Apple Crisp

(Serves 6-8)

Though baked apple dishes tend to evoke brisk autumn days, no one would fault you for warming up your home with this recipe any time of year. Adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (Fair Winds Press).

Ingredients (filling)

  • 8 cups apples (3-5 apples), cored and sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice

Ingredients (topping)

  • 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cook)
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup vegan brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare an ungreased 8- or 9-inch square baking pan at least 2 inches deep.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and allspice.
  4. Pour filling mixture into baking pan.
  5. Combine the oats, walnuts, flour, vegan margarine, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt. It’s best to use a beater or mixer here, or to have the margarine largely melted.
  6. The topping should be crumbly, with a texture like wet sand, with chunks of walnuts or pecans in it. If it is too dry, add a little more vegan margarine or a couple of teaspoons of water.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the topping over the filling mixture or spread with a spatula to distribute evenly.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Apples should be soft when pierced with a toothpick or fork.
  9. Serves well hot, warm, or room temperature, and goes well with vegan vanilla ice cream.