Apple crisp is one of my favorite comfort foods and crisps are so easy to make for grain-free diets like Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Paleo. The great thing about this comfort food is that there isn’t anything to feel guilty about. It’s just a few ingredients with just enough honey added to give it just the right touch of sweetness.

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Grain-free Apple Crisp with Vanilla Fronen nice cream

What Kind of Apples to Use?

For the best flavor it’s great to use different types of apples. Diffrent varieties have different flavors and textures. Different regions of the country and world will also provide diffrent types of apples.

I like to use a combination of a tart apple like Granny Smith and a sweeter apple like Golden Delicious when I make apple crisp, but honestly you can use whaever apples you have on hand. I don’t find that Red Delicious bake all that well, but I have used many different kinds including Gala, Honey Crisp, Pippen. Sometimes I just want to grab what’s already in the frige.

The topping for this recipe is very basic. It’s just almond flour and butter with a little cinnamon and salt. I don’t sweeten the topping because it absorbs the sweetness of the filling. I just like to add a little crunch and texture to the dessert.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Grain-free Apple Crisp

Course Dessert
Cuisine Paleo, SCD
Keyword apple crisp, crohns, crohns diet, gluten free, grain free, scd diet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings




  • 4 medium apples – use different kinds for the most flavor granny smith, gala, honey crisp, etc
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • oil or butter for baking dish


  1. Heat oven to 350F°


  1. Add almond flour, cinnamon, salt, and softened butter to a medium mixing bowl

  2. Mix until all ingredients are combined and mixture is crumbly


  1. Peel and chop apples into ½" cubes

  2. Add chopped apples and stir in lemond juice so all apples are coated

  3. Add honey and cinnamon

  4. Stir until everything is combined and apples are coated with the honey and cinnamon

  5. Lightly oil or butter a 8×8" baking dish

  6. Pour apple mixture into baking dish and spread into an even layer

  7. Drop topping over top of apples in an even layer

  8. Cover baking dish with foil

  9. Bake covered for 25 minutes

  10. Remove foil and continue baking for 20 – 25 minutes until apples are soft

  11. Allow dish to cool on wire rack for 10 minutes

  12. Serve warm if desired

  13. Store in refrigerator – be sure to cool to room temperature before refrigerating

Sherry Lipp
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Sherry Lipp

Sherry is a writer/blogger specializing in entertainment and food writing. She has been following a gluten, grain, and sugar-free diet for over 15 years and is the author of Don't Skip Dessert: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Sugar-Free Sweet Treats. She also enjoys writing about movies and television. You can find her entertainment articles at

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