These No-Bake Apple Pie Bites Are The Best Breakfast Hack

These easy no bake apple cookies are just 3 ingredients. They don’t require any baking or cooking. They also don’t need any flour, eggs, butter or oil. The cookies are soft and chewy and only take about ten minutes to make.

Even though I enjoy doing a lot of baking this time of year, I still love making no bake treats. For some reason, they just seem easier to me and require less time and energy. These no bake apple cookies make a great snack.

You will love this easy No-bake Apple Pie with Graham Cracker Crust for Thanksgiving and beyond! The 3-step recipe is made using a simple 2-ingredient pie crust that is filled with delicious apples that are cooked to perfection in a mixture of butter and brown sugar. The entire Graham cracker crust apple pie only takes 30 minutes to make and is the perfect No-bake Pie for the Fall!

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Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two takes just 1 skillet and 15 minutes to make. This gluten free dessert recipe is perfectly portion controlled!

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We’re talking gluten-free, easily made dairy-free, speak to your SOUL Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two! All the things you love about regular apple crisp – tender, cinnamon-spiced apples smothered under a crunchy crisp topping – except you can make just enough for an evening nightcap and you don’t have to wait an hour for it to bake. Can I get an Amen?!

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is my answer to the single serving mug cake that never turns out quite right. If it’s not too eggy, it’s too spongy, doesn’t translate using GF flour, or calls for like, double checking my microwave’s wattage. Cake is supposed to lower my stress levels, not increase them!

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Make a date with yourself or someone you love. Treat yourself to your favorite cafe drink after a small success or get away when you can to a place that makes you feel recharged. “When we’re having nice weather in Miami, my boyfriend and I will put on a bathing suit and ride down on his motorcycle to the Keys,” says Dani. “We’ll go to our favorite restaurant on the water, watch the sunset, and just chill out.”

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No Bake Caramel Apple Lush is perfect Fall with layers of cream cheese, whipped cream, caramel, butterscotch pudding and apple pie filling.

No Bake Caramel Apple Lush is the Fall dessert you need in your life!! It’s No Bake and full of caramel apple flavor, yum!!

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Guys I am so excited!! I walked outside the other morning and it was chilly!! Fall is definitely in the air! I immediately went back into the house grabbed a pumpkin spice coffee out of my Fall mug and threw a flannel scarf around my neck and went back outside into that crisp breeze.

I love, love. love Fall and as soon as there is just the slightest nip in the air I start making Fall desserts flavored with pumpkin and apple, I pull out the slow cooker and make soups and stews, I wait all year for Fall!

Now everyone knows pumpkin spice reigns supreme in the fall, but I got to be honest with you sometimes I love apple more!  I love apple cider, caramel apples and apple spice everything! Now don’t get me wrong I love pumpkin (I even have a pumpkin pie for my birthday every year!) but I love apple spice just as much!

This year I came up with this delicious No Bake Caramel Apple Lush.  Everyone loves a good lush recipe! It is basically a crust, sweetened cream cheese layer, pudding layer and then a whipped topping layer.  The flavors and add-ins are up to you, the sky is the limit with the kinds of lushes you can make.

This Caramel Apple version is my favorite!! Since there isn’t caramel pudding available I use butterscotch and it is amazing in this dish.

The apple pie filling makes this dessert come together in minutes and of course lots of caramel drizzled over the top really takes this to the next level!

So go apple picking or pumpkin picking at that little farm a ways out and then go home and make this No Bake Caramel Apple Lush today! I promise it will be your new favorite dessert and get you feeling Fall!

Can I substitute the graham crackers?

You sure can!! Feel free to use vanilla wafers, gingersnaps, Golden Oreos or even Apple Pie Oreos if you can find them!

Can I use homemade apple pie filling?

Of course!! As long as it is cool or room temperature just substitute home made.

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  • Make a crust with graham crackers and butter
  • Mix the cream cheese with milk and sugar and spread on crust
  • Make the instant pudding and mix with apple pie filling and spread on top of cream cheese mixture
  • Top with cool whip
  • Add crushed graham crackers on top and lots of caramel sauce!

I topped mine with just some graham cracker crumbs and caramel drizzle but here are some other great ideas to top this No Bake Caramel Apple Lush with.

Topping Ideas

  • Roasted chopped peanuts
  • Toasted pecans
  • Toasted walnuts
  • Caramel bits
  • Toffee bits
  • Chocolate covered toffee bits

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  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 3.4 ounce package butterscotch instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 21 ounce apple pie filling
  • Caramel for topping


  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
  • Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish (I use a metal measuring cup to help press the crust down.
  • Place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer to set up.
  • Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy then add in 2 tablespoons of milk, and sugar, and mix well.
  • Spread this cream cheese layer over the crust.
  • In a bowl, combine butterscotch instant pudding with 1 1/2 cups cold milk and whisk for 2 minutes.
  • Combine the pudding with the apple pie filling.
  • Spread the pudding/apple mixture over the cream cheese layer.
  • Top with the Cool-Whip.
  • Sprinkle with extra graham cracker crumbs and lots of caramel sauce.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

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Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you’re craving apple crisp, but don’t want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need!

  • For the Topping: 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter like Earth Balance2 packed Tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar1-1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon cinnamonpinch of salt scant 3/4 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter like Earth Balance
  • 2 packed Tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • scant 3/4 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 packed Tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • Ice cream or whipped cream for topping (optional)


  • For the Topping: Add the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to a medium-sized saute pan over medium heat then stir until melted and bubbly. Add oats and almonds then cook, stirring often, especially near the end, until mixture is very fragrant and slightly toasted, 4-5 minutes. Scrape onto a silpat or parchment paper (could probably just use a plate too,) then set aside to cool.
  • For the Apples: Add butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the same skillet then stir until melted and bubbly. Add apples then turn heat down slightly and saute for 2 minutes. Cover skillet with a lid then saute, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender but still have a little bit of a bite, 3-5 more minutes.
  • Scoop apples into bowls then top with crisp topping and serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

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Cookie Sweetness

The cookies are only very lightly sweetened with applesauce. If you prefer sweeter cookies, I recommend adding sweet mix-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit.

You do taste the applesauce in these cookies but it is very light. If you prefer a stronger apple flavor, you can add dried apple pieces to the cookies.

📚 Flavor variations

This apple pie with graham cracker crust is so easy to customize and you can do it in a variety of ways. From the amount of sugar used to adding different spices.To modify the level of sweetness, all you have to do is use more or less sugar when cooking the apples. You can also use honey, agave, or maple syrup in place of the sugar. Maple syrup with a dash of bourbon could be an amazing maple bourbon apple pie filling. And if you like you can even just omit the sugar altogether. Just keep in mind that how much sugar you use does affect the consistency of the filling. So if the mixture seems too saucy you’ll need to add a little more cornstarch.

It’s also easy to add some more flavor to the apple pie with graham cracker crust by using different spices. Some of my favorites are nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cardamom. You can simply just mix them into the apple mixture when it’s cooking or biscuit crumbs before adding the butter.

You can also swap the biscuit. eg. Biscoff crumbs or Oreo crumbs can make it a completely new dessert.

💡Top Tip: When using spices, it’s best to add just a little bit at a time and then taste.

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  • measured after peeled, cut into identical pieces
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice Sprinkle the apples straight after cutting
  • Granulated sugar or Brown sugar
  • or a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg


  • eg. Graham cracker crumb, or Digestive biscuits, Biscoff cookies etc.
  • Pinch of salt


US customary cup measurement is an indicative figure only. Measure the ingredients with a digital scale by weight (gram). Baking is art but also science which requires precision and accuracy.

  • Peel and cut apples into small identical pieces and sprinkle the apple with some freshly squeezed lemon juice to avoid browning
  • Only cook the apples until they slightly soften, make sure you do not overcook the mixture.
  • Once apples are cooked, remove them from the sauce and drain
  • Take a small amount of sauce out into a separete bowl and mix with the corn starch until the starch is fully mixed in
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and thicken the apple sauce for 2-3 minutes mixing constantly
  • Let the mixture come to room temperature while preparing the filling
  • Start with melting butter in the microwave, then let it cool slightly while preparing the biscuit crumbs
  • Biscuit crumbs can be made in a food processor or by using a zip bag and rolling pin. Mix crumbs with warm but not hot butter and a pinch of salt until it comes together
  • Line a loose base pie tin with the mixture and press it flat evenly and tightly starting with the side then moving onto the bottom. If the mixture is too runny, place it in the fridge for a few minutes.
  • Once the crust is evenly distributed, place it into the freezer for 15 minutes


  • Whip up mascarpone, heavy cream and powdered sugar with an electric hand mixer for 2-3 minutes, then with the help of a piping bag and star nozzle tip, pipe decoration all around the pie
  • Serve shortly, perhaps with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Store refrigerated for 2-3 days
  • It’s important to cut the apples into identical size pieces so that they cook evenly and you don’t end up with some apples overcooked and others undercooked.
  • If the pie filling seems too runny, add a little more cornstarch to the mixture. If it seems too thin you can add a tiny bit of water or juice
  • Freeze the crust for at least 15 minutes to ensure that it holds its shape before adding the apple filling

Storage Guidelines

Refrigerator: You can store the no bake apple crumble in the fridge in the pan tightly wrapped with saran wrap or in an airtight container for up to a week.

Freezer: Freeze this crumble in a freezer-friendly air-tight container for up to three months.

To defrost: Take the crumble out of the freezer 24 hours before serving to allow it to thaw.

How to Make Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two

Start by making the crisp topping. This stuff is just ridiculous and so easy – it’s basically homemade skillet granola, and if you happen to eat half of it while waiting for the apples to cook I would completely understand (and totally relate.)

Add 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter like Earth Balance, 2 packed Tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar, 1-1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to a medium-sized skillet then stir until melted and bubbly. Add a scant 3/4 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats plus 1/4 cup sliced almonds then cook, stirring often, especially near the end, until the topping is very fragrant and slightly toasted, 4-5 minutes. Scrape the topping onto a piece of parchment paper or silpat then set aside to cool.

Crispy, crunchy, perfectly sweet topping = DONE!

To the same skillet add 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter, 1 packed Tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon then stir until melted and bubbly. Add 2 medium-sized apples that have been peeled then cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups) then turn the heat down just a touch and cook for 2 minutes. Place a lid on the skillet then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but still have a little bite, 3-5 minutes.

This recipe is all about using what you’ve got to satisfy a serious and sudden apple crisp craving, so really any apple will do. That said, I tested using Jonagold and Honeycrisp and both were fantastic.

Last step is to scoop the apples into a bowl then top with the crisp topping and a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream before diving in. I hope you LOVE this quick and easy, totally scrumptious Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two the next time a craving hits!

🥣 Equipment notes

You will be happy to hear that making this Apple Pie with Graham Cracker Crust does not require any fancy equipment!

For the crust, I used a 20cm(8-inch) loose base pie pan. It’s the perfect size for this pie recipe. Yet, if you don’t have a pie pan or don’t have time to buy one, it’s no problem! You could easily make a variety of mini apple pies with graham cracker crust in small dishes or ramekins.

As for the decorations I used a piping bag with a star tip nozzle. But you can use any style tip you like to decorate your no-bake apple pie.

However, you should always use a digital scale to measure the ingredients. This is the one piece of equipment that is always necessary for the best results in any pastry recipe.

  • Applesauce
  • Almond Butter
  • Quick Oats

These cookies need just these three ingredients but you can also add mix-ins and other things to customize to your liking.

Applesauce: I used sweetened applesauce to add some sweetness to the cookies. The cookies are still only very lightly sweetened even if you use sweetened applesauce. I think the recipe also works with unsweetened applesauce. If you are using unsweetened applesauce and want to add some sugar to the cookies, you can add some maple syrup to dough. Need a substitute for applesauce? Check out my no bake banana cookies.

Almond Butter: Make sure to use natural almond butter (just almonds in the ingredient list). You can also use natural peanut butter, but I prefer almond butter because it makes these cookies very chewy.

Quick Oats: Quick oats are used to bind the dough together.

Healthy Apple Crumble – No Oven Required!

If you’re an apple lover looking for healthy apple dessert recipes, then you’ll love this No Bake Apple Crumble!

It’s not your typical crisp or crumble since the topping is made with no oats or butter. It’s basically a stovetop apple crisp without oatmeal, but you don’t even miss the oats!

Instead, the simple no bake crumb topping consists of layers of a delicious nutty almond flour and coconut flour mixture. The crumbly texture on the top and bottom of the crumble resembles the flavour of shortbread cookies.

Paired with the warm and cozy melt-in-your mouth apple cinnamon mixture, it’s a match made in heaven.

In fact, you’ll hardly even notice that this crumble isn’t baked. It’s THAT good!

If you’re looking for some other equally tasty no-bake apple desserts, check out these Caramel Apple Skewers, No-Bake Apple Pie Cups, and Nut-Free Apple Oat Energy Bites!

📝 Ingredient notes

  • Biscuit Crumb: You can use graham crackers crumbs, digestive biscuits, Biscoff cookies, or any hard biscuit to make this No bake Apple pie.
  • Butter: Always use unsalted butter in baking to control the level of added salt.

🛒 You’ll find detailed measurements for all Ingredients in the printable version of the Recipe Card at the bottom of this post

For the Apple Pie filling

  • Apples: Choose apples that are both firm and crisp in texture such as Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp. Any kind of apples will work, but if too soft they won’t hold their shape when cooked.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice balances the sweetness and helps to keep the apples from turning brown.
  • Butter: Always use unsalted butter for all baking unless a recipe indicates otherwise. I use European-style 82% fat content butter in all my recipes.
  • Spices: Cinnamon is the most common spice used in combination with apples. However, you can also mix in some ginger, nutmeg, or cardamon as well to spice up the apple pie even more.
  • Cornstarch: A small amount is used to thicken the apple filling. Yet, if you prefer not to use cornstarch, arrowroot flour or tapioca flour can also be used as a substitution.

For the Whipped mascarpone decoration

  • Mascarpone: It’s like an Italian cream cheese that is rich and holds its form, which makes it perfect for decorating. But do make sure you use the full-fat variety (41%+ fat content) to achieve the best results.
  • Heavy Cream: Also called whipping cream or double cream it needs to be really cold. And like the mascarpone, it also needs to be a full-fat variety (36%+ fat content) for it to work properly.
  • Powdered Sugar: Adds just a slight touch of sweetness to the whipped mascarpone and helps to fluff up the icing without making it too sweet.

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🌟 Why this is the best recipe

  • Simple recipe – What is the easiest pie to make for a beginner? No-bake pies! And with no fancy ingredients required and no pastry making this is hands down an easy Apple pie with graham cracker crust even for the most novice baker.
  • Super delicious – A crunchy graham cracker crust is filled with perfectly caramelized apples and then beautifully decorated with a light mascarpone whipped topping. This simple pie is incredibly delicious and even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
  • No special equipment is needed – All you need is a pie pan and a basic digital scale to make this Apple pie recipe with graham cracker crust. No fancy stand mixer, hand mixer, or even an oven!
  • It’s a detailed tutorial – This 3 step pie recipe may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually ridiculously easy! And better yet, I’ve outlined all the steps as much as possible to make it foolproof. So, don’t skip the expert tips or FAQ!

Serving Suggestions

This no bake apple crumble is unique in the sense that you can serve it cold, at room temperature or warm.

  • Whipped cream
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Yogurt
  • A drizzle of caramel sauce
  • A sprinkle of crunchy nuts (like pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds)

It’s also especially tasty with a warm drink like this Turmeric Latte, Apple Spiced Tea, or Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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Why We Love This Apple Crumble Without Oats

Why is my crust falling apart?

Fruit pies with graham cracker crust can fall apart if the butter or biscuit crumb ratios are off. When the melted butter chills it acts as a binder, so never use less butter or more graham cracker crumbs when making this recipe. The other reason the crust may fall apart is due to not pressing it firmly enough into the pie pan.

Should you prebake graham cracker crust?

So is blind baking necessary for apple pie? For this recipe, it’s not because it’s a no-bake apple pie. However, some pies with graham cracker crust in which the pie itself needs to be baked do require that you also bake the crust.

Can I make the crust gluten-free?

Yes, all you have to do is use your favorite store-bought or homemade gluten-free biscuits. But do keep in mind if using homemade cookies that they need to be similar in texture to graham crackers or digestive biscuits.

How long to cook Apple pie with graham cracker crust?

This is no-bake recipe, therefore, no need to cook it, except slightly soften the apples over the stove!

What kind of pie can i make with a graham cracker crust?

You can make Apple pie like this recipe, or replace apples with pear, plum, peach can wok very well!

Why is my frosting runny?

You must use the high-fat versions of the heavy cream and mascarpone and they must be very cold when you make the frosting. It’s also just as important that you stop whipping the mixture once it becomes fluffy and pipeable. Whipping just a minute too much will cause it to break and turn into a runny mess.

Can I make vegan Apple pie with graham cracker crust?

Probably yes, for the pie itself, but I’ve not tried. All you have to do is substitute the butter and biscuits with your favorite vegan versions. However, you will need to experiment with the vegan butter as you may need to use slightly more or less than stated in the recipe.

How to store?

This Apple pie with graham cracker crust can be put in an airtight container or wrapped well in plastic and then stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How to freeze?

If you tightly wrap the graham cracker apple pie well in plastic wrap and put it in a sealed freezer bag it can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Then when ready to serve, allow the pie to thaw out in the fridge overnight, then apply the decoration.

How to Make No Bake Apple Cookies

The applesauce and almond butter are first mixed together. The oats are then stirred until they are evenly incorporated and a firm dough forms. If you are adding any other mix-ins, stir them in now. The cookie dough is then scooped out with a cookie dough scoop and flattened to form a cookie shape. The cookies then go into the fridge to firm up.

👩‍🍳 How to make this recipe

  • Melt the butter in the microwave and then allow it to cool slightly while you make your biscuit crumbs.
  • Crumble the biscuits and add the butter. To do this, there are two ways to crumble the biscuits. You can put the biscuits in a zip lock bag and then beat it with a rolling pin being careful not to tear the bag. Or, you can simply pulse the cookies in a food processor. Either way, make sure that the crumbs are fairly even in size and that there are no visible big chunks left. Then, mix the biscuit crumbs with a dash of salt and warm butter until it holds together. It’s important that the butter be warm and not hot for this step.
  • Add the crust mixture to the pie tin. Now, spread it out evenly and press the crumb mixture firmly into the pan along the sides and bottom until you have formed the graham cracker crust for the apple pie. At this point, if the mixture seems to be too runny just place it in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up and then proceed with forming the crust.

💡Top Tip:  Chill the crust for at least 15 minutes to ensure that it holds its shape before adding the apple filling.

How to make the apple pie filling

  • Stir the apples to prevent them from sticking to the pan and cook them just until they are slightly soft. It’s important not to overcook the mixture.
  • Remove the cooked apples from the saucepan using a slotted spoon. Yet, make sure to leave all the liquid in the pan.
  • Pour the cornstarch mixture back into the saucepan with the apple liquid. Now, cook the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up while whisking constantly. Then put the cooked apples back into the saucepan and mix them with the glaze.
  • Remove the apple pie filling from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

💡Top Tip:  It’s important to cut the apples into identical size pieces so that they cook evenly and you don’t end up with some apples overcooked and others undercooked.

How to assemble

  • Pour the apple pie filling into the frozen crust. Now, distribute it evenly and smooth out the top.
  • Put the filled pie crust in the fridge and let it chill for at least 4 hours to set.

💡Top Tip:  Before you add the filling, the pie crust needs to be fully chilled and set to prevent it from falling apart.

How to decorate

  • Put the mascarpone mixture into a piping bag with a star tip nozzle
  • Once the Apple pie sets, pipe the decoration all around the pie.
  • Once decorated, serve the pie right away or store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

For a more detailed tutorial check my mascarpone frosting recipe.

💡Top Tip:  The apple pie with graham cracker crust must be kept chilled at all times once decorated or the frosting will melt.

Recipe Tips for the Best Apple Crumble

More No Bake Cookie Recipes

  • oz (113 g)
  • cup (128 g) creamy natural almond butter
  • cup (88 g)
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add applesauce and almond butter to a large mixing bowl and stir until evenly combined. Add in oats and stir until oats are evenly mixed in and mixture turns into a thick dough. You want to stir for a few minutes because as you continue to stir, the oats will soak in more of the liquid and your dough will get thicker. Stir until the dough no longer seems to be getting any thicker. If using any mix-ins, stir them in now.
  • Place cookies in the fridge to set (around 30 min-1 hour). This will let the cookies firm up slightly and they should no longer be too sticky to hold. Store uneaten cookies in the fridge or freezer.
  • These cookies are only very lightly sweetened. To add more sweetness, add mix-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit.
  • You can use unsweetened applesauce but your cookies won’t have any sweetness.
  • Applesauce cups are usually sold in 4 oz containers. I used a single 4 oz container of Mott’s sweetened applesauce for this recipe.
  • I use this 1 tbsp cookie scoop.*
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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What is the difference between apple crisp vs. apple crumble?

An apple crisp is typically a baked fruit dessert topped with a crunchy layer of ingredients. The topping generally includes a mixture of oats, butter, sugar, nuts, flour and spices such as cinnamon. It’s baked until the topping is crisp and golden.

Similar to an apple crisp, an apple crumble is a baked fruit dessert with a layer of topping. However, unlike an apple crisp, the topping generally does not include oats or nuts.

This apple dessert is unique in the sense that it doesn’t require baking and the crumble topping doesn’t consist of oats. It’s basically a cross between a crisp and a crumble except no oven is required!

What apples are best for apple crumble?

For recipes of this nature, it generally works well if you use a combination of sweet and tart apples to diversify the flavours and textures of the dish.

Some apples that are on the sweeter side include Gala, Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Golden Delicious, while apples that tend to be more on the tart side include Granny Smith, Cortland and MacIntosh.

I tend to use Gala quite a bit since it’s my favourite type of apple due to it’s sweet flavour and melt-in-your-mouth texture. It pairs especially well with the Granny Smith Apple.

That being said, you can use your favourite type of apple or whatever apples you have on hand. I’ve used a variety of different apples for this recipe and it turned out equally tasty each time!

How do you keep apple crumble from getting soggy?

For this particular crumble, it helps to store it in the fridge since it allows the crumble and apple filling to solidify slightly, thus preventing it from getting soggy.

Why is my apple crisp not crispy?

This apple crisp is a no-bake version that uses almond and coconut flour instead of oats so it has a softer texture than your typical apple crisp that uses oats and is baked. If you prefer a crisp that has a more crispy texture made with oats and nuts, try out my Healthy Peach Crumble Recipe!

No-Bake Apple Pie Parfait

It’s apple season, and we’re obsessed with all the apple desserts! Check out this easy spin on a traditional apple pie, with this no-bake apple pie parfait that is assembled into perfect portions!

  • In a medium saucepan combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ½ cup water.
  • Set aside and allow to cool for at least 1 hour.
  • Start by picking out 4 glasses. Cups will do, but we recommend clear glasses so you can see the beautiful layers!
  • Once apple filling has cooled you may begin. Start by pressing ½ of an inch of crumble into each glass. Then layer the same amount of apple filling, then whipped cream. Repeat steps one more time. Serve cold.

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  • For the most delicious no bake Apple pie with graham cracker crust, use a high-quality 82% fat content European style unsalted butter.
  • Use a variety of apple that is both firm and crisp in texture like Granny Smith apples. Softer apples tend to fall apart when cooked.
  • Stir the apples as they cook so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan and caramelize evenly.
  • If the pie filling seems too runny, add a little more cornstarch to the mixture. If it seems too thin you can add a tiny bit of water or juice.
  • Press the crumbs firmly and evenly into the pie pan when making the apple pie graham cracker crust. This helps to ensure that it doesn’t fall apart and sets properly.
  • Allow the crust to chill in the freezer for at least 15 minutes so that the butter fully sets before you add the filling.
  • The mascarpone and heavy cream must be the high-fat versions or the decoration most likely won’t come together. The low-fat versions contain more water which often creates a frosting that is too thin to pipe.
  • Be sure to sift your powdered sugar before adding it to the frosting. You do not want a lumpy frosting.

Recipe Variations

  • Switch out the fruit: Instead of apples, try using peaches, pear or blueberry, raspberries, strawberries or rhubarb!
  • Add additional spices: Experiment with ginger, cloves or apple pie spice.
  • For low carb/keto option: Use sugar free maple syrup instead of regular maple syrup.

Required Ingredients

For the Apple Filling

  • Apples: I recommend using a mixture of sweet and tart apples for the purpose of this recipe. See notes below in the FAQs for specific apple suggestions.
  • Maple syrup: Use 100% pure maple syrup for best results. You can also sub in honey if desired.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg are used for perfectly spiced apple crumble. You can increase the spices or try apple pie spice instead.

For the No Bake Crumble Topping

  • Almond flour: Use blanched almond flour for the crumble mixture. I used the almond flour from Bob’s Red Mill – it’s my favourite type of almond flour to use for gluten-free dessert recipes.
  • Coconut flour: When combined with the almond flour, forms a crumbly consistency.
  • Coconut oil: Replaces the butter that you typically find in apple crumble. Use unrefined coconut oil, or for a less prominent coconut taste, you can sub in refined coconut oil.
  • Flavour enhancers: Salt and vanilla extract are used to enhance the flavour of the crumble mixture.

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  • peeled and sliced
  • add more if you like it more gooey
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • While apples are cooking, combine almond flour, coconut flour and salt together in a small bowl and mix with a fork, breaking up any clumps. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Using a fork or spatula, press a little over half of the crumble mix into an 8-inch square pan. Evenly distribute the apples over top. Take the rest of the topping and sprinkle it evenly on top of the apple mixture.
  • I recommend slicing the apple as thinly as possible (see post above for specific instructions). It’s also helpful to cut them into slices roughly the same size so that they cook evenly in the pan.
  • When pressing crumble mixture into the bottom of the pan, wet the back of a fork or spatula before pressing down to prevent mixture from sticking to the fork.
  • Store crumble in fridge for at least an hour to allow it to firm up, making it easier to cut before serving.
  • Serve as is or top with whipped cream, coconut whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
  • Can be stored in the refrigerator in the pan tightly wrapped in saran wrap or in an air-tight container for up to one week.

This recipe was originally posted in September 2015 but was updated in August 2022 with better photos and recipe tips.

No Bake Apple Cookie Texture

These cookies don’t taste like baked cookies because they aren’t baked. But they have a soft and chewy texture. Both the almond butter and oats give the cookies a nice chewy texture to them.

Step by Step Instructions

As noted above in the recipe notes below, I recommend slicing the apples as thinly as possible for this dish.

To thinly slice an apple, remove the stem and cut in half from the stem, top to bottom. Cut each apple half in half again so that you have four sections to work with. Using a sharp knife, slice the apple as thinly as you can. For this recipe, I try to slice them about a quarter of an inch thick.

How to Make Apple Crumble Without Oven

  • While apples are cooking, prepare the no-bake crumb topping. To do so, combine almond flour, coconut flour and salt together in a small bowl and mix with a fork, breaking up any clumps. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Using a fork or spatula, press a little over half of the crumble mix into an 8-inch square pan. Evenly distribute the apples over top. Take the rest of the topping and sprinkle it evenly on top of the apple mixture.

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