Apple Crisp is crunchy sweetness over fresh ripe apples all baked together for a tasty fall or winter treat! This recipe is Low-Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian and Dairy-Free. An easy, delicious dessert that is also fantastic with frozen apples in the dead of winter.
The garden season is moving distinctly toward fall. This is a bittersweet moment in the seasonal year. Summer heat and dry (never a problem for me) is giving way to a touch of cool in the air. The days are shorter now. Dew; glimmering morning glory, drops over spider webs, fences and field grass.
It’s beautiful out. This is September; the transition month. Summer wanes. Our garden spaces are opening up as we continue the summer harvests into fall. Time for the fall plantings.
Our apple trees are loaded with several varieties of apples. The fujis are making us a sweet, crunchy apple crisp tonight. We love apple crisp and applesauce, apple chips and apple pie…anything apple is welcome in my kitchen! I comfort myself in the cold, dismal, winter months with apple recipes from that freezer.
The pictures you see here today are from a batch of Apple Crisp I made the other day, in February 2016, using my frozen Fugi apples. This last time I made Apple Crisp, I searched every likely spot for my brown sugar. I finally gave up and used molasses instead. I just drizzled in a bit and kept stirring the topping until it had a good caramel flavor; but not the strong molasses flavor.
It worked beautifully in this crisp. And then I found my brown sugar 🙂 Overall, I’d say the molasses is a better health option. I reduced the sugar somewhat by using way less molasses than brown sugar. I used only about 2 Tablespoons (if that) of molasses.
Need an alternative to Homemade French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or whipped cream? Homemade Greek yogurt makes an excellent protein rich, topping. No sweetener needed on this topping either. Just heavily strained homemade Greek yogurt. It has the texture of a rich, thick sour cream with a mild creamy flavor. Homemade Greek yogurt complements this sweet apple crisp dessert, just right.
This Apple crisp recipe may have a bit too much sugar in it but the fats are great, the apples and oats are healthy, and it’s loaded with fiber which helps digest it all. Step it up a notch and use organic ingredients.
I recommend a pie apple or baking apple for this recipe. Follow the link to go to the farmer’s Almanac. It has a nice table of apple varieties and their uses. You’ll be sure to find a good apple for your area. Do NOT choose very sweet apples like Red Delicious. You will not be happy with the gross mushy, too sweet, results. The apples matter.
Apple Crisp with Coconut Oil Recipe:
This apple crisp recipe is popular with me because it is so easy and always a crowd pleaser. I can have it in the oven about five minutes after I cut up the apples. In under an hour from picking the apples off our tree (I timed it!) I can have dessert on the counter cooling.
I always make a double batch so our crew can have leftovers for breakfast (apple crisp makes a really good breakfast!) This recipe is dairy free! That’s because I replaced the butter with coconut oil. Once again coconut oil improved a recipe for me! It’s a better healthy fat than butter and the flavor bump is impressive!
This is an incredibly flexible dessert. You can change many things about this recipe, and should, depending on your circumstances. Your apple variety and weather you’re using fresh or frozen apples has a lot to do with the success of your recipe. All apples are different. Adjust the recipe to factor in apple variety dryness.
For frozen apples: Drain the apples if they are runny as they defrost. This is all about what you like in your crisp. We prefer ours like the one you see here today. Lots of juice but it needs to stay on a fork. YUM!
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Here’s the basic method for you:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and oil baking pan.
- Prepare apples.
- Arrange sliced apples in a oiled 8×8 square baking dish.
- Sprinkle evenly over the apples 1/4 Tablespoon cinnamon and 1/3 Cup granulated sugar.
- Combine the sugars,remaining cinnamon, flour and oats; stir in the melted coconut oil.
- Spread mixture over the apples.
- Pour water evenly over the top.
- Bake at 375 degree oven for 30 minutes
Enjoy your dessert!
Adapted from: Southernfood.About.com