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Perfect Vegan Apple Crisp (With Gluten-Free Option) A Classic Fall Dessert Made Vegan

September 28, 2020

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Vegan apple crisp on a plate with non-dairy ice cream

Apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts of all time. The tangy apples, sweet brown sugar and cinnamon, combined with a crumbly, crunchy oat topping make the perfect companion to my non-dairy vanilla ice cream.

Today I live in Miami, where it's warm year-round. But when the calendar reads October, I start daydreaming of picking apples at the apple orchard and taking hayrides in the crisp fall air. And, of course, making apple crisp.

I made eight versions of this vegan apple crisp recipe before I got it just right. Some methods called for melting the vegan butter in the crumbly topping. But that resulted in a gritty, sand-like texture, instead of the classic crunchy, crumbly topping. So I stuck with the classic method of cutting in cold butter. This produced the best topping, even with vegan butter.

My recipe uses all-purpose flour, but for a gluten-free option, use gluten-free oats and oat flour. You'll need to increase the amount of oat flour (as noted in the recipe), because the oat flour doesn't absorb as much moisture as the all-purpose flour does. If you use a lower amount of oat flour, your topping will be more like a crunchy, chewy caramel than a traditional apple crisp. (But if that's what you want, go for it!)

Vegan apple crisp on a plate with non-dairy ice cream next to a dish of apple crisp
Apple crisp is yummiest when served with vanilla ice cream. I like Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss, or NadaMoo vanilla non-dairy ice cream (NadaMoo shown in photo).

The gluten-free version does have a very slightly different texture than the regular version. But you probably wouldn't notice unless you tasted them side by side.

In any case, I think I've done enough blah-blah-blah-ing about apples and gluten-free flour and hayrides, so let's get to the recipe already!

Perfect Vegan Apple Crisp (With Gluten-Free Option)

Yield8-10 Servings

Prep Time70 minutes

Cook Time40 minutes

Total Time110 minutes

Ingredients

  • 7 cup apples, peeled and chopped (I recommend Granny Smith apples)
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegan brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or 1 cup / 90 g. oat flour for gluten-free option)
  • 3/4 cup vegan brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup cold vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then spray a baking dish (large size, about 12 x 8 or 13 x 9) with oil (or grease with vegan butter).

  2. Cut apples into 3/4” wide slices, then cut slices in half. Place the apple pieces in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add the lemon juice and vanilla to the apples, and toss to coat the apples.

  4. In a small bowl, mix the 1/3 cup brown sugar, cornstarch, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. salt until well combined. Slowly sprinkle the mixture over the apples, occasionally stopping to toss the apples to coat them evenly. Pour the apples and juices into the greased baking dish.

    Apples in a baking dish with wooden spoon
    Make sure your apples are coated evenly
  5. In a large mixing bowl (you can use the apple bowl, but dry it first), combine the remaining dry ingredients (oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt), and mix well. Cut the butter into thin slices and cut it into the dry mix using a fork. Once the butter is about half-combined with the dry ingredients, mix using your fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Don’t overmix it or allow the butter to soften too much.

    Crumble topping mixed in a bowl
    Your oat topping should be chunky or crumbly before you put it on the apples.
  6. Sprinkle the oat topping over the apples evenly, and place the dish in the oven. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until apples are fork-tender (your baking time may vary, depending on the apples you use and whether you use a glass or metal dish).

  7. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve in a bowl with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream.

Notes & Hints

Be sure to use cold butter. If your butter is too soft, or if you melt the butter, your topping may have a gritty or sandy texture.

If you're using apples that are less tart than Granny Smith, you may want to reduce the brown sugar that gets mixed into the apples from 1/3 cup to 1/4 cup.

Leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Data

Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe; Calories: 315Fat: 14 g.; Saturated Fat: 4 g.; Cholesterol: 0 mg.; Sodium: 240 mg.; Carbohydrates: 47 g.; Fiber: 3 g.; Sugar: 30 g.; Protein: 2 g.; Vitamin A: 0 mcg. RAE; Vitamin B12: 0 mcg.; Vitamin C: 1 mg.; Vitamin D: 0 mcg.; Calcium: 5 mg.; Iron: 1 mg.; Potassium: 133 mg.; Zinc: 0 mg.

Note: This data should be used only as an estimate. Please see the nutrition section of my terms and conditions for more information on how this data is calculated.

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