My Grandmother’s Apple Crisp

When Fall gives us Apples... we make my Grandmother's Apple Crisp!

My Grandmother’s Apple Crisp

Easy to make & SO YUMMY!

My grandmother had several Apple Crisp recipes she rotated between and I’ve shared one of them before but have been recently baking this classic which I’m so excited to share!

Packed with juicy apples and topped with lots of delicious crumble, this apple crisp is classic for a reason… it’s SO YUMMY!

We overload the baking dish with apples so that even when they shrink while baking you’re left with lots of apples! And we’ve added gluten-free oats and flaxseed meal to the simple crumble of butter (we use dairyfree butter), flour and brown sugar for a hidden nutrient boost.

Easy to whip up, cozy & perfect way to use up alll those Fall apples!

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My Grandmother's Apple Crisp
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A classic apple crisp, loaded with juice apples and topped with a delicious crumble.... Classic for reason, this is always a hit!
Recipe type: Baking, Dessert, Fall, Holidays
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
  • 7-10 apples (depending on how full you want it and size of baking dish)
  • TIP: Any apple will work but Granny Smith apples will give a nice tart flavor in contrast to the crumble and will hold their form best. Other apples may lose their form and become more "mushy" when baking. That said, an apple crisp is a great way to use up "older" apples.
  • TIP: my family tends to over fill the pan because the apples will shrink or "fall down" after baking and settling. If you overstuff it with apples you will still be left with a lot of apples.
  • Cinnamon to taste (approximately ½ teaspoon- 1 teaspoon)
Crumb topping (I give ranges in the parentheses so you can adjust to size of pan or to tastes -- it is a very forgiving recipe!)
  • 1 cup gluten free flour (we use GF Jules all-purpose flour)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed (could cup back to ⅔ cup depending on size of pan)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or dairy free alternative (We often use Earth Balance soy free sticks)
  • ½ cup gluten-free oats (could add more if using a large pan and trying to make a larger quantity of topping)
  • 1-3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (optional, adds some nutrients and no one will taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  1. Peel, core and slice the apples, and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add cinnamon to the apples and stir to combine.
  3. Place apples in a baking pan (any shape, approximately 9-10 inch -- this is a 10 inch round, I've used 11 x 7 rectangle and 8x8 square -- it's a forgiving recipe!).
Crumb Topping
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and with a pastry cutter or your hands (preferably)mix the crumb topping together.
Assemble & Bake
  1. With your hands "drop" pieces of crumble over the apples until it's covered
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until topping slightly golden and apples tender. TIP: If crumble is getting too brown and you want apples to cook longer, cover with foil and continue baking another 5- 10 minutes)


2 thoughts on “My Grandmother’s Apple Crisp

  1. Love this recipe! Made it a couple weeks ago and made it again today for Thanksgiving. It is really good and way easier than apple pie.

    1. Thanks so much Carolina! I am so happy you love it too and agree, so much easier than pie! So honored to be part of your Thanksgiving table.

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