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One taste of this delicious Cinnamon Apple Crisp and you’ve won’t believe it is both gluten and refined sugar-free! The addition of fresh thyme adds a subtle savory note to the otherwise sweet flavor profile of this classic recipe. Enjoy a bowl of this baked desert hot from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Cinnamon Apple Crisp

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

Apples, to me at least, are the quintessential autumn fruit. I mean, I know that they are available the whole year round, but autumn is the time for all things apple (and pumpkin spice!).

Cooler, darker nights as the fall months arrive means more warming and comfort foods, and this cinnamon apple crisp is a recipe to make that fulfils all of the above.

This dessert is actually gluten-free and refined sugar-free so if these are a concern for you, then you can happily enjoy a bowlful!

And even if they’re not a concern, then you are going to love this apple crisp too. Serve it a la mode with homemade no-churn vanilla ice cream, with whipped cream, or custard (Crème Anglaise) – soooo good!

TIP! Choose firm apples, such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Pink Lady, for this recipe. These varieties will hold up well to the heat of baking without turning to mush.

What’s the Difference Between a Crisp, Crumble, and Cobbler?

Okay, so we go back to the age-old issue on my blog with readers the world over who may call the same dish different names! As a blogger that can be a bit of a nightmare!

Essentially all these desserts are baked with a fruit base and some sort of pastry topping. To me, crisps and crumbles are interchangeable as they have a topping (usually) made with rolled oats, sugar, butter, and flour. I sometimes throw nuts in there too.

For a cobbler, the topping is usually (American) biscuits and peach cobbler is one of my husband’s favorite dessert!


Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may have some of the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

For your convenience, any specialized ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon below.

This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.

The apple crisp is cooked in a square 8-inch/20cm baking pan, but if you have one slightly bigger or smaller it should be fine. You may have to adjust cooking time.

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How Do I Make Cinnamon Apple Crisp?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

You won't believe that this baked apple crisp is both gluten-free and refined sugar-free! Enjoy it a la mode or with whipped cream.


  • 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp 100% apple juice (sugar-free)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the Topping

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup almonds, sliced
  • ⅓ c honey
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

To Serve (Optional):

  • Vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and grease an 8” x 8” baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Place apples in a large non-reactive bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice.
  3. Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme leaves, and salt.
  4. Apple Crisp Filling - before mixing
  5. Toss to combine and set aside.
  6. Apple Crisp Filling
  7. Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
  8. Apple Crisp Topping
  9. Pour apple mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  10. Apple Crisp Filling in Baking Pan
  11. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.
  12. Apple Crisp Topping added to Pan - Ready for Baking
  13. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  14. Serve warm with some vanilla bean iced cream or freshly whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!
  15. Cinnamon Apple Crisp

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 9gSugar: 55gProtein: 6g

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