Pleasantly sweet, with warm apple slices, golden brown oats and plenty of cinnamon and spices, this homemade sugarless apple crisp is a healthy, delicious dessert. Bake up a dish tonight!

When people think of sugarless desserts, they often imagine someone who is health conscious. Perhaps a person who wants to trim their waistline. Or who has decided to opt for some type of sugar substitute because they heard sugar wasn’t healthy for them.

But for us, baking sugar-free desserts is a lifestyle. It has been since I was little. Sugar bothers many of my family member’s bodies in ways that most people don’t understand. Many of the desserts we make are sweetened with fruit, fruit juice, agave or sometimes fructose. We typically select sweeteners that have a low glycemic index.

What is a Low Glycemic Index?

A glycemic index is a system of assigning numbers to foods based on how the food affects your blood sugar level. Consuming low glycemic foods mean they won’t cause wild swings in your blood sugar. This is great for many people but especially those with blood sugar issues like hypoglycemics and diabetics. Some examples of low glycemic foods are beans, lentils, most fruits and pumpkin seeds.

How to Make Apple Crisp Without Sugar

This homemade apple crisp recipe is just that — sweetened with only apples and 100% apple juice concentrate. It is the perfect dessert to serve year around, on weekdays or weekends, to guests or just because you have a craving for something sweet and satisfying.

My favorite part of this dessert recipe is the topping. Loaded with two kinds of flours, crisp, golden oats and plenty of warm spices, it’s sweet, buttery crunch is worth the 30 minute wait in the oven. If I could, I’d serve a little bit of apple with my generous portion of crisp topping. Or a smidge of apple pie filling with my large piece of pie crust. I’m just that kind of gal.

May you enjoy this apple crisp as much as my family and I do!

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Most people think of apples being a fall dessert. But this apple crisp recipe is perfect any time of the year! Simply toss together the ingredients, place in the oven and let the aroma of warm apples and spice fill your home.

Makes: one 8×8, about 6 servings

Ingredients

Filling

5-6 apples peeled and sliced thinly (we prefer to use Gala or Fuji apples)
8 oz apple juice concentrate
1.5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Topping

1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) melted butter
1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of clove
Pinch of salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

To make the filling for the apple crisp, start by peeling, coring and slicing the apples into thin slices. I find using an apple peeler tool speeds up the process greatly! Place the apples in a large bowl and set aside. Next, pour the cold apple juice concentrate into a small saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch and cinnamon. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Cook until thickened. Pour mixture over apples and stir to coat apples completely. Spoon filling into an even layer in an  8” x 8” baking dish.

In a medium size bowl, combine both flours, quick oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Drizzle melted butter over mixture and stir until some small clumps appear. Sprinkle topping over the apples.

Bake the apple crisp for 30 minutes or until golden brown and the filling begins to bubble. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Homemade Apple Crisp Tips

To speed up the apple peeling process, I love using my apple peeler tool. It peels and cores your apples without you having to do it by hand.

Rather than using a tart apple like a granny smith and then adding additional sugar to sweeten the fruit crisp, we like to use a sweeter apple like a gala or fuji. Then we add 100% apple juice concentrate to increase the natural sweetness of the apple crisp recipe.

The apple crisp is absolutely delectable when served warm from the oven. But it’s also tasty at room temperature. Serve the apple crisp as is or pair is with a drizzle of heavy whipping cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

If one 8” x 8” baking dish isn’t enough to fill your family’s bellies, simply double the recipe and place it in a 9” x 13” glass baking dish.

Want another sugar-free dessert? Try this apple pie recipe or homemade strawberry applesauce.

Yield: one 8x8, about 6 servings

Sugarless Apple Crisp

Sugarless Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • Filling
  • 5-6 apples peeled and sliced thinly (we prefer to use Gala or Fuji apples)
  • 8 oz apple juice concentrate
  • 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 4 Tbs (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of clove
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    To make the filling for the apple crisp, start by peeling, coring and slicing the apples into thin slices. I find using an apple peeler tool speeds up the process greatly! Place the apples in a large bowl and set aside. Next, pour the cold apple juice concentrate into a small saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch and cinnamon. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Cook until thickened. Pour mixture over apples and stir to coat apples completely. Spoon filling into an even layer in an  8” x 8” baking dish.

    In a medium size bowl, combine both flours, quick oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Drizzle melted butter over mixture and stir until some small clumps appear. Sprinkle topping over the apples.

    Bake the apple crisp for 30 minutes or until golden brown and the filling begins to bubble. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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