Rustic Coconut Apple Crisp


Apple crisp has to be one of my favorite holiday desserts.

Which is strange, because I don’t really like fruity desserts. I’m not a big pie person, I extremely dislike fruit flavored ice creams, and I’m just not partial to anything with jam or jelly involved. I’m more of a chocolate kind of gal. But for some reason, I will always choose apple crisp for dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe it’s the warm cinnamon smell that fills the house, or the crunchy texture of the crumble. Or it could just be the melty vanilla ice cream that I aways put on top, so creamy and sweet to balance out the tart of the apples. To me, it is the perfect holiday dessert, and is just light enough that you still have room for it after stuffing your face with a plate full of holiday favorites 🙂

My mom makes the best apple crisp. Her recipe is seriously spot on, so don’t ask me why I thought I’d go out of the box here and try my hand at a new creation. This recipe is VERY different from hers. My mom’s is full of oats and cinnamon and brown sugar and butter, you know, all the good stuff. Instead, I took the coconut approach…. trying coconut oil instead of butter, coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, and unsweetened coconut flakes as an extra flavor boost. I also used some almond meal and sliced almonds to add another texture to the crumble. And somehow, different turned out almost as good as her old standby. 

This crumble is extra crumbly and extra crunchy, without standing out too much (if that makes any sense!). It pairs so well with the tender apples and is just sweet enough, thanks to the maple syrup. Oh, how I wish I had some vanilla ice cream on hand because that would have taken this apple crisp over the top. Next time for sure!


Apple crispy will definitely be on our Thanksgiving menu this year… as it is every year! Of course, there will be a pumpkin pie (or two, because my brother is a pumpkin pie addict) and probably a batch a some new cookies that I’m experimenting with. Details to come…

What are your favorite holiday desserts? Are you crazy like me and are already planning out your holiday menus?


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Rustic Coconut Apple Crisp {vegan, gluten-free}

yield:  5-6 servings         total time: 60 minutes


4 apples, peeled and sliced thinly
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
½ cup old fashioned oats
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
¼ cup almond meal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teapsoon salt
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/8 cup of coconut oil, melted


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

In a regular sized pie dish (or 8×8 glass baking dish), place peeled and sliced apples. Add in a tablespoon of coconut sugar and toss so that every apple sliced is coated. Spread the apple slices out so that they cover the bottom of the dish and are layered evenly. 

In a mixing bowl, combine oats, slivered almonds, almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Once they are stirred together, add in the maple syrup and coconut oil and mix until all the ingredents are coated. 

Top the apples slices with the coconut oat crumble. I used my fingers so that every part of the dish gets an even amount. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and poke a few hole in it. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. You will know it is ready when the apples are fork tender and the crumble is golden brown. Serve with some vanilla ice cream or homemade coconut whipped cream 🙂


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


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