Paleo Apple CrumbleCrisp



Does that look scrumb-tious or what?

Remember a few weeks ago when I went to Vermont? And we all went apple picking?

I promised you some apple recipes, didn’t I?

Well, here’s one. I made this one up with some inspiration from Bill and Hayley at The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate and Jen at Jen’s Gone Paleo

Paleo Apple CrumbleCrisp



6 Medium-sized apples (I used macoun, mac and empire)




Ground cloves


CrispCrumble or CrumbleCrisp (whichever floats your boat)

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 Tbsp raw honey

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped

1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped

Get all your ducks…er…apples in a row. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Apples are so beautiful, don’t you think?

Peel your apples.

Save the peelings for delicious apple skin snacks later…or munch on them as you bake.

Core and slice your apples. Get rid of that seed and the core remnants…

Continue to cut the apples in the thin slices and layer in a pie dish greased with coconut oil. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and arrowroot between each layer. I went heavy on the cinnamon and lighter on everything else. The arrowroot acts like cornstarch and give it that real apple pie filling texture.

When your pie dish is filled with apples, start prepping your crumblecrisp.

Combine all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix until crumbly. You may want to add the coconut oil little by little until the mixture starts to stick to itself.

Cover your apples with the crispycrumbly and cover the whole mess with foil. Bake covered in the oven for 60 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes–this will make sure that the apples are soft and the crumblycrispy is browned.

Remove from the oven.

Take a deep breath of cinnamon apple delicious.

Let it cool on a wire rack for a few minutes…

Then, enjoy!

I splurged (and cheated my cleanse…HEY, I’m human) and had some So Delicious vanilla bean Coconut Ice Cream…It’s dairy and soy-free and sweetened with agave. I would have bought the no-sugar added kind, but they didn’t have any…and I can’t eat CrumblyCrisple without some form of vanilla ice cream…

The Glamour Shot.

This was totally yum. I highly recommend you make it…today.

Things I would do differently next time: less nutmeg (but that’s just me), less chia seeds (maybe add a tablespoon) and I would add pecans to the crumble…

What’s your favorite apple dessert of late?

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11 Responses to Paleo Apple CrumbleCrisp

  1. Rebecca October 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM #

    This looks so YUMMY! thank you for including a picture of each step. Can’t wait to give it a try.

    • AllieNic October 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM #

      Thanks, Rebecca! I hope you like it…let me know how it goes!

  2. Heather October 22, 2011 at 7:30 AM #

    This looks divine! I love how you used amazing ingredients and turned apple crisp into a decidedly healthy dish. 🙂

    • AllieNic October 22, 2011 at 8:52 AM #

      Thanks, Heather! I think my favorite part of this dish is that it’s naturally sweet: there’s only a little bit of honey and dried fruit added!

  3. Jade December 20, 2011 at 7:54 PM #

    I think this looks absolutely amazing, but I have a question! In the picture of the ingredients it looks like you have a container of dates, not apricots – did you use dates or did you actually use apricots in this? Hope to hear from you before Friday cause that’s when I’m shopping for all the stuff to make Christmas dinner and this is definitely on the list!

    • AllieNic December 20, 2011 at 9:06 PM #

      Hi jade! I actually did use apricots. The ones I bought were “fancy” so they looked a little different from the regular orange apricots aka they were dark brown. I would use apricots over dates because they’re a little chewier.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!


  4. Jade December 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM #

    awesome!! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to taste it!

  5. Anne January 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM #

    Could xylitol be substituted for honey. I’m on a NO SUGAR cleanse.

    • Allison January 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM #

      Hi Anne! I would recommend using a few drops of stevia if you’re looking to replace the honey– stevia is all natural and a little bit sweeter than honey I think, so you’ll only need a few drops.

      You could also just omit the honey all together and add a little more coconut oil to help keep the crumbs together.

  6. Tasia June 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM #

    I am so excited to try this recipe. I’m going to make it for my Dad this weekend, as we are all on a clean eating diet of sorts at the moment. I know this will be a great treat for him! Anyway, my question for you is does this have a very strong coconut flavor to it? Dad absolutely hates coconut and would hate to ruin it for him by adding it. What could I replace it with, if it does taste that way? Thanks for the recipe and for your help!

    • Jade June 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM #

      We made this and the coconut flavor isn’t overwhelming at all. With the cinnamon and apple, you really don’t taste it. While I wouldn’t recommend it, you can find more processed coconut oils that are odorless and tasteless. However, the refining process is part of what we’re avoiding so…. LOL You could always try making a single serving of it, it’s super yummy!!

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