Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe (No Oats)

Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe (No Oats)

Whip up this easy homemade apple crisp recipe made with tart apples and a crumbly topping and have it on the table in about an hour. 

A dish of apple crisp next to two individual bowl of crisp.

Warm tender apples baked to perfection and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect way to finish a meal. 

Or if you are like me, skip the ice cream and just savor the apples!

I’ve got a few apples left from our apple picking days and want to use them up before they sit too long.

There are so many wonderful recipes that can be made using apple slices, but I wanted something simple. 

Something the kids can make themselves. 

They love being able to say, “Look what I made.”

Fall picked apples right now are delicious and any kind goes well in this great recipe. 

Honeycrisp apples are a favorite in our house.

I love apples in a rustic apple tart which sits on a thin pastry crust and of course, who doesn’t like good ole fashioned apple pie.

But today calls for simplicity. 

Similar to my honeycrisp apple crisp made with oatmeal, this easy recipe allows you to throw it all in a bowl, mix it up and bake it.

Instead of a crunchy oatmeal coating on top, you can make an apple crisp without oats. Just create a crumble topping using cinnamon, brown sugar and flour.

It’s the perfect recipe kids can make on their own.

 A dish of apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon

What kind of apples to use

Warm baked sliced apples topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar crisp topping. It doesn’t get any better than this.

I used Honeycrisp apples for this recipe but any type of apple that is for baking would work well. 

The best apples for this recipe are pink lady, gala or granny smith apples.

Toss the slices in a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning and it adds just the right amount of zing to the dish.

My boys enjoy apples in lots of different apple recipes including my Rustic Apple Crumble Tart and who doesn’t love apples and bacon for lunch in a different kind of quesadilla.

We just can’t get enough.

Simple ingredients

Here is what you’ll needed to make the best apple crisp. Head to the grocery store for the apples and pantry staples.

Apples. We love Honeycrisp apples. You’ll need 4 to 6 large sweet apples for this recipe. 

Flour. I use all purpose flour but you can easily substitute almond flour to make this a gluten-free apple crisp.

Sugar. I use a mix of both white granulated sugar as well as brown sugar. 

Butter. Softened to room temperature make the butter easy to cut. Otherwise use a pastry cutter to cut in cold butter to the dry ingredients.

Lemon. A bit of fresh juice keeps the apples from browning and adds a citrusy flavor to the apple crisp.

Cinnamon. This spice gives the streusel topping great flavor. Also feel free to add nutmeg if desired.

A dish of apple slices with a cinnamon topping ready for baking.

How to make this favorite fall dessert

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Toss the sliced apples with cinnamon and lemon juice and place in a greased baking or casserole dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugars and cinnamon.
  4. Add the softened butter to the flour mixture and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture evenly over the apples.
  6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the crunchy topping is golden brown and the apples are tender.
Apple crisp with a crumble topping in a white baking dish.

How to store an apple crisp

If you have leftover crisp, you’ll want to cover the dish with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to three days. 

How to reheat an apple crisp  

To reheat an apple crisp and maintain its delicious texture, preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Place the apple crisp in an oven-safe dish and cover the dish with aluminum foil to prevent the topping from burning.

Reheat for 15-20 minutes if it’s a single serving, or 25-30 minutes for a whole crisp. 

For a crispier topping, remove the foil during the last few minutes of reheating. 

Serve the crisp with your favorite vanilla ice cream or drizzle with a bit of caramel sauce.

An individual serving of apple crisp with melted crumble topping.

Tips for the best crisp

Here are some tips to help you make a delicious apple crisp:

  1. Choose the right apples: Use a mix of apples for different flavors and textures.
  2. Uniform apple slices: Cut your apples into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking.
  3. Prevent sogginess: Coat the apple slices with a bit of cornstarch or flour to absorb excess juice.
  4. Enhance the flavor: Add your favorite spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to the apple mixture. 
  5. Add crunch: Consider adding nuts or seeds to the topping for extra texture.
  6. Check doneness: The apples should be tender, and the topping should be golden brown. Use a knife to test that the apples have baked top your liking.

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Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe (No Oats)

Ali Randall
Whip up this easy homemade apple crisp recipe made with tart apples and a crumbly topping and have it on the table in about an hour. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored and pared into 1-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, softened


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • Peel, core and thickly slice enough apples to fit a 9-inch pie dish or a 11 x 2-inch prepared baking dish.
  • Add lemon juice, sprinkle with cinnamon, and toss to evenly coat. 
  • Whisk sugars, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. 
  • Use your hands to get rid of any brown sugar lumps. 
  • Cut in the butter and mix until well incorporated.
  • Add the topping to cover the apples and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the apples and topping is golden brown. 
  • Let the crisp cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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8 thoughts on “Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe (No Oats)”

  • I seriously cannot get enough apple pies and bakes right now! I LOVE the flavors of fall. This looks delicious! I’m sure it makes the house smell incredible too.

  • Tempting recipe and pictures! Just give me a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the top & I’ll be good to go. : )

  • This looks amazingly delicious! Such a perfect simple recipe for this time of year…I love that I could make it last minute and still have an impressive dessert!

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