Is This The Best Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe Ever?

with Ground Cinnamon Organic Quick Oat Flakes Fine Celtic Sea Salt

We know what you are thinking. The best apple crisp, really? Friends, we know this is a big claim, but we have baked a lot of apple crisps and know this one tops them all! We bake for fun at Westpoint so when it comes to desserts, trust us! 

When you think of holiday desserts there are two flavours that come to mind, warm spices and apple. Both fill the house with such delicious aromas of vanilla, ginger and hazelnut. You just can’t go without apple crisp when putting together recipes for the holidays!

When you are baking, the best part of the apple crisp is the scent and smell of apples and cinnamon cooking with sugar, bubbling up in the oven. The aroma of baking that red juicy apple with cinnamon filling up the room takes you right to the orchard where these beautiful delights are grown and cultivated, it truly is heavenly!

We had the tough decision of deciding between an Apple Crisp and an Apple Crumble recipe, making decisions in our office is really tough sometimes.

What’s with the names?

These desserts are all variations based on a single theme, often described by how they look while baking or being served. There is often a debate on big dessert lover’s table between what is an Apple Crisp or an Apple Crumble, so today we decided to not only clear that but as well put together what we feel is the best apple crisp recipe ever and it’s vegan.

These days the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, has multiple reasons why that could be true. Recent researches suggest that the smell of the crisp fruit may actually help ease a migraine. A study in 2008 showed that those who found the scent appealing had a noticeable reduction in headache symptoms as well as shortened migraine episodes. Just in case you needed any more motivation to start baking right away!

What is a Crisp?

A crisp is a baked fruit dessert topped with a crisp and crunchy layer of ingredients. The topping may include a proportion of sugar, butter, oats, nuts, flour and spices such as cinnamon, tossed together to create a granular look. The dessert is baked just until the topping is crisp, golden and beautiful.

What is a Crumble?

Similar to a crisp, a crumble is a baked fruit dessert with a layer of topping. A crumble topping rarely includes oats or nuts, and is instead usually a streusel-like combination of flour, sugar and butter. Sometimes it may include nuts depending on other various recipes and thus we have our debate. The topping is generally more clumpy than a crisp topping, but not as clumpy as a cobbler topping. Now that we have settled that let’s get to the fun part about our recipe. It is not only simple but probably requires just 1 bowl for preparations as well as really simple ingredients and the total time needed for getting the best out of this recipe is just about 80 – 90 minutes.

We cannot wait to share this recipe with you. It is perfect for those cozy winter days and will make you so many friends if you bring it along to holiday gatherings. Let’s get to it!

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(P.S. – the recipe is inspired from the Minimalist Baker)

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Is This The Best Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe Ever?

Ground Cinnamon

Is This The Best Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe Ever?

Organic Quick Oat Flakes

Is This The Best Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe Ever?

Fine Celtic Sea Salt

Vegan Apple Crisp

with Ground Cinnamon Organic Quick Oat Flakes Fine Celtic Sea Salt

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 60 Minutes

Westpoint Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Organic Coconut Sugar + 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Sugar (for the topping)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon + 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon (for the topping)
  • 3 tsp Corn Starch (for thickening)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger (can subsitute 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger with 3/4 tsp fresh grated ginger)
  • 1/2 cup Blanched Almond Meal Flour
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Mix
  • 1/2 cup Demerara Style Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Raw Pecans Halves (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Unrefined Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Organic Quick Oat Flakes
  • 1 pinch Ground Nutmeg (optional)

Other Ingredients

  • 8 Medium-Large Apples (4 tart like granny smith), (4 sweet like honey crisp)
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced (1 lemon yields ~ 2 tsp or 30 ml)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Apple Juice or Water
  • 1/2 cup Melted Coconut Oil or Olive Oil (or mix the two 1/2 : 1/2)


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
2) Peel apples, quarter, remove cores, and use a paring knife to thinly slice lengthwise.
3) Add to a large mixing bowl and top with the remaining filling ingredients i.e. lemon juice, organic coconut sugar, ground cinnamon, corn starch, fresh apple juice and ground ginger. Toss to combine.
4) Add to a 9 x 13 or similar size (use smaller or larger to alter the batch size) baking dish.
5) Rinse and wipe out your mixing bowl and add all topping ingredients i.e. organic quick oat flakes, almond meal flour, gluten-free all purpose flour, coconut sugar, brown sugar, pecan halves, sea salt, ground cinnamon and coconut oil. Stir to combine, then use fingers to break down any clumps of the demerara brown sugar. Pour over apples in an even layer.
6) Bake for 50 minutes to 60 minutes (uncovered) or until the filling is bubbly, the apples are very fork tender (especially in the center of the dish), and the topping is deep golden brown.
7) Let rest at least 30 minutes before serving.
8) You can top it off with coconut whipped cream or vanilla bean coconut ice cream.
9) Best when served fresh, although the leftovers can be kept covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days, or in the freezer up to a month.

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