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Grandma’s Best Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp (with GF/DF Options)

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In Our House, Fall Means Apple Crisp!

I don’t know about you, but here in Lawrence, the trees are slowly turning red and the air has turned cool. So you know what that means – FALL IS HERE!! And let’s just say, I can’t get enough of it! Is anyone else just as obsessed with fall? For all the warm desserts, bonfires, and cooler weather? So in celebration of Fall, I bought some granny smith apples and made some cozy, warm Apple Crisp!

This incredibly easy apple crisp tastes JUST like grandma’s best recipe! Made with fresh apples, cinnamon, and a perfect layer of warm buttery streusel topping, this warm Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe pairs well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It can be made traditional as is, or adapted gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.

What You Need to Make Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Apple Filling

  • 2 lbs granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar, divided (sub coconut sugar for refined sugar-free)
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided

Streusel Topping

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (sub gluten-free flour  if GF)
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes (sub plant-based butter for DF)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
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How to Make Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Apple Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly spray or butter a 9-inch round baking dish or 8×8 square baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add apples, 2 tbsp of the brown sugar, lemon juice, and 1 tsp of the cinnamon. Whisk to combine, then transfer to the base of prepared baking dish.

Streusel Topping

  1. In a separate bowl, add the remaining 1 cup brown sugar, rolled oats, flour, remaining 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and cold butter.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles pea-sized crumbs.

Putting Them Together

  1. Spread streusel topping over the apple filling in the prepared baking dish. Press gently to even it out. 
  2. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until streusel topping turns golden brown and apple filling starts to bubble.
  3. Serve warm, paired with a fresh scoop of vanilla ice cream. ENJOY!
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apple crisp ice cream cinnamon oats served in a plate

Grandma’s Best Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp (with GF/DF Options)

DWELL by Michelle
This incredibly easy apple crisp tastes JUST like grandma's best recipe! Made with fresh apples, cinnamon, and a perfect layer of warm buttery streusel topping, this warm Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp recipe pairs well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It can be made traditional as is, or adapted gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 241 kcal

Ingredients
  

Apple Filling

  • 2 lbs granny smith apples , peeled and thinly sliced 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp  brown sugar , divided (sub coconut sugar for refined sugar-free)
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided divided

Streusel Topping

  • ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour , sub gluten-free flour  if GF
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter , diced into small cubes (sub plant-based butter for DF)
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

Apple Filling

Streusel Topping

  • In a separate bowl, add the remaining 1 cup brown sugar, rolled oats, flour, remaining 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and cold butter.
  • Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles pea-sized crumbs.

Putting Them Together

  • Spread streusel topping over the apple filling in the prepared baking dish. Press gently to even it out. 
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until streusel topping turns golden brown and apple filling starts to bubble.
  • Serve warm, paired with a fresh scoop of vanilla ice cream. ENJOY!
Keyword apple crisp, granny smith

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  1. 5 stars
    This might seem weird but your recipe really does taste like the crisp my grandma makes! I miss her food so much so I actually Googled “grandma’s apple crisp” hahah and yours came up. I’m so glad I made it. It was perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    aw, this really does remind me of my grammie’s apple crisp! she would always sprinkle an extra dash of cinnamon on top.