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Classic Apple Crisp

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 white baking dish filled with thin apple slices topped with a buttery, brown sugar, and oat topping. On top of that is 2 scoops of dairy free ice cream starting to melt.

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.

apple crisp recipe ingredients and tips

  • apples-- we use a mix of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp or Gala, 5 large apples works for this recipe or 6 medium size
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar-- packed
  • baking soda-- this looses it's potency after the container has been opened for 6 months. We always recommend labeling your newly opened container with the date.
  • baking powder-- this product is similar to baking soda and it uses it's potency after being opened 6 months as well.
  • fresh lemon-- fresh lemon in recipes is always best. We use this citrus juicer gadget for our fresh lemon juice.
  • gluten free old fashioned oats-- we suggest Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • gluten free flour-- Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
  • dairy free butter-- Earth Balance Butter Sticks are always my go-to (this is soy free too)
  • optional-- dairy free vanilla ice cream or whipped topping (So Delicious CocoWhip)
  • allow the crisp to set for 15 minutes after removing it from the oven; this lets the melted brown sugar mixture to slightly thicken
  • this crisp recipe can easily be doubled and placed in a 9 x 13-inch pan
A white baking dish filled with thin apple slices and a brown sugar mixture.

frequently asked questions

can this be baked ahead of time

It's best served warm, out of the oven. However cover and refrigerate leftovers. Our best advice-- enjoy leftovers for the ultimate breakfast treat! This is an amazing treat for after dinner or breakfast.

can this be prepared ahead of time

Yes. You can easily prepare this dish the day before, cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake. Making this dessert a fall and Thanksgiving Day favorite.

more delicious must try recipes

  • pecan pie bars-- this is another dessert we enjoy year round! These layered ooey gooey bars are mouthwatering
  • pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting-- this rich pumpkin bread with frosting is the best way to enjoy pumpkin during the fall
  • fudgy brownie cookies-- these homemade cookies have all the best parts of a brownie– the fudgy cake-like middle, chewy edges, and crackly crust
  • pumpkin cookies-- these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are will become a new fall tradition
  • Apple Pie Pops-- perfect for any apple lovers. It's like apple pies on a popsicle.
A baked pan of apples topped with a brown sugar, oatmeal, and butter topping.

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.

You'll also enjoy this delicious Blueberry Crisp recipe.

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A white baking dish filled with thin apple slices topped with a buttery, brown sugar, and oat topping. On top of that is 2 scoops of dairy free ice cream starting to melt.

Classic Apple Crisp

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


Apple Mixture

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

Crisp Mixture

  • 1 c old fashioned gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 c gluten free all-purpose flour suggestion in post
  • 1 c brown sugar packed
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground 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 oat 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.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 29th of October 2022

My go-to recipe for family gatherings and a fall favorite that everyone enjoys! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes Jill! They have helped our family tremendously as we've transitioned to eating gluten and dairy free. I recommend your site to everyone!


Thursday 29th of October 2020

I tried this and it was amazing!


Thursday 29th of October 2020

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