This easy Oatmeal Apple Crisp recipe is reminiscent of homemade apple pie and apple cobbler. Topped with a crunchy oat streusel and filled with fresh baked apples, this is sure to be your favorite fall-inspired dessert!
Oatmeal Apple Crisp
Nothing says Fall more than a big bowl of warm apple crisp straight from the oven. To me it is the quintessential Fall dessert. It’s the perfect recipe to use up all of those seasonal apples. Bonus: It will make your house smell amazing while it cooks!
My favorite desserts are always served warm with ice cream. There is something about a warm gooey dessert with cold melty ice cream! You can even get extra fancy and serve this oatmeal apple crisp with homemade salted caramel sauce drizzled on top!
The difference between a cobbler and a crisp
Although this apple crisp is similar to a cobbler and apple pie in the filling the topping is completely different. A cobbler uses a cake batter and then places the cinnamon sugar apples on top. Where as a pie uses either a top or bottom crust or both!
This apple crisp features the same apple filing however uses a crisp oat topping instead. I find crisps to be the easiest dessert of the three. It super versatile and can be used with any other fruit!
Want to try an even easier version of homemade apple crisp? Try my Stuffed Baked Apple Crisp. No chopping required!
What’s in an Apple Crisp?
This easy apple crisp recipe is twofold — the crisp streusel topping and the rich apple filling.
For the crunchy topping, you’ll need light brown sugar, all-purpose flour, old-fashioned oats, and cold unsalted butter. For the apple pie-style filling, you’ll need 5 cups of cubed apples (about 5 average-sized apples), fresh lemon juice, cinnamon, and light brown sugar.
You can use whichever apples you prefer or that are in season, but I recommend Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Gala. You want ones that won’t turn to mush in the baking process.
How To Make Oatmeal Apple Crisp
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter.
- Make the Crisp Topping: Add brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse for 30 seconds or until the mixture is combined and resembles small pea size crumbs.
- Make the Apple Filling: In a medium bowl combine apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream and some homemade caramel if your feeling fancy!
What are the best apples for baking?
According to Bon Appetit the best apples for baking are Granny Smith, Honey Crisp and Pink lady! They all tend to stay firm and hold their shape during baking making them a good choice for our oat apple crisp!
Should I peel my apples?
That is totally up to you and personal preference. For ease and health benefits (hello fiber) I like to leave the peels on. However they totally can be peeled to if you prefer no skin.
Can this be frozen?
Yes absolutely! You can freeze single serving of this oatmeal apple crisp in little ramekins and freeze! You could also simply freeze whatever is leftover in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months!
More Fall Recipes To Try
If you enjoyed this homemade Apple Crisp, then you’ll love these other Fall desserts:
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Stuffed Baked Apple Crisp
- Apple Upside Down Cake
- Apple Cider Donuts
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- Pumpkin Tiramisu
Oatmeal Apple Crisp
Topped with a crunchy oat streusel and filled with fresh baked apples, this easy Apple Crisp recipe will be your favorite fall dessert!
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 5 medium apples, about 5 cups
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.Make Crisp Topping: Add brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse for 30 seconds or until the mixture is combined and resembles small pea size crumbs.
- Make Apple Filling: In a medium bowl combine apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Bake: For 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream and enjoy!