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This healthier 5 Ingredient Apple Crisp Recipe is gluten-free and refined sugar-free has a little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty, and a whole lot of goodness. Made with fresh pink lady and granny smith apples, rolled oats, homemade oat flour, cinnamon, and a bit of maple syrup for sweetness.
I don’t eat very much dessert, but I sure do love this apple crisp. I used maple syrup to sweeten this crisp. You can always add more per taste preference, but I really like it the way it is because baking the apples brings out their natural sweetness, so it really doesn’t need very much added sweetener.
In addition to its incredible flavor, I also love this apple crisp recipe because it is:
- Easy: Only 5 simple ingredients that are readily available to anyone and everyone.
- Healthier: You know exactly what’s in this dessert. No hidden ingredients, and no excessive sugar.
- Versatile: Crisps are so customizable. You could add pears, berries, you name it.
- Freezer friendly: It even freezes well! I just freeze mine in reusable glass containers.
- Enjoyed by everyone! It’s a dessert the whole family will enjoy!
WHAT WILL YOU NEED FOR THIS 5 INGREDIENT APPLE CRISP?
- Fresh Apples: I used about 6 medium granny smith and pink lady apples.
- Pasture-Raised Butter: Always opt for pasture-raised butter. You could try using ghee, but I haven’t tested that.
- Pure Maple Syrup: The maple syrup goes so well with the apples and oats! Always make sure you find 100% pure maple syrup.
- Ground Cinnamon: Simply Organic Cinnamon is great, but feel free to use any type of cinnamon you have.
- Rolled Oats: I used old-fashioned rolled oats, but you could use regular rolled oats. Not a big deal in this recipe!
NEED GROCERY DELIVERY?
HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLES
WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BUY ORGANIC APPLES
Apples have been on the Dirty Dozen list for many years in a row now due to a high amount of pesticides on them. It’s super important to buy certified USDA organic apples. Local is always better too!
HOW LONG TO KEEP LEFTOVERS?
Keep the leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days or in the freezer for weeks in an airtight container like these reusable glass containers.
CLEAN EATING FRIENDLY
This dessert recipe is clean eating friendly.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE OAT FLOUR
It is so very simple to make homemade oat flour using rolled oats, as long as you have some sort of a blender or food processor. Much cheaper, too!
All you have to do is throw the oats into a blender and blend until it turns into flour. It’s usually about a 1:1 ratio of oats to oat flour. So if you need 1 1/2 cups of oat flour, blend about 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats.
You should always try to opt for organic oats as well, since grains tend to be heavily sprayed with chemicals, unfortunately. Here are the gluten-free rolled oats that I buy!
MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE:
- Chef’s Knife: This Victorinox Pro Chef’s Knife is THE BEST and sharpest Chef’s Knife under $50 I have found. I love mine and use it every single day.
- Cutting Board: A Bamboo Cutting Board is a great kitchen tool for every single meal!
- Non-Toxic Skillet: My favorite, and the best safe and non-toxic cast-iron skillet. It’ll last a lifetime.
- Glass Containers: If you have leftovers or decide to meal prep this recipe, always opt for reusable glass containers.
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This 5 ingredient gluten-free and refined sugar-free apple crisp has a little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty, and a whole lot of goodness.
- 1 cup (100 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups (150 grams) homemade oat flour (see notes)
- 1/2 teaspoon + 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, separated
- 6 tablespoons pasture-raised salted butter, separated
- 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup, separated
- 6 medium apples (I like pink lady & granny smith)
MAKE THE CRUMBLE
- In a medium bowl combine 1 cup (100 grams) rolled oats, 1 1/4 cups (125 grams) oat flour, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Mix well.
- Grate 3 tablespoons of butter or cut into small cubes. Then, use fingers to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is distributed and the mixture is crumbly. Then, gently mix in 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. Set aside in the refrigerator.
MAKE THE FILLING
- Chop 6 apples into bite-sized cubes. Peel if desired. Set aside.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large bowl. Add in the remaining 1/4 cup (25 grams) oat flour, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, and a pinch of sea salt. Whisk together, then add in the chopped apples and toss, coating the apples.
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
- Pour the coated apples into the prepared baking dish, then remove the crumble mixture from the refrigerator and sprinkle evenly over the apples.
- Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until the apples are soft and the crumble is lightly golden. Watch closely during the last 10 minutes, so the crumble doesn’t burn. Enjoy while hot and serve with a scoop of your favorite ice cream if desired.
MAKE THE OAT FLOUR: Add 1 1/2 cups (150 grams) of old-fashioned rolled oats to a blender or food processor. Process until it resembles flour.
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Eating clean? Always try to go with certified USDA organic ingredients to avoid toxic pesticides like glyphosate.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 410
- Sugar: 31g
- Sodium: 302mg
- Fat: 14.5g
- Carbohydrates: 67g
- Fiber: 8.5g
- Protein: 6g
Keywords: dessert, apple, gluten-free, sugar-free