Grain-Free Apple Crisp Recipe

paleo apple crisp recipeThis Grain-Free Apple Crisp recipe is easy to put together and so delicious, no one will miss the grains! It’s sweet and delicious, loaded with sugary-tart apple flavor, Paleo-friendly, and dairy-free (assuming you use coconut oil instead of butter). I’ve tried this grain-free apple crisp recipe with fresh mixed berries, peaches and apricots too – it’s equally delicious. I usually swap cardamom for the cinnamon when I’m using berries, but otherwise everything is just the same.

I serve this grain-free apple crisp recipe warm for dessert, sometimes topped with whipped coconut cream or ice cream. Is also perfect at room temperature the next day, I eat it for breakfast if there’s any left!

About that topping: you can definitely substitute pecans or chopped almonds for the walnuts. I often blend walnuts and pecans for mine. You’ll want to make certain your coconut is unsweetened too – not only will that add a bunch of sugar, but it will cause the coconut to overpower the flavor. In this recipe, the coconut is really just there to add texture and body to the crumble topping. 

If grain-free, Paleo-friendly desserts are your thing, these Fresh Figs with Date Caramel, Dark Chocolate + Pistachios and Grain-Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies are fabulous.

If apple desserts are what you’re looking for, this French Apple Cake from my friend Alison should absolutely be the next thing you bake.


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Grain-Free Apple Crisp Recipe

This crisp recipe is easy, sweet, spicy, and delicious, with the sugary-tart taste of apples (or basically any fruit you like). And best of all, this apple crisp recipe is completely gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp recipe, fruit dessert recipes, gluten-free dessert, gluten-free dessert recipes, grain-free apple crisp
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 293kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 5 cups apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 4 TBSP maple syrup, divided
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 2 TBSP tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut, grated or finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Lightly grease a 9 or 10-inch deep dish pie pan or cast iron skillet.
  • In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, 1 TBSP maple syrup, vanilla, tapioca starch, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt until well mixed. Pour apple mixture into prepared pan, scraping down sides to get all the juice into the pan.
  • Add walnuts, coconut, coconut flour, butter or oil, and remaining maple syrup, cinnamon and salt into the same large mixing bowl and stir to thoroughly combine. Crumble this mixture evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until apples are bubbly and top is golden brown.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

photo credit: Katie Roletto 

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