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Monday, June 22, 2020

No Peel Summer Apple Crisp Recipe

Love homemade apple pie but hate all the work to make a pie? Check out an easy way to enjoy the taste of apple pie without all the work. Made with sweet apples and a delicious crumb topping.

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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 a while 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 then 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 with plenty of crunchy crumble

 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.

No Peel Apple Crisp is 

+ Easy to make
+ Can be made dairy-free
+ Perfect for fall 
+ Can be made dairy-free
+ A healthier dessert
+ Can be made gluten-free
+ Full of fiber
+ A delicious way to enjoy fruit
+ Sweet

Slicing the apples

  Slicing the apples for this apple crisp is simple. I like to slice my apples into 8 slices per apple. Once the apples are sliced, make sure to remove the seeds. You can make your apple slices smaller if you prefer.

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 than by 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 was happy to get new kitchen utensils for a present.

Ingredients needed for Apple Crisp

~ Fresh apples ~ about 7 medium apples
~ Lemon juice
~ Sugar
~ Cinnamon
~ Vanilla extract
~ Flour
~ Oatmeal
~ Brown sugar
~ Salt
~ Butter

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 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 apples, 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 closest 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 your 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 whipped cream.

+ To make this dessert gluten-free use a gluten-free flour like almond meal or cassava flour

Use other fruits ~ This crisp can be made with other fresh fruit slices for a different taste.
+ Pears
+ Peaches
+ Plums

If you like this apple recipe you will enjoy these recipes

Simple Dairy-Free Apple Pie Cookies 

 Strawberry Shortcake With Balsamic Glazed Strawberries

Simple Blueberry Pear Crisp

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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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Jamie said...

Yum, that looks amazing!! Pinning this one to try for sure in the Fall. :)

Brianne said...

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

Marie Shendrik said...

Sounds easy and tasty! I must try it :)

AiringMyLaundry said...

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

Janis Brett Elspas said...

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.

Kathleen said...

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!

Celebrate Woman said...

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!

Jessi Joachim said...

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

The Super Mom Life said...

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

Fatima D Torres said...

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

Erin said...

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

Lisa said...

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

Toni said...

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

Monica said...

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

Lyanna Soria said...

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

Unknown said...

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

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Jhangi said...

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...

Alvern at Success Unscrambled said...

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.

Romy Schorr said...

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

Enriqueta E. Lemoine said...

This looks sooo good! Cant wait to try this later

Swagata Sen @RightsofEquality said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Monica Simpson said...

Looks delicious! I should've made this with all the apples we picked at our local orchard. We ate them all so fast I didn't bake anything with them.

Kathy said...

This looks so good. I love a good apple crisp. I'll have to give yours a try. Apple crisp is such a favorite of mine.

Richelle Milar said...

Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! Can’t wait to try this awesome recipe!

Tammy said...

Out of all the Crisps I've ate, Apple Crisp is my favorite. I just love the flavor the apples give. Great recipe.

Beautiful Touches said...

This looks delicious, my DiL loves to make lots of apple crisps and crumbles. I should share this recipe with her!

Heather said...

This looks delicious and it is no peel so its a total win on saving time in the kitchen!

Marysa said...

Peeling apples is such a chore, and it is nice to have a no-peel option for sure! We just went to the apple orchard, so we have a lot of apples. I'll have to try your recipe.

Christy G said...

Yum, This looks delicious. I love that you don't have to peel the apples.

Abida said...

Such an amazing recipe made with apple. Would love to try it out.

Marie Gizelle said...

We've been allergic to apples, we can only eat bakes ones....thanks for the recipe! Looks really yummy!

Monidipa said...

This no-peel apple crisp recipe is a total win! Super easy and delicious way to enjoy summer's bounty. Loved the hassle-free prep and the crispy, fruity goodness. A must-try treat! 🍏🌞

Kathy said...

This looks so good. I love apple crisp. I like that you did a no peel recipe. This one I will have to try out.

NPC said...

Mmm, I love anything made with apples. I will have to try this one!

Lady In Read said...

i know we will love this in our home (maybe with some ice cream..)

Beautiful Touches said...

This no-peel summer apple crisp recipe looks simple and delicious, I'll have to give this method a try the next time I'm baking apple treats!

Anonymous said...

This recipe smells like Fall. And Fall is right around the corner. Can't wait! -LYNNDEE

Anonymous said...

This is hands down my absolute favorite dessert.... apple crisp with vanilla ice cream! This looks delicious and I am saving the recipe!

Gust si Aroma said...

I love apple crisp so this summer dessert is on my baking list for next week!

Zab Zaria said...

Because of the step-by-step directions, it would be so easy to cook! Thank you so much for sharing!

Richelle Milar said...

My family are going to love this for sure! It looks absolutely delicious and tasty

Christy G said...

This looks so good. It’s perfect dessert for fall too. I’m ready for fall.

Cass said...

I regularly make this for the fire department and it is always a hit. I double the recipe but triple the cinnamon.

Anonymous said...

I made this and it was just as good as the kind with peeled apples
Just delish!!

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