Vegan & Flourless Strawberry Apple Breakfast Crisp



We had a wonderful time with our family this weekend, but our trip was shortened by a pesky website hacker!

Part of Eric’s job involves supporting a couple major websites (that receive between 1-15 million hits per day), one of which got hacked on Friday. He spent all night Friday, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon fixing the security breach. Instead of staying overnight at my brother’s like we planned, we had to leave late Saturday night so Eric could get back to work on Sunday.

It was a very short stay for 4 hours of driving, but it was still a nice visit. My niece and nephew LOVED the Spring Chick Cupcakes too. :)


Cheep, cheep!

I was feeling bad for Eric Sunday morning because he wasn’t having the most restful weekend and he was exhausted. I decided to surprise him with this breakfast apple crisp to cheer him up.

Who couldn’t be cheered up by a warm apple crisp, I ask?



Strawberry Apple Breakfast Crisp

This isn’t your grandma’s apple crisp! It is flourless, all-natural, reduced in sugar, and vegan. I love the chewy topping thanks to the processed almond mixture. If you are looking for a traditional crisp recipe, this probably isn’t the one for you, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. It could also be made gluten-free quite easy by using gluten-free oats.

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Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen and Sprinkled with Flour.

Yield: 6 servings


  • 3 lg. Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Sucanat (or regular sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  • 1 cup almonds, processed until chunky
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup Sucanat (or regular sugar)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract



1. Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 1.4 L casserole dish. Peel and chop the apples and slice the strawberries. Place in a large bowl and mix with the rest of the filling ingredients. Stir well and set aside.

2. In a food processor, place 1 cup almonds into the bowl and process until chunky (see pic below). Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse for a few seconds until just mixed. You don’t want to over-process this mixture so that it stays chunky. Pour 1/2 cup of this topping into the apple mixture and stir.

3. Pour the apple filling mixture into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle on all the remaining topping over top.

4. Cover (with casserole lid or foil poked with holes) and bake for about 40 minutes at 400F. If you do not cover it, the topping will burn. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving. Be careful because it will be super hot!



Chop, chop!

I timed the prep time for this recipe and it was about 25 minutes. Probably less if you aren’t taking pictures. ;)


Mix all the filling ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.


Now lightly process 1 cup almonds, until it looks like this:


Pulse in the rest of the topping ingredients: oats, olive oil, vanilla, Sucanat (or sugar), pure maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.


It will look very crumbly like this:


Take 1/2 cup of the topping and stir it into the apple filling. Pour into your prepared casserole dish.


Sprinkle on the topping and bake COVERED at 400F for 40 minutes. If you do not cover it the topping will burn.


Voila! A healthier apple crisp that you can enjoy for breakfast.


This crisp is by no means a traditional apple crisp in taste or texture, but we still enjoyed it. The almond topping is very chewy and provides healthy fats, protein, fibre, copper, calcium, magnesium, and B2. I liked that it wasn’t very sugary and could be enjoyed for breakfast without weighing me down.


I’m feeling really behind already today, so I better get rolling! Have a good one. :)

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Alyne April 18, 2011

I wish I could learn to like cooked apple!


Beth @ A Hit At Parties April 18, 2011

Me, too!!


Kelly April 18, 2011

YUM!!! Any type of fruit dessert (or breakfast) is my favorite. A fruit crisp that won’t ruin the day is perfect!!


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 18, 2011

Oh Angela, this looks divine! A perfect spring treat :) Thanks for sharing it!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 18, 2011

What a great combination of fruit! This looks delicious.


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) April 18, 2011

I LOVE apple crisp!! And with strawberries too?! It looks DELICIOUS!! I think I’ll try to work out how to make a Single Lady one of those, or I’d eat the whole thing! :P


Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) April 18, 2011

ah this is WONDERFUL!!!!! my fam will LOVE if for easter!!!! apple crisp is my mom’s FAVORITE :D!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

it is really different than a traditional apple crisp…so be warned! lol.


Peggy @ April 18, 2011

I LOVE apple crisp and to be able to eat it for breakfast, a dream come true! I can’t wait to make this one!


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 18, 2011

That looks so good!

And I feel your pain. My hubby is a computer programmer and we deal with a LOT of DDoS attacks. It can be stressful! It’s almost always on weekends, too. Spammers like to compromise servers to mail for the weekend. heh


Lee April 18, 2011

Angela! This dish looks fantastic! You always do such an amazing job with your photography! I want to try this with fresh bloobs!


Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 18, 2011

Looks delicious!!



Ashley April 18, 2011

SO purdy!! :) You’re such a good wifey! Good luck catching up today…I feel the same. Looking at my inbox makes me want to hurl. hehe


Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc April 18, 2011

I am sure Eric must be cheered up by this. Thanks for yet another easily gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free recipe. I am supposed to go to bed right now (It’s 11 pm over here), but I’m actually feeling hungry just by looking at these. I guess I can only dream about it in my sleep.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

:) Sweet dreams!


Lindsey April 18, 2011

I love the little chickies!! They are so cute! All of your recipes look so yummy its scary…

…whos wearing the Habs shirt? Go Bs!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

my niece ;) She has been a habs fan since before birth..haha


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe April 18, 2011

Mmm…I’d be happy to have that as a dessert! Dessert for breakfast sounds great.


Kate (Bread & Chocolate) April 18, 2011

Great minds think alike! I threw together a cobbler crisp yesterday – the oat topping screams breakfast, but add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’ve got dessert. I used pears & berries…but any fruit would make a sweet treat.


Julie @ Shining From Within April 18, 2011

Mmm! I love apple crisps and anything that is a healthier version of that I am soo making!


Sarah April 18, 2011

How thoughtful of you, I’m sure he appreciated your efforts to make him feel better after such a stressful weekend!


Nicole @ Fresh & Fit April 18, 2011

Sound like Eric has a similar job to my fiance. He does something like that. This week he is on call and that means were are house bound in case he gets called to fix someones internet thing-a-ma-gig (I don’t 100% understand the job). Since there will be no going out this week and weekend, many recipes will be made! This recipe would make my fiance very happy. Food can fix pretty much anything!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

yea that sounds familiar ;) Eric often gets paged at 3am and then has to work for a few hours in the middle of the night. no fun!


Heidi @ Food Doodles April 18, 2011

Yum! That looks fantastic! I’m always looking for ways to use up fresh fruit so this will be perfect :)


kate@ahealthypassion April 18, 2011

loveee apple crisp so I cant wait to try this dessert for breakfast :) sounds good to me!


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious April 18, 2011

That looks delicious – it certainly would cheer me up!

I am loving strawberries right now – even if we are getting blustery weather, they make it feel like Spring must be right around the corner :-)


Lisa Fine [lisasfoods] April 18, 2011

So glad the chick cupcakes went over well. How could they not?

That crisp looks delicious. I absolutely love peach crisp in the summertime. Maybe you could try to make a raspberry-peach crisp? ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

mmm im sure any combo would work!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 18, 2011

I love crisps! My favorite is strawberry rhubarb. And apple + strawberry? This is a sure win. Delicious! My boyfriend Kevin always seems to have to put out fires when we go on vacation. There’s always something happening at the office that pulls him away, but we enjoy the time together when we can get it!


Stefanie @TheNewHealthy April 18, 2011

Mm, a good apple crisp would definitely cheer me up!! :)


Holly @ The Runny Egg April 18, 2011

This looks delicious!

Sorry your weekend was cut short and that Eric had so much stress — I can’t imagine!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 18, 2011

mmmm this would be good to make and take on our little mini honeymoon!! We are heading to a cute little cabin on the ocean!! What better to eat than apple crisp!! :)


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 18, 2011

O.M.G. This is happening in my kitchen tonight! I have some granny smith’s that are on their last hours of life.


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 18, 2011

Holy yum! This looks lovely!


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) April 18, 2011

My husband works in technology too and had to work on the weekend for the last two weeks :l …at least this weekend wasn’t all day kind of things. Poor Eric!


Sara April 18, 2011

Oh my goodness, I missed having a post yesterday!

I just bought wonderful organic strawberries, so thanks for the recipe :)


Jen @ April 18, 2011

Looks so colorful and tasty! Perfect for breakfast!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 18, 2011

Angela, your pictures are always so fabulous. I leave your sight with my mouth watering and tummy grumbling. ESPECIALLY NOW.. since it is lunch time!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

Thanks Cait! :)


Geanna April 18, 2011

This looks delicious and amazingly easy – thanks for posting!


Amber K April 18, 2011

Wow, that looks delicious! Definitely a tasty breakfast idea.


Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa April 18, 2011

What a great idea for breakfast (or dessert!).

I hate when weekends are interrupted by work emergencies. Not much you can do about it except roll with the punches and make the best of it.


kaila @ healthy helper! April 18, 2011

Beautiful pics and an even better recipe! Looks yummy!

Poor Eric….its awful when you have to work on weekends! Hopefully everything turned out okay!


The Teenage Taste April 18, 2011

This looks delicious, Angela! I love how it is completely made with natural, wholesome foods , but what else should I expect from you… ;-)


Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL April 18, 2011

Yum! I just got some delicious organic strawberries that would be great in this!


Lisa D April 18, 2011

This looks delicious!! I have a question though, normally when you use sucant you tell us to sub brown sugar, should we do that this time or just use regular white sugar? Thanks!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

Hey Lisa, good Question! Yes that is true. I said regular sugar this time because traditional crisps often use white sugar, BUT I’m sure you could use any kind of sugar you’d like! :)


Lexi April 18, 2011

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe. I love warming foods for breakfast and this is a recipe that I definitely want to try.


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