Honeycrisp Apple Breakfast Recipes


Looking for a few new Honeycrisp Apple Breakfast recipes to impress the family? I like this time of year. The colors are changing, the air is cooler, and school has begun again (in some places). Baking is not a quick task, but the taste of fresh baked baked goods is well worth the wait. One of my favorite types of apples is Honeycrisp apples simply because they are one of the rare apple varieties that are available year round.

Honeycrisp Apple Crisp (gluten-free)


Warm spices, sweet-tart apples, and plenty of crisp topping are the hallmarks of this classic dessert that comes together easily with ingredients you likely have on hand.

We’ve heard the saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away long enough to know that all apples are good for us. Yet not all apples are good for the same purpose!

There are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States, all possessing a balance of sweet and tart, just in different ratios. Some apples have flesh that breaks down when cooked, and moisture content varies from one variety to the next. For these reasons, certain apples are ideal for eating fresh while others are better suited to applesauce or pie.

My early education on how to best use the many varieties of local apples came from strolling the aisles at Cherry Hill Orchards. A sign hanging above each apple bin notes the name of the apple, the flavor profile, and for what purpose it’s best suited. A larger sign on the wall lists all of the apples the orchard grows and when each variety’s season starts and ends. Samples make it easier to narrow down the choices.

While many apples are capable of creating a scrumptious apple crisp, one of my favorites is the Honeycrisp. These apples have become wildly popular in recent years thanks to their appealing crunch and balance of sweet and tart. When cooked, Honeycrisps maintain their shape and juiciness, which is key to the success of this classic fall dessert.

Honeycrisp season typically starts in early September—although this year the first apples were plucked from their branches in August—and they can be purchased through December and often into January. Because these widely available apples are a favorite for both snacking and baking, they’re a staple on my grocery list from late summer to early winter.

This rustic, quick-to-prepare crisp is intended for dessert but healthy enough for breakfast. In fact, I’ve eaten it for breakfast more than once! I even like it cold—in which case a big dollop of vanilla or maple yogurt makes a tasty and sensible alternative to the more traditional whipped cream or ice cream.

When assembling the crisp, I simply toss the chopped apples in the baking dish, not bothering to mix them with sweetener, liquid, thickener, etc. The Honeycrisps are perfect as is, making this dish as unfussy as it is delicious. I once made this crisp without peeling the apples, and it was still very good. My preference, however, is to peel the apples; they’re a little more tender that way.

Did you know? Apples are high in fiber and Vitamin C with a low glycemic index.

Warm spices, sweet-tart apples, and plenty of crisp topping are the hallmarks of this classic dessert that comes together easily with ingredients you likely have on hand.

In the pictured batch, I used a mix of Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples. I occasionally include a pear and/or a handful of cranberries for variety. Feel free to experiment based on what you have on hand.


Honeycrisp Apple Crisp (gluten-free)


Healthy enough for breakfast and delicious enough for dessert, this versatile recipe may be tossed together quickly and modified by season and according to taste. Rum or bourbon offer a subtle flavor alternative to the vanilla. You could add a few extra tablespoons for more pronounced flavor. In that case, toss the apples with a teaspoon or two of cornstarch to avoid a watery outcome.


  • 5-6 cups Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and sliced or chopped*
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) + ¼ cup (80g) pure maple syrup, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided use**
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 tablespoon bourbon or rum
  • 1 cup (90g) old-fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup (38g) finely chopped raw pecans
  • ½ cup (56g) almond flour or meal***
  • ¼ cup (56g) melted butter (or melted coconut oil)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional toppings: vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or vanilla yogurt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉, and lightly grease an 8-inch square pan or a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss the apples with the 2 tablespoons maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and the vanilla, bourbon, or rum. Transfer to the prepared dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, pecans, almond flour, melted butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Toss to thoroughly combine, and then evenly distribute the topping over the apples.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the fruit is tender and the topping is golden. Serve hot or at room temperature, as is or with one of the optional toppings. Cool and then cover and refrigerate any leftovers; they may be reheated or enjoyed cold.


*If you prefer a higher crumble-to-fruit ratio, use the lower amount of fruit and vice-versa. I specify Honeycrisp apples, which are naturally sweet-tart and maintain their texture when baked. That said, you may absolutely use other apples like Granny Smith, Fuji, Jazz or Pink Lady–and a mix is always nice.

**To play up with warm spices, you may add ¼ – ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg to the apple mixture. You could also replace this and the cinnamon with ¾ – 1 teaspoon apple pie spice.

***The flavor and texture of almond flour work well in the crisp topping. However, if you don’t have it on hand and are not concerned about gluten, you may substitute all-purpose flour.

More options: Feel free to vary the nuts, add a handful of tart cranberries or sweet blueberries–or make an all-berry or peach crisp according to season. Out of season, frozen berries or peaches may be used.

Prep ahead options: You may prepare the apples 6-8 hours in advance, tossing with the maple syrup, etc. Cover and refrigerate in the mixing bowl. When ready to bake, toss and transfer to the baking dish. The dry ingredients for the crisp topping can be mixed several days in advance. I like to add the butter and maple syrup to the oat mixture no more than two hours before baking. At this point, the assembled crisp may sit at room temperature until being baked.


Enjoy this easy to make apple cinnamon oatmeal casserole breakfast recipe any weekend or holiday morning.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time42 mins

Total Time52 mins

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bake, Apple Oatmeal Casserole

Servings: 8


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 large Honeycrisp apples, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch casserole pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients including the oatmeal, pecans, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder and brown sugar.
  • Next, add in the milk, vanilla extract and eggs. Stir well to incorporate. Finally add the chopped apples.
  • Pour the mixture into a prepared casserole pan and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown. Serve.

Best Honeycrisp Apple Recipes for Fall

Crunchy with a flawless balance of sweet and tart, these Honeycrisp apple recipes are perfect for Fall.

So if you’re planning a trip to the orchards, I suggest making a beeline for this baby!

Trust me, one bite of these Honeycrisp apple recipes, and you’ll be hooked.

SaveOld-Fashioned Apple CrispInsanely Good RecipesThis Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe is oh so easy and perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

1. Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

What’s not to love about old-fashioned apple crisp?

It’s such a comfort food that reminds me of dinners with my grandparents. Each bite tastes like a sweet, buttery slice of heaven.

2. Fresh Apple Cake 

Are you an apple pie fan? Well, now there’s a new sheriff in town.

Introducing: apple cake – apple pies’ lighter, fluffier cousin.

This crowd-pleasing dessert is insanely mouthwatering and makes the perfect dessert for the autumnal season. 

3. Perfect Baked Apples 

Have you experienced the potential of baked apples? If not, read on.

These baked apples taste like apple crisp but look so much cuter.

They’re so easy to whip up for a dinner party dessert, and they make such an adorable statement on the dining room table. 

4. Apple Fritters

Apple fritters are one of my guilty pleasures.

Each bite is so soft, succulent, and buttery that it’s hard to resist going for seconds.

The fall staple is like a donut, but so much better. Imagine an apple pie but deep-fried and coated in powdered sugar. 

5. Honeycrisp Apple Cardamom Cake

This recipe really allows Honeycrisp apples to shine.

Moist cardamom cake provides a base for thinly sliced Honeycrisp apples with a buttery, brown sugar crumble sprinkled on top.

All you’re missing is a cup of coffee to serve on the side, and you’re good to go.

6. Air Fryer Apple Chips

Be prepared to have these Air Fryer apple chips become your next favorite snack.

Each serving is just 48 calories, and the taste is addictive. All you need are some thinly sliced Honeycrisp apples, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. 

The result is a sweet snack with the same look and texture as a kettle chip, minus the guilt. 

7. Homemade Apple Pie 

What’s more comforting than homemade apple pie? 

It’s a mainstay for Thanksgiving dinners and fall get-togethers, but I think it should be made all year long.

It’s the perfect piece of homestyle cooking that will add a little extra comfort to your day.

Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream on the side to really leave an impression on your guests. 

8. Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Okay, how amazing does this apple crisp cheesecake look? I made it last weekend, and I’m already craving more. 

The great thing about this recipe is that cheese and apples go so well together (ever had a slide of melted cheddar on top of apple pie? It’s pure perfection!)

This recipe combines sweet and salty in the best way possible.

20 Best Honeycrisp Apple Recipes for Fall including Baked Apples with Cinnamon

9. Microwave Baked Apples

Did you know you can satisfy your sweet tooth in under five minutes and have it be healthy to boot?

With these microwaved sweet baked apples, it’s more than possible.

Best of all, you can find most of the ingredients lurking around in your kitchen. 

All you need is a Honeycrisp apple, ground cinnamon, butter, and sweetener of choice (the flavor really pops with maple syrup!). 

10. Fall Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad 

If you’re looking for a hearty lunch during the fall season, give this recipe a try. 

Not only is it visually stunning, but it tastes out of this world. 

It’s full of exciting textures and flavors that blend perfectly in every forkful. 

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