The “Better Than Pie” Paleo Apple Crisp

One of my favorite memories of the holidays is helping my momma in the kitchen with a family favorite apple crisp recipe. I have such vivid memories of the house filled with Christmas music while I pared apples and she mixed the topping.

As delicious as it was, that old recipe was packed with refined sugars and flours and grains. Of course, there is no shame in consuming those things, and if anytime, the holidays is a time to do so. But I was determined to tweak the recipe to meet my current nutritional needs. And y'all, it came out amazing. Truly, no different than the original except free from the fake stuff and packed with more nourishing foods.

Paleo Apple Crisp

4.59 from 158 votes
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, holiday, paleo, sweets
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 5 apples I used 3 honey crisp and 2 small granny smith




  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Pare apple, then chop into slices. Layer into 13 x 9 in baking dish. 
  • Mix almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, pink salt, and chopped nuts (and coconut sugar if desired) in bowl. 
  • Melt coconut oil and pour into topping mixture. Mix evenly.
  • Spread topping mixture onto apples. 
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until apples are soft. 
  • Serve warm. 
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If you love this recipe, my chocolate chip paleo + vegan cookies are also a hit!

Who needs pie when you've got something this good? This paleo version of apple crisp is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and everything your holiday season needs!

Top it with some ice cream and it's a dessert made in holiday heaven. (The vegan Vanilla ice cream from NadaMoo is made with coconut milk and sweetened with agave and it's my absolute favorite- it makes such a great pair with the apple bake. Entirely, 100% not sponsored, it's just the only ice cream I eat now.)

So grab someone you love, head to the kitchen, and bake up this sweetnesses that's as good for the body as it is for the soul. I hope this blesses your holiday season!

xx, molls

Who needs pie when you've got something this good? This paleo version of apple crisp is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and everything your holiday season needs!


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  1. Laura says:

    I agree! Crisp is always better than a pie.

  2. Rachel says:

    You had me at apple crisp…

  3. delicious for any holiday!

  4. Farrah says:

    Apple desserts are my favorite! :D! This looks so good!!

  5. Abbey Sharp says:

    This definitely looks better than pie! I need to make ASAP!

  6. Kalee says:

    This looks so yummy and Thanksgiving-approved!!

  7. Healthy apple crisp? I’m so in!

  8. Love this healthier version of a holiday favorite! Looks delicious!

  9. Emily says:

    Yes, yes, and more yes!!! I am all about the crumbles over pie and I love that this is a healthy alternative 😀

  10. Angela says:

    Yum, this looks so delicious! Awesome to have a paleo friendly dessert too’n

  11. Jill Conyers says:

    I can’t wait to try this. Looks so good!

  12. Sarah says:

    I made this for my family for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! They didn’t even know it was paleo. Thanks for the recipe, Mollie!

  13. kathy says:

    another mollie mason success!! made this for our fam gathering last weekend and it was a hit!

  14. Alicia says:

    Coconut sugar is not part of whole30

  15. Carolyn says:

    I am just about to make this. It looks delicious. If I put the ingredients together can I freeze it to bake later?

    • Mollie Mason says:

      Oh I’m so glad, Carolyn! You’ll have to come back and let me know how you like it!
      And I’ve never frozen it myself so I can’t say for certain, but I would assume it would freeze fine? I’m sure you’d have to adjust baking time though so I can’t give numbers on that. If you do freeze it, come back and let me know how it worked out!

  16. Mandy says:

    This looks good but it’s not remotely true to the spirit and objectives of the Whole 30 plan, which explicitly warns about taking compliant ingredients and turning them into treats like this. Just a heads up to any Whole 30 beginners. Skip this one until you’ve completed the challenge.

  17. Allie says:

    Can I use other nuts besides cashews?

  18. Dee K says:

    This was good for that sweet tooth but wanting to stay healthy. For me it had a bit too much “crumble” so will halve that next time and use pecans instead of almonds, just personal preference.

    • Mollie Mason says:

      Thanks for sharing your feedback, Dee! It definitely would be delicious with pecans. Funny you thought it had too much crumble because my likes me to DOUBLE the topping. That’s the great part because you can personalize it. Hope you and your family enjoy it with some sweet memories!

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  20. Anonymous says:

    What are the nutritional information in this?

  21. Leah Scoggins says:

    Such a great recipe! The whole family loved it… even those not on Whole30!

    • Mollie Mason says:

      Oh, that is always my favorite type of review – even those who don’t need to eat the “healthy” version enjoy it! What a win! Thanks for sharing, Leah 🙂

  22. Lindsay Diethorn says:

    Pretty scrumptious!

  23. Samara Star says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Lindsay! Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

  24. Loretta Stuart says:

    Tried it delicioso!

  25. Junemk says:

    Very good! I added 2 peaches with the apples and used almonds and pecans. Thanks for the recipe! Should I put the leftovers in the fridge?

  26. Kate says:

    I just made this. It is very dry . I went back and read the recipe after it was done thinking I had missed a step . Not sure how to make it more moist and less dry . I know it’s a crumble but shouldn’t be powdery .

    • Mollie Mason says:

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that Kate! I wonder why? I haven’t had that issue. I wouldn’t think that the brand of flours or nuts you use should matter.. Maybe just try with extra coconut oil?

  27. Suzanne says:

    This looks so good! What a great way to enjoy a dessert while sticking to the good stuff!

  28. VAnessa says:

    Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

    • Mollie Mason says:

      I will say it’s always better fresh out the oven the first time you make it, but I’ve many times kept it for leftovers for a few days with just a simple reheat. Hope you love it!

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