Dairy Free Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is on the top of the list when it comes to easy desserts. In this recipe for dairy free apple crisp, I use blended oats to make the crumble topping. It has a lovely texture and taste and is easily made gluten free by using gluten free oats or oat flour. I like to top it with dairy free ice cream or some coconut whip cream for a fancy dessert. For another apple recipe with crumble topping try this Dutch Apple Pie.

Dairy Free Apple Crsip
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5 from 8 votes

Dairy Free Apple Crisp

For a quick and easy dessert you will want to try this dairy free apple crisp. It's a classic recipe with a slight twist.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple crisp, Dairy free, dessert, sweets
Servings: 6
Author: Linda Spatig


  • Blender or food processor
  • 8x8 in baking pan


Base Layer

  • 2 medium sized apples chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of flour or blended oatmeal to make gluten free

Crumble Topping

  • 2 cups blended oatmeal use gluten free oats to make gluten free
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or plant butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg You want just enough to give the topping a slight taste of nutmeg


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Base Layer
  • Chop the apples into small pieces. Add the cinnamon, brown sugar and flour to the chopped apples. Spread the apples across the bottom of a square, 8x8 inch pan.
  • Crumble Topping
  • Measure out 1 ½ cups of oatmeal and blend well in a blender or food processor. You can also use whole oats instead of blending them but the topping won’t be as crumby. Melt your ⅓ cup of coconut oil. Mix together the oats, coconut oil, brown sugar, salt and nutmeg. Sprinkle evenly across the apples.
  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. The juices around the apples should be bubbling.
  • Serve with dairy free ice cream or some coconut whip cream.

How to make Dairy Free Apple Crisp

Chopped Apples

How to prep the apples

The first thing I like to do is prepare the apples. I chop the apples into fairly small pieces. This recipe takes about 2 medium sized apples. You can use large apples but beware that the pan will be close to the top when you are done.

Mix the sugar, cinnamon, flour (make sure to use gluten free flour if needed) and apples together and set them aside. It allows the flavors a few minutes to blend and create a nice sauce before baking.

Dry Indredients

How Do I make dairy free apple crisp gluten free?

This recipe calls for blended rolled oats which makes it gluten free. You don’t have to blend them if you prefer the texture of oats. I find that the topping comes together and forms a nice crumble topping when you blend the oats first. In order to make this recipe gluten free you need to make sure and use certified gluten free oats or oat flour. Using oats instead of flour gives the crisp a slightly different flavor, so if you like oats than this is the recipe for you! 

Mix together the brown sugar, blended oatmeal, brown sugar, salt, and nutmeg. If you have never added nutmeg to your crumble topping then prepare for treat! It gives the topping slight flavor and makes it distinct from a traditional apple crisp recipe.

Crumble Topping

Crumble topping with coconut oil

Melt your coconut oil or plant butter and add it into your dry ingredients. For plant butter, Country Crock is a good option. The coconut oil gives the crumble a slightly sweeter taste than using plant butter or regular butter. I love it but my husband prefers the flavor of regular butter. Try it out and see what you prefer. They are all great options for a dairy free apple crisp.

bake, butter, flour

Can I Use Butter if I have Lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivities?

If you are lactose intolerant or have dairy sensitivities, it is possible that your stomach could handle regular butter. Butter contains less of the proteins that cause intolerance and sensitivity. The way it is made removes a lot of the lactose. I know some people with dairy sensitivities or intolerances can handle butter in baked goods without any problems. Only you know what works for your body. If you are unsure make sure to go dairy free or consult a health expert. I know for myself my body can handle some butter without any reaction. Milk or cream however cause my stomach to be upset.

Chopped Apples

Spread the apples evenly across the bottom of an 8×8 cake pan. I like using a clear glass pan. This allows me to see when the apples start to bubble during the baking process. 


Spread the crumb topping evenly across the top of the apples. Make sure to leave it loose and don’t pack down. If you want to make it more even just gently move it with your hand or shake the pan. It is now ready to bake!

Crumble Topping

Dairy Free Apple Crisp

Bake at 350 until the apples are bubbling and the topping has medium brown color. It should be nice and crisp. Serve warm with dairy free ice cream or coconut whipped cream.  

Dairy Free Apple Crisp

Other Recipes made with coconut oil

If you are looking for some other ways to use coconut oil in your baking, you can try some of these out: Dairy Free Cinnamon Muffins or Blueberry Chia Muffins.

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15 thoughts on “Dairy Free Apple Crisp”

  1. Gabriela Herrera

    5 stars
    I am salivating just thinking about how much coconut cool whip I would put on this dessert. LOL. I love warm apples like this.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve only just started discovering Crisps. It’s always been crumbles here. We adore all apple puddings and I’m looking forward to trying this. I love all the flavours that you’ve got going on here. Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    My family loves apple crisp and my husband has become lactose intolerance, so it’s nice that this dish is dairy free. Looking forward to trying this recipe this week!

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