Paleo Apple Crisp

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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We've partnered with King Arthur Flour to bring you this perfect Paleo Apple Crisp! If you're looking for an easy, healthier dessert that everyone will love – this delicious dish is perfect for any occasion.

paleo apple crisp in a white rectangular dish with 3 scoops of ice cream on top on a marble surface

Apple crisp has long been one of my favorite desserts. The filling made with fresh apples, warm spices like cinnamon, and just a bit of sweetener is made even better by the crispy, buttery topping. Finish it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you really can't get anything better than this classic dessert! Even better, we've made it completely Paleo and grain-free thanks to King Arthur's Paleo Baking Flour – but no one will be able to tell the difference.

bags of king arthur paleo baking flour on a marble surface

What is Paleo Baking Flour?

King Arthur's new Paleo Baking Flour is a blend of almond, coconut, and cassava flours that can be used 1:1 to replace regular flour in your favorite recipes. We've used King Arthur's gluten-free measure for measure flour for years, so we were very excited to test out this new grain-free blend. So far, we've made apple muffins, brownies, and now this apple crisp with this flour and are loving this easy-button option for Paleo baked goods.

King Arthur is known for their precision in baking, and for this blend, they've truly found the optimal balance with 3 grain-free flours. The healthy fats in the almond flour keep baked goods moist, tender, and fresh for longer, while cassava flour helps lighten up the baked goods and coconut flour helps thicken the batter.

You can find Paleo Baking Flour on King Arthur's Website, on Amazon, or at your local Publix, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Meijer, and more!

paleo apple crisp in a wooden bowl topped with a scoop of ice cream on a marble surface

How to Make Paleo Apple Crisp

One of the best things about this Paleo Apple Crisp is how easy it is to make! Just follow the steps below:

  1. Slice the apples. The first thing you'll do to make this apple crisp is core 6 apples and thinly slice them. You can leave the skins on or peel them – it's up to you!
  2. Combine the filling ingredients. Next, you'll toss the apples with a bit of coconut sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, water, and Paleo baking flour – which will help thicken the juices that are released from the apples. Once everything is fully combined, spoon the filling into a baking dish.
  3. Make the topping. To make the crisp topping, you'll whisk together flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts. Then, stir in the butter and vanilla until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Sprinkle the crumble over the apples. Next, you'll sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples, making sure it is evenly distributed.
  5. Bake. Finally, you'll bake the crisp at 350 F for 45 minutes, until the apples are cooked through, and the topping is browned and crisp. Let it cool slightly then serve warm.

paleo apple crisp in a white rectangular dish with some spooned out into a wooden bowl and topped with a scoop of ice cream

What should I top apple crisp with?

While this paleo apple crisp is delicious on its own, we find that a good topping really takes it to the next level. Here are our favorites:

  • Whipped cream or coconut cream – Whipped cream or coconut cream makes for a perfect easy topping for this crisp. 
  • Ice Cream – You can either make your own or go for storebought. A few of our favorite Paleo-friendly ice cream brands are NadaMoo and Coconut Bliss.
  • Salted Caramel Sauce – If you really want to up the deliciousness of this dessert, try topping it with our salted caramel sauce that's dairy and refined sugar-free!

Whether you're making this apple crisp for a casual gathering or giving it a space on your Thanksgiving table, we hope you love it as much as we do!


Paleo Apple Crisp

paleo apple crisp in a wooden bowl topped with a scoop of ice cream on a marble surface

This Paleo apple crisp is the perfect easy and delicious dessert that everyone will love!

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 pounds apples, granny smith or honeycrisp, about 6 total, cored and thinly sliced (skin on or off)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Paleo Baking flour
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of water
For the Crumble
  • 1 1/2 cups (156 g) King Arthur Paleo Baking flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons butter or ghee, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the filling in the bottom of a 1.75 quart casserole dish and toss to combine,
  3. Whisk together the flour, walnuts, coconut sugar, and cinnamon until fully combined. Then, stir in the butter and vanilla.
  4. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples, making sure it is evenly distributed.
  5. Bake at for 45-55 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and the topping is browned and crisp. Let cool slightly then serve warm, with Paleo ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Keywords: grain-free, vegetarian, dessert, healthy, paleo, almond flour

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  1. Becky says:

    Our family’s first favorite apple crisp recipe.
    We’ve tried many recipes for this, and eaten many other people’s versions of apple crisp, but this is the first time we’ve decided that apple crisp is a worthwhile dessert. It is excellent!

  2. Adrienne Scruggs says:

    I’d love to make this vs apple pie for Thanksgiving … make ahead and then just warm in the oven when ready to eat? Anyone had success with that? I don’t want it to get mushy.

  3. Sarah Martin says:

    I am so excited to try this recipe! I have a question- can I use the King Arthur Measure for Measure flour for this recipe?

  4. Kerry Schleappe says:

    So excited to see a paleo recipe for a long time family favorite. My mom has always made this and taught me that most people don’t bake it long enough for the apples to get nice and done and the crisp on top to actually be crispy. I haven’t made anything like this is years so I’m excited to try! Do you think that monk fruit (granulated) could be substituted for the coconut sugar to reduce the sugar/carb content? Or, any suggestions to otherwise reduce what sugar content you can, aside from the apples of course. ;0) Thank you!

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      So glad you’re excited about this one, Kerry! We haven’t tried monk fruit, but I think it’ll work. Let us know if you try it!