A Vegan Apple Crisp Dessert – A Crunchy and Sweet Oatmeal Topping

Full of juicy apples and topped off with loads of crispy, oatmeal topping this dessert will please all your guests – not just the vegans. This is an easy vegan Apple Crisp recipe that requires no dough for rolling out.

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What type of apples to use? I prefer using Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp or a combination of the three. Almanac has a good article you may want to browse to determine what type of apple you would like to use.

This is a simple vegan dessert recipe and requires no dough to make or roll out. The crisp is best served warm – just place a large serving spoon in the dessert and your guests can scoop out their own portions.

If your crowd is anything like mine, you have vegans and gluten-free people. This recipe may easily be made gluten-free. Just replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour.

slice of vegan apple crisp on a plate

Tips for Making the Apple Crisp Recipe

  • Macerate the apples before baking the pie so you don’t have a goopy mess. Macerating is simply tossing the fruit in sugar and allowing to rest for about an hour. This draws out some of the excess juices. Your apples will still be plenty juicy in the dessert.
  • This recipe uses vegan butter. My preference is the Miyoko’s brand as I find their products still perform like a traditional dairy butter.
vegan apple crisp recipe

Vegan Apple Crisp

A vegan apple pie with a crispy oatmeal topping.
5 from 7 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 9" Pie Pan


Macerate Apples

  • 3 lbs Apples, cored and peeled Granny Smith, Fuji or Honey Crisp
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar For macerating apples

Apple Filling

  • Macerated Apples, drained
  • 3.75 Ounces Light Brown Sugar (½ Cup)
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg

Crisp Topping

  • 4 Ounces Vegan Butter, softened and cut into ½" pieces (Miyoko's is a great brand)
  • 3 Ounces Walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 3.75 Ounces Light Brown Sugar (½ Cup)
  • 4.25 Ounces All Purpose Flour (1 Cup)
  • 2.8 Ounces Old Fashioned Oatmeal (1 Cup)
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg


Macerate Apples

  • Peel, core and slice apples into ¼" slices.
  • Sprinkle granulated sugar over the apples and toss to coat.
  • Cover bowl and set aside for one hour.

Apple Filling

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Drain macerated apples and discard juice.
  • Sprinkle cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples and toss to coat evenly.
  • Pour apples into pie tin.

Crisp Topping

  • Place vegan butter, brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Using your hands or a pastry cutter, work the dry ingredients into the butter until coarse.
  • Pour crisp topping over the apples. Lightly press with your hands.

Bake and Serve

  • Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.
  • Cool slightly before serving.
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