Quick Apple Crisp Recipe


Quick Apple Crisp Recipe – Super easy apple crisp recipe with ground oats and cooked flour topping. Can be cooked on the stovetop or in the oven! When it comes to fall apple recipes, few are as simple and delicious as apple crisp. Apples and cinnamon are a classic combination and pair perfectly in this gluten-free version of a traditional apple crisp. Now you can enjoy this treat anytime since it takes only 15 minutes to get everything into the oven.

Quick Apple Crisp


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (not melted)
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 medium apple chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened 2% Greek yogurt


  • Coconut oil, almond flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt should all be well blended to produce a crumble.
  • In a bowl that can go in the microwave, combine the crumble ingredients on top. Microwave for three minutes. Greek yogurt may be added after the microwave is removed.

Quick Apple Crisp

Your search is done if you’re looking to prepare the greatest quick apple crisp. This simple recipe is delicious and completely fail-safe. Butter, sugar, flour, and oats are used to make the straightforward topping. For that classic feel, the apple filling is seasoned with cinnamon and baked into a delectable and bubbling sauce.

white bowl filled with apple crisp and ice cream

It goes without saying that I adore apple treats in the fall. Oatmeal crisps are one of my all-time favorite sweets, breakfast foods, and snacks. They are quite simple to put together!

There certainly isn’t a nicer handmade dish to savor in the fall; serve it warm with vanilla ice cream for an added treat.

Ingredients required

Here is a list of the recipe’s ingredients in a graphic format.

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ingredients for apple crisp with text labels
Ingredients for Apple Crisp: Apples, flour, sugar, apple pie spice (OR cinnamon), butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Ingredient notes

If you don’t have any brown sugar, use equal parts of white sugar in the topping.

Use half as much butter for the topping as the recipe calls for at first, then add more as you go if you want to substitute rapid cooking oats for old-fashioned rolled ones.

The filling’s sugar content should be adjusted in accordance with how tart your apples are. Decide whether your fruit needs a little more sweetening after tasting a slice.

How to make an Apple Crisp

► 1 Make the apple crisp topping: I always start with the topping when I make a crisp, because then it can chill and firm up while I make the filling. Otherwise you risk a runaway topping!

Stir flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a small mixing bowl.

Cut in some cold butter until crumbs form. You can use a pastry blender, but I usually just crumble it together with clean fingers! Make sure to rub in the butter long enough so no more dry flour is visible – add another ½ to 1 tablespoon of butter if necessary.

Then chill the topping in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

► 2 Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 7×11 inch baking dish.

► 3 Make the apple crisp filling: Core and slice the apples. You can peel them first, but it’s not necessary and I’m usually too lazy!

Place them right in the prepared baking dish and toss them with sugar, flour and cinnamon – no need to dirty an extra bowl for this. It’s a good idea to taste-test one of your apple slices to adjust how much sugar you want to add to the filling.

Tip: For an extra-apple-y taste and a more bubbly, juicy filling, I like to add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a couple of tablespoons water to the apples!

► 4 Assemble the apple crisp: Scatter the prepared crisp topping all over the apple filling. You can also add some chopped walnuts or pecans.

► 5 Bake the apple crisp: Bake the crisp in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden-

I’ll say this now, but I can barely ever stick to it myself… Ahem. It’s best to let the crisp stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving. But I absolutely get how hard this is 😉

Recipe tips

  • In order for the topping to remain crumbly and streusel-like, it must be chilled for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  • For cooking apple crisp, I prefer tart apples like Honeycrisp that maintain their shape.
  • You can change the fruit if you’d like; peaches, pears, or a combination of pears and apples are all excellent options.

How do you cut apples for apple crisp?

You’ll have apple sauce in the bottom of your crisp if you cut your apples into little pieces.

I make a lot of homemade apple sauce every fall, so it’s not like it’s a negative thing. (Which is likely the main cause for why my hubby believes I may be slightly insane.)

But you want lovely, soft, warm fruit slices in your apple crisp.

You can choose to peel them, but I typically buy organic apples and don’t bother.

How do you calculate the right amount of sugar to add to the filling?

If your apples are exceptionally tart, you should definitely increase the amount of sugar in the filling.

Additionally, you might not need to add any apples at all if they are extremely sweet.

The key is to avoid oversweetening.

When food is hot, it tastes sweeter than when it is cold. Therefore, you need less sugar than you might expect if you intend to enjoy your apple crisp warm and topped with ice cream (which I highly recommend).

Make-ahead advice

If you want to make apple crisp for breakfast, it is extremely convenient to create the crisp in advance. (Breakfast is a possibility, too. Be amazed when you serve it with plain Greek yogurt.)

You can assemble the crisp up to 24 hours before baking it:

  • Follow the recipe as-is, but don’t preheat your oven.
  • Once your crisp is fully assembled and the topping is scattered on top of the fruit, cover it with cling film.
  • Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. Please note that baking time will be around 10-15 minutes longer if you bake it straight from the fridge.


A profusion of fresh fruit is ideal for this recipe for Easy Apple Crisp. A buttery, crispy oat streusel is placed on top of sweet and tangy apples that have been pleasantly warmed. This is a traditional dish that everyone enjoys. Serve the crisp warm with vanilla ice cream on top after baking it in a skillet or dish.

Close overhead shot of an easy apple crisp baked in a cast iron skillet with vanilla ice cream on top

The absolute finest apple crisp recipe you’ll ever try! A fruit crisp is a fantastic treat for novice bakers because it’s virtually hard to make a mistake. Much simpler to make than a pie, and it just takes 20 minutes to have it ready.


Easy Apple Crisp is a straightforward, homey dessert with an apple base and a buttery oat streusel crumb topping. There are countless variations of this famous meal, however for the following reasons, you should use this recipe whenever you prepare apple crisp:

  • Not Too Sweet: Too much sugar can overpower the actual taste of the fruit itself. Instead, this recipe uses just a touch of brown sugar to let the natural sweetness and flavor of the fresh apples shine.
  • Plenty of Topping (but not too much): The perfect ratio of topping-to-fruit is key for a successful crisp. Too little topping and you’ll miss out on that rich, buttery crunch. Too much topping and the dessert becomes too dense and fatty. This recipe gets it just right!
  • Juicy Filling: Since apples don’t release quite as many juices as berries, it can be tricky to find the right texture for the fruit filling. I’ve landed on 1 tablespoon of flour for this easy recipe. It’s just enough to keep the apple filling thick and not watery, but it’s not so much that it dries out the filling, giving it an undesirable gummy texture. We’re going for juicy and a little bit saucy — but not wet and soggy!
  • Warm Spices: Many apple crisp recipes just place sliced apples in the bottom of the dish without actually adding any seasoning or thickeners. I see this as a missed opportunity, which results in a bland, watery apple crisp! In my mind, the best apple dessert recipes include plenty of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The filling should taste like an apple pie (not like plain apples)!
  • Quick and Easy: Perhaps most important of all, this is an easy apple crisp recipe! There’s no need to spend hours laboring over an intense dessert when you can enjoy something so delicious with just minutes of effort. This is really as simple as 1-2-3: stir together the filling, stir together the topping, then bake!


It’s simple to become perplexed because there are so many old-fashioned apple dessert recipes available. Crisps and crumbles share a fruit base and streusel topping, which makes them comparable to each other. A crumble did not traditionally have oats in the topping, but an old-fashioned apple crisp did. Nowadays, when referring to these treats, the terms “crumble” and “crisp” are sometimes used interchangeably. In contrast, a cobbler is a fruit dessert with a cake- or biscuit-like topping. Don’t forget the pie, either! The filling of the crisp is comparable to the filling of a pie; however, instead of the double pastry crust that you would find on a pie, the crisp has a crumb topping (and no bottom crust).


There isn’t a more ideal dessert for your upcoming Sunday dinner, holiday party, or informal get-together with friends, in my opinion. This simple apple crisp is made from scratch, but it just takes a few minutes to put together, can be prepared and baked in advance, and (most importantly) tastes fantastic! Nobody will ever need to know that it only took you a few minutes to throw together, and your visitors will be showered with compliments. I like that kind of baking!


  • Apples
  • Brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Lemon juice
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Oats
  • Butter
  • Pecans


When baking, I prefer using apples with solid flesh that don’t cook down into apple sauce. Consider combining Granny Smith apples (for sharpness) with an apple with a firmer, sweeter flesh, such as a Gala, Honey Crisp, or Pink Lady. Apples like Braeburn, Winesap, and Jonagold are all excellent choices. The combination of sweet and tart in an apple dish is unbeatable.

Since the Honey Crisp apple season usually starts in late August or early September, you should soon be able to pick up some apples for this treat at a great price. Grab them while they’re still inexpensive and fresh!

The best apples for apple crisp recipe


The peeled, sliced apples, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt should all be combined in a big basin.

Place this mixture in your baking pan or skillet.


The oats, melted butter, pecans, brown sugar, flour, and salt should all be combined in a separate basin.

The apples should be covered with the topping.

3rd step: bake

Bake the crisp until the topping is golden and the filling is hot and bubbling. Amazing aromas will fill your kitchen!

Overhead shot of apple crisp on a wooden table surrounded by red and green apples


Although apple crisp can be eaten at room temperature, it always tastes best when it is still warm from the oven. For the finest apple dessert ever, top each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.


  • Can Apple Crisp be made ahead? Absolutely! You can make this dessert up to 2 days in advance. To do so, bake the crisp according to recipe instructions. Allow to cool completely, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Should Apple Crisp be refrigerated? If you plan to enjoy the crisp on the same day that it is baked, then you do not need to refrigerate it before serving. If you don’t plan to serve the crisp on the same day as baking, then the dessert needs to be refrigerated overnight.
  • How long does crisp last? It will keep in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 days.
  • Can Easy Apple Crisp be frozen? Yes, you can freeze the crisp before or after baking! To freeze this dessert after baking, allow to cool completely. Wrap tightly with a double layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • How to reheat Apple Crisp: If frozen, allow the crisp to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. To reheat, warm the crisp in a 350 degree F oven (uncovered) for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.

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