Apple Crisp made with coconut oil, is such a simple dairy free dessert to make. I love to add a hint of nutmeg to give a new taste to a classic dessert.

If you are looking for other apple recipes take a look at this Dutch Apple Pie or these Apple Pie Muffins.

Dairy Free Apple Crsip
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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 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple crisp, Dairy free, dessert, sweets
Servings: 6
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Linda Spatig


  • Blender or food processor
  • 8×8 in baking pan


Base Layer

  • 3 medium sized apples chopped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 TBSP brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp flour or use blended oatmeal/oat flour to make gluten free

Crumble Topping

  • 2 cups blended oatmeal use certified gluten free oats to ensure its gluten free
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats*
  • 7 TBSP melted coconut oil or plant butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Wash and chop the apples into small pieces. Add in the cinnamon, brown sugar and flour into the chopped apples and mix. Spread the apples across the bottom of a square, 8×8 inch pan.
  • Blend 2 cups of oatmeal in a blender or food processor.
    Mix together the blended oats, 1/4 cup rolled oats, melted 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. and the topping should look nicely browned.
  • Serve with dairy free ice cream or some coconut whip cream.


*I like to add the 1/4 cup of rolled oats to the mix to add a bit more texture. You can blend all the oats and it will result in a more uniform crumble topping. 
Blending the oats is not necessary but it makes for an amazing crumble topping.

How to make Apple Crisp With Coconut Oil

Step 1: 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 3 medium sized apples. You can use large apples just be aware that your pan may overflow.

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 syrup before baking.

Dairy Free Apple Crisp

Step 2: Mix the Topping

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.

Dairy Free Apple Crisp with coconut oil

Add in the melted coconut oil and stir until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 3: Spread Apples & Topping into pan

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. 

Dairy free apple crisp with coconut oil

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

Step 4: Bake

Bake the crisp at 350F, 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

How Do I make Apple Crisp gluten free?

My 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.

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.

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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.

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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