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Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp (Healthy + Vegan)

Apple & Pear Crisp is a healthy fruit crisp naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and so easy to make! It’s gluten-free and easily customizable for different diet types.

top down view of a serving of healthy apple pear crisp in a white serving bowl with spoon and items surrounding.

I’ve always loved apple crisps, or crumbles, as they are referred to in the UK and Australia. They’re just one of those simple pleasures that I’ve never tired of!

There’s just something about the soft apples, cinnamon, and crispy oatmeal topping that I love. And with the abundance of apples and pears this time of year, it seems the perfect time to enjoy these fall fruits together.

This fruit crisp is even kid-friendly and was a hit with my daughter who said she’d like to have this treat around the house more often. I am looking forward to making this often in the days to come!

Cheers to healthy and delicious recipes that come together with ease!

top down view of ingredients used to make healthy, vegan apple pear crisp.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In this recipe, we’ll bake spiced apples topped with a naturally sweetened oatmeal topping, creating a tender center and crisp golden crust. Perfect for breakfast and dessert!

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Apples – I love Fuji apples for their sweetness and crispness. You could also add a granny smith for tartness and variation. Pears can be a variety or simply a few of the same. Leave the peel on for more nutrition and ease of preparation. Just be sure to scrub them well before prepping!
  • Oatmeal – Use old-fashioned.
  • Walnuts – Feel free to use pecans for a change.
  • Pure Maple Syrup – This is a wonderful natural sweetener and will help crisp up the oats too.
  • Coconut Oil – You can omit for oil-free.
  • Cinnamon – Adds a wonderful warming flavor.
  • Lemon – Juice of.
  • Vanilla – Adds another layer of flavor.
  • Coconut Sugar – Can be substituted with pure cane white or brown.
  • Salt – Just a pinch to bring out all the flavors.
side by side photos showing the process of making quick and easy apple pear crisp.

How To Make Apple & Pear Crisp

Wash, core, and dice your apples.

Mix the apples and pears with lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon well (above left). Tip: You can also mix this right in your baking dish, making for one less dish to wash.

Combine the oat crumble topping (shown above right).

side by side photos showing the process of making quick and easy apple pear crisp.

Layer the apples in a baking dish as shown above.

Top with the granola mixture, and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 35 – 40 minutes.

And now all you have to do is enjoy, and share the love!

Serving Suggestions

Pair your fruit crisp with a scoop of vanilla non-dairy ice cream and extra cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Alone, this crisp is healthy as can be. It makes a great dessert and can double as a nice breakfast idea. I can literally sit and eat this all day long!

top down view of freshly made healthy apple crisp in a white baking dish.

Adjusting For Dietary Needs

  • Oil-free: Omit the oil. The topping will be a little dryer, but still delicious!
  • Nut allergies: Omit using any nuts in the topping.
  • Low-fat: Omit the nuts and/or oil.

How To Store Your Fruit Crisp

Refrigerator: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, in a covered container.

Reheat: Warm in the oven at 250 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes. Alternately, warm individual serving sizes in the microwave using 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until warmed through.

side angle view of vegan apple pear crisp in a white serving bowl with items surrounding.

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If you make this healthy fruit recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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5 from 13 reviews

This apple & pear crisp is an old favorite made healthy without losing any flavor! I have left the skin on the apples and pears here but feel free to peel yours. Enjoy this classic dessert that can even double as breakfast!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 generously 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Breakfast
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan, American


  • 3 medium apples, cored and chopped (peel if you prefer)
  • 3 medium pears, cored and chopped (peel if you prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (coconut or organic pure cane)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup almond meal or flaxseed meal, optional
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 34 tablespoons coconut oil (at room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon mineral salt
  • cinnamon, to garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Wash apples well. Slice, core, and dice the apples and pears.

In a large bowl (or right in your baking dish), combine apples, pears, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well and layer into a 9 x 9 baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine oats, almond meal, walnuts, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt, and mix well. Spread the oat mixture evenly over the apples and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.

Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until apples and pears are fork tender. Let cool 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6 generously


Make gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.

Feel free to use almonds, pecans or other nuts and seeds of choice in place of the walnuts.

Peel your apples if you prefer. I leave the skin on for the fiber and less work. Plus I love the rustic look and different colors the skin brings to the dish. If serving for every day, I don’t bother to peel the apples, but if serving for company, I may consider peeling them. You may also like to dice your apples a little smaller than shown or cut them into thin to medium slices.

Make this oil free and omit the coconut oil. Your crisp top will be a little bit dryer but still good!

Add fresh cranberries for a splash of color. This is especially nice around the fall & winter holidays.

Change the recipe to just be an apple crisp if you like, or vice versa.

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  1. Amazing!! Highly recommend. Apple crumble was a childhood favourite and I loved recreating it with healthy ingredients. This is a new favourite in our house! Thank you!!

  2. I just tried this tonight. It is wonderful. I didn’t have the almond flour on hand so went without and it turned out fine without it. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. No other crisp recipe need apply; this is AMAZING! I used a simple combination of organic Gala or Fuji apples and organic Bartlett pears. I omitted the almond meal and used pecans. Fresh cinnamon likely helped (thanks, bulk foods spice section!), but your crisp ingredients make the perfect topper for the tender fruit below. Thanks for my new favorite recipe! This means I’ll have a lot more time to bake since my search for the perfect recipe has ended with this champion!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      So glad you loved this one. It’s tops with me too, so simple and delicious. And, your subs sounds wonderful! Cheers :)

  4. sonworshiper says:

    i made this last weekend and i'm still enjoying it! i did not have maple syrup, so i used organic wildflower honey. also, i omitted the almond meal and the sugars-and i substituted cashews for the walnuts. it was very yummy, but i did top it with cool whip-since i cannot find a suitable substitute for that! thank you for all these great recipes, it's made a world of difference for me!!

  5. Anne Griffin says:

    Looks like a good Thanksgiving option! Thanks for the great ideas!

  6. OMG; this is such a simple yet genius idea, I'm in love with it and can't wait to try it out soon. It's time for this comforting hearty treats. Thank you and congratulations, loving the pictures! :-)

  7. just popped it in the oven …thanks so much for passing along the recipe, I did not add the sugar to the apples , keeping my fingers crossed that it will still be yummy !!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I’m sure it will be! Enjoy :)

  8. Gloomy day here in Chicago, so luckily I had all these ingredients. The smell wafting through the kitchen when the kids come home from school will be so welcoming! Thanks for today's timely post!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      I love the way you expressed that. The smell is wonderful…I have it wafting through the air as I type. I hope everyone loved it! Cheers :)

  9. The Vegan Cookie Fairy says:

    I think this is commonly called a crumble(?) Whatever, I love love love crumbles. This looks utterly lovely.

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Yes, in the UK and Australia, this would be referred to as a crumble. Here in the US and Canada it's commonly known as a crisp. Thank you! It's really delicious. :)

  10. coconutandberries says:

    That selection of fruit is so pretty! I've never seen a pear that lovely purple colour before.
    Of course I love a crisp, especially using maple syrup :)

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you! I've never seen the purple pears until a few years ago myself. It's really good too!

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