Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp Recipe

Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Recipe by Maritza BaezCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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One taste of this delicious dessert and you’ve won’t believe it is both gluten and refined sugar free. The addition of fresh thyme adds a subtle savory note to the otherwise sweet flavor profile of this classic recipe.

Tip: Choose firm apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady (pictured), for this recipe. These varieties will hold up well to the heat of baking without turning to mush. 


  • 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced

  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice

  • 1/3 c. real maple syrup

  • 2 T. 100% apple juice (sugar free)

  • 1 t. ground cinnamon

  • ½ t. ground allspice

  • 1½ t. fresh thyme leaves

  • ¼ t. salt

  • Topping Ingredients
  • 1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1/3 c. almond flour

  • 1/3 c. almonds, sliced

  • 1/3 c. honey, preferably local

  • 3 T. unsalted butter, melted

  • Optional (to serve):
  • Vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream


  • Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish and set aside.
  • Place apples in a large non-reactive bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice. Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme leaves, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside.
  • Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
  • Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.
  • Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve warm with some vanilla bean iced cream or freshly whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!  


  • * Use additional vegetable broth to reach desired consistency, if needed

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