Low-Sugar Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp
Low-Sugar Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp is so delicious and this is a great idea for a Thanksgiving dessert if you have family members or guests who are vegan, gluten-free, or dairy free! Use Thanksgiving Recipes to find more recipes like this one!
Getting the right foods for a big holiday gathering can be quite a challenge. If you’re reading this blog, I’ve been sharing collections like 25+ Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes, Appetizers and Salads, and The BEST Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes for people who want low-carb and gluten-free options. But if you’re having a big Thanksgiving meal for an extended family, you might have family members or guests with other dietary needs or preferences.
Of course on Kalyn’s Kitchen you can use the Diet Type Index to find recipes for a certain type of diet. I hope that’s useful for people looking for recipes for the holidays. But I like to give suggestions too, and today I am recommending this amazing Low-Sugar Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp as a holiday dessert option that will work for people who are carb-conscious eaters, as well as anyone who is vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free. And this is absolutely delicious, so you can serve it to anyone and know they’ll enjoy their dessert!
Of course apple crisp can never be sugar-free, but we used Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener combined with just a tiny bit of brown sugar for the best flavor but minimal added sugar. (You can of course use your own preferred low-calorie sweetener, and feel free to skip the small amount of brown sugar and use all sweetener if you like.) When I first made this recipe (in 2009!) I used olive oil to make it vegan, but when we updated the photos we switched that for coconut oil, which gave great flavor. And to keep the crisp topping lower-carb and gluten-free, we made it with rolled oats combined with almond meal (or almond flour will work too).
I’m certainly far from being a vegan, but this Low-Sugar Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp was so good I found myself eating the leftovers for breakfast the day after we made it. And I guess that’s one good reason it’s low-in sugar; you have been warned!
Preheat oven to 400F/200C and spray a dish with oil or non-stick spray. Peel apples, toss with the sweetener, brown sugar (or more sweetener), and cinnamon, and put apples in the baking dish. (I used an apple slicer which made it easy to cut slices of apples, peel each slice, and chop!)
You can use a food processor to buzz the rolled oats if you’d like a finer crisp topping. Then put them in a bowl, add the almond meal or almond flour, sweetener, brown sugar (or more sweetener), and mix with a spoon. (Add a few chopped almonds or pecans if you’d like; we didn’t bother with that this time.) Melt the coconut oil if needed, then pour coconut oil and vanilla over the crisp ingredients and stir with a fork until it’s well combined. Spread crisp topping over the apples and bake 40-45 minutes, or until apples are cooked through and topping is lightly browned.
Serve hot or cold, but I love this when it’s hot. And if you’re serving Low-Sugar Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp for a holiday meal, some whipped cream or non-dairy topping would be wonderful.
More Low-Sugar or Flourless Dessert Recipes:
Low-Carb No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Healthy Flourless Applesauce Spice Cake ~Chelsea’s Messy Apron
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No Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Flourless, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies ` Teranerin Baking
Low-Sugar, Flourless Vegan Apple Crisp
Ingredients for apple mixture:
- 6 medium-sized apples (about 5 cups sliced apples, I used a mixture of Granny Smith and Jonathan apples)
- 1/4 cup Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (or other low-calorie sweetener of your choice)
- 1 T brown sugar (or use 1 T more sweetener if you prefer)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Ingredients for crisp topping:
- 1/2 cup + 2 T rolled oats (Be sure to choose gluten-free rolled oats if needed.)
- 6 T almond meal or almond flour
- 6 T Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (or other low-calorie sweetener of your choice)
- 1 T brown sugar (or use 1 T more sweetener if you prefer)
- 2 T melted coconut oil (or olive oil)
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Spray a baking dish with oil or non-stick spray. (I used an oval-shaped crockery dish that was 11 inches long and 8 inches wide at the widest point.)
- Peel apples, cut out cores, and cut in chunks. (I used an apple slicer, then peeled the slices and cut each one in chunks.)
- Put apple pieces in a bowl, sprinkle with Stevia (or your preferred sweetener), brown sugar (or more sweetener), and cinnamon, then stir until all the apples are well coated with the sweetener and cinnamon. Put apples in baking dish.
- If desired, use a food processor to process the rolled oats until they’re a finer grind. (This is optional.) Then put rolled oats into a bowl and mix almond meal or almond flour, sweetener, and brown sugar (or more sweetener) into the oats mixture. (If you’re adding nuts, measure 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans, then chop coarsely with chef’s knife and add to the mixture.)
- Pour the melted coconut oil and vanilla over the other crisp ingredients. Use a fork to blend the oil and vanilla into the oats mixture.
- Top apples with the crisp topping, spreading it out so the surface of apples is completely covered with the crumbly mixture.
- Bake 45-50 minutes, until the topping is slightly browned and apples are cooked through and slightly bubbling.
- Serve hot or cold, although I think it’s really best hot. This will keep in the fridge for a few days, but it probably won’t last that long.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Of course a dessert with apples can’t ever be sugar-free or low-carb. But even with the apples, rolled oats, and small amount of brown sugar used here, this is a pretty carb-conscious dessert option for something with fruit. And the use of mostly Stevia in the Raw and coconut oil (or another preferred oil) would make this version of apple crisp a pretty good choice for the South Beach Diet Phase 2 or 3. However, almond flour is a calorie-dense food, so use portion control if you’re actively trying to lose weight.
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