Today we have a delicious old fashioned apple crisp recipe made with oats!
Its perfect for a hot, fresh-baked dessert. Especially in the fall when the apples are perfectly sweet and crisp.
This recipe just feels good to eat and is ridiculously easy to make.
This delicious apple crisp so one of our favorite fall desserts!
Not only does it taste amazing and feel decadent (especially with a heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream) but you wouldn’t believe that it’s both gluten-free and refined sugar-free!
In this recipe we use a bit of fresh thyme, which adds just the subtlest of savory notes, which makes the sweet flavors pop!
It’s a fun twist on a classic apple crisp recipe.
Which Type of Apple to Use for an Apple Crisp?
When choosing an apple to make an apple crisp, try a Granny Smith apple or pink lady.
You want an apple that is sweet but holds up well through baking.
We’re going to split the ingredient list for this apple crisp recipe into 2 sections.
The ingredients for the apple filling and the ingredients for the “crisp” topping.
For the Apple Filling
- 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
- 1 T. fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 c. real maple syrup
- 2 T. 100% apple juice (sugar free)
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- ½ t. ground allspice
- 1½ t. fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ t. salt
For the Crisp Topping
- 1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 c. almond flour
- 1/3 c. almonds, sliced
- 1/3 c. honey, preferably local
- 3 T. unsalted butter, melted
Also, be sure to have some vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream to serve on top of your crisp!
To get started making your apple crisp, make sure that the top oven rack is positioned into the center of your oven.
Then preheat it to 350 °F. Grease an 8×8 baking dish and set to the side.
Place your apples in a large glass mixing bowl and top with the lemon juice.
Add your apple juice, maple syrup, spices, salt and fresh thyme.
Toss the apple pieces to combine with the mixture and set your apple filling to the side.
Next, combine all of the crisp topping ingredients in a different mixing bowl.
Stir until the oats are completely coated and all of the ingredients are mixed well.
Now, pour all of your apples into your prepped baking dish. Make sure to spread them into a nice even layer so that they bake well.
Then add a layer of the oat topping onto the apple filling and gently tap it down onto the apples.
Now your apple crisp is ready to bake in the oven!
Place on the centered rack and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, if the top layer is browned and crisp, cover with foil and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the apple filling is bubbling and the topping is crisp.
Cool for 5 minutes, top with ice cream or whipped cream and serve. Yum!
For Apple Filling:
- 6 Large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 Cup of real maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons of 100% apple juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
For Oat Topping:
- 1 Cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 Cup of almond flour
- 1/3 Cup of almonds, sliced
- 1/3 Cup of honey
- 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8” x 8” baking dish by greasing it or lining with parchment paper.
- Place apple slices in a large glass bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice. Add in the maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme, and salt. Combine well and set aside while you make the oat crisp topping.
- Combine all the oat topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are coated well and all of the ingredients are mixed. Set aside.
- Pour the sliced apple mixture into your prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
- Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.
- Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm with some vanilla iced cream or a large dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
Avoid mixing your apples and lemon juice in a metal bowl, as it can create a funny metallic taste as the metal can react with the lemon juice.
Serve this fresh out the oven with a serving of vanilla ice cream! It's a delicious combo.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 610Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 107gFiber: 13gSugar: 76gProtein: 8g