Apple Crisp For Two No Oats

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This Apple Crisp For Two No Oats recipe is the only crumble recipe you will ever need. With hints of apple and cinnamon and a little squeeze of lemon, this dessert will wow you at first bite. This simple dessert can be whipped together in 15 minutes, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights. Apple crisp is one of the easiest dishes to make, and it requires only a few ingredients. With this recipe, you can feed your sweet tooth and enjoy each other’s company at the same time!

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two takes just 1 skillet and 15 minutes to make. This gluten free dessert recipe is perfectly portion controlled!

Speaking of irresistible fall comfort foods…you’re either going to love me or hate me for this (let’s go with ❤️ though, mmkay?) What if I told you you could make just enough apple crisp for two, using ingredients I can almost guarantee you already have in the house, and that it can be made in one skillet on the stovetop in under 15 minutes?

We’re talking gluten-free, easily made dairy-free, speak to your SOUL Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two! All the things you love about regular apple crisp – tender, cinnamon-spiced apples smothered under a crunchy crisp topping – except you can make just enough for an evening nightcap and you don’t have to wait an hour for it to bake. Can I get an Amen?!

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Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is my answer to the single serving mug cake that never turns out quite right. If it’s not too eggy, it’s too spongy, doesn’t translate using GF flour, or calls for like, double checking my microwave’s wattage. Cake is supposed to lower my stress levels, not increase them!

That said, I’m sticking to the stovetop and this perfectly proportioned dessert that makes just enough to share when a craving for apple crisp hits. And by “just enough to share” I mean sharing with the baby, of course. Eating for two and all that?

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How to Make Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two

Start by making the crisp topping. This stuff is just ridiculous and so easy – it’s basically homemade skillet granola, and if you happen to eat half of it while waiting for the apples to cook I would completely understand (and totally relate.)

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Add 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter like Earth Balance, 2 packed Tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar, 1-1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to a medium-sized skillet then stir until melted and bubbly. Add a scant 3/4 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats plus 1/4 cup sliced almonds then cook, stirring often, especially near the end, until the topping is very fragrant and slightly toasted, 4-5 minutes. Scrape the topping onto a piece of parchment paper or silpat then set aside to cool.

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Crispy, crunchy, perfectly sweet topping = DONE!

To the same skillet add 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter, 1 packed Tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon then stir until melted and bubbly. Add 2 medium-sized apples that have been peeled then cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups) then turn the heat down just a touch and cook for 2 minutes. Place a lid on the skillet then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but still have a little bite, 3-5 minutes.

This recipe is all about using what you’ve got to satisfy a serious and sudden apple crisp craving, so really any apple will do. That said, I tested using Jonagold and Honeycrisp and both were fantastic.

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Last step is to scoop the apples into a bowl then top with the crisp topping and a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream before diving in. I hope you LOVE this quick and easy, totally scrumptious Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two the next time a craving hits!

APPLE CRISP (FOR TWO!)

Warm, cozy apple crisp recipe for two! Spiced apples are covered with a cinnamon oat crumble topping and baked until hot and gooey for the perfect small batch fall dessert. Easily adapted for a larger crowd!

A mini cocotte full of freshly baked apple crisp and topping with a scoop of ice cream
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Therefore, I’m looking to make just about everything a small batch recipe – where it makes sense. In this house, things like breakfast casseroles and lasagna are made with the intention of having leftovers for the rest of the week.

But apple crisp? Nope. Needs to be eaten shortly after it’s been baked, because otherwise the topping gets soggy.

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WHAT SERVING DISHES SHOULD I USE?

I absolutely adore my Le Creuset 8 ounce mini cocottes. We got them as a wedding gift, and they are the absolutely perfect size for single serving desserts. They have little handles, which makes serving easy – and you can put the lid on top to keep it warm until you’re ready to eat!

Or to keep a nosy cat out of it. Either way.

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WHICH APPLES ARE BEST FOR HOMEMADE APPLE CRISP?

I personally like to use a mix of tart apples and sweeter apples, but it will work with pretty much whatever you have on hand You just want to make sure you’re using firm, crisp apples – if they’re soft, they’re going to be mushy after they’re baked. And you don’t want a mushy texture, you want tender baked apples.

Here are some of my favorite apples to use:

  • Granny Smith
  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Honeycrisp
  • Pink Lady
  • Autumn Glory
  • Braeburn

DO I HAVE TO PEEL THE APPLES FOR APPLE CRISP?

Honestly, no! If you want to save yourself a step and some time, feel free to wash the outside of the apples well, and just dice them with the peels on.

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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST APPLE CRISP FROM SCRATCH

Here are some of my tips on making the best apple crisp of your life. Dramatic? I mean, probably. But since you typically eat dessert less often than any other meal, let’s make it count.

Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the chopped apples. This helps prevent them from browning, which just makes it look less appealing – but it also adds a little welcome zing to the finished product!

Speaking of chopped apples, don’t obsess over making them uniform in size. As long as they’re chopped small enough to comfortable fit in your serving dishes, you’re good. Aim for roughly ½″ cubes.

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Add ground ginger and nutmeg for more spiced flavor. I have them listed as optional ingredients in the recipe card, but I highly encourage you to add them. I really love the subtle additional spicy flavor the ginger adds to the filling, and the nutmeg in the topping has a lovely aroma that just screams Fall.

Like a stronger spiced flavor? Add more of… whatever! More ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger – whatever flavors you love.

Don’t have cornstarch for the filling? Substitute with all purpose flour.

Don’t have enough all purpose flour for the topping? Swap it for gluten free flour or almond meal.

Use old fashioned rolled oats in the crisp topping, not steel cut. I don’t recommend using steel cut oats because they’re more firm than rolled oats and take longer to absorb liquids and cook. So while the apple filling might be ready to go, the topping would still taste a bit raw.

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CAN I MAKE THIS RECIPE FOR ONE PERSON?

Of course! Just slash the recipe right in half and bake in a single serving dish. Or make this exactly as written and eat them both yourself – tada! Apple crisp for one.

Just kidding (sort of) – here’s how you’d cut it all in half:

Apple filling:

  • 1 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped (about 1 cup chopped)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Small pinch of ground ginger (optional)

Crumb topping ingredients:

  • ⅛ cup all purpose flour, gluten free flour, or almond meal
  • 1 ½ tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats (not steel cut)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tiny pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cold and cubed
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CAN I MAKE THIS FOR MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE?

Sure can! If you want to make this for a crowd, triple the recipe and bake it in a 9″ pie dish or an 8×8″ baking dish instead. You’ll likely need to bake it for a bit longer than indicated here, so check it at 30 minutes.

Tip: Click on the “3X” in the recipe card and it will do all the math for you!

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APPLE CRISP TOPPINGS

I love a scoop of cold ice cream on top of it, right before serving. It gets a little melty and complements the rest of the dish beautifully.

The go-to for most people is vanilla ice cream, and that’s totally fine. But you know what’s even better? Believe it or not, Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream is freaking fantastic with apple crisp! Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

You could also add:

  • a drizzle of caramel sauce
  • pomegranate arils
  • sprinkling of some crushed walnuts, pecans or shredded almonds

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