This healthy vegan apple crisp is a delicious winner! It's gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free, and made with no refined sugar.
This recipe makes four generous-sized dessert portions or six smaller portions.
What you need to make this healthy apple crisp
- Simple Homemade Date Syrup
- Rolled oats (use gluten-free, if gluten-sensitive)
- Walnuts (or pecans)
- Cinnamon, ground
- Nutmeg, ground
- Ginger, ground
- Arrowroot powder (or tapioca starch)
Any apple will do with this recipe. You can also substitute with pears. The unsweetened apple sauce with the Simple Homemade Date Syrup acts as the binder and sweetener for the oat crumble topping. The walnuts provide a nice crunch and add some heart-healthy omega-3 ALAs. The arrowroot powder (or tapioca starch) helps to thicken the yummy sauce that coats the apples.
How to make this dessert
Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).
Prepare the apples
Chop apples into ½- to 1-inch (1.3 to 1.5 cm) chunks or slices. Place them into a 1.25 quart (or 1.1 liter) casserole dish. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, make a slurry by combining the arrowroot powder with cold water. Then add ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ½ of the ground cinnamon, and ½ of the Simple Homemade Date Syrup and give it a good stir.
Pour the slurry over the apples in the casserole dish.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the apples in the casserole dish.
Make the oat crumble topping
Add the ground rolled oats with the intact rolled oats to the same mixing bowl. Add the chopped walnuts, unsweetened apple sauce, ½ of the cinnamon, and ½ of the Simple Homemade Date Syrup. Stir well to combine.
Dollup and spread the oat crumble over the apples in the casserole dish.
Bake uncovered at 350 F (175 C) for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and let it set for 10 minutes before serving.
Enjoy this delicious, healthy apple crisp with a scoop of Banana Nice Cream.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ingredients in this apple crisp are made with whole plant foods. Many recipes strip the beneficial nutrients and add ingredients that are high in saturated fat, like butter. This recipe also leaves the skin of the apple on since that's where much of the nutrients are. According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, removing the skin of the apple removes fiber and most of the beneficial flavonoids.
This healthy apple crisp stores well in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to four days. You can also freeze this dessert in a freezer-safe container for up to four months.
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