Small Batch Honey Apple Crisp

dairy free apple crisp

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I teased this apple crisp on Instagram stories and had so many messages asking for the recipe that I decided to get it up right away! This gluten-free and dairy-free apple crisp is sweetened only with honey and is a small batch. I made it smaller than most apple crisp recipes for anyone who lives in a household with just a few people. This way you can enjoy this honey apple crisp for a night without leftovers. Of course, you can also double the recipe and have plenty of leftovers!

dairy free apple crisp

Lightly Sweet and Plenty of Crisp

While a recent Instagram poll confirmed that some of you do, in fact, enjoy the apple part more than the crisp part, I’m team crisp. So, for the majority of us, I didn’t skimp here and you’ll get that crunchy crumbly texture you enjoy with a bit of apple, too! For anyone who is in search of a crisp without butter, this is a dairy-free apple crisp, with coconut oil adding the texture we need and a delicious flavor.

I also learned from some international followers that crumble is UK term while here in the US we typically say crisp. It means the same thing! Whatever you call it, you can pair with ice cream, whipped cream or even greek yogurt.

healthy honey apple crisp

What Apples Should You Use for Baking?

This is truly an essential piece of info! According to Bon Appetit, the best apples for baking are:

  • jonagold
  • honey crisp
  • Braeburn
  • mutsu
  • winesap
  • pink lady

I used some Jonagold that we picked at Solebury orchards when I came up with this recipe, but honey crisp is always a favorite for us! This recipe was such a hit, that I also turned it into a peach crisp. Be sure to save that for next summer!

For more dairy-free baking recipes that are lower in added sugar, check out my tried-and-true Healthy Banana Bread and my Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles!

dairy free apple crisp

Small Batch Honey Apple Crisp

This dairy free apple crisp is a small batch version, sweetened only with honey, and topped with plenty of crumble.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • cups diced apples such as jonagold
  • 2 tbsp raw honey may substitute maple
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp nutmeg
  • tsp clove


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • cup melted coconut oil
  • cup raw honey may substitute maple


  • Preheat oven to 350° convect or 375° standard.
  • Dice apples, skin on into small 1/4-1/3 inch cubes.
  • Mix apples with honey lemon and vanilla in a medium sized bowl.
  • Sprinkle corn starch and spices on top and stir well.
  • Pour mixture into 7×7 inch baking dish (8×8 should be fine too, but consider an extra 1/2 cup of apples.)
  • Mix melted coconut oil with honey for the crisp in one small bowl and mix oats, almond flour and spices in another small bowl.
  • Add the dry to the wet, and stir well before topping the apple mixture.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes if on convect and 35-40 if on standard heat.
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  1. I’m going apple picking this weekend so I can’t wait to try this out! 😀 Love how easy it is to make! <3! I already have all the other ingredients! 😀

  2. I bet this smells amazing! I love smaller batch recipes because it’s just me in the house and I don’t like having a lot laying around.

  3. ooooo apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts-especially this time of year!! Can’t wait to try this recipe out and will definitely be making it for my family when I go visit them too:)

  4. Hi. This recipe looks delicious and healthy. I can’t wait to try it. I have two questions. Can it be made with blueberries and can the crisp part be made in bulk and stored?

  5. I can’t have sugar or white flour so this recipe was perfect for me. I substituted whole wheat flour for the almond flour in recipe and it came out delicious. I find after it was refrigerated for 24 hrs it was even sweeter. This is a fantastic recipe that I’ll use again and might try other fruits to use to change it up a bit.