Sarah’s Easy Dairy-Free Crisp Topping


Back in 2005 (or was it 2004?), when I founded Go Dairy Free, the blogging world had yet to take off. But I quickly discovered one comrad out in the field, Sarah of No Whey, Mama. It was hard not to fall in love with her mom-friendly (aka, quick and easy) and kid-friendly (aka, really yummy) recipes, but beyond the food, she quickly evolved into a very good, dairy-free friend. Sarah has since served as a recipe tester and editor for the book, Go Dairy Free, and is a regular reviewer and editor for this website. But I just realized the other day, I haven’t featured any of her wonderful recipes in quite some time.

Well past due for a No Whey, Mama feature, I thought two of her fantastic, oat-based, dessert recipes would surely be well received. Not to mention, warm apple crisp and hearty oatmeal cookies seem quite seasonal, don’t you think?

Below is Sarah’s Easy Crispy Topping Recipe. I’ve relocated the Overnight Oatmeal Cookies to their own special page. Click here for that recipe.

This recipe dairy-free (milk-, lactose-, casein-free), nut-free, vegan, egg-free, optionally soy-free, and optionally gluten-free.

No Whey, Mama Dairy-Free Crisp Topping

Sarah’s Easy Dairy-Free Crisp Topping
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Recipe from No Whey, Mama The picture shows a berry-based crisp, but Sarah assured me that this crisp topping goes wonderfully with sweetened, seasonal apples. In a pinch, you could use pie filling for the base, but freshly sliced apples sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, and topped with this crisp will certainly earn you a great deal of gratitude.
Serves: 1 cup topping
  • ⅓ cup dairy-free, salted margarine (Earth Balance works beautifully and they have two soy-free options)
  • ½ cup flour (all-purpose, whole wheat pastry, or your favorite gluten-free flour blend)
  • ½ cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats if desired)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  1. Cut ingredients together with a pastry cutter.
  2. Sprinkle on top of sweetened fruit.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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