Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Crisp


I may be the only person in the entire world to say this, but I totally think that crisps trump pies. Yeah, I just said it. There’s just something about that crunchy, oat-y, buttery topping over warm tender fruit that makes me so entirely happy inside. And with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream melting and dripping and mixing with all those warm flavors— yup, it’s pretty fantastic.

Fantastic enough to be better than pie. Sorry, not sorry 😉


Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Crisp // pumpkin & peanut butter

Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Crisp // pumpkin & peanut butter


Last year, when I made this Rustic Coconut Apple Crisp, I told you about my first love for crisps: my mom’s warm, comforting, perfectly sweet and buttery Oatmeal Apple Crisp. I don’t know what it is about that crisp, but it is PERFECT. The whole house instantly knew she was baking it from that beautiful, cinnamon-y (yes, that’s now a word in my vocabulary) aroma that filled the kitchen the moment she put it into the oven. And once we got to eating, there was just no stopping us. I swear that huge double batch was almost gone by the end of our evening. Along with a half gallon of vanilla ice cream. Figures.

Best of all, my mom and I would always sit at the kitchen table afterwards, spooning ourselves more ice cream—- since it was all melty and creamy and delicious from sitting out (aka my favorite form of ice cream)— and chatting for hours upon hours with a big steamy cup of tea. Maybe that’s why I like that crisp so much. ALL the memories.


Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Crisp // pumpkin & peanut butter


Now today, I’ve put a twist on your traditional apple crisp, not only making it vegan with coconut oil, but also adding in my most favorite ingredient in the whole wide world…. PEANUT BUTTER! I’m so predictable.

But believe me when I say this was one of the best on-the-fly ideas I’ve had in a while. Upon first bite, it tasted like a mix between a peanut butter cookie and a baked oatmeal crumbled on top of tender, cinnamon apples. That warm, nutty flavor paired with the sweetness of the apples is unbelievable. And the way it mixes with that creamy vanilla bean ice cream—- ohh I’m ready to curl up on the couch with a pan of this right now!

Don’t worry mom, I still like yours better, but I think we have a close contender on the books now 😉


Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Crisp // pumpkin & peanut butter

Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

Serves 5-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Dessert


  • 4-5 apples, peeled and thinly sliced (I used a mix of gala and fuji)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, solid
  • 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • optional: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place apple slices in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Add in a teaspoon of cinnamon and toss to coat, then make sure they are spread evenly across the dish.
Step 2
In a separate bowl, mix together oats, coconut oil, peanut butter, sugar, and salt. I started with a fork but ended up just getting dirty with my hands. A crumble will form when ingredients are combined.
Step 3
Use your fingers to sprinkle the crumble evenly over the apple slices in the baking dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crumble is golden brown. Top with a big scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream!

Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Crisp // pumpkin & peanut butter


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!


  1. This looks amazing! I think apple crisps trump apple pie too!
    I love that you made the crisp vegan and I ADORE that you added peanut butter to it! It’s like you made this recipe for me 😉
    I can’t wait to try it!!

    • Yayyyy! You must have been in the back of my mind 😉 Can’t wait for you to try it!!

    • Hahahaha I KNEW you’d have some feelings about this post 😉 Let the debate continue… lol

  2. I too love crisps! They are so much easier to make, more flavorful and just so so good with ice cream on top. Yum! This sounds so interesting and I LOVE the pb addition… <3

    • SOOO much easier! That may be one reason why I like them so much 😉

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