Vegan Apple Crisp

This vegan apple crisp features layers of tasty, tender cinnamon-infused apples covered with a crispy topping. This is a favorite dessert recipe, especially when topped with some creamy vegan ice cream.

If you love vegan apple recipes, take a look at this deep-dish Vegan Apple Pie.

A plate holds vegan apple crisp with ice cream on sauce. Caramel sauce is being poured over the top. A blue napkin and green apple is behind it.

Apple Crisp has been around for nearly 100 years! There’s a reason for that. It’s a simple recipe, made with limited ingredients, and yet still hits all those pleasure points in the taste buds.

There’s a lot of similarities between a crisp and a cobbler, both with crispy toppings over fruit. With this vegan crumble recipe, we’re going for a crispy crumble crust over sensationally delicious apple slices.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Using a mix of apples helps blend together sweet and tart flavors
  • Arranging apple slices in layers helps you avoid large gaps in the filling, allowing it to cook more evenly
  • Adding oatmeal to the crumble topping creates a chewy but crisp topping that’s perfect for this dessert.
Several apples sit on a wooden table.

What Apples are Best for Apple Desserts?

Using a mixture of both sweet and tart apples provides the best flavor and the best texture for baked apple desserts like apple pies or apple crisps. I like combining tart Granny Smith with red or yellow delicious apples. Apples ripen up to 10 times faster at room temperature, so keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to make your dessert.

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Apples — These are my favorite apples for apple desserts.
  • Lemon juice — You can use either fresh or bottled lemon juice.
  • Brown sugar — Use dark, light, or homemade brown sugar.
  • Flour — I recommend all-purpose flour, but you can substitute gluten-free flour.
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie spice — If you don’t have any, make your own by combining 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, and ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg.
  • Salt
  • Rolled oats — This is also referred to as old-fashioned oats.
  • Vegan butter — For storebought, I recommend Earth Balance, or you can make homemade vegan butter.

How to Make Vegan Apple Crisp

  1. Prepare the apples by peeling and cutting them into slices or cubes. Learn more about selecting and preparing apples for apple desserts.
  2. Toss apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. Stir together the brown sugar, flour, spices, and salt and pour it over the apple slices. Toss to coat all the apples.
  4. Prepare the crumble topping by stirring together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir in melted butter.
  5. Lay prepared apple slices in a prepared dish.
  6. Distribute the crumble topping over the apples, spreading it equally across the top.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes, until the sides are bubbly and the top is golden brown.

Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions:

Step One: Prepare the Apple Slices

If you’re wondering how to prepare apples for an apple crisp, it’s the same process used for apple pie. See my post on choosing and cutting apples for apple pie.

To prepare the apples, simply peel, core, and slice into thin slices, keeping them consistent in size. Immediately toss apple slices with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.

Did you know you can make baked apple slices without the crumble topping? It’s a nice, light dessert.

A hand holds a bowl pouring cinnamon mixture over sliced apples in a bowl.

Next, create the apple filling mixture by combining the flour, sugar, and spices. Pour this mixture over the apples and toss to coat.

Sliced apples covered in a cinnamon sauce are in a baking dish.

Let the apples sit for awhile while you prepare the crumble topping.

Step Two: Vegan Crumble Topping

Mix together the flour, oats, sugar, spices, and salt. Then add melted vegan butter and stir that together. That’s your crumble topping. Easy peasy!

Of course, you can make apple crisp without butter by using melted coconut oil instead.

A hand holds a bowl of melted butter and is pouring it over a bowl full of a flour mixture.

Step Three: Layer Apples

It may be tempting to dump the apples in your casserole dish, but I highly recommend using your fingers to layer them. This ensures that every inch of the casserole dish has a nice, thick layer of apples. And it’s a better presentation of your apple crisp in the end.

Once the apple layers are in place, top with the crumble coating. You can use a spoon here, but fingers work quite nicely too. Make sure the topping is spread evenly across the top of the apples.

A hand distributes crumble mixture over sliced apples in a casserole dish.

Step Four: Baking

I recommend placing the casserole dish on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over the side while baking. If you’re using a larger dish, like a 9×13 baking pan, you might not need to do that, but when using a smaller dish, like a casserole dish, it can help.

Two hands hold a blue kitchen towel at both ends of a casserole dish full of an apple dessert.

Bake the apple crisp for 50 minutes. You’ll know that it’s done because it has a beautiful golden crust on top and the edges are bubbly.

A casserole dish is full of apple crisp.

When it’s done remove it from the oven and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken and for the crisp to cool off.

Storage Tips

Cover any uneaten apple crisp and store it in the fridge for up to 7 days. Apple crisp can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Serving Suggestions

Let the freshly-baked dessert sit for a few minutes before serving. It’s best served warm.

When you’re ready to serve, be sure to add a dollop of vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream and a drizzle of this easy vegan caramel over each serving.

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What Apples Work Best for Apple Crisp?

It’s best to use a mixture of apples for an apple crisp. For example, combining both granny smith apples (for their firmness and tartness) and golden delicious apples (for their tenderness and sweetness), is a great combination. You can also add Honey Crisp to this mix as well.

Marly’s Tips

Use these expert tips to make this easy vegan apple crisp perfect every time:

  • It’s easy to make a vegan gluten-free apple crisp by substituting a 1:1 gluten-free flour for all-purpose flour.
  • I don’t typically peel things (because I like the nutrients in the peel), but peeled apples in this recipe are best. Save the peels for use in a green smoothie!
  • Feel free to add up to a half cup of raisins and/or chopped walnuts to the apple mixture before adding the crumble.
Looking down on a plate full of apple crisp with ice cream on top and covered with caramel sauce.

More Apple Desserts

No doubt, this simple vegan apple crumble is incredible. And now you’re ready for even more vegan apple dessert recipes. Be sure to check these out:

A plate holds an apple dessert with ice cream on top and caramel sauce drizzled over the top. A blue towel and green apple are behind it.

I hope you love this vegan apple crisp as much as we do!

A plate holds vegan apple crisp with ice cream on sauce. Caramel sauce is being poured over the top. A blue napkin and green apple is behind it.

Vegan Apple Crisp

This simple Vegan Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious, especially when served with a dollop or two of vegan ice cream!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 346kcal


  • 6 – 7 medium apples (see note on apples)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup vegan butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 dish or 1.5-quart casserole dish with vegetable spray.
  • Peel the apples and cut them into slices. You should have approximately 8 cups of apple slices. Add slices to a mixing bowl and immediately toss with lemon juice.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, spices, and salt. Pour this over the apples and toss to coat all the apple pieces. Set aside while you prepare the crumble.

For the Crumble Topping

  • To prepare the crumble topping, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Pour melted butter and stir to combine.
  • Lay prepared apple slices in layers in your prepared dish. Use either a spoon or your fingers to distribute the crumble over the top of the apples. Distribute it equally across the top.
  • Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 50 minutes, until the sides are bubbly and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with vegan vanilla ice cream or and vegan caramel sauce.
  • Cover any uneaten apple crisp and store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Apple crisp can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Regarding Apples. I prefer to use a mixture of apples, mostly green granny smith apples for their tartness and firmness, and yellow delicious for their sweetness and tenderness. Honey crisp is another variety that can be mixed in this recipe.
Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 701IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

One Response to Vegan Apple Crisp

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly Reply

    5 stars
    This is Marly and as the author of this recipe and having taste tested it with several people, I’m pleased to let you know this is a delicious vegan apple crisp recipe!

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