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Easy Apple Crisp with Oats

This Apple Crisp recipe is the perfect Fall Dessert. Fresh ripe apples are baked with a crunchy Oat topping. This is always a family pleasing way to use up the apple harvest. This recipe is Low-​Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian and Dairy-​Free.

Have apples? Make this delicious dessert. It is also fantastic with frozen apples in the dead of winter.

This is a bittersweet moment in the seasonal year. The Summer heat and dry (never a problem for me) is giving way to a touch of cool in the air. And the rains are coming in. We live in the land of rain.

Today It’s beautiful out. Our apple trees are loaded with several varieties of apples. Apple recipes are on the menu.

Fuji’s make a good crisp. Any green or tart apple or good baking apple will work fine for this recipe. Use what you have.

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Apple Crisp with Golden Delicious Apples.

Apple crisp, homemade applesauce, apple chips, apple pie...Fresh apple spice muffins ….anything apple speaks to the Fall baking season.

Apple Crisp with Oats Recipe:

This crisp recipe is so easy and always a crowd pleaser. This recipe only takes about five minutes after you cut up the apples.

I always make a double batch so our crew can have leftovers for breakfast. Apple crisp with oats makes a really good breakfast.

This recipe is dairy free. That’s because I replaced the butter with coconut oil. The flavor bump is impressive.

Apple Crisp With Ice Cream
Apple Crisp with Oats is wonderful topped with vanilla ice cream.

Substitutions for Apple Crisp:

If you are out of something here are a few ideas:

  • Butter can replace the coconut oil. Use the same amount.
  • If you are out of brown sugar use 2 Tablespoons molasses.
  • Fresh or frozen apples will both work in this recipe. Just be sure to drain the frozen apples so they don’t get too mushy.
  • Want to sweeten without white sugar? Try pure maple syrup.
Apple Crisp

Need an alternative to Homemade French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or whipped cream? Homemade Greek yogurt makes an excellent protein rich, topping.

Heavily strained homemade Greek yogurt has the texture of a rich, thick sour cream with a mild creamy flavor. I know you think I’m crazy. but really. Homemade Greek yogurt complements this sweet apple crisp dessert, just right. Try it!

This Apple crisp with oats recipe is rich in nutrients and fiber from both the apples and oats.

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

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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This Apple Crisp recipe is the perfect Fall Dessert. Fresh ripe apples are baked with a crunchy Oat topping. This is always a family pleasing way to use up the apple harvest. This recipe is Low-​Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian and Dairy-​Free.
Apple Crisp With Ice Cream
Yield: 9 servings

Apple Crisp with Oats

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Apple Crisp with oats is crunchy sweetness over fresh ripe apples all baked together for a tasty fall or winter treat.

Ingredients

  • 5 medium tart apples, cored and sliced
  • 1/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 Cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup regular oats
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 Cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and oil baking pan
  2. Prepare apples by coring and slicing
  3. Arrange sliced apples in oiled 8x8 square baking dish
  4. Sprinkle 1/4 Tablespoon cinnamon and 1/3 Cup granulated sugar evenly over the apples
  5. Combine the remaining sugars, remaining cinnamon, flour and oats; stir in the melted coconut oil
  6. Spread mixture over the apples
  7. Pour water evenly over the top
  8. Bake at 375 degree oven for 30 minutes

Notes

Substitutions for Apple Crisp:

If you are out of something here are a few ideas:

  • Butter can replace the coconut oil. Use the same amount.
  • If you are out of brown sugar use 2 Tablespoons molasses.
  • Fresh or frozen apples will both work in this recipe. Just be sure to drain the frozen apples so they don't get too mushy.
  • Want to sweeten without white sugar? Try pure maple syrup.
  • Toppings include ice cream, whipped cream or homemade greek yogurt with cinnamon on top.

Nutrition Information

Yield

9

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 297Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 4mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 4gSugar 30gProtein 2g

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Peter

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

So I just made this and WOW it is good. I added some blueberries with the apples; however, I think next time I won't add the water. It is delicious though. Thank you for the recipe.

Diane

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Hi Peter, Thanks so much for your input and rating this recipe. I'm happy you enjoyed it. This is a well tested recipe that we love. The addition of blueberries sounds really good! And, Of course, the water over the top is only a matter of taste. We like our topping a bit moist.

Thanks again for sharing your experience with this apple crisp. It helps our readers so much to know your thoughts. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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Susie

Friday 13th of November 2015

We got another case of apples. I'm making this recipe for dinner tonight. If there's any left over, they'll be offering it for breakfast on Sunday

homemadefoodjunkie

Friday 13th of November 2015

So good to know they love this recipe Susie!

Susie

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

I made this recipe for 150 people at our local VFW. We have a large gathering every Friday evening for dinner and meat raffle.

We often get donations from Satsop/Elma farmers that we share with our local Senior Center. A few weeks ago, we got a case of nice Gala apples so I jumped on here to find an easy recipe.

Cooking is not my passion (although eating is), so I needed a simple recipe with few ingredients; but, it had to be very good (VFW is full of ornery elderly folk who let you know if something tastes bad). This recipe made me a star!

I tripled the batch easily and even though I forgot to add the flour, it was fantastic! I got many "We want that again" which for my cooking should tell you how great Diane's recipes are.

I will be making this again for the ornery elderly at the VFW and for my family when they visit.

Thank you, Diane, for all your hard work!

homemadefoodjunkie

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

THat's so wonderful Susie! I'm delighted they like my version of this delicious, traditional fall treat!

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