The Best Allergy Friendly Apple Crisp Ever

Anyone who knows me knows two important details; I am ADDICTED to great desserts, and apple crisp is one of my all time favorite recipes. Period. Whether I am in a four star restaurant (OK, more like three star because the cost of a $15/hour babysitter, valet and the meal adds up quickly!) or in a diner (that’s more norm than not) I order one dessert over all others. The apple crisp. In all its quirky variations and presentations it lends itself to be the most perfect dessert creation. Perfectly seasoned tart and crisp apples, dressed ever so slightly with fresh lemon juice, put into a homey casserole dish and blanketed with a crunchy sweet oatmeal topping. Upon exiting the oven, the apples and its natural juices are boiling over onto its protective sheet pan. Like a good roasted turkey or casserole, it needs to sit and rest a while before getting scooped out by a massive spoon. The only way to properly eat an apple crisp, is with Soy Vanilla Ice Cream on the side, of course.

Last week we visited an apple farm in Wisconsin to pick the best, most wonderful apples and better than any you’d find in a supermarket. The very task of teaching your children to properly pick an apple from a tree (by gently twisting the stem, never forcing it) and watching them bite into its natural goodness is something I truly enjoy watching. Though we overstayed our welcome by 30 minutes because we were determining what to do about lunch, the afternoon was nearly perfect. Or as perfect as one can be with an 8, 6, 3 and 2 year old.

Driving home I thought about how best to use these perfect pieces of fruit. And the first thing I made that afternoon was my all time favorite dessert; The Best Allergy Friendly Apple Crisp Ever. Try it out and enjoy. Let me know how it works for you!


6-7 large apples, peeled and cut into 6 wedges (I use a variety of whatever looks best)

1 lemon, rind grated and freshly squeezed

1/2 c. granulated sugar

2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon


1 c. all purpose flour

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1 stick dairy free margarine, chilled and cut into small pieces


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 x 14 oval or 11 x 13 square baking dish with dairy free nonstick cooking spray.

Combine apples with zest, juice sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour into prepared dish.

In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients for the topping, flour through margarine using a pastry blender or your fingers. Mixture should resemble the size of peas. Scatter all over the prepared apples.

Put the crisp on a baking sheet and bake for one hour until topping is browned and the apples are bubbling.

Serve warm with your favorite soy ice cream.



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5 responses to “The Best Allergy Friendly Apple Crisp Ever

  1. Casey

    My family was the lucky recipient of Kelly’s apple crisp warm from HER oven! It was simply amazing. And we are a family that has no allergy issues (so we could use any ingredients) but will follow this recipe exactly as written. Apple crisp is my husband’s favorite dessert and he says this was the best he’s ever had. Lucky for us, Kelly is happy to share her recipe as this one will become a family tradition. Thanks!

  2. Christina Stephens

    I made this yesterday for James’ teachers and for our family and everybody LOVED it! It is an easy recipe even for someone like me who does not like to follow directions. 🙂

  3. kellyrudnicki

    So glad they liked it! Thanks for trying it out!

  4. This looks absolutely mouth-watering. Kelly, let me know if I can post one of your recipes on my blog for Allergy Recipe of the Month. I’ll provide a link to your blog and I am putting you on my blogroll today!

    I’d love it if you’d put my blog on your “links list” too.

    Welcome to the world of “food allergy blogging” and keep up the good work!

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