October 20, 2008

Cinnamon Apple Crisp

by IsaChandra

Serves 8 – 12

A perfect, basic apple crisp recipe. Add raisins or cranberries if you like. I use Granny Smith apples but you can use whatever kind you’ve got.

Two Mixing Bowls, 9 x 13 Baking Dish (glass is best), Aluminum Foil


Filling ingredients
4 pounds (about 8 ) apples, peeled, cored, quartered and cut in 1/4 inch slices
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (corn or potato starch would be an ok substitution)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
tiny pinch cloves (about 1/16 teaspoon)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Topping Ingredients
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup all purpouse flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoons vanilla

Preaheat oven to 350. In a large bowl squeeze lemon juice over sliced apples. Add the arrow root and spices making sure all apples are coated. Move apple mixture to the baking dish and drizzle the maple syrup over it. Cover with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the topping. Sift dry ingredients together, and in a seperate bowl, mix wet ingredients well. Fold wet into dry mixing with a fork as you go along, until well coated and crumbly.

When apples are done baking, remove from oven and toss, then flatten them evenly with the back of a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple mixture and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until top feels crispy. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

  • November 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm: Lacey

    I made this last night for my family/guests and it was great! I love that it involves no cane sugar, just maple syrup. I subbed tapioca starch for the arrowroot and that worked out as well. I ran out of syrup while making this and just replaced what little was left with agave.

  • February 22, 2011 at 5:36 am: andi

    i used a mix of maple syrup and molasses and added some powder ginger for the topping…i loved the spicy sweetness and the fact that i didn’t need to use any processed sugar. so amazing…def my go to crisp now.

  • March 28, 2011 at 5:36 am: a

    would this recipe be good with brown rice syrup? i can’t eat maple sugar/agave/any sweeteners actually.

  • May 12, 2011 at 2:15 am: Kimberly

    Can I sub steel cut oats for the rolled oats? I found bugs in my rolled oats and I’ve already got my apples in the oven!!

  • September 20, 2011 at 4:15 am: Lauren

    Yay! I have two pecks of apples and I need some ideas! We went a tad overboard at the pick-your-own place.

  • September 26, 2011 at 1:31 am: Leslie

    I made this for dessert tonight since we had an abundance of apples after our apple picking adventure yesterday. I only used 1/4 cup maple agave in the apple mix and thought it was plenty sweet for my tastes. My family thought it was a bit tart so I would probably add the full amount of sweetner if making this for others. Thanks!

  • April 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm: Lindsey P

    This is baking in the oven as we speak and it smells heavenly!! Can’t wait!

  • November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm: Jessica mickens

    Although this was yummy to me, my non vegan husband was disappointed in the crisp part. It was just dry and crumbly.

  • December 5, 2014 at 2:43 am: Rachel

    The filling is delicious, however just note that the topping is more like a granola than a solid struesel top like the Apple Crisp recipe also on this site. Next time I’d use this filling with the other recipe’s topping.

  • February 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm: Vegan Donkey

    I have been eating this recipe all week — it’s really good. I’m eating it for breakfast, dinner, snacks — haha! Maybe it is too much apple crisp. :-P It is an easy recipe though, and I’m finding cooking not so difficult. It’s interesting to explore and learn from.

  • June 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm: Julie

    I made this last night for guests but it didn’t all get eaten so I had it for breakfast. It was great both times. Thank you!