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vegan apple crisp in a bowl

Vegan Apple Crisp

This vegan apple crisp is the epitome of comfort and warmth, with tender, spiced apples nestled beneath a buttery, crisp oat topping.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Units Scale

The topping

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or any other flour)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

The filling

  • 6 medium-sized apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp, peeled, cored, and sliced)
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot starch)
  • 1/2 cup water

Optional Toppings

  • vegan whipped cream
  • coconut ice cream
  • apple pie spice
  • vegan caramel


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a 9x 13 or similar baking dish.
  2. Prepare the crumble topping. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients but leave out the butter. Mix well.
  3. Add the butter: Now add the cut butter and use your fingers to mix it all together until it forms a clumpy, moist mixture. Refrigerate and chill while you prepare apples.
  4. Prepare the apples: Combine the filling ingredients except the starch and water in a large mixing bowl. Toss everything together until the apples are evenly coated with the spices and sweetener.
  5. Prepare starch and water: Combine the starch and water, then pour this mixture over the apples. Gently toss the apples with your hands, ensuring they're evenly coated with the cornstarch blend.
  6. Transfer to a baking dish: Transfer the apple mixture to the greased baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  7. Add the topping: Remove the topping from the refrigerator and sprinkle evenly over the apples in the baking dish.
  8. Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 50 minutes to one hour or until the apples are tender and the topping turns golden brown.
  9. Let it cool: Once done, remove the vegan apple crisp from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
  10. Serve: Enjoy it warm with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of apple pie spice. Alternatively, pair it with coconut whipped cream, or savor it just as it is.


Nutritional information is only an estimate. These estimations do not include optional toppings.

To make this dessert gluten-free, substitute all-purpose flour with a 1:1 ratio of your favorite gluten-free flour. Also, make sure your oats are gluten-free.

You can make this vegan apple crumble ahead of time and reheat it before serving.

If you are using only a sweet variety of apples (no tart variety), I would suggest reducing the amount of sugar to 1/4 cup in the filling. The apples will provide enough sweetness. 

Do not use quick oats or instant oats. They will get too mushy for the topping. Rolled oats are the best option.

After the vegan apple crisp cools down, you can wrap the dish in plastic and keep it in the fridge for as long as three days. When you're ready to enjoy leftovers, warm them up in a 350°F oven for about 5 minutes, and the topping will become delightfully crisp again.

  • Author: Regi Pearce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: dessert, snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 387
  • Sugar: 41
  • Sodium: 101
  • Fat: 13
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 67
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 4
  • Cholesterol: 0.2 mg

Keywords: apples, fall, healthy snack, plant-based dessert, fall, autumn, oats, nuts