Paleo Apple Crisp – The Real Food Dietitians

Warm, nutty, cinnamon-infused Paleo Apple Crisp is calling your name! The perfect treat to enjoy on a crisp, fall day.

Made with less sugar and only real food ingredients.

In Minnesota here, it’s prime apple-picking season. Apple orchards are the place to be on the weekend and everyone is making their favorite apple treats. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite desserts to make in the fall – Paleo Apple Crisp – made with only real food ingredients and much less sugar. The entire recipe calls for only 1/4 cup of maple syrup and no refined sugar, which perfectly allows the natural sweetness of the apples to really shine through.

 That nutty, crisp topping though!

The topping on this Paleo Apple Crisp is everything you’d hope for and more. The ratio between the crisp and apple filling is absolute perfection (I promise, I didn’t skimp on this part of the recipe). The crisp texture with the hint of cinnamon & nutmeg is 100% spot on. You’re going to love the the crunch from the toasted nuts and the slight sweetness that comes from the maple syrup and coconut flakes. The topping definitely adds to the deliciousness of this Paleo Apple Crisp because let’s face it, the topping just might be the best part!

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Paleo Apple Crisp

Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

The thought of a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a fresh, out-of-the-oven serving of Paleo Apple Crisp makes my mouth water like nothing else. While this Paleo Apple Crisp is quite delicious served as is (even cold), adding a scoop of ice cream, in my opinion, takes it to the next level. The combination is simply indescribable. Now if you follow a dairy-free diet or you’d like to keep this recipe paleo-friendly, you could certainly give our Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream a try or there’s plenty of ice cream options to choose from at most grocery stores.

A quick tip about this recipe: I like to leave on the peels of the apples to not only save a considerable amount of time but also because the peels contain a good amount of fiber. As we know, fiber has a vast variety of health benefits and most of us could use a little more fiber in our diets. Additionally, because apples are ranked No. 5 on the EWG dirty dozen list, I recommend choosing organic apples. 

Paleo Apple Crisp

You’re in for a real treat!

It’s time to take advantage of the abundance of apples available during this time of year and give this insanely delicious Paleo Apple Crisp a try!

Looking for more apple recipes? Try our Blender Waffles with Cinnamon Pan-Fried Apples or Gluten-Free Harvest Apple Crisp.

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Paleo Apple Crisp

  • Author: Stacie Hassing
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Paleo
Paleo Apple Crisp


For the Apple filling:

For the topping: 


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
  2. In a food processor (or blender), add the topping ingredients. When adding the coconut oil, break up into smaller chunks. Pulse just a few times or until ingredients resemble a course texture and stick together slightly. Set aside.
  3. In a greased 9×9 inch baking dish, add the apple filling ingredients except for the water. Toss until apples are evenly coated. Stir in water. Add 1-2 additional tablespoons of water if apples seem dry.
  4. Top the apples evenly with the crisp topping. 
  5. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes uncovered. Cover with foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft. Let set for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve warm. Top with whipped topping such as Coco Whip or ice cream if you wish! Garnish with chopped pecans and a dusting of cinnamon. 


  • Serving Size: 1/9th of recipe
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 80 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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Photo Credit: The photos in this blog post were taken by Jess of Plays Well with Butter

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About Stacie Hassing

Stacie is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian from rural southern Minnesota where she and her husband reside on 5 acres with their two pups, Walter & Lucy. She’s a creator of simple and wholesome recipes, a lover of nature, a crossfitter, a seasonal runner, and she’s on a mission to inspire as many as she can live a healthier and happier life from the inside out.

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