Easy & Healthy Vegan Apple Crisp

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

I really, really wanted to come up with a savory recipe to share with you all next. But when inspiration for this tasty dessert hit me, I went along for the ride. Inspired by the apples that arrived in my Imperfect Produce box last week, I quickly got to work and this amazing apple crisp was created!

Not only is this apple crisp simple to make, it is also super flavorful and healthy. Apples and cinnamon are such a classic & delicious combo!

So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

Ingredients (6 servings):

Apple Filling:

4 medium apples, cored & sliced thinly

3/4 cup date paste*

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp applesauce**

1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch***

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt

Crunchy Topping:

1 cup oats

1/2 cup almond flour

2/3 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp plant milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt


1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.

2. In a bowl, pour all of the filling ingredients on the sliced apples and mix until apples are coated evenly.

3. In a separate bowl, mix all topping ingredients.

4. Pour apple filling into a baking pan and distribute evenly. Top the apples with topping mixture and spread until covered.

5. Bake for 55 minutes and enjoy!


*My date paste recipe is as follows:

Blend 20 large medjool dates with 3/4 cup water until well blended and a paste is formed. I recommend starting out with 1/2 cup of water and then adding the last 1/4 cup if needed (in case your medjool dates are much smaller than mine!)

If you don't have dates on hand, replace with 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of maple syrup.

**Plant milk also works here but applesauce adds sweetness and more apple-y taste!

***Feel free to experiment with arrowroot starch (1 1/2 tbsp) or tapioca starch (3 tbsp) here! These are all used for thickening.

Intentional Ingredients:

  • Apples (with skin!) have vitamin c and lots of fiber.

  • Dates are host to a great variety of vitamins and minerals. Many health benefits result from including dates in your diet - a few of which I outline here!

  • Cinnamon is a tasty source of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Oats are a great source of soluble fiber (beta-glucan) and have anti-cancer, anti-atherosclerosis, and anti-inflammatory properties.

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