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Monday, June 22, 2020

No Peel Summer Apple Crisp Recipe

An easy way to enjoy the taste of apple pie without all the work

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 My husband loves homemade apple pie but I don't like all the work that goes into making an apple pie. So we compromise and I make him an apple crisp. An apple crisp tastes similar to a homemade Dutch apple pie but since it is made with oatmeal and does not have the rich buttery crust, it is healthier also. I say healthier but while an apple crisp has fruit in it, it still is not a healthy dessert. Once in awhile I break all the healthy rules and make my family something sweet that is loaded with sugar, butter, and white flour. My motto is if you are following a healthy diet than occasional sweets are not going to hurt your body. If you are looking for a healthy low sugar dessert, take a look at these Non-Dairy Salted Caramels.

An explosive apple crisp

 Since it was Father's Day and we were having a BBQ for my husband, I decided to make him a dessert that he would enjoy. Plus, I owed my husband an apple crisp from a couple months back when I blew up the apple crisp in the oven. Word to the wise, don't ever add cold water to a hot Pyrex baking dish. It will explode! Thankfully the glass dish was in the oven when I added the cold water to it. The dish with the apple crisp exploded in the oven and glass pieces shattered all over my oven. The oven was ok but it was a mess to clean up. Months later, I am still finding oatmeal crumbs in the oven warming drawer.

 The best part of an apple crisp recipe is the crumb topping. This vegan dessert, (when you use vegan butter), has plenty of that delicious crunchy oatmeal crumb topping. Sp with each sweet bite you get plenty of sweet apples and crunchy topping. This sweet apple crisp can be made plant-based and dairy-free when you use plant-based butter. It is a perfect summer recipe that tastes like apple pie without all the work. In the fall when it is apple season, this apple crisp is a great way to use all the apples from apple picking. Apples are a healthy fruit that my family enjoys and it was a perfect dessert for Father's Day.

Slicing the apples with Knively knives

  For Father's Day, the boys gave their dad a set of new kitchen knives. So I had to try these sharp premium kitchen knives out. What better way to break in new knives but with slicing apples for apple crisp. Having sharp knives in the kitchen is a must if you do any kind of cooking or baking. My husband loves to cook and he happy to get new kitchen utensils for a present.

Why is it Better to Cut With a Sharp Knife?

  A sharp knife is not only easier to use but it is safer. There is nothing more dangerous for a new cook in the kitchen than cutting with a dull knife. A sharp knife blade will cut food more evenly so your apple slices will look pretty. Did you know that cutting onions with a dull knife will release more gas? When you use a sharp knife to cut onions you will cry less.

 My husband was excited to get a set of Pressure Treated, Carbon Stainless Steel knives that were going to perform well in the kitchen and last for a long time. These quality kitchen knives even came with a lifetime warranty My husband loved the way that these knives felt in his hands and thought that the feather pattern on the knife blade was cool. These were going to be his cooking knives for his hands only. My husband loved that the set of knives from Knively came with knife storage sleeves to protect the knives so he could store the sharp knives in the utensil drawer.

To peel or not to peel the apples

 The magic of this easy apple crisp is that you don't need to peel the apple. Peeling apples is a lot of work and the apple peels are loaded with fiber. Trust me the peels soften up while cooking so they don't affect the taste of the apple crisp. If you don't like the apple peels, then you can peel the apples for this apple crisp recipe.

What kind of apples should I use for apple crisp?

 You want to select a crisp variety of apples for an apple crisp recipe as it will not turn mushy. So a soft variety of apple, like red delicious will not work for apple crisp. My favorite apples that I like cooking with are Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and Pink Lady apples. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Braeburn are also apples that taste great in a baked apple dish. For this recipe, you are going to want to buy about 7 medium apples as that will yield about 5 cups of sliced apples. Buy a couple more apples, just in case. You can always snack on the extra apples later. Apples are great healthy snack ideas for kids. My boys love apple slices with peanut butter or in apple nachos.

How to keep the apple slices from turning brown

  Apple slices can quickly turn brown when sliced. So my baking tip is to toss the apple slices in lemon juice to keep them from browning. I just have a bowl with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice next to my cutting board and I toss the slices of apples into the bowl as I slice each apple, making sure to stir them up. Other juices will work too and I have used apple juice and fruit juice to keep my apples from turning brown. It is the vitamin C in the juice that prevents the apples from turning brown.

Can I make this apple crisp dairy-free?

 Since I have a dairy allergy, all my baking is dairy-free. I simply replace the butter in the recipe with a non-dairy vegan butter substitute. This does not affect the sweet delicious taste of the apple crisp. You can also make this apple crisp low sugar by swapping out the sugar in the recipe with a low-calorie sweetener. I like to use a monk fruit type of sweetener for baking as it has the closes taste to real sugar. My favorite sweetener to use is Lakanto as they have a golden sweetener that is similar to brown sugar.

More tips

+ To make slicing the apples easier, you can use a hand-held apple slicer. An apple slicer will also take out the core of the apple, so that is one less baking step.

+ If you crumb topping is browning too quickly but the apples need more time to cook, cover the baking dish with foil. This will prevent your crumb topping from burning.

+ If you like nuts, you can add chopped pecans, walnuts, or even peanuts to the apple crisp.

+ This dessert can be served warm from the oven or you can cool it down. If you are like me and don't like cooked fruit, you can chill this in the fridge and serve it cold.

+ For an even more delicious dessert, serve this baked apple crisp with vanilla ice cream or whip cream.

If you like this apple recipe you will enjoy these recipes

Simple Dairy Free Apple Pie Cookies 

 Strawberry Shortcake With Balsamic Glazed Strawberries

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No Peel Apple Crisp

No Peel Apple Crisp

Yield: 8
This delicious apple crisp is so easy to make as you don't have to peel the apples.


  • Filling:
  • 5 cups fresh apples, sliced- about 7 medium apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup  white flour
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a deep-dish pie plate or large baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Slice each apple into 8 slices and remove the seeds. Toss the apple slices in the lemon juice.
  3. To the apple slices add the sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix well until all of the apples are evenly coated. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  4. In a separate medium-size bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir until well coated and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes until fruit is soft and the topping is golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm or cold.
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  1. Yum, that looks amazing!! Pinning this one to try for sure in the Fall. :)

  2. That sounds so good! I love that you left the peel on. It's easier, faster, and the peel is really good for you.

  3. Sounds easy and tasty! I must try it :)

  4. Yum! I just love apple desserts. This one looks incredible. I'll be trying it soon!

  5. This looks so delicious, I love fresh apple recipes. And all the better when you don't peel the skins for maximum nutrition, color and extra flavor.

  6. Thank you I have been looking for an apple crisp recipe and all the ones I found had weird ingredients in it. I just wanted a basic, easy one like this. I have to bake dairy free too for my daughter so I need to get more vegan margarine before I can make this. I did know sharp knives are safer but I didn't know that they made onions release more gas. Onions don't make me cry anymore but when my daughter cuts them for me she has a hard time. I need to buy better knives!

  7. Tara,
    I like how you use wholesome apples, without pealing them to the meat!
    So many more vitamins are served with every slice of this crisp!

  8. Oh this Apple Crisp looks so delicious! I am a sucker for a simple recipe, so I will have to try this out!

  9. Apple crisp is one of my all time favorite desserts. I can't wait to try this recipe!

  10. These are lovely set of knives. I like the design on them.

  11. I love apple crisp, one of my favorite desserts! Will have to make me some of this soon!

  12. This is a great apple crisp for summer. I like its simplicity too, i’ll give it a try.

  13. That looks really ahh-mazing! Can't wait to give it a try!

  14. I just bought a ton of peaches. I would love to try this recipe with them. I love fruit crisps and vanilla ice cream!

  15. That apple crisp looks absolutely delicious! I'd love to try making this someday.

  16. wow i love anything with apples. gotta try this recipe!

    cute & little

  17. Wow this recipe is much unique and new for me...well it looks so delicious and tasty..and even it sounds much easy to make..gonna surely check this out and am sure will love this...Great work...Loved this...

  18. As someone with many years of experience cooking I can tell you that the quality of your knives are just as important as the food you are cooking. Your apple crisp looks yummy.

  19. I love a good apple crisp, but no peel is game changing! These knives are absolutely gorgeous

  20. This looks sooo good! Cant wait to try this later

  21. I love apple pie too but had no idea about this recipe of apple crisp. Looks really delicious. Im gonna try it soon.

  22. I love this. I have a no peel apple recipe too! It’s so simple and easy to make, it’ll take you less than 10 minutes to prepare the whole dish.https://gloryspy.com


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