This Paleo Apple Crisp is a healthier spin on the classic fall dessert. Fresh apples, maple syrup, spices, and a simple grain free topping get baked to perfection. Top it with some dairy free ice cream for the ultimate cozy treat!

*This post was updated with new photos and copy on August 31, 2021!

Paleo Apple Crisp

Along with fall (my favorite season ever) comes fall FOODS, which are also my favorite! I recently did a poll on Instagram asking if you are team pumpkin or team apple. So many people responded “do I have to choose?!”- I feel the same way. It’s like asking someone to choose their favorite child. That being said, I feel like I have focused on pumpkin a lot already and haven’t been giving apple any love. So, here it is! One of my favorite desserts- Apple Crisp! It tastes just as good as regular apple crisp with some better-for-you ingredients.

Paleo Apple Crisp

What You Need To Make This Grain Free Apple Crisp

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious dessert.

  • Apples – I like to use a combination of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith for the best combo of sweet and sour!
  • Arrowroot powder – this helps to thicken the cinnamon sauce. It is a good replacement for corn starch.
  • Coconut sugar
  • Maple syrup – look for 100% real maple syrup. None of the fake stuff!
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Cashews (raw, unsalted) – I like to get these at Trader Joe’s or on Thrive Market.
  • pecans
  • almonds
  • Pitted dates
  • chia seeds
  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ghee or coconut oil

Many of these items can be found on Thrive Market or at Trader Joe’s!

Paleo Apple Crisp

How do you make this Healthy Apple Crisp?

Preheat your oven to 375. Spray a 9×9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray (Coconut oil or avocado oil work well). peel and slice your apples very thin. Add them to a bowl along with the arrowroot powder, lemon juice, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. Toss to combine and add the mixture to the casserole dish.

Combine the topping ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until it has a granola-like consistency. Scrape down the sides using a spatula (if needed), and pulse again. Add the topping on top of the apple mixture and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until the sides are bubbling and the topping is crispy.

Serve with dairy free vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream, if desired. My favorite brands are Coconut Bliss and Nadamoo.

Paleo Apple Crisp

Looking for some other fall recipes to try? Check these out:

Grain Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Whole30 Pumpkin Risotto with Shrimp

Instant Pot Pumpkin Turkey Chili

If you try this Paleo Apple Crisp, make sure to tag me on Instagram @maryswholelife so I can see!



Recipe by Mary’s Whole Life, Photos by Casey from The Mindful Hapa

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Paleo Apple Crisp

A healthier version of the classic fall apple dessert. Vegan, gluten free, and refined-sugar free!
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Apple filling

  • 6-7 large apples (I used 3 Honeycrisp and 3 Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder or tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice


  • cup cashews
  • cup almonds
  • cup pecans
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil - solid at room temp
  • pinch sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9x9 casserole dish with cooking spray (I used coconut oil). Add all filling ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Set aside while you make the topping. Add all topping ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times until it resembles granola. Add filling to the casserole dish and spread the topping overtop evenly.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until cooked through and browned on top. Serve topped with dairy free ice cream or whipped cream! Enjoy!


Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 24mg, Potassium: 321mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg