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Now that the season of warmth graced us with cold windy nights, the soul can’t help but crave the classic fall treats our taste buds came to love. One of the best reminiscent of generations past is this Classic Apple Crisp with Oats recipe.

The dessert of the apple season holds a cozy bake full of delicious apples covered in cinnamon-sweetness and topped with a crispy layer of golden delicious crumb topping oats.

Prepare to be blown away, because this easy recipe will have you head over heels for the smell of deliciousness floating through the house!

Classic Apple Crisp with Oats

A Classic Apple Crisp dessert in a dish.
A crisp topping of oats over a bed of sweetened juicy apples!

If there is one thing I look forward to in the Fall season, it has got to be the Sweet Potato Casserole, and my all-time favorite, this quick and easy apple crisp recipe! It just screams comfort, warmth, and heavenly satisfaction.

Fall is the beginning of the “keep me warm and cozy” season that runs through to the end of winter. During this time of year, it’s natural to gravitate towards comfort foods, like a bowl of this perfect Apple Crisp with oats.

And as the smell of cinnamon fills my heart, you come to realize that Fall is not just about snuggling under a blanket or sitting near a fire place. It’s more about what warms the soul!

Why make Apple Crisp?

This classic homemade apple crisp with oats recipe is a great option to get in some carbs and a warm dish during the cold. It can be served as a delicious breakfast, or a snack to keep you energized.

Despite the fact that it is packed with flavors, the recipe is quite light so it won’t make you feel sluggish after having a serving. It’s a product of basic ingredients and warm spices, a short cooling time, and a whole lot of love!

This delicious Apple Crisp with Oats recipe is easier than pie! There is no force that would stop us from adoring a good homemade pie, but we can all agree that it is a labor of love. So put away your rolling pin, because this hot Apple Crisp is the next best thing!

Let’s Talk Benefits!

Sometimes, we don’t necessarily need a reason to indulge in some apple crispy goodness. But if you are wondering, this recipe does add major health benefits to your diet!

The Oats in this healthy apple crisp recipe are a great source of those positive carbs your body needs to replenish energy and stay warm. They are loaded with dietary fibers and cholesterol-lowering properties and improve general metabolic health.

And since the base of this dessert is apples, it is safe to say that their health properties are undeniably prominent. Apples are high in fiber, promote heart health, and possess antioxidant content.

Greet Fall the Best Way!

A pan f classic apple crisp with brown sugar an topped with old fashioned oats
What better way to ring in the Fall season than with cinnamon and nutmeg in this scrumptious dish!

The Best Fall Themed Desserts!

As I previously said, fall season is more than a cold weather, sweet cuddles, and horror movies marathons. It is all about satisfying all of our senses! And the most important one is that of taste.

For that reason, I come bearing a list of my favorite fall desserts of apples, oats, and pumpkin.

Let’s start off with a healthy breakfast! And for that, I recommend trying my Banana Oatmeal Protein Shake. It is exceptionally delicious, nutritious, and a perfect pick-me-up breakfast before a long hard day!

If you are craving a blissful crispy and golden layer of Fall-infused apple desserts, then your heart is calling for my Irresistible Apple Nachos and Apple Pie Roll Ups recipe! This is the sweetest favorite way to use up the most bountiful of fall fruits!

Finally, I’ll let you in on what gets me cooking credits as mommy of the year during family gatherings! My Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are moist and flavorful, and will bring Autumn vibes into your home any time of the year!

Tips for the Best Apple Crisp Recipe

Whether you are an experienced cook, or a newbie testing out a delicious recipe, guidance in the kitchen is always appreciated. So let me pull out some tricks from under my sleeve which will guarantee you perfect results every time!

Tip 1: Slice apples thinly when preparing this recipe for an even cook. Although we love a crunchy apple on most occasions, this recipe is about bites of tender apples.

Tip 2: Although I have always used regular butter for this recipe, you can substitute it with margarine or any dairy-free option if you prefer.

Tip 3: Don’t miss the opportunity of allowing this warm apple crisp to shine by serving it plain. Serve your Apple Crips with oats with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce. The extra sweetness is definitely worthy!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best type of apple to use in this recipe?

The best kind of apples to use in this recipe are tart apples like golden delicious apples, granny smith apples, and pink lady apples.

Should I peel the apples?

There is no right or wrong answer for this question because it completely depends on your personal favorite. Although I usually recommend peeling the apples for this recipe, making it kid-friendly, you can keep the skin if you prefer.

What’s the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

The difference is quite subtle, but here is what you should know. Both are baked fruit desserts with a layer of toppings. But unlike the apple crisp, an apple crumble topping rarely includes oats or nuts.

Can I Make Apple Crisp Ahead of Time?

You can prepare the filling and the topping ahead of time and keep them separate. When you’re ready to serve, all you have to do is add the topping and bake!

Does my Apple Crisp with Oats need to be refrigerated?

Fruit fillings prepared with sugar can hold for up to 2 days at room temperature. So if you are planning on eating your dessert the next day, there is no need to refrigerate it.

How to store the leftovers of apple crisp?

If you feel you will be stuck with leftover apple crisp, then allow it to cool completely before placing it in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5 days. You can also wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. When you are ready to serve, warm it in the microwave or in the oven on low heat.


A Classic Apple Crisp dessert in a dish.
Apples bubbling in their own juices, topped with a crunchy oat-pecan streusel!

What Goes Into This Apple Crisp?

For The Apple Filling

  • golden apples
  • lemon juice
  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • light or dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

For The Crunchy Topping

Check the recipe card for quantities.

Follow These Easy Steps!

First, Preheat oven to 350 F. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cube the apples into ½ inch-sized cubes then place apple slices in a greased 9×13-inch baking pan or any 4-quart prepared baking dish.

Next, to the sliced apples, add all the listed ingredients and mix well. You can even use your hands.

Then, in another large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Now, add the cubed 1 stick of softened butter and mix well using a pastry blender. You can even use your hands.

After that, evenly sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the apple mixture. This is optional, you can add additional cubed butter to the top of the oat flour mixture.

Finally, bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy warm with ice cream.

A Fall-Infused Dessert!

classic apple crisp topped with cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon in a white plate
Get your whipped cream game on!

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5 from 5 votes

Classic Apple Crisp With Oats

By: Lama
Full of delicious apples covered in cinnamon-sweetness and topped with a crispy layer of oats, this recipe is perfect for the cold season!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 6 golden apples, peeled, cored, and cut into half-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar , optional
  • ½ cup light or dark brown sugar, or coconut brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For Topping

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup packed light, or dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cube the apples into ½ inch-sized cubes then place in a greased 9×13-inch baking pan or any 4-quart baking dish.
  • To the apples, add all the listed ingredients and mix well. You can even use your hands.
  • In another bowl, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then, add the cubed 1 stick of softened butter and mix well. You can even use your hands.
  • Evenly sprinkle the mix on top of the apples. This is optional, you can add additional cubed butter to the top of the oat mix.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes.  Enjoy warm with ice cream.



For a lighter version you can swipe the butter for coconut oil, the flour for oat flour and the sugar for honey or maple syrup!


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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I'm Lama, welcome to my blog where you will find simple and diverse recipes your entire family will enjoy. I am honored to connect with you through the recipes I prepare!

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Lama! I’ve tried lots of different apple crisp recipes before, but my family found yours to be the most delicious. It’s always nice to throw a desert together with basic ingredients that is an assured crowd pleaser. Thank you