The Best Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats (No Flour!)

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This Healthy Apple Crisp recipe features tender, juicy apples under a crunchy, flourless coconut sugar and oat topping. Bursting with sweet apple and cinnamon flavor, it is the perfect fuss-free fall dessert. Learn how to make healthy apple crisp with oats from scratch with this simple recipe.

Overhead view of Healthy Apple Crisp in a large white serving dish with a wooden spoon taking a spoonful out.

Why You’ll Love This Apple Crisp Recipe

Homemade apple crisp is a perfect fall-time dessert that is a traditional favorite. With a soft, slightly saucy baked apple filling covered with a crispy coconut sugar-oat topping, it is the perfect combination of tender and crunchy.

This good-for-you apple dessert contains no flour, so it is perfect for anyone that is gluten-intolerant. Just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats when making the topping, to ensure that the recipe is completely gluten-free.

As this apple crisp recipe is made using organic coconut sugar as the sweetener, it is refined sugar-free. It also contains a good dose of healthy fats from the grass-fed butter in the oat topping. It makes an easy, flourless and healthy apple dessert recipe that the whole family will love. Keep reading to learn how to make the best apple crisp ever!

Overhead view of Healthy Apple Crisp in a large white serving dish with a wooden spoon beside of the dish.

How To Make Healthy Apple Crisp

Not only is apple crisp delicious, it is one of the easiest desserts to throw together before dinner. All you do is toss some sliced apples with lemon juice and vanilla and spread them in a baking dish. Then, sprinkle the apple mixture with a coconut sugar-oat topping and pop the dish in the oven. The apple crisp will bake in the perfect amount of time to serve fresh out of the oven when you are ready for dessert.

What Apples To Use For Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is an especially popular dessert in autumn, when apple season is at its peak.  This recipe will work with just about any apple variety, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Although Granny Smith apples are generally thought of as the go-to baking apple, I personally prefer to use sweeter, less tart varieties such as Gala and Golden Delicious for the best flavor. However, if you want to learn more about how to choose the best apple for an apple crisp, check out this helpful article from Southern Living.

Tip: Be sure to check the apples for freshness, they should be nice and hard. If the apples are squishy, bruised, or discolored, you should discard them.

Close-up overhead view of Healthy Apple Crisp in a large white serving dish with a wooden spoon taking a spoonful out.

Can You Reheat Healthy Apple Crisp?

Absolutely! Warm apple crisp is the best. To reheat apple crisp, simply put a slice on a plate and place it in the microwave. Then, warm it up in 30-second increments, until it is nicely heated up to your liking.

Tip: Be careful when reheating it, as the sauce can get quite hot and may cause burns if you heat it up too much.

Close-up overhead view of a plate Gluten-Free Apple Crisp topped with whipped cream.

More Healthy Apple Recipes

Craving more nourishing apple-infused dishes? Here are some of my favorite nutritious apple recipes that I know you will love too:

If you make this Healthy Apple Crisp recipe, please let me know! Just leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I absolutely love hearing from you! ♡

The Best Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats (No Flour!)

Close-up overhead view of Healthy Apple Crisp in a large white serving dish with a wooden spoon taking a spoonful out.
This Healthy Apple Crisp recipe features tender baked apples with a crunchy oat topping. It is an easy and flourless apple dessert recipe.
Alia Kay
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 201 calories



  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, and vanilla. Spread the apple mixture evenly in a medium baking dish.
  • Combine the oats, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture with your fingers, until it forms a crumbly consistency.
  • Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the apple mixture.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm.


Nutrition Facts
The Best Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats (No Flour!)
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Keyword Apple Crisp No Flour, Apple Crisp with Oats, Healthy Apple Crisp

This post was originally published on September 19, 2017. It has been updated to reflect new information and helpful content.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love absolutely any dessert recipe using apples. This dessert looks amazing and I like how quick and easy it is to prepare especially for unexpected guests! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    This is so yummy for Fall!! I absolutely love apple crisp…perfect with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream!! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    One of my favorite fall desserts! I also love it with tangy Greek yogurt, which makes it breakfast-worthy. (:

    1. Mmmm I have had it with Greek yogurt before and it definitely adds a wicked creamy tang! And yes, any reason to have dessert for breakfast is fine by me! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Apple crisp is such a lovely fall dessert! Love this version with oatmeal! This is perfect for breakfast on a chilly morning 🙂

    1. Thanks Deepika! Yes it would be great to have for breakfast on a cool fall morning, especially the way Heather likes to have it – with Greek yogurt! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I love a good apple crisp, especially with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream and some of the pan juices drizzled over the top! Your version looks sooooo good!

    1. Hi Tracy! Thanks so much! ♡ I love apple crisp too, which is why I HAD to share my version on the blog. Mmm the way you described it with the pan juices sounds so good, I am craving it now lol. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This is perfect – we’ll be going apple picking very soon and I always end up bringing home way too many! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi Jessy! Yay! I used to go apple picking with my family, but I haven’t been in so long! I hope you get to try this recipe with your freshly picked apples! 🙂

    1. Hi Ruth! I am so glad you liked the recipe! I usually equate 1 apple to about 1 cup of chopped or sliced apples, so maybe next time use 4 cups of cored and chopped apples to get the right amount for the recipe? I hope that helps! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    So simple, but so comforting! Your apple oat crisp recipe looks so delicious. I’m with you, I prefer the sweeter apples rather than Granny Smith apples.

    1. Hi Kate! Thanks so much!! ♡ I always like to use sweeter varieties of apples for baking recipes, because they make the dish taste so good without having to add more sugar!

  8. 5 stars
    Alia – I love homemade apple crisp! I think Golden Delicious apples are one of the best baking apples for this type of dessert, too! Thanks for the easy and gluten free recipe!

    1. Hi Camila! Sorry for the late reply – I didn’t see your message until now! Oh I’m excited for you to make this recipe for your husband! Please let me know what you and him think of it when you make it! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    I added about a cup of chopped pecans to the topping. It was definitely the best gluten free crisp I’ve made so far! Love the vanilla and lemon flavors – just like an apple pie.

  10. 5 stars
    I recently tried making your healthy apple crisp with oats recipe and it quickly became a favorite in my household! This recipe is not only delicious but also simple to make and incredibly healthy. The combination of sweet apples and oats creates a perfect balance of flavors and textures. I used True Elements Rolled Oats because I love them and eat them in different ways. I loved how the oats provided a crunchy topping without the need for flour. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy a comforting dessert without all the guilt. If you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious treat, I highly recommend giving this apple crisp recipe a try!

  11. 5 stars
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