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.

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Paleo Apple Crisp

5 from 23 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


  • fruit and vegetable peeler
  • kitchen knife
  • mixing bowls
  • 13" x 9" baking dish


  • 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


  • 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. 

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!

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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!

comments +

  1. Laura

    November 20th, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I agree! Crisp is always better than a pie.

  2. Mollie Mason

    November 20th, 2017 at 9:38 am

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

  3. Rachel

    November 20th, 2017 at 9:48 am

    You had me at apple crisp…

  4. Mollie Mason

    November 20th, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Always such a favorite!

  5. Deborah Brooks

    November 20th, 2017 at 11:36 am

    delicious for any holiday!

  6. Mollie Mason

    November 20th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    So true, Deborah! No limits on this treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Farrah

    November 20th, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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

  8. Mollie Mason

    November 20th, 2017 at 3:56 pm

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

  9. Abbey Sharp

    November 20th, 2017 at 3:54 pm

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

  10. Mollie Mason

    November 20th, 2017 at 3:55 pm

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

  11. Kalee

    November 20th, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    This looks so yummy and Thanksgiving-approved!!

  12. Mollie Mason

    November 20th, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Yes, a Thanksgiving favorite!!

  13. Kelly @ TastingPage

    November 20th, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Healthy apple crisp? I’m so in!

  14. Mollie Mason

    November 22nd, 2017 at 5:50 am

    It’s a no brainer, right??

  15. dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    November 20th, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    i want this for breakfast!!!

  16. Mollie Mason

    November 22nd, 2017 at 5:51 am

    It makes an AMAZING breakfast, as well!

  17. Jessica Levinson

    November 20th, 2017 at 9:19 pm

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

  18. Mollie Mason

    November 22nd, 2017 at 5:52 am

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

  19. Emily

    November 20th, 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Mollie Mason

    November 22nd, 2017 at 5:52 am

    So much YES! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Angela

    November 21st, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Yum, this looks so delicious! Awesome to have a paleo friendly dessert tooโ€™n

  22. Mollie Mason

    November 22nd, 2017 at 5:53 am

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

  23. Jill Conyers

    November 21st, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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

  24. Mollie Mason

    November 22nd, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Yay! Let me know how you like it, Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Sarah

    December 4th, 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!

  26. Mollie Mason

    December 4th, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I’m so glad the whole fam got to enjoy it! Thanks for sharing, Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. kathy

    June 15th, 2019 at 8:57 pm

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

  28. Mollie Mason

    June 16th, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Love to hear that! Itโ€™s been a favorite for me to bring over to share with family, as well!!

  29. Alicia

    August 5th, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Coconut sugar is not part of whole30

  30. Mollie Mason

    August 6th, 2019 at 4:41 am

    That’s why it’s listed under optional ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Carolyn

    August 29th, 2019 at 11:33 am

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

  32. Mollie Mason

    August 29th, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    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!

  33. Mandy

    September 26th, 2019 at 2:27 am

    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.

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