Grain-Free Apple Crisp

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December 17, 2015

We discovered the easiest dessert to bake, by far. This recipe for apple crisp quite forgiving, and you can make many substitutions. It evolves with the seasons and you can use whichever fruits and nuts strike your fancy. We chose to keep this one free of grains and refined sugar.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • 15 mins

    35 mins

    50 mins

  • Yields: 6-8 Servings


For the apple layer:

10-12 medium organic apples

1 tbsp arrowroot or tapioca powder

1/2 cup maple syrup (dark amber)

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (can substitute with 1 tbsp plain cinnamon + 1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and allspice)

For the crisp topping:

1/2 cup clarified butter

1 cup almond flour

1 cup medium-sized coconut flakes

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch unrefined sea salt

1 tbsp maple syrup (dark amber)


1Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9×13 inch baking dish (glass works well).

2Prepare the apple layer: Wash, core, peel, and chop your apples. You’ll want the apple pieces to be each about a half inch and an eighth inch in thickness. Put chopped apples in a mixing bowl, and add the maple syrup, starch, orange juice, lemon juice, spices, and vanilla extract. Mix well to incorporate the ingredients, then place to the side while you prepare the topping.

3Prepare the topping: In a separate mixing bowl, add the almond flour, chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, and coconut flakes. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and a pinch of salt, as well as the tablespoon of maple syrup, and mix well. Melt the clarified butter separately and add to the bowl with the nuts. Mix well to incorporate.

4Assemble the dessert and bake: Spread the apple mix evenly on the baking dish. Add the “crisp” topping evenly spreading it to cover the apples. Place in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes till apples are bubbling and the topping is nicely browned.

5Serve your apple crisp: Remove promptly and wait for about 10 minutes to eat warm. It’s also incredibly delicious cold with a glass of milk or café latte. This seasonal dessert is very satisfying on its own, but everything can be made better with vanilla ice cream or coconut ice cream. It also works well as a breakfast when served with creme fraiche or farm yogurt.


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