Low Cal Apple Crisp

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This low cal apple crisp is delicious. It is made with no sugar and still tastes great. It may be a healthier dessert but it is still very satisfying. This recipe makes one serving but can easily be doubled or tripled to make enough for a group Why make an apple crisp? for one simple reason: it’s delicious. And if you didn’t love it before, then I’ll tell you how to make this recipe taste even better with ingredients you already have in your home!

Apple Crisp Recipe

fresh apple crisp on a small serving plate

Be creative and substitute seasonal fruits for some or all of the apples – try pears, cranberries or peaches. With 30% fewer calories* and 60% less sugar* than the full-sugar version, it’s wonderfully delicious, hot or cold. Makes 8 servings.

Serving size: 1⁄8 of dish 

Calories: 180 Calories

*This crisp has 180 calories and 10 grams of sugar per serving, compared to 250 calories and 27 grams of sugar per serving in the full-sugar version.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4 cups apples, sliced
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 1⁄4 tsp of zero-calorie Truvia Original Calorie-Free Sweetener Spoonable Jar***
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 11⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
  • Nonstick cooking spray

***or 5 zero-calorie Truvia Original Calorie-Free Sweetener Packets

Crisp

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp + 21⁄4 tsp of zero-calorie Truvia Original Calorie-Free Sweetener Spoonable Jar***
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 11⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
  • 11⁄2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1⁄8 tsp salt

***or 5 zero-calorie Truvia Original Calorie-Free Sweetener Packets

Directions

  • 1.Assemble all ingredients; preheat oven to 375° F.
  • 2.For filling, place apples in a large bowl; sprinkle with water, Truvia Original Sweetener, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; toss to coat the fruit.
  • 3.Spray 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray; place apple mixture in dish.
  • 4.For crisp, in a separate small bowl, combine oats, Truvia Original Sweetener, flour, cinnamon, melted butter, brown sugar and salt; stir to form crumbly mixture.
  • 5.Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of apples.
  • 6.Bake 35–40 minutes until apples are tender.
OPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS
  • 7.Pairs well when served with light vanilla ice cream.
  • 8.If desired, peel and mash apples. Will reduce fiber content.

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free!)

A classic dessert, this vegan apple crumble is made with sweet cinnamon apples, then topped with a nutty oat crumble! It’s easy to make, gluten free, family friendly, and makes the entire house smell amazing! 

This gluten free apple crisp is seriously the best. It’s gooey and sweet on the inside with a “buttery” vegan crumble topping. It’s made with healthy ingredients and has only 5 grams of added sugar per serving! It’s one of my favorite feel-good apple desserts, and is perfect any time of year!

While apple picking is a traditional fall activity, I love that you can enjoy apples all year round! And I love making a vegan apple crumble for a special occasion, during the holidays, or even in the summertime served with ice cream. Between the warm apple compote and the delicious smells that fill my kitchen when it’s baking – I can’t get enough of it!

Serve this gluten free apple crumble with homemade whipped cream or a scoop of vegan ice cream! It’s less work but even better than a vegan apple pie! The first time I made this, I had to sit down to eat it. It’s just that good!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Gluten-free & vegan too!
  • Made with wholesome ingredients
  • Great for summer, fall, or any time of year
  • A fun way to use extra apples from apple picking!
  • Perfect for apple season
  • Kid friendly
  • Tastes like a classic apple pie with no pie crust
  • Any type of apples can be used
  • Best vegan apple crisp recipe ever!

🥘 Ingredients

This easy vegan apple crumble is made with simple ingredients. You probably have most of them in your pantry! For the full recipe and nutritional information, see the recipe card below.

  • Apples: I used a combination of Gala apples and Fuji sliced apples, but you can also use Granny Smith apples, Honeycrisp apples, or any of your favorite apples! Try chopping them into large and small pieces to get a variety of textures in your crisp. The best apples to bake with are ones with a firm flesh and a slightly tart taste. Tart apples won’t be quite as sweet.
  • Warm Spices: I used cinnamon and nutmeg in this vegan fruit crisp, but any warm fall spices taste great. Pumpkin pie spice, allspice, cloves, cardamom, and ginger are good options!
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon brightens up any fruit and enhances its flavor. If you don’t have a lemon, use a splash of apple juice instead.
  • Cornstarch: A small amount of cornstarch thickens the apple mixture. Arrowroot powder is a good swap if you don’t have cornstarch.
  • Nuts: To add some more texture to the crisp topping, I used a combination of chopped pecans and walnuts. Almonds and hazelnuts taste delicious too. Or make it nut free and omit the nuts completely.
  • Oats: Gluten-Free Oats are the key to the crumble topping! I like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats. You can also make this gluten-free apple crisp with oat flour if you prefer. For a nutty flavor, swap out 1/4 cup of the oats for 1/2 cup of almond flour.
  • Brown Sugar: Gives this a touch of needed sweetness to both the apples, and the crisp topping. You can also use coconut sugar for a refined sugar free version.
  • Coconut Oil: You can also use vegan butter like Earth Balance if you don’t have coconut oil.
  • Vanilla Extract: The sweet taste of vanilla is always a good addition.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt brings out the sweetness in this vegan apple crumble recipe.

📖 Variations

Next time try one of these delicious takes on an easy apple crisp!

  • Pear Crisp: Swap out the apples for pears! The best pears to use for baking are Bosc, D’Anjou, Bartlett, Forelle, and Concorde pears.
  • Apple and Pear Crisp: Use half apples and half pears to make this into an apple and pear crisp.
  • Sugar Free Apple Crisp: To make this recipe sugar free, eliminate the brown sugar in both the apple mixture, and the crisp topping. Substitute for a small amount of monk fruit sweetener. Monk fruit is sweeter than regular sugar, so a 1:1 substitution is too much. Instead use one teaspoon of monk fruit sweetener in the apple filling, and 2 tablespoons of monk fruit in the crisp topping.
  • Low Calorie Apple Crisp: Keep this recipe low calorie and skip the toppings. One serving of this recipe is only 206 calories per serving!

🔪 Instructions

Here’s how to make this healthy vegan apple crumble:

Spray Baking Dish: The first thing you need to do is preheat the oven and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 

Make Apple Filling: In a medium bowl, toss the sliced apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, salt, and a little bit of cornstarch. Add one tablespoon of the sugar to the apples. Toss well to coat.

Blend Oats: Blend 1 and 1/4 cup of the oats in a food processor or high-speed blender until the oats resemble flour.

Make The Streusel Topping: Add the oat flour to a large bowl and mix with remaining oats, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, nuts, and melted coconut oil. The oats + sugar + oil creates a crunchy texture that’s irresistible.

Prepare Healthy Apple Crumble: Dump the apple filling into the baking dish and spread around evenly with a spatula.

Add Topping: Top the apple mixture with the oat crumble. Try your best to evenly spread it over the apples.

Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve this vegan gluten-free crumble warm with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream!

🍎 Is Vegan Apple Crumble Healthy?

Yes! This is a totally guilt free dessert. A typical serving of apple crisp or crumble will run you anywhere from 250 to 350 calories, and upwards of 28 grams of sugar!

My version has about 200 calories and 5 grams of added sugar for a hefty portion. Here are some of the healthy swaps I made to lighten up this recipe but keep all of the decadence of the traditional version!

  • Whole Grains: This plant based apple crisp uses rolled oats for the fruit crumble topping – which are high in fiber, low-glycemic, and gluten-free.
  • Less Added Sugar: Fruit is already naturally sweet! There’s no need to add tons of sugar to the filling, the fruit takes care of the sweetness.
  • Healthy Fats: Walnuts and pecans in the crumble topping are both rich in antioxidants and healthy omega 3 fats.

❓Recipe FAQs

DO I HAVE TO PEEL THE APPLES?

This all depends on personal preference. Apple skins don’t break down and bake completely, so it changes the texture of the crisp. If you want a creamier crumble, I recommend peeling the apples first (using a vegetable peeler), because the apples will cook down more. But if you want a heartier dessert with a little more texture, feel free to leave the skin on!

CAN I FREEZE THIS VEGAN APPLE PIE CRUMBLE?

Absolutely!
To Freeze Unbaked: Follow all of the steps to prepare the crisp, then cover and freeze for up to 2 months.
To Freeze Baked: Bake the this crumble then let it cool completely. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: If unbaked, bake the vegan apple crisp as directed. If prebaked, bake the until the top is crisp and the apples are hot.

Recipes That Will Make Your Apple Picking Trip Actually Worth It

Apple picking sits firmly amongst changing leaves, dropping temperatures, and shorter days when it comes to a list of things we most associate with fall. There’s nothing quite like hopping in a hay-lined tractor to ride along a bumpy dirt road and spend time with friends and family harvesting the sweetest, most perfectly ripened apples you can find. Supermarket apples just don’t stand up.

But once you return from this annual pilgrimage to your local apple farm, what should you do with your bounty? Don’t get overwhelmed with decision fatigue (because we all know how many apple recipes are out there)—we put together an abbreviated list of the absolute best recipes that should be at the top of your list when you come home with a bushel of apples. From crisp salads to soothing soups to decadent desserts, these healthy apple recipes will help you take advantage of fall’s favorite fruit. (Bonus—they’re all secretly healthy!

Apple Fritters Recipe

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Apple Pie

For a waistline-friendly take on everyone’s favorite apple dessert, we forgo the pastry crust for a crunchy topping of oats, chopped almonds, and brown sugar. Not only does it cut down on calories, but it also jazzes up this delicious dessert with a flavorful and fun textural counter to soft, baked apples.

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Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples

Apple cinnamon instant oats are one of the most popular oatmeal flavors out there, but we can all agree that they can be seriously lacking in flavor. Toss the boxed stuff and turn your favorite oatmeal flavor into fiber-rich pancakes with a sweet and syrupy topping of warmed apples.

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Apple Crumble

If you don’t have time (or patience) to put together dough for an apple pie, you can still get the warming flavors of this favorite apple dessert by following this apple crumble recipe. Oats and almonds come together to top soft cooked apples with a welcoming crunch.

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Spinach Salad Topped With Goat Cheese, Apples, and a Warm Bacon Dressing

Enjoy all that apples have to offer by serving them at their best: simply sliced, served with pecans and goat cheese and dressed with an unctuous bacon vinaigette.

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Apple Balsamic Flatbread

Take pizza night to new heights by breaking out a few of those apples you just picked. Slice ’em up and add them to a flatbread (store-bought is great here if you want to get dinner on the table quicker) with onions, cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is another classic fall food, but why is this on our list of go-to apple recipes? Simple: the addition of apple brings a much-needed brightness and sweetness that really makes the squash sing.

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Maple-Cashew-Apple Toast

Forget peanut butter and jelly—how about peanut butter and apple? This breakfast toast pairs apple slices and peanut butter and spruces them up with a light drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

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