Easy Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats

This apple crisp recipe with oats has sweet tender apples and a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Jump to the full Apple Crisp Recipe now. Or, watch this quick, straight-forward recipe video showing you how to make it.

Adam likes his apple crisp with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and I love an even bigger scoop of whipped cream. Either way, it’s delicious.

I should also mention that this is phenomenal cold — sounds a little strange, I know. After a night in the fridge, all the flavors meld and mingle, giving it lots of extra flavor the next day.

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Recipe Update: We loved our old recipe, but have found a better way. We couldn’t keep that from you, could we?  The filling is very similar to our old recipe, but calls for orange instead of lemon. The topping has changed a little. We explain the changes below.

Making Our Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats

This easy dessert has sweet tender apples and a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.

Like most baked apple recipes, you’ll want to use flavorful and firm apples — Granny Smith are our go-to. It’s also nice to combine two varieties. In our photos, we used two baking-friendly apples– Granny Smith and Braeburn.

We also found that by leaving the apples unpeeled, the texture and flavor is better — especially after such a long bake time. Plus, no time needed for peeling!

By leaving the apples unpeeled, the texture and flavor is better

For the topping, we use melted butter. Spend a few minutes searching “apple crisp recipes” on the internet and you’ll notice most recipes call for cold or room temperature butter. This is exactly what we used to do. Using our fingers or a fork, we’d work the butter into flour and oats until crumbly. This method works well, but we think we’ve found a better way.

By using melted butter, the topping stays put and crisps on top of the apples.

We were looking for a tender topping with a little crunch — something to balance the softened apples. When we used the old method with un-melted butter, we noticed that during baking, the topping would melt down over the apples and into the filling below. It tasted great (how could it not, right?), but it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for.

This crisp has sweet tender apples and a crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon

In our updated recipe, by starting with melted butter, the topping stays put and crisps on top of the apples.

This crisp has sweet tender apples and a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon

Since you’re here, you may also enjoy one or more of these simple recipes. Our Apple Pie Cupcakes have spiced apples in the middle and a cinnamon roll base (so good!), take a look at how we make homemade granola, or check out our easy recipe for carrot cake.

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats

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This is a very simple apple crisp. Like most baked apple recipes, you’ll want to use flavorful and firm apples — Granny Smith are our go-to. It’s also nice to combine two varieties. In our photos, we used two baking-friendly apples– Granny Smith and Braeburn. You could even add a handful of blackberries, raisins or cranberries. We also found that by leaving the apples unpeeled, the texture and flavor is better — especially after such a long bake time.

Serve warm or serve our favorite way, which is cold — sounds a little strange, we know. After a night in the fridge, all the flavors meld and mingle, giving it lots of extra flavor the next day.

Makes 6 to 8 Servings

You Will Need

Filling

6 medium baking apples, such as Granny Smith (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)

1 orange, zested and juiced

1/4 to 1/2 cup (50 to 100 g) sugar, depending on tartness of apples

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping

3/4 cup (100 g) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (65 g) old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup (100 g) sugar, option: combine 1/4 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup (115 g) butter, melted (1 stick)

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  • Make Filling
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch square (or 2-quart) baking dish.

    Core apples then cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Add apples to a large bowl with orange zest, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir then add to baking dish.

    • Make Topping
    • Combine flour, oats, sugar and the salt in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter then stir until all the flour has been moistened by the butter and topping is crumbly. Sprinkle over apple filling. (We like to use our hands to do this. As we sprinkle, we press the crumbles together to create larger clumps of topping.)

      • Bake Crisp
      • Bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes or until juices are thickened, the apples are tender and the topping has turned light golden brown. If the topping starts to become too brown, cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake until the apples are done.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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111 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Pierce April 14, 2017, 9:35 am

    I thought it was very tasty and delicious. I like apples they make me hhhhhhhhhappy!

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  • Ishara January 3, 2017, 1:51 am

    Pls. let me know? How to prepare this receipt in a microwave oven?
    Thank you

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    • Joanne January 4, 2017, 1:23 pm

      Hi Ishara, The apple crisp is baked in the oven. We do not recommend using a microwave.

      Reply
  • Jerami/Tracy cooking team December 4, 2016, 5:04 pm

    Great recipe! Next time we make it we decided no orange zest, although keep the juice in since the orange flavor added another tasty depth to it. We doubled the oatmeal crunch since we both enjoy it in every bite. Peeled the apples over personal preference. Decrease cooking time, would check after 45 min for a 9X13 pan. We used 3 granny smith and 3 braeburn. Next time maybe switch out the braeburn. A little drizzle of caramel is a nice addition. Maybe some toasted pecans? Now on the hunt for a delectable caramel apple pie recipe.

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  • Beckie November 30, 2016, 1:00 am

    This was great… I peeled the apples, added a little flour to the filling. I didn’t have an orange so I used a splash of Orange Juice and added golden raisins.
    I have a brown sugar/butter/cinnamon family favorite crumb topping that I make so I used your topping then added sprinkles of mine on top- it forms a hard crunch… worked perfect!!
    (I also peeled most of my apples)
    Thank you!!

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  • Lara November 27, 2016, 5:21 pm

    This is a fantastic recipe and has become a go-to dessert several times over the past couple of months. Less labor than a pie, but oh so tasty. I’ve taken the liberty of adding cherries and walnuts to the filling with great results. Highly recommend!

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  • Ameego November 23, 2016, 2:25 pm

    I have quite a few apples…Can i freeze this ?

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    • Joanne December 2, 2016, 1:02 pm

      Hi there, Yes! This crisp freezes beautifully.

      Reply
  • Marianne November 13, 2016, 6:06 pm

    Excellent directions so it was very easy to follow and I used Roma apples because that’s what we had. It didn’t take the full cooking time and I did use tin foil on top to keep it from burning. Leaving the peel on the apples made such a difference and my husband said it was the best he had ever eaten. Thank you for this recipe it is the only one we will use from now on.

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