Apple Crisp (AIP/Paleo/Refined Sugar-Free)

Ah comfort food! Simply thinking of the words “comfort food” takes me back in time to my childhood and I can smell the apple crisp baking in the oven. In my opinion, apple crisp is the ultimate comfort food.  I have fond memories of enjoying it with my family.

Doesn’t it have all the features a dessert dish would ever need?  The apples give the tartness while the  cinnamon adds a hint of spice, the butter gives it the fat and the brown sugar, the sweetness. Let’s not forget the multiple textures, soft apple filling, crispness from the browned oat topping, top it with whipped cream or ice cream and you have it ALL!  

No one should ever have to give up their comfort food. I certainly didn’t want to give mine up, but I did for awhile. It made me sad, very sad, which of course made me want comfort food, but I stayed strong!  

Then came cassava flour and my baking will forever be changed, Have you all heard of this flour? It’s AH-mazing and puts the crisp in ‘AIP Apple crisp’, something my prior GF/DF crisps were missing. This now makes no sense, how could I have even called them crisps if they weren’t crispy? But I did, and I ate them, but they were lacking.

Now this apple crisp recipe, this is what I remember eating growing up!  Ah comfort food!  I hope this dish gives you as much comfort as it has for me on this AIP journey.

Apple Crisp (AIP/Paleo/Refined Sugar-Free)

Yield: 4-6 servings

Apple Crisp (AIP/Paleo/Refined Sugar-Free)

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
50 minutes
Additional Time:
15 minutes
Total Time:
1 hour 10 minutes

This apple crisp is the ultimate comfort food! It's also AIP, Paleo, gluten, dairy and egg free!


    1. Grease a 10 inch pie pan, or cast iron pan with coconut oil.
    2. Place apples in pan then sprinkle with cinnamon.
    3. Combine dry topping ingredients together.
    4. Mix in melted coconut oil and maple syrup.
    5. Spread topping on top of apples, trying to get it as even as possible.
    6. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes
    7. Eat alone or top with coconut cream.
    8. Enjoy!

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This recipe is shared on Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable.


  1. Thank you soooo much for this recipe! Very yummy!

  2. I love this, I make two because I cant stop eating first one….

  3. This looks amazing!!! Love cassava flour!

    I just got a pressure cooker… do you think this could be made in that? If so, what settings? I’m a total pressure cooker newbie, so excuse my naivety if it’s very much not possible ;]

    • hmmm I haven’t tried making it in the pressure cooker, I don’t know if it would crisp up as much as in the oven, but probably would still be tasty. If you try it, please report back with the results! 🙂

  4. I made this for my NYE dessert. Best recipe of its kind I’ve ever tried! So so good! It was as good or better than apple pie and for once I felt indulgent instead of deprived. Thank you!

  5. Taylor Bernier

    Since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and choosing to follow the AIP I thought my pie and ice cream days were over. Let me tell you, this recipe is delicious! Great with apples but wanted to use up my fresh strawberries the other day and opted for those instead. It was like a strawberry rhubarb pie, paired it with ‘screamin’ brothers’ coconut milk vanilla ce cream and oh my GOD – we’re back baby. Can’t wait to make this for my parents for our next Sunday dinner dessert! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. Do you know if tapioca will work in place of arrowroot in this crisp? I have a container I didn’t label, and now I don’t know if I have arrowroot or tapioca starch. Anyways, just trying to figure out if I need to be certain of what I have or if it’ll work okay. Thanks!

  7. Kristy Rivero

    I’ve made this at least 4 times since I discovered your recipe about a week ago. :). SO good! The only thing I tweaked was I added lemon juice to the apples and cinnamon as my apples were turning brown as soon as I cut them the first time and I’ve just kept it up. I have to keep making it so my family can have a bit as I do not like to share!

  8. Mara Ellis

    Can you sub honey instead of maple syrup or coconut sugar??

  9. can i sub something for coconut oil?

  10. This was simply the best apple crisp ever! Thank you so much!!!

  11. This was really good!! I made a regular apple crisp the day before and this one after, my husband said this one was much better. I agree and I didn’t feel any repercussions from having eaten grains/oatmeal either. I added some chopped nuts to mine. Tasted great the next day too!

    • oh yay! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, it’s a fave and one of the most popular ones on the blog! The addition of nuts sounds delish!

  12. someone mentioned tapioca or arrowroot powder buti don’t see in recipe. am i missed something?

    • Hi Linda,

      The recipe does call for 1/4 cup arrowroot flour (it’s under the topping ingredients). It can also be called arrowroot powder or arrowroot starch. Hope this helps!

  13. Any substitute for cassava? Cassava and tigernut are hard on my gut. Would coconut work?

    • hmm it may work, but I can’t be sure as I haven’t tried it. It wouldn’t have the same texture, but may still be tasty! I would either increase the coconut oil a little or decrease the amount of coconut flour, as it absorbs more moisture than other flours. Hope this helps!

  14. Caroline Collins

    Do you think I could sub the shredded coconut for something else? Tigernut maybe? My SO hates coconut so I’m trying to minimize how much there would be in this.

  15. I just realized as I was reading through your comments that I completely forgot the arrowroot powder. I wondered why it was more like batter. BUT – it was still delicious! I’ve been on AIP for two months and this is the first dessert I’ve made. I topped mine with a little bit of coconut cream while the rest of my family happily ate it with ice cream. I will definitely make this again! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Ah forgetting an ingredient happens to the best of us! SO glad it was still enjoyed and it will be even better next time with the arrowroot 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting, made my day!

  16. 10/10 will definitely make again!

  17. This was so good!!! I have been doing AIP for about a month and a half and this is my new favorite thing I have attempted to make. It’s great to have a recipe I can bring to a holiday now and not feel like I’m missing out. Thank you!!

  18. This is awesome… I made two. Finally a simple sweet treat! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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