Vegan apple crisp

How to Make the BEST Vegan Apple Crisp

If I had to choose one fall/winter dessert to eat for the rest of my life, it would 100% be apple crisp. Apple crumble. Apple crisp-crumble? You know what I’m talking about! It’s like apple pie, but a THOUSAND times better because it has delicious crumble topping instead of boring pie crust. My vegan apple crisp is one part apple, and two parts crumble topping. That is the ONLY way to make apple crisp, in my opinion. Then I serve it with a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, and it is chef’s kisses.

Vegan apple crumble

Quick & Easy!

This vegan apple crisp is so quick and easy to make, which is another reason I prefer it over apple pie. First, I toss sliced apples with lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Then, I plop them into a buttered dish and pile my buttery, sugary crumble topping nice and high. I make my crumble topping with flour, oats, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, vegan butter, and a pinch of salt. It’s sweet, buttery, nutty, and salty. It’s such a delicious combo if you ask me! Then, a quick 30 minutes in the oven, and voila, I have the most mouth-watering apple dessert one could dream of.

Vegan apple crisp with ice cream

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A serving of vegan apple crumble

PST! Read my ‘tiparooskis,’ located right below the written recipe, for some tips and substitute suggestions!

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Vegan apple crisp

How to make the BEST Vegan Apple Crisp

Author Chef Summer Storm – garden grub
This vegan apple crisp is one part apple and two parts crumble(the best ratio, in my opinion!) It is easy and quick to make and perfect for the colder months.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


Apple Filling

  • 6 cups red apples, peeled and thinly sliced into 1/8th inch slices (Any type of red apple works just fine!)
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Crumble Topping

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raw pecans or walnuts, small chopped (If you're allergic to nuts, you can replace them with equal parts old-fashioned oats.)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp organic brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp vegan butter, COLD and cut into small cubes, plus more for greasing the baking dish


Apple Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch baking dish with butter.
  • Add all of the ingredients into a medium-sized mixing bowl and gently toss them until everything is evenly combined. Place this mix into the greased dish.
  • Make the crumble topping.

Crumble Topping

  • Add all ingredients, except the butter, into a large mixing bowl and stir until evenly combined.
  • Now add the chunks of butter into the bowl and toss them to coat them in the dry mix evenly. Then, rub all of the ingredients in between the palms of your hands to create a crumble-like texture. Rub this mixture until the butter is completely incorporated into the dry mix.
  • Distribute the crumble topping evenly over the apples.
  • Place the baking dish on a sheet pan to avoid any spillage, and bake it on the middle oven rack for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. *Depending on how hot your oven runs, you may need to turn it down a tad near the end to prevent the crumble topping from burning while still allowing the apples to finish cooking.
  • Let the apple crisp cool down for at least 10 minutes to allow the crumble topping to harden. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top!
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Welcome to the tip section of the vegan apple crisp recipe! Here I provide my top tips to help you perfect the recipe. Sometimes, I also give substitute suggestions that I think you may find helpful.

  1. Feel free to change up the fruit filling! If you’d like, swap the apple slices out for pears or blackberries! OR, you could mix together half pear slices and half blackberries. If you’d like, check out my Easy Vegan Pear and Blackberry Crisp for a recipe similar to this apple crisp!
  2. Allergic to nuts? Skip the pecans. Then, replace the pecans with more old-fashioned oats. Or, if you’re not allergic to nuts, perhaps you hate pecans, you can substitute them for walnuts instead.
  3. The fruit releases a lot of juice while baking. It’s natural, and it’s normal. I love the juice because once the crisp is scooped into a bowl and served with ice cream, it all comes together nicely. Some of the liquid soaks into the crumble topping, and some of the ice cream melts into the juice. As the crisp cools, the juice will thicken as well.


Apple crisp pin for Pinterest

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