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Easy Apple Crisp Without Oats

Apple Crisp Without Oats, with a streusel topping that’s easy and quick to prepare and full of flavors from brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s perfect for a weeknight family dinner or a fancy dinner party.

A serving of easy apple crisp without oats in a dessert bowl.

I will tell you a secret: I love oatmeal for breakfast. But. I detest oats in any type of dessert or pretty much anywhere that is not oatmeal for breakfast.

So when making a fruit crisp I like to top it with a streusel topping without oats. Sometimes toasted nuts can be part of the streusel depending on who is going to eat it, but usually I opt for no nuts and no oats.

This Apple Crisp Without Oats recipe is so simple you can make it for a quick dessert even during a busy week. I peel the apples then chop them right into a buttered shallow casserole dish. Mine is a little smaller than a 9×13 dish.

The key is to make sure your topping stays crispy and doesn’t get soggy, and there are several factors that affect the topping: the apples, the dish, and the ratio of topping ingredients.

Best apples to use

When choosing the best apples for baking, you want to think about baking structure and liquid because some apples will get too mushy and ruin your dessert.

I like to use a mixture of Granny Smith apples and Golden Delicious apples, just like when making my Classic Double-Crust Apple Pie.

There are plenty of other apple types that you can choose from, so just keep in mind that you want to choose apples that are good for baking and mix up sweet and tart for deeper flavor.

You can also use pears or a combination of apples and pears in this apple crisp recipe, and you can even throw in dried raisins or cranberries. Just be sure if you use pears that you use baking pears.

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I like to use a shallow baking dish similar to this one when making this apple crisp. If you use a dish that’s too deep, there will be too much moisture and the topping will get soggy.

Ingredients

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You don’t need a lot of ingredients and you probably have most of them in your pantry.

  • Apples – use a mix of Granny  Smith and Golden Delicious for best results
  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour – all-purpose or self-rising is fine
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – yum!
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Butter – I use Land O’Lakes unsalted

How to make apple crisp without oats

Pro Tip: The size of the dish is important to help the topping stay crispy. If you squish everything into a smaller, deeper dish, the topping won’t be spread out and the liquid from the apples will be more likely to affect the texture of the topping.

You’re going to love how absolutely EASY this recipe is!

Step 1. Preheat oven to 375. Butter a medium-sized shallow casserole dish.

**Cook’s Tip: Mine is a little smaller than a 9×13 dish.

Step 2. Peel apples and then chop into 1/2-inch pieces right into the buttered dish.

Step 3. Add the lemon juice to the apples and gently toss to coat the apples.

Step 4. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cornstarch and gently mix until distributed throughout the apples.

Step 5. Stir together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, a little freshly grated nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix well.

Step 6. Add the butter and use your hands to mix until a pebbly, crumbly mixture.

Cook’s Tip: Make sure you’re using cold butter.

Step 7. Sprinkle about a third of the topping over the apples and move the apples around a bit so some of the topping is mixed in with the apples. Sprinkle remaining topping over the apples.

Step 8. Bake the Apple Crisp for about 50 minutes or until the apple crisp topping is deep golden brown.

Cook’s Tip: Keep an eye on it, as your oven might require less time–I have baked in 35 mins.

Step 9. Remove from oven and allow to rest for fifteen minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

So easy but so full of flavor!

Extra tips

  • You can make this Easy Apple Crisp ahead of time also. Just put it together the day before you want to bake, but leave the topping off until you’re ready to bake.
  • And of course, when serving you can add some vanilla ice cream and this amazing caramel sauce and then you’ll really wow somebody!

Serving suggestions

If you’re making the apple crisp for a dinner party, may I suggest serving it with some good old Southern favorites? Try my Meatloaf Recipe or Baked Pork Chops, add a Southern Squash Casserole or some Macaroni and Cheese, and you’ve got the perfect meal!

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A glass dish of easy apple crisp without oats on top of vanilla ice cream.

Easy Apple Crisp Without Oats

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

An apple crisp without oats, with a streusel topping that's easy and quick to prepare and full of flavors from brown sugar and cinnamon.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4-5 apples (I use 2 Granny Smith and 2 sweeter apples, whatever I have on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Topping

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • **If you want to use chopped toasted pecans or walnuts the in topping, decrease the flour by 1/2 cup and use 1 cup of chopped nuts.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Butter a medium-sized shallow casserole dish. Mine is a little smaller than a 9x13 dish.
  2. Peel apples and then chop into 1/2-inch pieces right into the buttered dish. Add the lemon juice to the apples and gently toss to coat the apples. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cornstarch and gently mix until distributed throughout the apples.

Topping

  1. Stir together the flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, a little freshly grated nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Add the butter and use your hands to mix until a pebbly, crumbly mixture.
  2. Sprinkle about a third of the topping over the apples and move the apples around a bit so some of the topping is mixed in with the apples. Sprinkle remaining topping over the apples.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes until topping is golden brown (just keep an eye on it, as your oven might require less time--I have baked in 35 mins). Remove from oven and allow to rest for fifteen minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Notes

Tips for Making Easy Apple Crisp:

  • Use a shallow baking dish
  • Use a mix of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples
  • Cold butter works best for the streusel topping

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 477Saturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 3gSugar: 50gProtein: 3g

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kristen wright

Saturday 29th of August 2020

Very nice recipe first time I used butter second time making used half butter half creeme cheese with gluten free flour very tasty

N mmh sry

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Thnx for this alternative topping for my favorite 3 berry crisp. I love an oat topping but sometimes its too heavy for certai fruits. So I tried this and it only lasts two days in my house if we’re lucky.

Lucy Brewer

Thursday 9th of July 2020

I'm so glad you like it! One of our favorites!

Jessie

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Used strawberries, almond flour, walnuts and sugar substitute. Made an amazing low carb strawberry crumble.

Beth

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Just made this for the first time. Its absolutely wonderful!!!! I grew up with NO oats in my apple crisp and this recipe tastes just like Grandma used to make. Thank you for the great recipe! One question....should leftovers be stored in the fridge or at room temp?

Lucy Brewer

Friday 15th of May 2020

Hi Beth,

I usually store at room temp, but probably if keeping for several days I would put it in the fridge. But it never lasts that long!

Ali Berman

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

I had honey crisp and gala apples in the fridge. Used all 5. Easy to make and came out delicious. Thank you so much. Will definitely be making this again.

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