Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Here is another recipe for the books! Fall has got to be one of my favorite seasons! And part of it is because of this mouth-watering Apple Crisp. The cinnamon apples and the crunchy oat streusel topping, simply adds to the warm and cozy vibes.

Easy recipes are what I strive for! And this easy apple crisp recipe definitely is a hit when it comes to quickly whipping something up in a pickle.

The cinnamon-baked apple dessert is a wonderful addition to add to a long list of family fall traditions. Especially with crispy, juicy, and freshly picked apples. And South Carolina has several orchards within driving distance to enjoy with your family.

Whether you love oats in your dessert or you don't, this apple crisp is really thicker than most, crispier than most, and it rich with butter flavor.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Flavor. I don't know about you, but I love cinnamon in most of my desserts,  especially in this delicious apple crisp.
  • Texture. The crunchy topping ingredients bring out the tender and juicy apples with the right amount of crunch!
  • Ease. This is the most easiest recipe you'll probably make! The only hard part is peeling and coring the apples lol.
  • Versatile. This same recipe can be used with other fruits you have on hand too. Besides apples, blueberries will have to be my next favorite pick.

What Kind Of Apples Are Best For This Crisp

I'll be the first to tell you that the secret lies in the apples. Too tart, and your crisp will taste sour, and too sweet, your crisp will end up being way too sweet, and juicy. And I mean the soupy kind of juicy - no one wants to have soup for dessert.

So one thing I've done with this recipe is using two different kinds of apples. Try to stick with apples that aren't soft, because they'll turn into mush.

I personally love combining granny smith apples, and fuji apples. The granny smith apples add a pit of tartness to the dessert, and the fuji apples add sweetness.

Serving And Storing

  • Serving. Serve warm on plates or bowls with vanilla ice and/or caramel sauce!
  • Storing. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. Reheat in the microwave or mini oven at 300 F for about 10-15 minutes.

What's The Difference Between Apple Crisp and Apple Crumble?

There's quite a big difference between the two actually. And quite simple too. Though they're both similar, but both are still very different. An Apple Crumble usually, if not always has a streusel topping, made out of flour, sugar, and butter. While the apple crisp contains oats and/or nuts.

Apple crumbles are thicker and cakier. It's almost like having a very big sugar cookie on top of your delicious apple filling. But despite that, the apple crisp is always crunchier. Personally, I'm a big fan of crunchy desserts. How about you?

Ingredients You'll Need

For The Fruit Filling

  • Apples. Peeled, Cored, and Thinly Sliced.
  • Coconut Sugar. Gives it a nice molassassy flavor without making it too sweet.
  • All Purpose Flour. Thickens the filling while it's in the oven.
  • Ground Cinnamon. Classic fall spice.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract. Let's not forget this secret ingredient.

For The Crisp Topping

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Gives it that amazing crispiness we love.
  • All Purpose Flour. Thickens and packs the oat topping down.
  • Brown Sugar. Be generous. And don't forget to pack it down.
  • Ground Cinnamon. Creates a warm and cozy fall flavor.
  • Unsalted Butter. Acts as a "glue" to keep the delicious topping together!
  • Vanilla Ice Cream. I had vanilla ice cream for the first time with my crisp, and now I'm wondering why I never did this before. So worth it.

Equipment You'll Need

9" Pie Dish

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Mixing Bowls


Recipe Tips

  • For a 9" pie dish, you'll need at least 5 apples. I used 3 granny smiths and 2 fuji apples.
  • Slice the apples thinly so they cook evenly and quickly.
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes after you take it out of the oven. The juices will thicken as it cools. It'll be much easier scooping it out onto a plate.
  • Serve this apple crisp with an extra punch. Check out some neat serving ideas below.


There are commonly asked questions asked about the Old Fashioned Apple Crisp. And most things are easy fixes and will make your baking experience that much more enjoyable for the holidays!

Can I Make Apple Crisp Without Old Fashioned Oats?

You absolutely can! To make this without oats, you can use the recipe from an Apple Crumble Pie. Just increase a few simple ingredients.

For this recipe, use:

  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter

Mix the ingredients like you would in this recipe. By mixing brown sugar, flour, cinnamon. Using a fork or a spatula, stir in the melted butter until the mixture resembles a thick crumbly sugar batter. Just try to not over mix, other wise it will become a big sugar paste.  

Can This Recipe Be Gluten Free?

Absolutely. Just do a quick swap with all purpose flour and old fashioned oats. Instead of All-Purpose Flour, you can use Almond Flour - 1:1 ratio. Instead of Old Fashioned Oats, get Old Fashioned Oats that are specifically GF certified.

Can This Recipe Be Vegan?

Without a doubt. This recipe is naturally egg free. But to make it completely vegan, swap Unsalted Butter for Coconut Oil or Olive Oil - or even do half and half (1/4 cup Coconut Oil and 1/4 cup Olive Oil.

Swap Coconut Sugar with Maple Syrup. 1:1 ratio. And as far as serving goes, there are plenty of awesome vegan/dairy free ice creams for you to choose from! My favorite brand is So Delicious - which can be found in just about any grocery store near you.

And I have a delicious Vegan Caramel Sauce Recipe on the blog as well!

Serving Options

I know I've already mentioned serving it with ice cream, but this is only the beginning of some of the easiest ideas! Check some out below!

  • Pair with Ice cream. Like I mentioned several times before. It's a classic way to serve any warm dessert.
  • Caramel Sauce. Check out my recipe for an easy homemade caramel sauce to top your apple crisp.
  • Whipped Cream. I know, I know - but hear me out. This is also a wonderful addition to add a creamy element to your crisp without ice cream.
  • Top With Nuts. Why not add more crunch to your topping? I recommend adding it on top before you plop it into the oven so the nuts have time to toast for an even better taste, but feel free to add them after too. Any kind of nuts work.

How To Make Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 350 F. And prepare a 9" pie dish, or an 8"x11" baking dish. Then peel, core, and slice your apples of choice.

In a large bowl, combine apples, 1/3 cup coconut sugar, 2 tbs flour, 3/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Stir until everything is combined. Dump the apple filling into your prepared baking dish.

In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup old-fashioned oats, 1 cup flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup melted butter. Stir to combine.

Crumble the topping over your apples. Bake at 350 F, for 20-25 minutes, or until it starts to bubble on the edges or the crumb is a nice golden brown. Let it cool, and serve warm!

More Apple Recipes To Try

Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
25 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
40 minutes
Serves 8-10


Fruit Filling

  • 5-6 Apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, for serving, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. And prepare a 9" pie dish, or an 8"x11" baking dish. No need to grease it.

Fruit Filling

  1. Peep, core, and slice your apples.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apples, 1/3 cup coconut sugar, 2 tbsp flour, 3/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Stir until everything is combined.
  3. Dump the apple filling into the prepared baking dish.

Crisp Topping

  1. In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 cup flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup melted butter. Stir to combine.
  2. Using your hands, crumble the mixture over the apples.
  3. Bake the apple crisp for about 20-25 minutes, or until it start to bubble on the edges or the crumb is a nice golden color.
  4. Let it cool, and serve warm with a side of vanilla ice cream if desired!

Recipe notes

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