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Single-Serving Cinnamon Apple Crisp! (Vegan and Gluten Free)

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Done in under 15 minutes, this vegan single-serving cinnamon apple crisp recipe is perfect for those moments you’re craving this fall dessert but don’t have the time (or patience!) to make a giant batch.

Single serving apple crisp in a ramekin with vegan ice cream next to decorative apples

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Using a small amount of simple ingredients, this single-serving dessert is so easy to make.
  • The quick cook time allows you to enjoy this treat on a whim! You’ll be enjoying your own bowl of warm, sweet and delicious cinnamon apple crisp in about 15 minutes.
  • This is also a great dessert to make if you find yourself entertaining last minute for unexpected guests. Just whip up one for each person.

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 of the sugar and the cinnamon.  However, any firm apple will do; the Fuji, Pink Lady and Spartan varieties are nice choices if you like sweeter apples.
  • Or, use a combination of both tart and sweeter apples! Together they create a wonderfully tangy and sweet balance of flavor.

How To Make Single-Serving Cinnamon Apple Crisp:

Although this is a single-serving recipe that doesn’t mean you can’t bake multiple servings. In fact it’s great to make for date night or even the whole family. Each person gets their own perfect little dessert!

I was nice and made double the recipe for the photos here so my husband, Jeff, could partake in this fun treat as well 🙂

Here I share steps to prepare each single dish, so simply double or triple etc. for as many servings as you need.

1) First, preheat your oven to 450°F/230°C and then find an oven safe dish that’s about 4 inches in diameter.

For multiple individual servings you can also use a large muffin tin for the baking portion! However, start off with a large microwave safe bowl until you get past step #6 below.

Two empty ramikens

2) Next, chop ½ of a medium-sized apple (I used Fuji) and place it in the dish.

Two ramekins filled with raw, chopped apples

3) Then, grab your cinnamon and lightly dust the top of the chopped apples.

Two ramikens filled with raw apples and a dusting of cinnamon

4) Now add your sweetener of choice. I used coconut sugar, but granulated or brown sugar work, as well. If you choose to use a calorie-free sweetener such as monk fruit or stevia, you may want to add only ½ the amount called for in the recipe, as many calorie-free sweeteners are much sweeter than coconut, white or brown sugar.

adding coconut sugar to the ramekins

5) Next, add the lemon juice. If you don’t have any fresh lemons handy, the bottled type of lemon juice will work just fine.

Adding lemon juice to the unbaked dessert.

6) This next step is a big part of the reason why this cinnamon apple crisp recipe is so quick to make: take your apple mixture and microwave on high for one minute. Don’t overdo cooking the apples in the microwave since they’ll continue to bake in the oven. I like my apple crisp mixture to have a bit of bite, therefore one minute is perfect. But feel free to add a few seconds if you like softer apples.

If you’re not a fan of microwaving or if perhaps you don’t even own one – no biggie! Just add 3 – 5 minutes to the oven cooking time below.

If you’re using a muffin tin, transfer the apple mixture over to a greased tin once this step is complete.

Two ramekins filled with cooked apple crisp filling

7) In a separate bowl, add the old-fashioned rolled oats, non-dairy butter, cinnamon, sugar and walnuts (IF you’re a walnut person. Pecans are also a nice option, btw!).

Bowl with oats, sugar, vegan butter, walnuts.

Mix these ingredients together with your fingers. Using your dry hands will evenly blend the crisp topping into a hearty crumble, without it getting mushy.

Oats, vegan butter, walnuts and sugar mixed together in a bowl.

8) Add this lovely oatmeal concoction to the top of your apple mixture.

Two ramekins with apple crisp filling and topping

9) Place your dish on a baking sheet and place on the top rack in the oven. Bake for approximately 6 – 10 minutes or until the highest peaks of the oatmeal start to turn a light brown color.

Two other indicators that the dessert is done baking is 1) the glorious smell that suddenly permeates the kitchen and 2) the juices from the apples start to bubble.

Baked apple crisp cooling on a cookie sheet

10) Ta-daa!! And there you have it… your own personal sized apple crisp!

If you are using a muffin tin, carefully spoon the dessert out into the serving vessel of your choice.

As a note: Be careful when handling after removing from the oven, as the dish may be very hot!

Top Tips and Variations For Making Single-Serving Cinnamon Apple Crisp:

  • 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 1-inch chunks when chopping your apples. I do this by first cutting my apples into thick slices, and then chop each slice into thirds.
  • If you prefer not to use a microwave, simply add 3 – 5 minutes to the cooking time in the oven.
  • Use monk fruit or stevia if you’re looking for a calorie-free sweetener. You may want to add only ½ the amount called for in the recipe, as many calorie-free sweeteners are much sweeter than coconut, white or brown sugar.
  • We typically make these perfect portions on demand, but if you do happen to have any leftover it will keep well in the refrigerator for up 2 days.
  • Hosting a party or want to make a bigger batch in one dish? Then you have to try my Easy Skillet Apple Crisp, too!

Single serving apple crisp in a ramekin with vegan ice cream next to decorative apples

Serving Suggestions

If you so desire, add a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream to the top (I like the cashew or oat-based types). And if you’re feeling really fancy, dust the ice cream with a tiny bit of extra cinnamon, just for presentation’s sake.

Cinnamon apple crisp also goes great with my 2-Ingredient Vegan Whipped Cream or Cinnamon Cookie Cashew Ice Cream.

Enjoy!

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Vegan Single Serving Apple Crisp

Single-Serving Cinnamon Apple Crisp! (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Done in under 15 minutes, this single serving vegan apple crisp is perfect for when you're craving this fall dessert but don't have the time (or patience!) to make a giant batch.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten-free, plant based, vegan
Keyword: Gluten-Free and Vegan Cinnamon Apple Crisp, Single Serving Desserts, Vegan Cinnamon Apple Crisp, Vegan Desserts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 333kcal

Ingredients

Apple Filling:

  • 1/2 of an apple chopped (I used Fuji)
  • a dusting of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. coconut OR brown sugar can substitute with half the amount of monk fruit or stevia.
  • 1/2 Tbsp. of lemon juice

Oatmeal Topping:

  • 2 Tbsp. old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. vegan butter
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut OR brown sugar can substitute with half the amount of monk fruit or stevia.
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts optional
  • non-dairy vanilla ice cream optional

Instructions

  • First, preheat your oven to 450°F/230°C and then find yourself an oven safe dish that’s about 4 inches in diameter. You can also use a large muffin tin for the baking portion, but start off with a microwave safe bowl until you get past step #6 below.
  • Next, chop up ½ of a medium sized apple (I used Fuji) and place it in the dish.
  • Then, grab your cinnamon and lightly dust the top of the chopped apples.
  • Now add your sweetener of choice. I used coconut sugar but granulated or brown sugar will work, as well. If you choose to use a calorie-free sweetener such as monk fruit or stevia, you may want to add only ½ the amount called for in the recipe, as many calorie-free sweeteners are much sweeter than coconut, white or brown sugar.
  • Next, add the lemon juice. If you don’t have any fresh lemons handy, the bottled type of lemon juice will work just fine.
  • This next step is a big part of the reason why this recipe is so quick to make: take your apple mixture and microwave on high for one minute. If you’re not a fan of microwaving or if perhaps you don’t even own one - no biggie! Just add 3 - 5 minutes to the oven cooking time below. *If you’re using a muffin tin, transfer the apple mixture over to that tin once this step is complete.
  • In a separate bowl, add the old-fashioned rolled oats, non-dairy butter, cinnamon, sugar and walnuts (IF you’re a walnut person. Pecans are also a nice choice) and mix it all together with your fingers until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Add this lovely oatmeal concoction to the top of your apple mixture.
  • Place your dish on a baking sheet and place on the top rack in the oven. Bake for approximately 6 - 10 minutes or until the highest peaks of the oatmeal start to turn a light brown color. Two other indicators that the dessert is done baking is the glorious smell that suddenly permeates the kitchen, plus, the juices from the apples start to bubble.
  • Ta-daa!! And there you have it… your own personal sized apple crisp! If you’re using a muffin tin, carefully spoon the dessert out into the serving vessel of your choice.
    As a note: Be careful when handling after removing from the oven, as the dish may be very hot!
    Serve with non-dairy vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Video

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 1-inch chunks when chopping your apples. I do this by first cutting my apples into thick slices, and then chop each slice into thirds.
  • If you prefer not to use a microwave, simply add 3 - 5 minutes to the cooking time in the oven.
  • This is also a great dessert to make if you find yourself entertaining last minute for unexpected guests. Just double, triple, etc. the recipe to whip up one for each person.
  • We typically make these perfect portions on demand, but if you do happen to have any leftover it will keep well in the refrigerator for up 2 days.
  • Use monk fruit or stevia if you're looking for a calorie-free sweetener. You may want to add only ½ the amount called for in the recipe, as many calorie-free sweeteners are much sweeter than coconut, white or brown sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg
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Comments

Jo

Wow! This sounds amazing.. A definite must to try at the weekend. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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Julie wilkes

This sounds delicious I love apples and anything cinnamon! Thanks!

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Emma

Thank you for this delicious recipe, Audrey! I tried it last night and it was both delicious and very easy. I’ll be turning to you for more great ideas throughout the fall season 🙂

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ANDI

Omg…..easiest and best dessert EVER!! Teaching my 9 and 7yr olds to bake, they made these and it us easy, and deeeelish! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

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Nicole

I had a baby 4 months ago and I have decided to change my eating style to lose the baby weight and have been craving sweets the entire time. I found this and fell in love instantly. Very little sugar but still a nice sweet treat. Love it. Thank you so much.

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