Paleo Apple Crisp

A simple and easy paleo apple crisp recipe that yields gooey cinnamon apple filling with a delicious crisp topping! The best paleo apple crisp made with whole ingredients.

Who’s ready for ALL the fall-inspired desserts? Today, I’m sharing a reader-loved Beaming Baker recipe for Paleo Apple Crisp… with updated photos, slightly revamped recipe and more!

Are you ready for it? Let’s do this!

Let’s welcome fall with open arms, open mouths (what a visual), and open forks (how one does that, we might never know). Just… get ready to spear that fork right into a nice, warm, gooey, crispy-topped Paleo Apple Crisp made with coconut and pecans!

A simple and easy paleo apple crisp recipe that yields gooey cinnamon apple filling with a delicious crisp topping! The best paleo apple crisp made with whole ingredients. #AppleCrisp #Paleo #Apples #AppleCrumble | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

Paleo Apple Crisp with Pecans & Coconut!

This paleo apple crisp recipe started pretty innocently as a regular ol’ gluten free apple crisp. There were oats involved, hopes for a beautiful crumble top that even Betty Crocker would give me the stinkeye for in a local bake-off.

As if she would stoop to my level.

Anywho, oats were involved and things looked promising. But (isn’t there always a big old butt??), that ol’ jerk wonderfully versatile ingredient named coconut oil reared its difficult head. Dagnabit.

Truth is, coconut oil just doesn’t work like butter. There. I said it. In the case of making a deliciously crispy apple crumble topping, it was not to be. At least not with the ingredients I knew were traditionally expected.

So after Erik and I peeled apples til our eyes were crossed joyfully reveled in the delight that is peeling and coring 20 apples for those sanity questioning incredibly educational apple crisp trials, I decided to change directions.

>>related: Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe

A simple and easy paleo apple crisp recipe that yields gooey cinnamon apple filling with a delicious crisp topping! The best paleo apple crisp made with whole ingredients. #AppleCrisp #Paleo #Apples #AppleCrumble | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

The Making of This Paleo Apple Crisp

Sometimes, you just have to scrap everything you know and start fresh.

Once Erik begrudgingly bemoaned playfully and happily agreed to help peel more apples with me, we began again. One thing I learned from the previous apple crisp trials was how little added sugar I could use to still create a gooey and perfectly sweet apple filling.

Now that I had the grain free apple crisp filling nailed down, all I needed to figure out was the topping. I went around the internet, searching for the most negative feedback on traditional apple crisp recipes.

One thing I learned: people really don’t like a non-crispy topping.

As such, one of my top goals was: Make a Crispy Topping.

After some soul searching, a few semi-snide passive aggressive comments lovingly traded between me and Erik, then a few be-cool-guys-don’t-let-the-apples-get-to-you BB team talks, I had an epiphany.

Paleo Apple Crisp that’s actually crisp!

Let’s make this apple crisp PALEO.

YES!!! Throw away the flour, throw away the grains, and start fresh. But, don’t throw stuff away because it’s expensive and that’s wasteful. Just… throw it away figuratively.

I used elements from my super crispy, grain free paleo granola to create the lovely paleo apple crumble-worthy topping for this delicious paleo apple crisp!

Which has now become one of my top paleo recipes!

A simple & easy paleo apple crisp recipe for super crisp topping and gooey cinnamon apple filling.

A simple and easy paleo apple crisp recipe that yields gooey cinnamon apple filling with a delicious crisp topping! The best paleo apple crisp made with whole ingredients. #AppleCrisp #Paleo #Apples #AppleCrumble | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

TL;DR: Grain Free Paleo Apple Crisp

Let me tell you about this out-of-this-world grain free paleo apple crisp. It’s:

  • so deliciously crispy on top, you can legit tap it with a spoon and hear it!
  • filled with warm, cozy grain free apple filling
  • vegangluten-freedairy-freePALEO
  • bursting with nutty goodness
  • refined sugar-free & flourless
  • made with the simple, healthy ingredients you love
  • tested like crazy so you don’t have to 

 Best Tools for Yummy Paleo Apple Crisp!

  • Blanched Almond Flour – one of my favorite ingredients for paleo baking. Super fine blanched almond flour: the perfect way to make this grain free apple crisp!
  • Coconut Oil – a paleo vegan + gluten free baking staple in my pantry.
  • Large Coconut Flakes – one of the key ingredients in my paleo apple crisp. They crisp up like woah!

I can’t wait to hear what you think of my grain free paleo apple crisp! Let me know in the comments below if you try it. 🙂 As always, I’m so grateful to be here with you, sharing in these tasty kitchen adventures! ‘Til the next one…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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A simple and easy paleo apple crisp recipe that yields gooey cinnamon apple filling with a delicious crisp topping! The best paleo apple crisp made with whole ingredients. #AppleCrisp #Paleo #Apples #AppleCrumble | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

Paleo Apple Crisp


Description

A simple and easy paleo apple crisp recipe that yields gooey cinnamon apple filling with a delicious crisp topping! The best paleo apple crisp made with whole ingredients. Grain-Free.


Ingredients

Scale

Paleo Apple Crisp Filling

Pecan Coconut Crisp Topping


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add all Filling ingredients: apples, coconut sugar, maple syrup, almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Using a rubber spatula, stir and fold until apples are fully coated and sugar has dissolved. If your mixture isn’t very wet, add in water—you’ll want to see 1-2 tablespoons liquid at the bottom of your mixing bowl. I used 1 ½ tablespoons water in mine.
  3. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use the spatula to smooth apples into an even layer.
  4. Add all Topping ingredients to a medium bowl. Using a fork, stir and fold until crumbles form. Gently spoon evenly over apples, making sure to keep crumbles intact.
  5. Bake for 40-60 minutes. Mine took 45 minutes. It’s done when the topping is a deep golden brown and the juice around the filling has thickened. To test, use a spoon to carefully lift up a corner of the crisp to see the juices. If it’s still watery, bake for another 5 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool for 10-15 mins. Serve warm with a scoop with dairy-free ice cream on top. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.

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Notes

Where to Buy Ingredients: Pecans | Blanched Almond Flour | Coconut Sugar | Raw Coconut Chips

*I like to use a mix of apples: Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, and Granny Smith.

Best served right away–the topping will be extra crispy! If needed, here are… Refrigerator storing notes: Cover with foil, or transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat before serving.

Room temperature storing notes: Cover with foil and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. The topping is more likely to stay crispy if stored at room temperature.

To freeze: place in an airtight, freezer-friendly container for up to 2 weeks. Heat in 30-second increments until the filling is warm.

Special Tools: 4 Event Timer | Apple Corer & Slicer | Fruit Peeler | 4oz Prep Bowls

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dessert, Fall
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: paleo apple crisp, paleo crumble, grain free apple crisp, paleo apple crumble

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94 Comments

  1. I’ve made this twice now. My hubby and I love it. I leave out the coconut sugar and we think it’s sweet enough. Our favorite thing to do is put a scoop in a bowl and drizzle NUTPODS French Vanilla creamer over it.. it’s a match made in heaven!

  2. Instead of coconut sugar, what other sweetner would work? We are in Covid lock down and I don’t have coconut sugar, plus trying to avoid all sugar. I have monk fruit, stevia, yacon syrup & yacon powdered. Just wondering if you have used any if those and have recommendations.

    1. We love this dessert and use coconut aminos instead of the sugars in it. It takes so sweet!

  3. HI! There is an ad right at the ingredients for the topping, so I want make sure that the last one is, indeed, maple syrup. Thank you!

  4. I’m planning on making this for Thanksgiving and I was wondering if I can mix it up the day before, then bake it after I pull the turkey out of the oven? This is my first time hosting and I’m trying to map out my game plan!

    1. Hi Natalie! Oh how exciting to host your first thanksgiving! Well, if you cut up the apples too far in advance they’ll start to dry out and brown, which will affect the final taste and texture. You can fully bake it before hand, freeze it, and then heat it up when you’re ready to eat. Or make it the morning of. Hope this helps, and happy baking! 🙂

  5. Have made this two times dh loves it. I used whatever nuts we had, walnuts and cashews, YUM! Thanks for this great recipe.

  6. Hi
    I didn’t use the sugar. And didn’t have pecans so used almonds chunky bits. I did what I could with what I have.
    Excellent !! I love it and good for Hubbies diabetes. Ps in Europe no ice cream like that. Don’t need the extra calories .
    Thanks !
    Ps looking for an apple paléo type cupcake ???

    1. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed my paleo apple crisp recipe! 🙂 Love that all your changes worked out. No apple paleo cupcake yet… but I have some plans for apple treats for next year. Stay tuned! 🙂

  7. Hi Demeter! I know you made this as dessert, but it was breakfast this morning. So delicious! And quite crispy after 45 minutes. I should be embarrassed to admit this, but instead of the 12 to 16 servings you noted we are only getting 4 out of it—but hey, that was our breakfast!

    I know you said it could be left out at room temp for a couple of days—and I’m assuming you did that and lived to tell the tale, but I’m too chicken to leave it out, so into the fridge it went. I’m sure it will still be good even if not as crispy.

    1. Hi Ellen! Oh my goodness, YES, on making this as breakfast!! Actually, my sister Jenny asks me to make this as a breakfast for her for special occasions. . As for the serving size: you do you! Hehe. Hope you enjoyed it straight out of the fridge too. Thanks for reporting back, as always. .

  8. Tried this for dinner last night. I loooooved it! The nutty coconutty topping gives it a real earthiness that I love. Next time I’m going to try peaches. I think that variation could be really good too. Thank you for sharing the recipe! It’s going on my weekly rotation!