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This irresistible vegan apple crisp has warm, gooey apples and a golden oat-streusel topping! Made with simple plant-based ingredients, this comforting dessert is the perfect treat.

Vegan Apple Crisp

Looking for a delicious dessert that no one will know is plant-based? This vegan apple crisp! Crisps and crumbles are simple to make into vegan treats, and this one is an absolute flavor explosion. Juicy, caramelized apples mingle with a golden oat topping, and topped with melty vanilla ice cream, it’s truly sensational. In fact, we like this one better than our standard apple crisp!

Ingredient notes for vegan apple crisp

Crisps and crumbles work well transformed into vegan desserts: in fact, most people wouldn’t even guess this one is plant-based! Vegan butter and coconut oil work well as substitutes for butter in a crumble. Here are a few notes about the ingredients:

  • Vegan butter: Vegan butter works well as a substitute for butter, and there are many great brands that are easy to find in US grocery stores (we like Miyokos). If desired, you can substitute coconut oil; we recommend using refined coconut oil which has a more subtle coconut flavor than unrefined.
  • All purpose flour: All purpose flour is our standard, but for gluten-free you can also use almond flour with great results. Go to Gluten-Free Apple Crisp.
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Use whole rolled oats for the best crisp texture; avoid instant oats here.
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar: Using a mix of sugar types adds nuance to the flavor.
  • Cinnamon, ginger and allspice: This mix of cozy spices brings in a warm, comforting flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch helps to thicken the filling. As a substitute, try arrowroot powder.
  • Lemon juice and zest: Citrus accentuates the fruit flavors, like salt does for savory foods. Don’t omit the lemon if you can: it really adds to the flavor here!
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds the final nuance in sweet flavor.
  • Sweet tart, crisp cooking apples: Tart apples are key; keep reading for our favorite apple types.
Vegan apple crisp

Best apples for vegan apple crisp

What’s the best type of apples to use in apple desserts like crisp and apple pie? Use firm, crisp sweet tart cooking apples. The acidity from a tart apple makes the sweet flavor pop, instead of tasty one-note. A firm texture is also helpful since the apples holds their shape when baking instead of becoming mushy.

Avoid varieties like Gala, Fuji or Red Delicious: they don’t perform well in crisps and crumbles. Here are a few of the varieties that shine in this vegan apple crisp recipe:

  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Ida Red

Make it into a vegan apple crumble

You can also make this into a vegan apple crumble recipe! Simply follow the instructions for the topping in this apple crumble recipe, which omits the oats for the classic crumble feel. Use vegan butter in place of the standard butter, and it comes together like a charm.

Vegan apple crisp recipe

How to serve it

Vegan apple crisp is a great dessert for any season: while it’s often served in fall or winter, it’s great in summer too! Like most crisps, the best topping is vanilla ice cream. The contrast of rich cream against the fruit filling is sublime! It’s pretty easy to find vegan ice cream at most well-stocked grocery stores in the US. Or you can make it homemade! The best options for topping vegan apple crisp are:

Leftover storage

This crisp tastes best the day it is baked, but it saves very well! The crisp texture holds up well over time. Here are best practices for how to store a crisp:

  • Keep it loosely covered at room temperature for 1 to 2 days. Keeping it loosely covered helps to maintain the crumble texture.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days. It holds up well in the fridge, and tastes even better when reheated.
  • Freeze up to 3 months. Freeze for up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350°F oven until bubbly.
Vegan Apple Crisp

More vegan desserts

Love eating plant-based treats? Here are a few more of our top vegan desserts to try:

This vegan apple crisp recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free, plant-based, and vegan. For gluten-free, use almond flour.

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Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan Apple Crisp


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This irresistible vegan apple crisp has warm, gooey apples and a golden oat-streusel topping! Made with simple plant-based ingredients, this comforting dessert is the perfect treat.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 pounds sweet tart, crisp cooking apples, about 6 cups (4 large or 6 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (almond flour for gluten-free)
  • ¾ cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons cold vegan butter (or refined coconut oil), cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Make the filling: Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. In a large bowl, combine the apples with the lemon juice, lemon zest, cornstarch, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, the ginger, and allspice in a large bowl and toss until well coated. Pour it into a 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 inch baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, make the crumble topping: stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and kosher salt. Add the vanilla and stir. Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix it into the dry ingredients until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while, so be patient; mix until all butter chunks are incorporated. 
  4. Evenly distribute the crumble over the top of the apples, breaking the topping into small crumbles as you add it.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until browned and bubbly. Cool for 1 hour. Then serve with vanilla ice cream. Stores refrigerated for 3 days or freeze up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350°F oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Vegan apple crisp, vegan apple crisp recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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