Dairy-Free Vegan Apple Crisp

Apple crisp with ice cream
Try vegan ice cream with this recipe. Gareth Morgans/Getty Images
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 15 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
298 Calories
9g Fat
56g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 15
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 1g
Calcium 54mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This vegan apple crisp is a favorite for casual family dinners as well as the holidays because it is not only dairy-free and egg-free, but it's also super easy to prepare. No matter the dietary restrictions, everyone can enjoy this comforting dessert of cinnamon-spiced apples crowned with a crispy oat and nut topping. And it's delicious served hot, room temperature, or cold, so you can make this apple crisp ahead of time. Although perfect as is, feel free to top with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream or vegan whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • For the Filling:
  • 10 cups peeled and chopped apples (about 5 large apples)
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • For the Topping:
  • 2 cups quick oats (also known as 1-minute oats)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free soy margarine (melted)
  • Garnish: vegan ice cream or whipped cream

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this apple crisp dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.

Make the Filling

  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss the apple pieces with the sugar, ​cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and lemon juice until evenly coated.

  2. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Make the Topping

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugars, chopped pecans, baking powder, and baking soda until well-combined. Add the melted soy margarine, mixing until the mixture is consistent.

  2. Using your hands, crumble the topping over the apple mixture.

Bake the Apple Crisp

  1. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold, with dairy-free vanilla ice cream or vegan whipped cream, if desired.

  2. Enjoy.

Tip

For a quicker preparation, you can leave the skins on the apples, but this recipe truly benefits from peeling them first.

5 Ways to Cook and Serve

  • In muffin tins: Cooking this vegan apple crisp in muffin tins will cut down the cooking time and create perfectly portioned desserts. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  • In ramekins: This recipe should make enough to fill 6 to 8 standard-sized ramekins. Bake for about 30 minutes.
  • In coffee mugs: Once baked, serve the apple crisp in coffee or latte mugs for a cozy, individual presentation.
  • In martini glasses: Fill glasses with the apple crisp and top with a dollop of vegan whipped cream.
  • In parfaits: Take your apple crisp to another level by serving it in layers with vanilla ice cream in a parfait-style dessert. This method can also help you stretch the apple crisp mixture and incorporate other add-ins.