Easy Apple Crisp Recipe Without Oats


Easy Apple Crisp Recipe Without Oats Easy Apple Crisp is the epitome of a family fall dessert! This easy apple crisp recipe makes everyone look forward to the holidays. Making apple crisp without oats is easy. Just mix together some apples, butter, cinnamon and sugar, top with a streusel topping and bake for a delicious dessert you can feel good about eating.

Apple Crisp Recipe Without Oats

Warm, tender and slightly spiced apples come together with a sweet, melt-in-your-mouth streusel topping to make this beyond scrumptious apple crisp recipe without oats.

You can create this amazing oven baked dessert in only an hour, using household staples that you most likely already have at home. Top your apple crumble with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and maybe even a drizzle of caramel sauce to make this summer and fall favorite simply to die for.

apple crisp on a plate topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream


Apple crisp is an amazingly delicious and easy to make oven baked fruit dessert. It consists of a layer of sweetened and spiced apples that is topped with a streusel like topping. The terms apple crisp and apple crumble are often used to describe the same dish. However, there is usually a slight difference when it comes to the topping. Apple crisp toppings often contain oats or chopped nuts, while apple crumble is topped with a flour, sugar and butter mixture.


✔️ it only uses basic household staples, no trip to the grocery store necessary

✔️ vegetarian comfort food that is ready in only an hour

✔️ great way to use up extra apples

✔️ fabulous summer and fall dessert topped with ice cream

Pan of apple crisp without oats with a scoop out.


This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for this easy apple crisp recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

You may have all of these apple crisp without oats ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store. See recipe card below for ingredient amounts.

  • Apples: We love using Granny Smith apples for this recipe, but you can substitute your favorite kind. We also recommend Honeycrisp apples, Pink Lady apples, Gala apples or Fuji apples.
  • Sugars: We use a blend of white and brown sugar in this recipe. Brown sugar (you can use light or dark) adds a richer caramel flavor to your dessert.
  • Butter
  • Lemon Juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for best flavor. The lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown.
  • Cinnamon: If you are big fan of cinnamon flavor you can also add an additional teaspoon to the topping. Nutmeg, cloves, allspice or cardamom are also spices that go well with apple desserts.
  • Cornstarch: The addition of cornstarch makes sure that the juices will thicken after baking.
  • Flour
ingredients for apple crisp without oats


This section shows how to cook apple crumble without oats in the oven, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full instructions, nutritional information, to print the recipe or to have the recipe scaled to double or triple, see the recipe card below.

PREPARE: Preheat the oven to 350°F, peel and slice the apples, then toss them with the lemon juice and put them into a baking dish.

🔴 TIP: Do not cut the apples too small, Peel the apples and cut them into similar sized pieces that are no smaller than ⅓” thick. Too small of slices will overcook.

Dry ingredients in a bowl.

COMBINE SUGARS AND SPICES: Combine the sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon and melted butter in a bowl and blend well.

Butter cubes and white sugar in a bowl.

MAKE TOPPING: In a bowl, combine all topping ingredients. Mix together using a pastry blender until the mixture is mostly tiny crumbles.

🔴 TIP: Add more cinnamon, If you enjoy a rich cinnamon flavor, you can add an additional 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the topping.

Apple slices with sugar and cinnamon on top.

ASSEMBLE: Toss the apples with the seasoning blend. Make sure all the apples are well coated. Then sprinkle evenly with the crumble topping.

Apple crisp without oats in a baking dish before being cooked.

BAKE: Cook for 45 minutes until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown.

🔴 TIP: Make sure the topping isn’t getting too dark, In case your apple crisp is browning too fast, cover with aluminum foil until the apples are tender.

SERVE: Let the apple crisp cool for 15-30 minutes before serving with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.


Pastry blender – We recommend using a pastry blender as it combines the butter and flour mixture well without melting the butter. In case you don’t have one, you can also use two forks.


While we recommend baking this insanely yummy apple crisp recipe without oats only shortly before serving, you can easily prepare its key elements ahead of time. First, you can prepare your apples, toss them with lemon juice, transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge until ready to use. Additionally, you can prepare the seasoning mixture and the topping in two separate bowls, cover them with cling wrap and store them in the fridge until ready to assemble.


Follow these tips to make the best apple crumble without oats.

✔️ Use fresh, crisp apples. We like to use Granny Smith apples but you can also use Honeycrisp or another good baking apple.

✔️ Don’t cut your apples too small. Peel the apples and cut them into pieces that are no smaller than ⅓” thick. Too small of slices will overcook.

✔️ Use a pastry blender or two forks to thoroughly blend together the topping to blend all the sugar and flour into the butter.

✔️ Do not overcook the apple crisp. Cook until the topping is beginning to brown and the apples are bubbling.


Refrigerate: Tightly cover any apple crisp leftovers with cling film and store in the refrigerator for up 4 days. For best flavor eat your apple crisp within the first 2 days after baking.

Freeze: Transfer the completely cooled apple crisp into a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Defrosting: Defrost your apple crumble overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a couple of hours. If you prefer eating apple crisp slightly warm, pop it in the microwave for a couple of seconds before serving.

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe with Oat-Free Streusel Topping

This homemade apple crisp is one of my family’s favorite desserts. It takes about 10 minutes to assemble – throw it into the oven just before you sit down to dinner and you’ll have a delicious apple crisp ready by the time the dishes are done. It’s perfect on its own but a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a little caramel sauce send this easy dessert recipe over the top!

While most people think of warm apple crisp as a classic fall dessert, I think this old fashioned apple recipe is welcome any time of year! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it is the perfect ending to dinner parties or a family meal.

This delicious recipe combines tender, juicy apples with a cinnamon-laced crunchy topping. Because the lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown, you can easily make the crisp ahead of time and put the prepared baking dish in the oven when you’re about an hour away from wanting dessert. This recipe is my favorite way to make an apple pie like dessert without having to make a pie crust (a skill I’ve yet to master!).

What You’ll Need to Make the Best Apple Crisp (without any oats!)

bowl of apple crisp without oats and a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a blue staub pan in the background

For the Apple Mixture

  • 7 large or 10 small apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter

For the Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
pan of apple crisp without oats in a serving pan with decor in the background

How to Make This Amazing Apple Dessert

Step One

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheight and lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan.

Step Two

Place the apple slices in your baking dish and sprinkle with the lemon juice, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Use your clean hands to mix everything together and then spread the sliced apples out so they cover the bottom of the pan.

Cut the butter into small pieces and arrange over the top of the apple filling.

Step Three

To make the apple crumble topping, combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl.

Add the softened butter to the bowl and, using a pastry blender or fork, cut it into the dry mixture until it forms crumbles.

Cover the apple filling with the crumbly topping mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes or until your crust is a nice golden brown and you’ve got a tender apple filling.

close up of apple crisp without oats and vanilla ice cream in a serving bowl

What Type of Apples Can I use to Make an Apple Crisp?

I know that I’ve seen articles on the “apple varieties” that are best for baking and honestly, I have no recollection of any of their recommendations. When I make this recipe, I always use whatever type of apples I have on hand. The recipe always turns out amazing and I never have any complaints, so I think that it’s totally fine to bake with whatever type of apple you keep on hand for your family to snack on.

As a reference, I’ve made this recipe with the following types of apples and it’s always fantastic:

  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Golden Delicious Apples
  • Pink Lady Apples
  • Whatever variety we managed to bring home from our local apple orchard during apple season!

Apple Crisp without Oats (Streusel Topping)

 Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Did you know that you can make apple crisp without Oats? This simple apple crisp recipe which takes out the need for oats still has a beautiful crisp topping using homemade cinnamon sugar. This melt-in-your-mouth alternative to the classic oat crumble topping will soon become your favorite way to make apple crisp.

Plus, this version with full fresh apples is one of the best things for a scoop of ice cream and some caramel topping.

no oat apple crisp recipe

Why you will love this Apple Crisp Recipe

Enjoy seasonal fruit: Nothing says the months of May-July (the best time of year!) like apple pies and Southern fried apples. And I am about to give you another easy recipe to enjoy apples this summer: Apple Crisp.

Easy Variation: For the most part apple crisp usually contains Oats, which often make up part of that infamous crumb topping. But the best part about this recipe and why it’s one of my favorite desserts is that it’s a warm apple dessert that tastes just like caramel apples and has NO OAT topping.

Perfect Topper and Taste: The full taste of golden brown apples (no brown sugar needed) piled high with an optional scoop of vanilla ice cream is about as delicious as it gets all year long. 

In my opinion, apple crisp without oats is one of those apple desserts that tastes a lot like the inside of a classic apple pie. The amazing apple mixture with cinnamon sugar takes tart apples or sweeter apples (doesn’t overly matter what type of apple you use) and makes it one of the best and most comforting desserts for fall. 

And while I cannot claim that the intense amount of sugar in this recipe defines it as one of the most healthy recipes, who said dessert has to be healthy?


  • Apples: You can use any kind of apple and there really are a lot of varieties. The type of apples I like to use are Honeycrisp but that choice of favorite baking apples is yours. That just happens to be my family’s favorite apple kind. Other best apples are golden delicious apples, Pink lady, or even the tart Granny Smith apples.
  • All purpose flour 
  • White granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Egg
  • Real Melted Butter 

Steps for an Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Prepping Apples

The apple crisp filling is super easy to make but requires a little bit of patience in cutting apples.

Make sure apples are peeled and sliced thin and even.

Making sure apples are not too thick or uneven with the other slices will ensure even cooking throughout the entire dessert.

sliced apples in a casserole dish

Prepping Apple Center Filling

The center filling consists of flour, sugar, baking powder, egg, and ground cinnamon.

This mixture is spread evenly on top of apple slices.

sugar and cinnamon in a bowl being dumped onto apples

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel Topping

Lastly, the crunchy, crumbly topping is a simple ground cinnamon sugar mixture that hardens to a nice pastry crunch on top of the juicy apple center.

While this dessert is pretty sweet in and of itself, it’s fine to serve with caramel sauce and ice cream and makes an amazing addition to flavor.

apple cinnamon sugar topping

How to make Apple Crisp without Oats

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Peel apples and slice thinly.
  3. Add sliced apples to a greased 2-1/2 quart baking dish (prepared baking dish) or 9×9 square casserole dish.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  5. Add egg and continue to mix. The mixture texture will be like cornmeal.
  6. Sprinkle flour mixture on top of the apple layer and spread evenly throughout the pan.
  7. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and mix well.
  8. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the flour mixture as a topping.
  9. Drizzle top of the cinnamon sugar with melted unsalted butter.
  10. Bake apple crisp for 60 minutes.
  11. Remove dish from the oven, let apple crisp stand for 10 minutes to cool until just warm.
  12. Apple crisp is best served warm and goes great with vanilla ice cream.
apple crisp with no oats

Serving Apple Crisp

Apple crisp can be served as a dessert recipe or a sweet breakfast. Because of the sugary topping, this sweet dish goes well with beverages like a cup of Cappuccino or TikTok Dalgona Coffee.


Is there a difference between apple crisp and apple crumble? 

Many times recipes for “apple crumble” include the traditional brown sugar with oats topping. However, this dish can be called apple crisp OR apple crumble. 

What are the best apples to use for apple crisp? 

Common apples used in apple crumble are pink ladies, tart granny smith apples, gala, or honey crisp. 

How long does Apple Crisp without Oats Keep?

Apples tend to brown after being cooked and the sugar will slowly melt with the moisture in the fridge, so this dessert is best kept tightly sealed for just a day or two.

What other toppings are good choices for apple crisp?

Caramel apple drizzle, Nutella drizzle, whipped cream topping are all great extra choices. Some people enjoy a bit of crumbled nuts, like candied pecans, as well.

What does apple crisp serve best with?

The sheer nature of an apple dessert is that it totally complements Ice cream but it’s also delicious eaten alone.

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