Classic Apple Crisp

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This Classic Apple Crisp recipe is an easy old-fashioned dessert that makes you feel all warm and cozy– the ultimate comfort dessert, no matter the season. And what sets this recipe apart is there’s double the topping so everyone gets plenty.

Made with fresh baked cinnamon apples and brown sugar oatmeal topping from simple pantry ingredients– it’s the perfect dessert.

A bowl of warm, classic apple crisp topped with a dollop of dairy free ice cream.

This is one of the first recipes I worked to perfect when I started eating gluten and dairy free years ago. The hubs’ favorite dessert is apple crisp so it was important I create a recipe we could both enjoy. And this is it. Nowadays the whole family gathers around the table with a warm bowl of crisp topped with dairy free ice vanilla ice cream.

And it’s nice not to have everyone fighting over who gets more crisp topping since this recipe has plenty of yummy crisp topping for everyone.

Another reason to bake this dessert– breakfast leftovers. This classic apple crisp is one of the best ways to start the day; some might even say it tastes even better the next morning. Side note– this is great to serve with breakfast on Christmas morning.

A bowl of sliced apples topped with a ooey gooey brown sugar, butter, and oatmeal mixture then with dairy free ice cream on top.

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Sliced apples in a baking pan with with cinnamon, lemon juice, and brown sugar on them.
A baked pan of apples topped with a brown sugar, oatmeal, and butter topping.

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A bowl of sliced apples topped with a ooey gooey brown sugar, butter, and oatmeal mixture then with dairy free ice cream on top.

Here’s what readers are saying about this recipe

  • Tina M on Facebook said– “I made this. YUMMMM.”
  • Cheryl T on Instagram commented–“The apples are tender and the topping is so good.”


Pop this classic comfort dessert in the oven and wait for the delicious crisp smell to waft through the house. There’s just nothing else as mouthwatering. Then top the sweet apples with a brown sugar cinnamon oat crumble topping and even a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream. The result is irresistible.

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A bowl of sliced apples topped with a ooey gooey brown sugar, butter, and oatmeal mixture then with dairy free ice cream on top.
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5 from 1 vote

Classic Apple Crisp

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


Apple Mixture

  • 6 c apples peeled, cored, and sliced suggestions in post
  • c packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp gluten free all-purpose flour suggestion in post
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Crisp Mixture

  • 1 c old fashioned gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 c gluten free all-purpose flour suggestion in post
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ c dairy free butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • optional- dairy free ice cream or whipped topping


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl place sliced apples, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Gently stir mixture and set aside.
  • In another large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon together. Then add in cubed dairy free butter and mix with a pastry blender. Once the mixture is pea-sized crumbles set aside.
  • Place apples evenly in the baking dish.
  • Top apples with crisp mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes. Brown sugar mixture will be bubbling on the sides.
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 2 days.


To safely enjoy this soy free and egg free, check ice cream and whipped topping ingredients.



  • Ashley October 29, 2020 at 10:29 am

    I tried this and it was amazing!

    • Jill October 29, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      They you so much for the review, Ashely. I’m thrilled you like this recipe too! Jill


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