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Easy and Delicious Fat Free Apple Crisp

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This Fat Free Apple Crisp is the perfect fall dessert. The tart apples and sweet crunchy oatmeal topping are simply divine with a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream.

This post was originally published on September 26, 2019. It has been updated with new information and images, but the recipe has remained the same.

Small white bowl of apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, two green apples beside it

I absolutely love fall! The cooler weather means I get to pull out my sweaters and sweatshirts, and cozy up inside with a warm beverage and some delicious baked goods. And on of those baked treats I make every year to welcome in fall is apple crisp.

Nothing beats the smell of the apples and cinnamon baking in the oven. And the warm, tart, soft apples topped with the sweet crunchy topping is dessert perfection! Of course, a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top is a must!

Whether you’re enjoying a bowl of this apple crisp at hoe while sitting in front of your favorite TV show, or bringing it to share with a gathering of family or friends, this is the perfect fall dessert!

Apple crisp is traditionally made with an oat crumble topping that contains loads of butter. But, of course, none of us need to be consuming all that fat. Switching to an oil free vegan diet could have meant no more apple crisp! But I have managed to adapt so many recipes to oil free vegan, I was sure I could come up with a healthier version of this one that was fat free.

It took a few tries, but I’ve managed to come up with the best ever fat free apple crisp? And you’re going to love it! This does contain a fair amount of sugar, so it is not an everyday type of treat. But I believe it’s OK to splurge a bit for celebrations.

Small white bowl of apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, apples and pan of apple crisp in the background

Ingredients needed for this apple crisp

Just a few simple ingredients are all you need for this amazing dessert!

Just a few simple ingredients are all you need for this amazing dessert!

  • Apples
  • Rolled oats
  • Whole wheat pastry flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

What is the best apple to use in apple crisp?

My favorite apples to use for this recipe are Granny Smith apples, because they are a nice firm apple with the perfect tartness. This tart flavor pairs perfectly with the sweet topping. But other apple varieties like Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Braeburn will also work.

Should I peel the apples?

It’s totally up to you! I prefer to peel my apples when making this dessert. But if you like to leave the peel on, go for it!

How to make this easy apple crisp

The nice thing about making desserts like a crisp is that it’s so much easier than making a pie, but you still get to enjoy that fresh baked fruity goodness.

Step 1: Peel, core, and slice a bunch of apples, until you have about 10 cups. Your slices should be fairy thing, no more than 1/4 inch thick. Put the apples slices in a 9″ x 13″ glass baking pan.

Step 2: In a medium sized bowl, stir together the oats, whole wheat pastry flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Make sure it is thoroughly mixed, with no lumps of brown sugar.

Step 3: Mix in the applesauce, a tablespoon at a time. Mix until the oat topping is crumbly, with no big lumps. I usually get my hands in there to really mix it well.

Step 4: Sprinkle the oat crumble evenly over the apples.

Step 5: Bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes, until the topping begins to brown. Enjoy those mouth watering aromas wafting from the oven as it bakes?

Glass pan of apple crisp on a wooden cutting board

The best way to enjoy this scrumptious apple crisp is warm with a scoop of my Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream! That combination of hot apple crisp with the cold ice cream is like heaven!

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Yes, I believe that would work! I haven’t tested it, but I would suggest substituting a gluten free all purpose flour blend for the whole wheat pastry flour. And be sure to also use gluten free certified rolled oats.

Small white bowl of apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, apples and pan of apple crisp in the background

How to store apple crisp

After the apple crisp has completely cooled, cover it with plastic wrap, foil, or a lid. It can be kept out on the counter for 1 or 2 days after it is made.

For longer storage it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I have never had this recipe last long enough to worry about freezing it, but I’m sure it would freeze just fine. The topping will not stay as crisp after refrigerating or freezing.

Individual servings can be reheated in the microwave for about a minute, or until it is as warm as you like it.

You’ll love this fat free apple crisp recipe because it is:

  • So easy and affordable to make a scrumptious dessert
  • Perfect for celebrating fall and for holiday celebrations
  • Delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some vegan whipped cream
  • A lightened up version of the traditional apple crisp that you love

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4.97 from 31 votes

Apple Crisp

This Fat Free Apple Crisp is the perfect fall dessert. The tart apples and sweet crunchy oatmeal topping are simply divine – especially with a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apples, Dessert, Oatmeal, Oil Free
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 210.4kcal
Author Teresa Sklenicka

Ingredients

  • 8 apples peeled and sliced (about 10 cups)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place apple slices in a 9” x 13” glass baking pan.
  • Stir together rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add in the applesauce a tablespoon at a time and mix together until the topping ingredients just begin to stick together and are crumbly.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly onto the apples.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, until the topping begins to brown.

Notes

To make this gluten free, substitute a gluten free flour blend for the whole wheat pastry flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 210.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.5g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 64.1mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 29.8g | Vitamin A: 109.77IU | Vitamin C: 0.43mg | Calcium: 26.7mg | Iron: 1.53mg

Nutrition calculations are approximate.

By on October 11th, 2020

About Teresa Sklenicka

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