Healthy Apple Crisp

This healthy apple crisp is packed with fresh, juicy apples baked to the perfect texture, and includes a delicious crispy crumble sweetened with maple syrup. Because the ingredients are so simple, this is a paleo apple crisp. Serve with vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream!

Prep: 15Cook: 45Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6-8 1x


Apple filling:

  • 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 6 cups sliced apples)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg


  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, room temperature (soft but not melted)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

For serving:


  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 2.5-quart baking dish with coconut oil. 
  2. For the apple filling: In a large mixing bowl, combine the apple slices, lemon juice, and maple syrup. In a separate small bowl, combine the arrowroot, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the arrowroot mixture to the apples and toss to coat. Pour the apple mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly. 
  3. For the crisp topping: In a medium bowl, mix the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut sugar, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the solid coconut oil to the bowl and work it into the dry ingredients using a fork. I like to “cut” the coconut oil into the ingredients with the side of the fork until incorporated. Slowly add the maple syrup 1 tablespoon at a time and mix until a wet crumble forms. Crumble the crisp topping evenly overtop the apples in the baking dish.
  4. Bake: Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the filling is bubbling slightly on the edges.
  5. Serve: Serve with coconut milk ice cream, coconut milk yogurt or coconut whipped cream.


  1. While any variety of apple will work, crisp and slightly sweet apples like Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Golden Delicious work great for this recipe.
  2. You can also make this is a 9-inch pie dish. 
  3. Don’t over-mix the crisp topping. It’s should be messy and a little uneven. 
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