Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

This Grain Free Apple Crisp comes to you with a little twist from the basic recipe. The secret ingredient in this recipe is orange juice, (an excellent tip from my mother-in-law). Notes of citrus in an apple crisp are absolutely perfect. The cinnamon and orange play off the apple, and it’s perfect with a crispy – crunchy topping!

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

The apple crisp is completely dairy-free so, it’s both Paleo and Vegan. My favorite topping of Homemade Maple Ice Cream is delicious, but not dairy free. For a great dairy free option, check out my Coconut Ice Cream.

We love apple crisp all-year-round, but it’s a great addition to holiday dinners because it’s easier than pie, but still delivers on the flavor. I also find it easier to squeeze in a bit of apple crisp after a full meal because there’s more fruit than pastry.

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mix all the ingredients for the topping together until they’re thoroughly combined. This crisp topping will be more like a dough than the usual crumbly topping.

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

For the apples, peel, core, and quarter them. Cut each quarter into 1/8 ” slices, about six slices per quarter. Layer the apples in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

Zest 1 teaspoon of orange zest and mix it into the topping. Juice the orange (it will measure between 1/3 and 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed juice) and mix it with the arrowroot, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

Pour the mixture evenly over the apples.

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

Use a spoon to drop the crisp topping over the apple as evenly as possible. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the apples are tender. I use a foil tent or a parchment tent over my crisp to keep the topping from getting too brown. I’ve noticed with grain free products that they brown much quicker.

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday!

Serve warm with your favorite ice cream.

Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday! Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist | Get Inspired Everyday! Maple ice cream is so good melting into the apple crisp and pooling at the bottom of the bowl. It’s a wonderful swirl of cinnamon apple creamy goodness!

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Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (pecan and almonds are nice too)
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, Grade A
  • Filling:
  • 3 pounds baking apples (Granny Smith), peeled, cored, and quartered
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, Grade A
  • ⅓-1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Teaspoons arrowroot
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients for the topping until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  3. For the apples, cut each quarter into ⅛" slices, about 6 slices per quarter and layer them in a 9" x 13" baking dish.
  4. Mix together the maple syrup, orange juice, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and arrowroot together in a bowl until well blended.
  5. Pour the mixture over the apples and spoon the topping evenly over the surface.
  6. Bake the crisp for 45-55 minutes until the apples are tender and the juices are bubbling. I always use a foil or parchment tent over my crisp to keep it from turning too brown during baking.
  7. Serve warm with your favorite ice cream.


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12 Comments on “Grain Free Apple Crisp with a Twist”

  1. Donna

    Looks good. Apple season will soon be behind us….could you sub in other fruits? Maybe frozen berries or frozen peaches? Would those choices be ok with the OJ and maple syrup?

    thx

    1. Kari

      You can definitely sub in other fruits, I think both berries and peaches would be good with orange and maple syrup. I’ll email you with some links to my other fruit crisp recipe as well in case they’re more what you were looking for. 🙂

  2. Jennifer

    This was super, thanks! Substituted honey for maple syrup and coconut flour for arrowroot and it worked fine. Definitely a keeper.

    1. Kari

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s always good to know when a coconut flour substitute works out, and I really like this with honey too (I think it compliments the slight orange flavor nicely).

    1. Kari

      Yes, tapioca flour/starch subs perfectly if not better than arrowroot called for, I’ve started using it almost exclusively as my new favorite thickener!

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