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This simple and delicious apple crisp recipe is given a rustic feel thanks to it’s baking vessel – a cast iron skillet! Sweet, juicy cinnamon apples with a chewy oatmeal topping makes for the perfect dessert flavor and texture combination. For so many reasons, this Easy Skillet Apple Crisp is a show-stopper!

Bonus: Although you’d never guess it in a million years, this apple crisp recipe is vegan and gluten free. So you can rest easy knowing you can serve it to friends and family with a variety of food needs and preferences.

Right of the Oven Apple Crisp in a Cast Iron Pan with Apples in Background

Sweet, juicy cinnamon apples with a chewy oatmeal topping! Pure heaven.

I have to say, apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts of all time – which is fitting, because fall is my favorite season of all time.   (Although I will say – this dessert has been the star of some of our summertime get-togethers, too!)

This recipe takes this classic dessert to a whole new level by using a cast iron skillet for baking. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s perfect for parties and the presentation is stellar, too! You’ll have to try and resist eating it straight from the skillet, though… which I would never  do… ok, I did.

If you’re craving this type of dessert for breakfast, you have to try my Apple Crisp Overnight Oats!

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Sweet, juicy cinnamon apples topped with a chewy oatmeal topping makes for the perfect dessert flavor and texture combination.
  • Baking in a cast iron skillet allows for even baking of this dessert, plus it creates a fun, rustic look!

What if I don’t own a cast iron skillet? 

  • No cast iron skillet? No problem!  Simply bake in a 9 x 13 cake pan or casserole dish instead.
  • If you’re ready to purchase a cast iron skillet, the great news is they’re very cheap!  THIS is a good one to consider.

What are the best apples to use in apple crisp?

  • Most people like tart green apples such as Granny Smith for their apple desserts because it creates a nice contrast of flavors with the sweetness and the cinnamon.  However, any firm apple will do; the Fuji and Spartan varieties are nice choices if you like sweeter apples.
  • Or, use a combination of apples!

Instructions for making this Easy Skillet Apple Crisp…

1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Then, take your cast iron skillet and give it a good greasing with your preferred non-dairy butter or oil of choice. Set it aside for now.

3. Next, add all of your Filling ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Once combined, take this mixture and pour it into your greased skillet.

The apple crisp “Filling” is the first thing to go in the cast iron skillet.

4. Using the same unwashed mixing bowl, combine all of the Topping ingredients until your butter is well incorporated.

5. Once combined, using your finger tips, sprinkle your topping evenly over the surface of the apple filling in the skillet.

After sprinkling the Topping over the Filling, this crisp is ready to go in the oven!

6. Pop this amazingness into your oven to bake for 40 minutes, or until it bubbles around the edges and the tips of the topping start to lightly brown.

Piping hot skillet apple crisp! It’s best served warm.

That’s all there is to it! Just sit back, relax, and wait as your kitchen fills with that classic fall smell – it’s like those candles, but in the end, you get to eat it!

Top Tips for Making this Skillet Apple Crisp:

  • Make sure your cast iron skillet is 12 inches in diameter.
  • I leave the skin on my apples, and even the pickiest of eaters in my home do not mind!  However, feel free to peel your apples if that’s what you prefer.
  • Aim for one-inch chunks when chopping your apples. I do this by first cutting my apples into thick slices, and then chop each slice into thirds.
  • This apple crisp is best when served the same day it is baked. However, you can assemble the dessert a day or two ahead of time and then store it in the refrigerator under plastic wrap until you’re ready to bake.

This Apple Crisp goes marvelously with my 2-Ingredient Vegan Whipped Cream or Cinnamon Cookie Cashew Ice Cream! If you’re in a hurry and only want a treat for yourself, try my Single Serving Apple Crisp.

Deliciously juicy and sweet apples with a chewy apple topping.

Did you try this recipe? Give it a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below. Your feedback is very helpful! Thanks in advance, friend.

Easy Skillet Apple Crisp

This simple and delicious apple crisp recipe is given a rustic feel thanks to it's baking vessel - a cast iron skillet! You'd never guess it's vegan and gluten free.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten-free, plant based, vegan
Keyword: Gluten free apple crisp, Skillet Apple Crisp, Vegan Apple Crisp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 (about)

Equipment

  • 12-inch Cast iron skillet or a 9 x 13 pan

Ingredients

Filling

  • 8 cups Apple Chunks about 5 medium apples
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tb Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tb Lemon Juice bottled or fresh
  • 1 Tb Oat Flour

Topping

  • 1 1/3 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 cup Oat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Pecans optional but recommended
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tb Maple Syrup

Instructions

  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Then, take your cast iron skillet and give it a good greasing with your preferred non-dairy butter or oil of choice. Set it aside for now.
  • Next, add all of your Filling ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Once combined, take this mixture and pour it into your greased skillet.
  • Using the same unwashed mixing bowl, combine all of the Topping ingredients until your butter is well incorporated.
  • Once combined, using your finger tips, sprinkle your topping evenly over the surface of the apple filling in the skillet.
  • Pop this amazingness into your oven to bake for 40 minutes, or until it bubbles around the edges and the tips of the topping start to lightly brown.

Notes

  • I leave the skin on my apples, and even the pickiest of eaters in my home do not mind!  However, feel free to peel your apples if that's what you prefer.
  • Aim for one-inch chunks when chopping your apples. I do this by first cutting my apples into thick slices, and then chop each slice into thirds.
  • This apple crisp is best when served the same day it is baked. However, you can assemble the dessert a day or two ahead of time and then store it in the refrigerator under plastic wrap until you're ready to bake.
  • This apple crisp is best if served warm and topped with vegan vanilla ice cream or 2-Ingredient Vegan Whipped Cream. YUM.
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Donna

5 stars
Delicious recipe!

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Audrey Dunham

Thank you! So glad you liked it.

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