Paleo Apple Crisp

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apple crisp that is grain free

If you’ve been considering cutting out the gluten, or better yet, cutting out all grains, but haven’t taken the plunge for fear that you’ll starve to death, now is your chance for a guided tour through the quagmire of the grain free world.

Jill of Real Food,  has put together a fantastic online video series that will show you how to take the guesswork out of grain free cooking and get you on the path to health without giving up taste, satisfaction, or eating familiar foods. You’ll learn how to cook everything from grain free “bread” to desserts to main dishes. She’ll share her most tried and true tricks of the trade, along with the tools and techniques that best fit the job. Want to see a sneak peek of one of her classes? Click here.

Below is Jill’s recipe for Apple Crisp, it is technically Paleo (The term “Paleo” is also grain free, but generally includes cutting out legumes, dairy, and some starches. This program is simply grain free. You get to keep dairy and more!) as are the majority of her recipes. I’ve been looking for a grain free “crisp” recipe to share with all of you for months now, and seriously, all of the grain free crisps I’ve tried so far have turned into a mushy mix of almond flour and fruit. Jill does something different in her recipe than all the others. She cooks the fruit first! This is brilliant and doesn’t allow the topping to soak up all of the juices from the fruit and turn mushy. Instead of get a truly “crisp” crisp. 

This apple crisp is perfect for a cold fall day. It’s spices warm you all the way down to your toes. Give it a try and let us all know how you like it. And don’t forget to check out Jill’s other recipe books, and grain free course.


 Click Here to learn more about Jill’s Grain Free online cooking class as well as her grain free e-cookbooks.



Paleo Apple Crisp
Filled with delicious apples, spices, and a nut based crust. This is perfect for a crisp fall day.
  • Ingredients for apple filling:
  • 6 large organic apples, cored, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Ingredients for crust and crisp topping:
  • 1 cup almond flour, I recommend this brand
  • 1 ½ cups crispy pecans
  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut, brand I recommend
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, brand I use and recommend
  • ¼ cup honey, . click here for a reliable and safe source for honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Instructions for crust and crisp topping:
  2. In a food processor process the pecans until it is a pecan meal – not a nut butter – you want tiny pieces
  3. Add the almond flour and cinnamon and process together
  4. Add the honey and coconut oil and process until well mixed
  5. Add the shredded coconut and process until it is all combined
  6. Instructions for apple filling:
  7. In a large pan sauté the apples in some ghee, butter or coconut oil
  8. Cook until somewhat soft but still crispy (about 6 - 8 minutes)
  9. Add cinnamon and honey to taste when they are just cooked
  10. Putting it all together:
  11. Remove ¾ of the crust batter and press into the pie plate, reserving the rest for the topping
  12. Bake the crust at 325 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes until browned
  13. Remove from stove and let cool
  14. Cook the apples while the crust is cooking and remove apples with a slotted spoon
  15. Place the apples in in the crust
  16. Sprinkle the remaining batter over the cooked apples
  17. Bake at 325 degrees F for 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned
  18. Serve warm or cold with fresh whipped cream, coconut cream, yogurt, etc.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 4877 Fat: 276g Saturated fat: 70g Unsaturated fat: 193g Carbohydrates: 613g Sugar: 414g Sodium: 995mg Fiber: 86g Protein: 61g

 Click Here to learn more about Jill’s Grain Free online cooking class as well as her grain free e-cookbooks.



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  1. Thank you for this recipe! It’s super easy! I have it baking in the over right now to take to a brunch! The apples and the crust taste delicious, I can’t wait to dig in later 🙂

  2. What size and depth of pie plate? Should it be greased? And should the oven be preheated? Thanks!

    • Yes, preheat the oven for sure. Since it’s not my recipe I’m not sure of the pie plate used. When I made it I just used my regular 9″ round pie plate that had deep/kind of straight sides. You could always use an 8-9″ soufflé type casserole dish if your apples are overflowing.

  3. I like how my wordpress plug-in says that this dish has 4619 calories and 543 grams of carbs. Please disregard. 🙂

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