If you’re looking for a simple weeknight dessert to serve up, this apple crisp recipe is just for you. I took the shortcut and used canned apples but the taste is just the same! If you don’t like oats in your apple crisp then you’ll also love this recipe because it omits the oats leaving a streusel like top that is sure to melt in your mouth!

Apple Crisp Recipe Without Oats

Apple Crisp without oats with ice cream

I like to think of apple crisp as sort of a shortcut to apple pie. Gives you a similar taste without all the fuss. You can make one big dish of this apple crisp or you can serve it up in cute little ramekins as well.

Be ready to fill the house with notes of apples and cinnamon! It will draw all the little kids, teens and even spouses out from those cozy spaces in the house!

Don’t forget to top it off with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle or two of caramel sauce.

Why Would you Want to Make Apple Crisp without Oats?

People look for apple crisp recipes without oats for various reasons! For me it’s because I don’t like the texture of oats when it come to apple crisp. Fo your it might be dietary restrictions. Here are some common reasons why someone might prefer an oat-free apple crisp:

  1. Texture Preferences: The classic texture of apple crisp comes from the crumbly, crunchy topping, traditionally made with oats. However, some people might prefer a different texture—either something smoother or with a different type of crunch. Removing oats from the recipe allows for experimentation with other ingredients that can provide a crisp topping without the specific texture of oats.
  2. Dietary Restrictions: Beyond gluten concerns, some diets, such as the Paleo diet, exclude grains altogether. People following these or similar eating plans might look for apple crisp recipes that use nut flours or other grain-free alternatives to create a dessert that fits within their dietary guidelines.
  3. Allergies: Oats are a common allergen for some individuals. Those with oat allergies, obviously, need to find recipes that don’t include oats to avoid allergic reactions.
  4. Flavor Preferences: While oats have a relatively mild flavor, they do contribute to the overall taste profile of an apple crisp. Some might prefer the flavor of the crisp without the nutty, toasty taste of oats, seeking a purer fruit flavor or the taste of other ingredients used in the topping, like nuts or spices.

For those avoiding oats, an apple crisp can still be delicious and satisfying by using a variety of alternative ingredients for the topping. Options like almond flour, crushed nuts, cornflakes, or even cookie crumbs can provide the desired crispness and flavor profile for a delightful end to any meal.

Apple Crisp with Ice Cream and Caramel

Ingredients and Tools You’ll Need


Just a few ingredients

  • Apple Pie Filling
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Brown Sugar

Step By Step Directions

Apple Crisp ingredients
Apples from a can for apple crisp
Apple Crisp Crumble
Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp with out oats in a bowl
Apple with No Oats

Easy Homemade Apple Crisp Recipe Without Oats

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

An easy week day desert for the family. Easier than apple pie and perfect for fall season.


  • 2) 20oz. cans apple pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon butter ( for bottom of dish)
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut into slices
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Toppings:
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Whipped Topping


  1. Butter a 13x9 dish. Add 2 cans of apple pie filling. Spread evenly.
  2. In a food processor pulse together flour, brown sugar, butter, salt and cinnamon until mixture is course like wet sand.
  3. Top the apples with the mixture.
  4. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes
  5. Cool for 15 minutes
  6. Top with vanilla ice cream, whipped topping and caramel sauce.


Best served hot!

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