Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe

A Savory Fall Dessert.

I remember when I was younger my dad used to work at a restaurant as a chef. He would come home at night with a styrofoam bowl of fresh, warm apple crisp. The texture, the warmth, and the flavor were all so comforting. Because of that small childhood memory, I still consider apple crisp one of my favorite savory desserts to this day. As I grew up and lived with my dad, I would constantly request apple crisp. I mean really you get the best of both worlds here! There’s the soft texture and the sweet and sour taste of the warm apples and cranberries. Then there’s the crunchy oatmeal topping that makes for a perfect combo with the warm fruit. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!

For my little Fall series, “I Love Fall”, I decided I’d incorporate my dad’s apple crisp recipe. Apples are in season during the Fall and I find that Thanksgiving is a perfect reason to bake up some apple crisp (but really, you could make this delicious treat year round)!

There are plenty of apple crisp recipes out there on Pinterest, but you don’t really see many with the use of cranberries. If you have never tried apple crisp with cranberries, you

must try this recipe. Then let me know how you liked (or loved) it!

Apple Crisp

Serves 8-10
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving
By author Kelly Kartforosh
This vegan apple crisp recipe has a delicious flavor combination of sweet and sour along with a delightful texture combination of soft and crispy. It's sure to be a savory hit for any Fall special occasion.


Fruity Layer

  • 1 dash Ground Cloves
  • 6-8 Granny Smith Apples (Thinly sliced with the skins)
  • 2 cups Cranberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Sugar


  • 3 cups Plain Oats
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Butter (Melted (1/2 cup = 1 stick of butter))

Topping (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk (Use as needed if the topping is too dry or difficult to spread)


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 12 X 8 baking dish (or a similar size). If you are using a loaf dish (i.e 5 X 9), you will need to split the recipe up.
Fruity Layer
Step 2
Once the apples are thinly sliced, place them in a large bowl or tupperware container. Add the cranberries as well. Add the rest of the dry "Fruity Layer" ingredients (cinnamon, sugar, ground cloves). Toss the fruit until they appear to be evenly covered by the dry ingredients. Spread the apples and cranberries evenly at the bottom of the baking dish.
Step 3
In another bowl, mix together the topping ingredients (plain oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted vegan butter). As you are mixing if you realize the consistency is too dry or difficult to mix/spread, then you can add some almond milk (optional). Evenly spread the topping over the apples and cranberries in the baking dish so that they are fully covered by the topping.
Step 4
Place the dish in the oven, uncovered, for about 45 minutes.

If you really feel like indulging, add some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (you can find both of these as vegan products). The combination of the warm and cold temperatures is amazing!!

So give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Who knows, maybe it’ll become a part of your yearly Thanksgiving dish list.

Happy Fall! 🙂