How to Make a Grain-Free Apple Crisp

By November 13, 2020No Comments

One of my very favorite desserts of all time is apple crisp. It’s easy to make, there’s a multitude of flavors, and it’s a crowd-pleaser! I’ve been eating this rustic dessert for as long as I can remember. Overall, the dish is pretty healthy, but I wanted to elevate it to the next level to remove sugar and grains and voila!, this creation was born.

When baking, I always use a combination of apples to ensure depth of flavor and to ensure the apples don’t turn out too mushy after being baked.

For apple crisp, I use half honey crisp and half granny smith and it tastes great!

Quick Tip for Measuring Apples

When making apple crisp or apple pie, I always want to make sure I’m adding enough apples so that even after the apples have baked down some, there still appears to be a lot of apples.

To do this, offset two layers of large apples in the baking dish you are going to use (as pictured above). So even if a recipe is giving you guidance on the amount of apples to use, this is a more fool-proof way to ensure your dessert doesn’t deflate in volume during the baking process.

After you have a good idea of the amount of apples you need, chop them into bite sized pieces and coat them with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon and 2 tbsp. of Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener.

Then pour the apples into your baking dish. They should fit perfectly!

How to Make a Grain-Free Crisp

In order to make a grain-free topping, we need to avoid the traditional ingredients of flour and oats. I have found that substituting almond flour and toasted almond slices, take this popular dish to the next level!

If you don’t have almond slices on hand, using chopped walnuts and/or pecans would be just as amazing!

I also take advantage of adding in a couple superfoods like chia seeds and ground flaxseed to the mix for added nutritional value.

The great thing about this topping is that it’s very versatile. Even though I use it mostly on apple crisp, this translates easily onto stone fruit or berry crumbles. It could also be baked by itself on a baking sheet and used as granola for yogurt.


How to Make a Grain-Free Apple Crisp

Serve up this delicious apple crisp as a healthy, grain-free dessert option.  Great for any day of the week or for festive celebrations. 

  • Author: Stephanie Wharton
  • Prep Time: 30 min.
  • Cook Time: 1 hr.
  • Total Time: 18 minute
  • Yield: 8 1x



1012 cups variety of apples (I recommend honey crisp & granny smith), peeled, cored, and chopped (use guide above to ensure proper amount for your dish)

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, separated

1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, separated

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF
  2. After apples have been prepped, place them in a large bowl and mix in 2 tbsp. of the sweetener and 1 tbsp. of the cinnamon until well coated.  Pour mixture into baking dish and set aside. 
  3. Prep the almonds: in a skillet over low-medium heat, add the almonds, stirring constantly until edges and faces are golden.  Remove from heat and set aside. 
  4. In a separate bowl combine all remaining dry ingredients, including the toasted almonds.  Stir until well combined.
  5. Add the melted butter and vanilla and stir once more.  This will create a crumble like mixture that is a bit on the moist side (which is exactly what you want).
  6. Crumble topping evenly over the entire top of the apples.  Cover with foil. 
  7. Bake for 30 minutes with the foil on and then bake for an additional 30-45 minutes until apples are tender and the bottom is bubbling. 
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and enjoy! 

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