Best Apple Crisp Recipe | Paleo Apple Crisp

Why do I call this my best apple crisp recipe?  

This paleo apple crisp recipe is an amazing dessert! It has a grain-free, coconut flour/cinnamon crumble topping. It’s a simple, gluten free treat perfect for Thanksgiving, or any time of year!
  1. It tastes absolutely delicious. 
  2. It contains a few superfood products: coconut oil, flaked coconut, and coconut flour.  
  3. It is gluten free. But the taste and texture are first rate. Did I mention it is delicious? 
  4. It is dairy free.  
  5. It is refined-sugar free. It uses honey instead, another wonderful superfood. 
  6. It fits the Paleo Diet.
  7. It is legal on SCD
  8. It fits the Primal Diet. 
  9. It is legal on the Full GAPS Diet.
  10. It makes your house smell just like a conventional apple crisp recipe while it is baking... 

When we first went gluten free, I felt kind of sad that I had to put aside a lot of my favorite old stand-by recipes. Then, we went on the GAPS Diet, and even more recipes went out the window. But now, I have realized that some of my old favorites can be converted, or shall we say, “upgraded,” to use healthier, better quality ingredients that still taste amazing.  

Like my apple cranberry crumble (aka cranberry apple crisp) this is a make-over of a popular Pampered Chef recipe called "Easy Apple Crisp."

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Best Apple Crisp Recipe | Paleo Apple Crisp

By , Last updated June 27, 2018


Why is this the best apple crisp recipe, in my opinion? Well, it tastes amazing. But that is not all. It is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. Sweetened with honey!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Keywords: apple crisp, easy apple crisp, paleo apple crisp
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe Category: dessert
Recipe Cuisine: American
Tags: Paleo, Gluten Free, GAPS Diet, SCD


  • 5 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (I get Nutiva brand from my local Costco. If that won't work for you, you can also find coconut oil here)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey (or more to taste, perhaps mix the topping without the eggs, sweeten to taste, and add the eggs last and mix well).
  • 3/4 teaspoon unrefined salt (I like to use this salt)
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • (optional) full fat coconut milk, sweetened to taste with honey (optional as a topping)
  • Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Peel, core and slice apples. I used an apple peeler corer slicer, to get the slices thin and even (which is key for having evenly baked apple slices, see the video, below, for a demonstration).  Once you have peeled, cored and sliced each apple, you will have one long spiral of apple in the shape of a sphere. Cut each apple spiral in half with a utility knife to create lots of little wedges. Place apples in an 11 inch stoneware deep dish baker.

    2. Warm coconut oil in a pan, if not already melted. Chop nuts, if using them. I like to use my food chopper to chop nuts quickly. Add nuts, coconut oil, coconut flour, flaked coconut, honey, salt & cinnamon into a large bowl. Mix well, and taste if desired. Adjust honey to taste. Then add eggs, and mix till it all gets crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples. Be sure to cover apples completely, to seal in the juices and keep the apple slices moist! 

    3. Bake 35-45 minutes or till apples are tender and crumbs are golden brown. 

Serve warm, with optional whipped coconut cream, homemade ice cream, or just pour some sweetened, full fat coconut milk or cream over top. Yum!

    Serving size: 1, Carbohydrates 34.1 g, Protein 6.8 g, Fat 28.5 g, Saturated fat 16.9 g, Cholesterol 82 mg, Sodium 370 mg, Fiber 7.4 g, Sugar 22.7 g

    Here's my secret to a moist, evenly-baked filling. The apple peeler-corer-slicer. This is a must for my best apple crisp recipe.

    This paleo apple crisp recipe is an amazing dessert! It has a grain-free, coconut flour/cinnamon crumble topping. It’s a simple, gluten free treat perfect for Thanksgiving, or any time of year!

    All photos for this recipe are by Julia of ReformStead.

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