Apple Crisp: Vegan, Gluten free, Oil free Dessert

January 6, 2014

apple crisp

Want me to tell you a little secret? I have a recipe that combines the nostalgia of your favorite warm apple crumble with the fresh, healthy ingredients that your body needs. This recipe provides you with omega-3s, soluble fiber, and my go-to superfood, chia seeds. It is naturally sweetened by dates and maple syrup rather than granulated sugar.

On top of satisfying your sweet tooth, this recipe caters to many food allergies: gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, sugar-free and vegan! It combines delightful textures and tastes: fruity, sweet, crunchy, chewy and crumbly.

This is a perfect dish to bring to a family gathering or social event when you want to guarantee a healthy option that doesn’t skimp on taste. I made this dish for my family Christmas Eve dinner because both my husband and I have specific dietary requirements. This dessert ticked all the boxes and we didn’t feel left out while the rest of my family enjoyed homemade pecan pie and coconut cake.

apple crispI adapted this recipe from Oh She Glow’s Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal. It is simple and straightforward. Oh She Glows is a fantastic baking blog that caters to vegans and those with food allergies.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is very versatile. It can be eaten the next day for breakfast with a dollop of greek yogurt. Take it straight out of the fridge as a snack to ward off an afternoon slump.

Apple Crisp-vegan, gluten free, oil free, dairy free, sugar free

Yield: 6 servings (or 4 large servings like mine!)


  • 3 large, firm cooking apples (I used a mixture of Honeycrisp and Fuji), peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, plus more for serving


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F (175 C)
  2. Wash, peel and chop the apples and place in a glass 8 x 11.5 inch (20 x 29 cm) baking dish with a splash of water
  3. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for about 3 minutes to soften apples
  4. In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients {oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, chopped dates, chia seeds and chopped walnuts}
  5. In a measuring jug, combine the wet ingredients {almond milk, vanilla and maple syrup}
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl of dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
  7. Top the apples with the crumble mixture. You can see in my photo that the topping does not completely cover the apples. If you want more topping, simply make more of the mixture!
  8. Bake uncovered for approximately 40-50 minutes. It will be ready when the topping is slightly browned and the liquid has set.
  9. Let cool for ~15 minutes. Drizzle with pure maple syrup and serve. To add a bit of glamor, serve with dairy-free vanilla ice cream, greek yogurt or whipped coconut cream.

APPLE CRISPapple crispI recommend this recipe for all of you who are making a renewed commitment to your health and well-being in the New Year. A healthy lifestyle does take dedication but it doesn’t need to include restriction or deprivation. Life is meant to be enjoyed!

Lots of love,


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3 thoughts on “Apple Crisp: Vegan, Gluten free, Oil free Dessert

  1.'Chris MacDonald

    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve made this a few times– the first time was for Thanksgiving. It’s very good!


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