I feel like every time we went to my great-grandmother’s home growing up she was always making some sort of crumble. I channeled her for this vegan apple crisp recipe, picturing her making it with us great-grandkids sitting around their kitchen table thoroughly enjoying it (and trying to steal extra toppings). For this homemade apple crisp recipe, I partnered with Love Beets, an upbeat, fun company making delicious beet goodies. For this dairy-free apple crisp, I used their Organic Cooked Beets (which are tasty even on their own)!

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Enamel pan with apple crisp and fresh beets on the side.

Every year Jon and I plant out a good-sized veggie garden and most (if not all of the beets) go to friends and family members because we haven’t been big fans of them. I’ve wanted to like beets for a long time because they are ridiculously healthy for you and have so many nutritional benefits. In my mind I put beets in the same category as greens, I like to eat them because they are healthy, but I don’t always want to because of the taste. Thankfully, Love Beets has somehow made a whole series of marinated baby beets, whole-cooked beets, mouth-watering salads, snacks, as well as beet juices that will make your taste buds jump for joy. I think they must have beet superpowers or something.

Try And ‘Beet’ This Apple Crisp! 

This homemade apple crisp is up there with my favorite fall desserts with the apple, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, walnuts, and beetroot. Not only does the cooked beet add a gorgeous deep magenta color to this dairy-free apple crisp, but beets are full of nutrients, including vitamin B9 and C, manganese, potassium, and iron. As excellent sources of folate (B9) and iron, beets are an incredible food for anyone who has periods. 

This homemade apple crisp recipe also uses almond flour to keep this recipe gluten-free and add a subtly sweet nutty taste to the crisp topping, but almond flour provides additional health benefits. Almond flour is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin E to name a few. 

Although your apple crisp will take 45-50 minutes to bake plus 30-45 minutes to cool, trust me, it’ll be worth every minute. Just try not to hang around by the oven while you wait because this may trigger unwanted drooling from the delicious smell (not speaking from experience or anything… haha). 

Up close image of apple crisp with two wooden spoons.

What Is Apple Crisp? Crisp Vs. Crumble Vs. Cobbler

Apple crisp is a hot sweet fruit dessert topped with a crust resembling a crumbly pastry, similar to a crumble and cobbler.  

Crumble is a flour-based pastry topping, whereas a crisp topping contains oats (it can also contain flour, but a crumble will not contain oats). Apple crisp gets its name from the extra topping that forms when you use rolled oats, as they create a crunchy, crispier topping. Some bakers may use the terms crumble and crisp interchangeably as they are quite similar. 

Cobblers are covered with a biscuity topping rather than a pastry. It gets its name from the cobbled stone appearance of the crumbled biscuit. 

How To Store Your Apple Crisp

It depends on how long you intend to take to eat it. Your dairy-free apple crisp is safe to leave covered with foil at room temperature for up to 2 days. However, if you refrigerate it, you can extend the shelf life to 4-5 days. 

FAQ

Is apple crisp gluten-free and vegan?

Yes! This vegan apple crisp recipe uses almond flour and no animal products, making it suitable for gluten-free and vegan diets. Just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats when baking this recipe. 

What is arrowroot powder?

Arrowroot powder is made from the root vegetable arrowroot. It is used in this easy apple crisp recipe to thicken the fruit filling without using gluten-based flour. 

You could also use 1.5 tbsp cornflower in place of the arrowroot powder in this recipe.

Why is my apple crisp watery?

The most likely cause of runny vegan apple crisp is an undercooked fruit mix. The simplest solution is to ensure you slice your apple very thin and cut your beets into small cubes. Otherwise, it will take the fruit longer to cook and thicken, and cooking for longer can burn the topping. 

How to know when your apple crisp is done baking?

The perfect apple crisp is done when the fruit layer on the bottom is piping hot, and bubbling and the top is a golden color. This usually takes at least 45 minutes in the oven, but you may need to leave your bake in longer until it’s adequately crispy. 

More Vegan Fall Dessert Recipes

I hope you LOVE this vegan dessert! It’s:
Sweet
Cozy
Warm
Satisfying
& Perfect for Fall!

If you try this vegan apple crisp recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and remember to take a pic and tag it #raepublic on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.
Cheers, lovely!

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Straight down shot of apple crisp with wooden spoons and fresh beets.

Vegan Apple Crisp with Beets


  • Author: Rae Aflatooni
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan beet apple crisp is oh-so-cozy and tasty! It is the perfect vegan dessert for Fall. The apples and beets are perfectly tender paired with a crispy oat topping. Does it get any better than that?


Ingredients

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Filling

  • 6 large apples (3 Granny Smith + 3 sweet apples)
  • 2 packages Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping

  • 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
  2. Prep: Peel half of the apples, quarter all, and remove their cores.
  3. Chop apples: Cut apples lengthwise into very thin slices and place them into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Chop beets: Cut beets into small cubes, add them and all remaining filling ingredients to the large mixing bowl, and toss until well combined.
  5. Scoop the filling mixture into a 9×13 oven-safe pan.
  6. Combine: In a large bowl mix all topping ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
  7. Spread: Evenly spread topping mixture over filling layer.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the edges start boiling and the topping is golden brown.
  9. Cool: After baking, let sit for 30 – 45 minutes to cool.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beet apple crumble, egg-free, diary-free beet apple crumble, vegan dessert recipe

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  1. This recipe seriously brought back some wonderful childhood memories of sitting at my great grandma’s dining table eating beet apple crumble. So sweet. ❤️