The Best Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe - Build Your Bite (2024)

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The best vegan apple crisp you’ll ever eat! Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. This easy vegan apple dessert comes together in just 15 minutes.

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This vegan apple crisp is the best fall dessert!

Vegan apple crisp has become one of our most treasured fall favorite desserts.

We make it every year, and even our non vegan or vegetarian family members request this recipe!

This dairy free apple crisp is sure to please your family, and it comes together in just minutes.

It’s high on our list of fall favorites along with these apple crisp bars and vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

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Vegan Apple Crisp Ingredients

  • apples: any type will do, but we like pink or red varieties.
  • lemon juice: to help keep the apples from turning brown
  • sugar: cane sugar or white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • corn starch: to thicken the apple crisp filling
  • whole wheat flour: to make the crumbly oat crisp topping
  • coconut oil
  • vegan butter: earth balance is our favorite
  • vegan ice cream, for topping: of course this is optional. But a scoop of creamy cold ice cream on top of warm apple crisp is simply the best!
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How to make vegan apple crisp

Step 1: Dice the apples into chunks and place in a large mixing bowl. You will need around 6 medium sized apples, or about 6 ½ cups worth of diced apples.

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Step 2: Add the remaining filling ingredients to the same bowl as the apples: lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and corn starch. Give it a good stir and let it sit while you work on the crisp topping.

Step 3: While the apple filling marinates, prepare the crisp topping. Melt the butter and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl.

Stir together the melted butter and coconut oil with the remaining crisp topping ingredients: brown sugar, whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and salt. The mixture should resemble wet sand.

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Step 4: Stir the apple crisp filling again, then pour into a greased baking dish. Any medium sized baking dish or pie plate will work well for this recipe. Distribute the apple crisp topping over the tops of the apples evenly.

Step 5: Bake the vegan apple crisp at 350 degrees for around an hour, until the apples are bubbly on the edges and the crisp topping has started to brown and crisp up.

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Step 6: Allow the apple crisp to cool and rest for around 15 – 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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My very picky 17 year old vegan daughter made this recipe for us and it’s the best dessert we’ve ever tasted! Thanks for sharing! – Keri

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This recipe has restored my faith in the Internet. There is no better place to put your freshly-picked Honeycrisp apples than here. I was never into oats as a dessert ingredient, but this is a real game-changer, and *very* easy to assemble – Laura

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The apple filling becomes bubbly and delicious and the crumble on top gets a little crisp on it towards the end.

The crisp topping is so delicious! So crunchy and the perfect complement to the melt in your mouth apples. The best dairy free comfort food dessert.

Are you making this recipe? I want to see! Don’t forget to tag me on instagram @buildyourbite and hashtag #buildyourbite with your recipe creations!

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Apple Crisp FAQs

How do I store apple crisp?

Leftover vegan apple crisp can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave when ready to serve.

What is apple crisp topping made of?

Apple crisp topping is made of a mixture of flour, oats, butter or oil, sugar, and salt.

What is the best way to serve apple crisp?

Apple crisp is best served hot from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add a caramel sauce drizzle to really take it over the top!

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Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

The best vegan apple crisp recipe you'll ever eat! This vegan dessert is a fall must have.


For the filling:

  • 6 medium apples, diced into chunks (about 6 ½ cups worth)
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

For the Topping:

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup vegan butter, melted


  1. Cut apples into chunks and place in a large bowl
  2. Add remaining filling ingredients to bowl (lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, and corn starch) and toss with the apples until well combined
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the topping. Melt the coconut oil and vegan butter before adding to the mixture. The topping should resemble wet sand once mixed well
  4. Pour apple mixture into a pan (I used a 9" pie dish)
  5. Cover evenly with the topping
  6. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes, or until the apples are bubbly and the top starts to brown
  7. Allow to cool/rest for 15-20 minutes before serving
  8. Serve alone or with vegan ice cream and vegan caramel sauce drizzle
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 10Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 274Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 34gProtein: 2g

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What is the best apples to use for apple crisp? ›

Under the simple butter-sugar-flour-and-oat topping is the apple filling scented with cinnamon. Our test kitchen says baking apples, like Rome or Cortland, are the best varieties to use for apple crisp, but Empire, Gala, or Braeburn apples are also good in this recipe.

What's the difference between apple crumble and apple crisp? ›

Like an apple crisp, an apple crumble is a baked fruit dessert with a layer of topping. But unlike the crisp, the crumble topping rarely includes oats or nuts. Instead, a crumble's topping is more like streusel, made with flour, sugar and butter.

How do you thicken apple crisp filling? ›

The best way to prevent a watery apple crisp is to use a thickener in the filling – some recipes use flour, but I've chosen to use cornstarch in this recipe (or arrowroot starch, which can be substituted 1:1 for cornstarch) because I think it provides superior thickening power.

Why is my apple crisp topping dry? ›

Not enough butter, and your topping will be a dry, floury mess. Too much butter and your topping will become a greasy blob or disappointingly soggy. Some recipes will ask you to cut in cold butter along with your dry ingredients, resulting in pea-size pieces that are sprinkled across the hot fruit filling.

What's the difference between cobbler and crisp? ›

Cobbler: A fruit dessert made with a top crust of pie dough or biscuit dough but no bottom crust. Crisp/crumble: In Alberta, the terms are mostly interchangeable. Both refer to fruit desserts similar to cobbler but made with a brown sugar streusel topping sometimes containing old-fashioned rolled oats.

How many apples is 3 cups? ›

1 pound of apples will make about 3 cups sliced or cubed. 4 tennis ball-sized apples weigh about a pound.

Should I refrigerate apple crisp? ›

Does Apple Crisp Need to be Refrigerated? Though not required, I recommend that this apple crisp be refrigerated after it bakes and cools. This will keep it fresh longer and prevent it from spoiling.

Why is it called Brown Betty? ›

In the Original Picayune Creole Cook Book (1901) a recipe identical to the Brown Betty traveled under the name “Mulatto's Pudding” furthering the idea that the sweet-sounding Brown Betty was more a race-based epithet towards its maker than a homey moniker denoting golden-brown bread crumbs.

What's the difference between brown betty and apple crisp? ›

Both are very similar apple desserts, but the difference mainly comes down to the crumble topping: Instead of the flour and oat mixture used in an apple crisp, an apple brown betty uses breadcrumbs for its crumbly, delicious topping.

Should I cover my apple crisp while baking? ›

Baking: Start baking the apple crisp covered with foil. This allows the apples to soften without any risk of the topping over-browning. After about 20 minutes, remove the foil and let the crisp finish cooking uncovered. Once the juices are bubbling, the topping is golden brown, and the apples are tender, it is done!

Why didn't my apple crisp get crispy? ›

How can I make my apple crisp crispy? If your butter to flour to sugar ratio is off, it will result in a less crispy topping. You want to be careful not to add too much flour or too little. Also, we love adding old fashioned rolled oats to our crumble because it really gives it a nice crunch.

How do you keep apple crisp crispy? ›

How do you keep Apple crisp from getting soggy? You need enough butter in your topping, try both melted or cold cut into the dry ingredients. Also, there needs to be enough texture to keep it from just flattening into the fruit below.

What is the secret to a good crumble? ›

  • Use cold butter. This will help to create a crumbly texture that will not stick together when baking.
  • Use a mix of flour and oats. The oats will add a bit of crunch and texture to the topping.
  • Don't overmix the ingredients. The crumble topping should be made with a "coarse" crumb.
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How do you know when an apple crisp is done? ›

Bake the apple crisp until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown and crisp, about 45 minutes. Serve the crisps warm with vanilla bean ice cream or fresh whipped cream, if desired.

How do you know when apple crumble is done? ›

Set on a baking tray and put in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the apples feel very soft when you insert a small, sharp knife. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

What are the sweetest and most crisp apples? ›

While there is an extremely wide variety of apples, all with varying flavors, the sweetest-tasting apple is fuji, followed by gala, honeycrisp, and Red Delicious apples. These apples are great for snacking and eating as is. Granny Smith, McIntosh, and Pink Lady fall on the tart end of the spectrum.

Are Gala apples good for baking apple crisp? ›

Gala apples are my favorite variety for this recipe – I like their sweet/tart flavor and firm texture. But if you have a favorite baking apple, feel free to use it here. Granny smith apples, Honeycrisps, Jonagolds, or a mix would all be excellent.

Is a Honeycrisp apple good for baking? ›

Honeycrisp. One of the sweetest apples around, this Midwestern favorite is good for anything—including baking. It boasts a distinctive juicy crispness and is firm enough that it won't cook down much. It complements just about any other apple variety to make a stellar pie.

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