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Apple Crisp without Oats (Streusel Topping)

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Did you know that you can make apple crisp without Oats? This simple apple crisp recipe which takes out the need for oats still has a beautiful crisp topping using homemade cinnamon sugar. This melt-in-your-mouth alternative to the classic oat crumble topping will soon become your favorite way to make apple crisp.

Plus, this version with full fresh apples is one of the best things for a scoop of ice cream and some caramel topping.

There is no doubt that apple makes up some of the most comforting desserts. Chunky homemade applesauce and air-fried cinnamon apples are a delicious way to bring in the summer.

no oat apple crisp recipe

Why you will love this Apple Crisp Recipe

Enjoy seasonal fruit: Nothing says the months of May-July (the best time of year!) like apple pies and Southern fried apples. And I am about to give you another easy recipe to enjoy apples this summer: Apple Crisp.

Easy Variation: For the most part apple crisp usually contains Oats, which often make up part of that infamous crumb topping. But the best part about this recipe and why it’s one of my favorite desserts is that it’s a warm apple dessert that tastes just like caramel apples and has NO OAT topping.

Perfect Topper and Taste: The full taste of golden brown apples (no brown sugar needed) piled high with an optional scoop of vanilla ice cream is about as delicious as it gets all year long. 

In my opinion, apple crisp without oats is one of those apple desserts that tastes a lot like the inside of a classic apple pie. The amazing apple mixture with cinnamon sugar takes tart apples or sweeter apples (doesn’t overly matter what type of apple you use) and makes it one of the best and most comforting desserts for fall. 

And while I cannot claim that the intense amount of sugar in this recipe defines it as one of the most healthy recipes, who said dessert has to be healthy?

Ingredients

  • Apples: You can use any kind of apple and there really are a lot of varieties. The type of apples I like to use are Honeycrisp but that choice of favorite baking apples is yours. That just happens to be my family’s favorite apple kind. Other best apples are golden delicious apples, Pink lady, or even the tart Granny Smith apples.
  • All purpose flour 
  • White granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Egg
  • Real Melted Butter 

Steps for an Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Prepping Apples

The apple crisp filling is super easy to make but requires a little bit of patience in cutting apples.

Make sure apples are peeled and sliced thin and even.

Making sure apples are not too thick or uneven with the other slices will ensure even cooking throughout the entire dessert.

sliced apples in a casserole dish

Prepping Apple Center Filling

The center filling consists of flour, sugar, baking powder, egg, and ground cinnamon.

This mixture is spread evenly on top of apple slices.

sugar and cinnamon in a bowl being dumped onto apples

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel Topping

Lastly, the crunchy, crumbly topping is a simple ground cinnamon sugar mixture that hardens to a nice pastry crunch on top of the juicy apple center.

While this dessert is pretty sweet in and of itself, it’s fine to serve with caramel sauce and ice cream and makes an amazing addition to flavor.

apple cinnamon sugar topping

How to make Apple Crisp without Oats

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Peel apples and slice thinly.
  3. Add sliced apples to a greased 2-1/2 quart baking dish (prepared baking dish) or 9×9 square casserole dish.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  5. Add egg and continue to mix. The mixture texture will be like cornmeal.
  6. Sprinkle flour mixture on top of the apple layer and spread evenly throughout the pan.
  7. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and mix well.
  8. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the flour mixture as a topping.
  9. Drizzle top of the cinnamon sugar with melted unsalted butter.
  10. Bake apple crisp for 60 minutes.
  11. Remove dish from the oven, let apple crisp stand for 10 minutes to cool until just warm.
  12. Apple crisp is best served warm and goes great with vanilla ice cream.
apple crisp with no oats

FAQ’s

Is there a difference between apple crisp and apple crumble? 


Many times recipes for “apple crumble” include the traditional brown sugar with oats topping. However, this dish can be called apple crisp OR apple crumble. 

What are the best apples to use for apple crisp? 


Common apples used in apple crumble are pink ladies, tart granny smith apples, gala, or honey crisp. 

How long does Apple Crisp without Oats Keep?


Apples tend to brown after being cooked and the sugar will slowly melt with the moisture in the fridge, so this dessert is best kept tightly sealed for just a day or two.

What other toppings are good choices for apple crisp?


Caramel apple drizzle, Nutella drizzle, whipped cream topping are all great extra choices. Some people enjoy a bit of crumbled nuts, like candied pecans, as well.

What does apple crisp serve best with?


The sheer nature of an apple dessert is that it totally complements Ice cream but it’s also delicious eaten alone.

5 from 2 votes

Apple Crisp without Oats (Streusel Topping)


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Easy apple crisp without oats has a delicious cinnamon sugar streusel topping that tastes like an old fashioned traditional apple pie without the work. This crowd-pleasing apple crisp gets all its flavor from the sweet apple and can be made to enjoy as a dessert or to serve with vanilla ice cream. Another way to truly enjoy the fall flavors of an apple orchard is the apple dessert of your childhood. Simple, comforting, delicious!

Ingredients
 

  • 8 cups apples peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • white sugar divided separately into 1 cup and 1/4th cup
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300.
  • Peel apples and slice thinly.
  • Add sliced apples to a greased 2-1/2 quart baking dish or 9×9 square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • Add egg and continue to mix.
  • Mixture texture will be like corn meal.
  • Sprinkle flour mixture on top of apples and spread evenly throughout the pan.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and mix well.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of flour mixture as topping.
  • Drizzle on top of the cinnamon sugar with melted butter.
  • Bake apple crisp for 60 minutes.
  • Remove dish from oven, let apple crisp stand for 10 minutes to cool until just warm.
  • Apple crisp is best served warm and goes great with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

How long does Apple Crisp without Oats Keep?

Apples tend to brown after cooked and the sugar will slowly melt with the moisture in the fridge, so this dessert is best kept tightly sealed just a day or two.

What other toppings are good choices for apple crisp?

Caramel apple drizzle, Nutella drizzle, whipped cream topping

What does apple crisp serve best with?

Ice cream or eaten alone

What apples are best for apple crisp?

Our choices are honey crisp, Pink Lady or granny smith (tart).

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g

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