've only ever used apples, but I don't see why you can't use a different fruit to make other flavored fruit crisps.
Like peaches or blueberries, whatever you like.
How do you slice apples for apple crisp?
For most apple desserts, you want the apples to be sliced pretty thin for the best results.
Otherwise, your crust gets overcooked, and your apples are still crunchy; no one wants that.
You want to wash your apples and then remove your apple skin. I usually cut the apples, remove the core and then slice the skin off the four slices I made, then do really thin slices as evenly as possible.
Does an apple crisp need to be refrigerated?
With the fruit in the apple crisp being cooked down, it's best to refrigerate the apple crisp, so you don't get any mold or bacteria growing on the crisp.
Can I substitute applesauce for butter in apple crisp?
The vegan butter is what makes the apple topping crispy and delicious, so I wouldn't personally.
If you really want to, you could try doing half apple sauce and half vegan butter, but I think it will be much softer and won't crisp up; it will not be as tasty of a recipe as the original.
Can I make this a gluten-free apple crisp?
Yes, you can sub out the regular flour for an all purpose gluten-free flour.
What is the best type of apple to use for a delicious apple crisp?
That is going to depend on your preference. But here are some ideas;
- Pink lady- these are sweet and tart
- Granny smith- are tart; most people use these, but I like to use a mixture of sweet apples and tart apples.
- Honey crisp apples are delicious
- Gala apples- I almost always have them on hand; these are much sweeter, so cut down the sugar a bit if you use a really sweet apple
- Fuji is in between sweet and tart but more on the tart side.
- Golden delicious makes for a great in-between apple
What ingredients do you need for this easy vegan apple crisp?
Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe. It's made with easy-to-find simple ingredients you likely have on hand.
- fresh apples, peeled, seeded, and chopped finely
- white sugar
- all purpose flour
Oat Crumble Crust
- rolled oats
- all purpose flour
- brown sugar
- white sugar
- baking powder
- baking soda
- melted vegan butter
How do you make the best apple crisp recipe?
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8x8 square baking dish, and set it aside.
Get a large mixing bowl and add your dry ingredients; flour, sugars, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder, and whisk until well combined.
Now add your melted vegan butter and stir until combined.
If you haven't done so yet, peel and remove the seeds of your apples, then cut them very thin.
Take a medium bowl and combine your apple ingredients; apple slices, white sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and stir until combined well.
Add your apple mixture to the prepared pan and then crumble the crust over the top of the apples.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes; check with a toothpick if the apples are still crunchy, put foil over the crisp and bake for additional 5 minutes, and check again.
Let cool on the counter to set up, preferably for a few hours.
How do you serve the best vegan apple crisp?
We like to serve apple crisp warm with a big scoop of vegan ice cream.
We prefer vegan vanilla ice cream, but we've also had a vegan caramel ice cream that paired amazingly with the crisp topping.
It's best to let the recipe set up for a few hours, so the apples stay together a little better and don't just mush everywhere.
When you go to serve, you can reheat it.
How do you store leftover apple crisp?
Let the apple crisp come to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
How do you reheat apple crisp?
You can reheat it in the microwave, a toaster oven, air fryer or oven.
The microwave is the only one that won't get that crispiness back. But we still love it.
Can you freeze apple crisp?
Yes, you can freeze apple crisps before or after baking.
If I wasn't planning on eating it for a while and needed to use up some apples, I would freeze it uncooked in an airtight container for up to 3 months and then bake it as the recipe states.
If you are freezing, it cooked, do the same thing, but you're going to heat it for less time, just until heated through.
You would want it to defrost on the counter before baking it up.
Want some other vegan apple desserts?
- Vegan Apple Pie
- Vegan Double Apple Crisp
- Vegan Apple Pie Bars
- Apple Vegan Muffins
- Vegan Apple Cider Donuts
Vegan Apple Crisp
- 6 cups apple peeled, seeded, and chopped finely
- 2 TB- ¼ cup white sugar
- 3 TB flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ rolled oats
- ¾ all purpose flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup melted vegan butter
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking dish and set it aside.
- Get a large mixing bowl and add your dry ingredients; flour, sugars, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder, and whisk until well combined. Now add your melted vegan butter and stir until combined.
- If you haven't done so yet, peel and remove the seeds of your apples, then cut them very thin. Take a medium bowl and combine your apple ingredients; apple slices, white sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and stir until combined well.
- Add your apple mixture to the prepared pan and then crumble the crust over the top of the apples.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes; check with a toothpick if the apples are still crunchy, put foil over the crisp and bake for additional 5 minutes, and check again.
- Let cool on the counter to set up, preferably for a few hours.
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