Alisa Fleming ~ I was thumbing through the pages of Learning to Bake Allergen-Free when a tasty idea caught my eye – Apple-Raisin Filling. Since our local CSA just dumped a bushel of apples on us, I’d been looking for every possible way to use up those apples. And yes, I do love apple crisp. That crumbly topping is actually tied with cookies for my favorite dessert, which is why you will spot recipes for Maple-Pecan Apple Crisp, Grandma’s Easy Apple Crisp, and Crumbly Apple Crisp on my websites. But who couldn’t use just one more oatmeal apple crisp recipe? Especially in the heart of apple AND baking season.
So what makes this crisp recipe special? The topping is incredibly easy and it reminds me of a brown sugar-sweetened oatmeal cookie. Apple crisp AND cookies in one dessert? Yes, please. Adding cinnamon, raisins, and maple syrup to the simple filling heightens the magical cookie experience, in my opinion. Plus, my toughest critic (Tony – a.k.a. the husband) loved this oatmeal apple crisp! He actually ate it for breakfast.
Honestly, I’m not sure how he could eat something this sweet first thing in the morning, but I suppose there are everyday breakfasts with more sugar. Personally, this was all dessert for me. I even topped it with plain (read: not sweet) almond yogurt for an afternoon treat that was simply divine.
If you prefer to stick to less refined sweeteners, coconut sugar would probably work nicely in place of the brown sugar, and it would tone down the sweetness a bit (if you aren’t in the mood for full-blown dessert). Though I have to admit that Trader Joe’s organic brown sugar has a special place in my heart. It is an ingredient that I do like to indulge in during the holidays.
As for the dairy-free margarine, oil, or shortening, I’ve trialed this oatmeal apple crisp with Honey Melt, Earth Balance, and coconut oil. You really can’t go wrong with any of them, but the Honey Melt version was Tony’s favorite, and I thought it was pretty amazing, too!
This recipe is naturally vegan (but don’t use the Honey Melt!), soy-free, nut-free, and downright allergy-friendly, too. For a gluten-free oatmeal apple crisp, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.