Skillet Apple Crisp

The best Skillet Apple Crisp recipe that’s sweetened with coconut sugar and topped with a crunchy oat and almond topping. Serve this delicious apple crisp warm with vanilla bean ice cream!

Skillet Apple Crisp

Apples are hands down my favorite fruit to bake with for things like crisps, pies, and muffins. I tend to get overly excited for Fall and apple season that I put apples in just about everything. Crisps are always my go-to because they are SO much easier and less time consuming than making a whole pie. You don’t have to deal with making a crust, and I personally just like the texture better than pie. I want to have a heavy apple to crust ratio, so crisps are where its at.

I’ve been making this recipe for years, and it is always a favorite in our house. You can serve it warm or cold, by itself, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My husband goes for it cold, but I much prefer it warm, its much more nostalgic that way.

Ingredients for a Skillet Apple Crisp

  • apples – get the sweetest, juiciest apples you can find
  • maple syrup – you will just need a little bit of this for the apple layer, the maple flavor is a must in any fall treat!
  • tapioca starch – this helps to thicken the sauce on the apples, giving it the best texture. You can also use arrowroot starch, or even cornstarch.
  • coconut oil – you will use a little bit to saute the apples in, and it will also go into the crisp topping as our oil of choice today
  • oats – GF oats give a nice crunchy and chewy texture to the topping
  • sliced almonds – the addition of thinly sliced almonds adds an interesting texture that goes perfectly with the oats, but you can use any type of nuts you want, or even leave them out for a nut-free recipe.
  • coconut sugar – I love to use coconut sugar in most apple recipes because I like the flavor that it gives off with the apples, and it also keeps it refined sugar-free!
  • salt – you always need a pinch of salt in any sweet recipe, balance is key!
  • cinnamon – apples and cinnamon ALWAYS go together, no exceptions!
Skillet Apple Crisp

This recipe comes together really quickly, and only requires one bowl for mixing, as well as the skillet you will cook it in. Just start by sautéing the apples to soften them up slightly. Next you will mix together all of the topping ingredients, pour it over the apples, then bake! That’s it!

This is a perfect, comforting, nostalgic dessert that never disappoints.

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Skillet Apple Crisp


  • 5-6 large red apples , diced
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Crisp Topping

  • cups GF whole oats
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Add 2 tbsp of coconut oil to the skillet, then add the apples. Stir frequently for about a minute, making sure they are getting coated in the oil. Add the cinnamon and tapioca starch and use a wooden spoon to stir to make sure all of the apples are coated in the starch. Let this cook for 2-3 minutes to let the starch cook a bit, then add the maple syrup and stir to combine. Remove the skillet from the heat while you make the crisp topping.
  • To make the topping layer, combine the oats, almonds, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine, then add the coconut oil. Use a wooden spoon to mix the coconut oil into the oat mixture, making sure everything is coated.
  • Pour the oat mixture in an even layer on top of the apples in the skillet. Use the spoon to spread it out flat.
  • Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crispy and the apples are bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving with ice cream.

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