Updated July 2019
This Paleo Apple Crisp recipe turns a classic favorite apple dessert into a healthier low-carb, grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, etc. treat. You don’t have to feel deprived when you have yummy recipes like this!
Low-carb apple crisp has all the goodness of an apple pie without the hassle of a pie crust.
My favorite Apple Crisp recipe has been in my family for years, but it’s not grain-free, because, like most crisp recipes, it contains oats which are not grain-free. I spent some time tweaking the original recipe into a Paleo low carb apple crisp.
Whole30 Apple Crisp
The result is this delicious healthy apple crisp recipe. Let me tell you a little more. It’s:
- grain-free and gluten-free
- vegan and dairy-free
- Paleo (yes, apples are Paleo) and Whole30
- refined sugar-free (and includes a no-added-sugar option if you’re completely avoiding sugar)
- filled with a delicious apple filling
I’ve made updates to the recipe (July 2019) because some readers have commented that it’s not sweet enough. I created this recipe with the intention of avoiding sugar completely and even using green apples for as low of sugar content as possible. Essentially a sugar-free apple crisp, but minus the yucky artificial sugar sweeteners.
But since many of you aren’t avoiding sugar THAT much (and I get it- I’m no longer that strict either), I heard you, and I’ve tweaked the recipe so you can enjoy this low-carb apple crisp recipe too!
Related: If you want a more traditional apple crisp complete with an oatmeal topping, check out my regular old fashioned homemade Apple Crisp recipe.
This Paleo apple crisp recipe is just as easy to make as the classic version – and it’s healthier due to the fewer calories and far less sugar. It also has more substance to it. Instead of regular flour, it uses almond flour – a much more filling, nutrient-packed option.
Low Carb Apple Crisp Ingredients:
There are actually two separate healthy apple crisp recipes in this post. You can print one or both out if you scroll down to the bottom of this post.
Recipe #1 is for the regular Paleo Apple Crisp. It is gently sweetened with non-refined sugar (coconut sugar, erythritol, &/or maple syrup.)
The ingredients are: apples, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond flour, natural sweetener (coconut sugar, erythritol or maple syrup), stevia, coconut oil, coconut flakes or shredded coconut, and pecans (or your favorite chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts).
Recipe #2 is for a Sugar-Free Paleo Apple Crisp. If you’re serious about avoiding sugar and sweeteners in your diet, this one is for you. This one contains no sugar, including no natural sweeteners. You can even use Granny Smith apples for a lower-sugar apple. This version is not as juicy as most other apple crisps (it’s difficult to get a very juicy granny smith), but it’s truly a guilt-free paleo dessert.
If you prefer a juicier apple crisp (and who doesn’t), you can use your favorite Cortland, Macintosh, Gala, Pink Lady, Fiji, or whatever apples you prefer for baking.
Can I use oats in this healthy apple crisp?
One common question I’ve been asked about this recipe is “can I use oats?” The answer is: it depends on your dietary preferences.
If you are following the Paleo diet, which is grain-free, then you should not use oats because oats are grains.
However, if you’re NOT Paleo or you are and are willing to “cheat” because oat-covered apple crisp is just so good, I recommend you check out my Gluten-Free Apple Crisp recipe here that DOES use oats.
Is this paleo apple crisp crunchy?
No, it’s not. If you use enough nuts, it adds more substance to it but I was not able to figure out a good way to keep the almond flour mixture crunchy. But it’s still yummy!
If you DO want the crunch and don’t have to avoid grains, my Gluten-Free Apple Crisp recipe does have a nice crunchy oat topping you might want to try.
The sugar-free apple crisp recipe served me well when I went through a sugar detox and avoided sugar for a few months.
By the way, the “secret” ingredient my family has used for years in apple crisp and pies? Vanilla extract! I’ve grown up always using vanilla in apple desserts but over the years I’ve run across many people who don’t so I do recommend it!
Paleo Apple Crisp Recipe #1
This is a healthy apple crisp recipe that’s grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, and vegan. It is lightly sweetened.
(Scroll down further if you want the sugar-free version)
Instructions for Making Paleo Apple Crisp
Step 1. Mix apples with the cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.
Chop or slice your apples into small pieces, then toss together with the cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Dump into a square baking dish.
Step 2. Mix together the almond flour, pecans (or your preferred nut), shredded coconut, coconut sugar, and softened coconut oil.
Step 3. Spoon the pecan coconut mixture over the chopped apples.
Step 4. Bake for about 25 minutes, covered. Then uncover and bake for 15-20 minutes longer until the mixture is starting to bubble.
Remove from the oven.
Serve your delicious guilt-free paleo apple crisp with fresh whipped cream if you want (not dairy-free.)
This healthy delicious Paleo apple crisp recipe is naturally sweetened and perfect for the low-carb, grain-free, whole30 diet.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Core, peel, and thinly slice the apples. Toss the apples with 1/3 cup coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Dump into an 8×8″ baking dish.
Mix the almond flour, chopped pecans (you can substitute other chopped nuts if you prefer, such as walnuts or almonds), 1/3 cup coconut sugar, and the coconut oil. Softened coconut oil will work the best, but you can use melted if you can’t get it softened. This almond flour mixture will clump together.
Spoon on top of the sliced apple mixture – spread it about as you can, it doesn’t have to cover the apples perfectly. Optional: drizzle 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey over the almond pecan mixture.
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Sugar-Free Paleo Apple Crisp
This version is not sweetened at all.
This is a healthy apple crisp recipe that’s grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, vegan, and sugar-free.
- 4 apples (use Granny Smith if desired)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp + 1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
- 2 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided (I use Saigon cinnamon)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup almond flour – I use this
- 2–4 Tbsp swerve or erythritol, optional
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Core, peel, and thinly slice the apples. Toss the apples with the lemon juice, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dump into an 8×8″ baking dish.
Melt the coconut oil, then mix in the almond flour, swerve or erythritol if desired, pecans, shredded coconut, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples, then sprinkle the remaining 1 tsp vanilla extract over everything.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes covered, then another 10-20 uncovered. The apples should be somewhat soft and bubbling when it’s finished.
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Whichever version of this Paleo Apple Crisp you prefer, I hope you love it as much as we do! Enjoy!