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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. It’s 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 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 much added sweetener.
In additional 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?
- Apples: I used about 6 medium granny smith and pink lady apples.
- Grass-fed Butter: Always opt for grass-fed butter! You could try using ghee, but I haven’t tried that yet.
- Maple Syrup: The maple syrup goes so well with the apples and oats! Always make sure you find 100% pure maple syrup.
- Cinnamon: I love to use ceylon cinnamon, 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!
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 TO MAKE HOMEMADE OAT FLOUR
It’s so simple to make homemade oat flour using rolled oats, as long as you have some sort of a blender or food processor. It’s 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 cup oat flour, blend about 1 cup 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’s the gluten-free rolled oats that I buy!
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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.
FOR THE OAT FLOUR
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
FOR THE CRUMBLE
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon himalayan pink salt or sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, slightly softened
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
FOR THE FILLING
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a small baking dish (like this 7 x 11 dish) with butter or ghee.
MAKE THE OAT FLOUR
Add 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats to a blender or food processor. Process until it resembles flour. Set aside.
MAKE THE CRUMBLE
- In a medium bowl, combine oat flour (all but 4 tablespoons), rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Cut 3 tablespoons of butter into small cubes. Then, use fingers to cut butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is distributed and the mixture is crumbly. Once the mixture is crumbly, gently mix in 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. Set aside mixture in the refrigerator.
MAKE THE FILLING
- Peel and chop apples into bite-sized cubes, then add the apples into the prepared baking dish.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter. In a large bowl, add in the melted butter, 4 tablespoons of reserved oat flour, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the remaining 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. Mix well, then pour the mixture over the apples and toss, coating all of the apples.
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
- Remove the crumble mixture from the refrigerator and sprinkle evenly on top of the apple mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until the crumble is lightly golden. Enjoy right away and serve with a scoop of your favorite ice cream if desired.
Always try to opt for certified USDA organic ingredients to avoid toxic pesticides.
Keywords: dessert, apple, gluten-free, sugar-free