The “Better Than Pie” Paleo Apple Crisp

November 19, 2017

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 reined 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.

5 from 15 votes

Paleo Apple Crisp

Course Dessert


  • 1 13" x 9" baking dish
  • 5 apples I used 3 honey crisp and 2 small granny smith


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1 cup chopped almonds and cashews
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil


  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Pare apple, then chop into slices. Layer into 13 x 9 in baking dish. 

  3. Mix almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, pink salt, and chopped nuts (and coconut sugar if desired) in bowl. 

  4. Melt coconut oil and pour into topping mixture. Mix evenly.

  5. Spread topping mixture onto apples. 

  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until apples are soft. 

  7. Serve warm. 

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.)

Links for the ingredients I used in case you don’t already have them in your pantry:


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!

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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  • Reply Laura November 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I agree! Crisp is always better than a pie.

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 20, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Crisp > pie any day! Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, Laura!

  • Reply Rachel November 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    You had me at apple crisp…

  • Reply Deborah Brooks November 20, 2017 at 11:36 am

    delicious for any holiday!

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      So true, Deborah! No limits on this treat 🙂

  • Reply Farrah November 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      So so good! I hope you try it, Farrah!

  • Reply Abbey Sharp November 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

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

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      So much better than pie! I hope you love it!!

  • Reply Kalee November 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    This looks so yummy and Thanksgiving-approved!!

  • Reply Kelly @ TastingPage November 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Healthy apple crisp? I’m so in!

  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health November 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    i want this for breakfast!!!

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 22, 2017 at 5:51 am

      It makes an AMAZING breakfast, as well!

  • Reply Jessica Levinson November 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm

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

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 22, 2017 at 5:52 am

      So so delicious! (you’d never know it’s healthy)

  • Reply Emily November 20, 2017 at 10:37 pm

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

  • Reply Angela November 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

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

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 22, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Yes- any dessert that actually tastes good that’s sugar free, dairy free, and grain free is a WIN!

  • Reply Jill Conyers November 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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

    • Reply Mollie Mason November 22, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Yay! Let me know how you like it, Jill 🙂

  • Reply Sarah December 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    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!

    • Reply Mollie Mason December 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      I’m so glad the whole fam got to enjoy it! Thanks for sharing, Sarah 🙂

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