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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1 Alyne April 18, 2011

I wish I could learn to like cooked apple!


2 Beth @ A Hit At Parties April 18, 2011

Me, too!!


3 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!!


4 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 18, 2011

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


5 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 18, 2011

What a great combination of fruit! This looks delicious.


6 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


7 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!


8 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

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


9 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!


10 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


11 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!


12 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 18, 2011

Looks delicious!!



13 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


14 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.


15 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

:) Sweet dreams!


16 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!


17 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

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


18 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe April 18, 2011

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


19 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.


20 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!


21 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!


22 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!


23 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!


24 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 :)


25 kate@ahealthypassion April 18, 2011

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


26 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 :-)


27 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? ;)


28 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

mmm im sure any combo would work!


29 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!


30 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy April 18, 2011

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


31 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!


32 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!! :)


33 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.


34 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 18, 2011

Holy yum! This looks lovely!


35 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!


36 Sara April 18, 2011

Oh my goodness, I missed having a post yesterday!

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


37 Jen @ April 18, 2011

Looks so colorful and tasty! Perfect for breakfast!


38 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!


39 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

Thanks Cait! :)


40 Geanna April 18, 2011

This looks delicious and amazingly easy – thanks for posting!


41 Amber K April 18, 2011

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


42 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.


43 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!


44 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… ;-)


45 Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL April 18, 2011

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


46 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!!


47 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! :)


48 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.


49 Verity April 18, 2011

The pictures on your site are always far beyond gorgeous. Ive been following you for a while now and you are really such an inspiration. Im in recovery after seven years of suffering from a chronic and severe eating disorder and I look up to you as a role model for health. Plus I think its pretty cool that were both in Ontario. Anyways, thank you for everything and dont stop blogging. <3


50 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

thank you!


51 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 18, 2011

Those colors are SO vibrant!


52 Sharon April 18, 2011

Oooh, I have all the ingredients! This rarely happens – I’m a bad vegan. Or rather… I don’t bake very often. This recipe will definitely be happening in the next few days. Can’t wait to try it!


53 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 18, 2011

Angela, this is AMAZING! What an awesome dish for breakfast or even dessert! I love all the fruits and perfect to add in a little crunch. :)


54 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 18, 2011

Yikes– sorry about the hackers!!! I hope this breakfast cheered Eric right up!


55 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 18, 2011

Poor Eric! I hope he can relax a bit today. Delicious breakfast treat!


56 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 18, 2011

Sorry to hear about the hacker! That’s super annoying but I’m glad that you at least got to spend a bit of time with your family. The strawberry apple crisp is practically making me drool right now!! Great idea!


57 Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) April 18, 2011

This crisp would definitely cheer me up!


58 Beth @ A Hit At Parties April 18, 2011

That looks beautiful! I am a long time reader and first time commenter :) I love your site and look forward to reading every single day! You are a true inspiration.

Quick question – and I’m sorry if you’ve covered this before: what are the benefits, if any, of arrowroot powder over cornstarch? Thoughts on tapioca starch? I am confused by all of these starches! Help!


59 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

I find cornstarch upsets my tummy, so I like to use arrowroot powder. From what I have heard, they are interchangable. Here is some info on arrowroot


60 Beach Bum Beauty April 18, 2011

I love the Chick buns,they are so cute! I am also printing this recipe so I can have it for breakfast next Monday. I am taking part in a review for a body cleanse programme which lasts for 12 looong days. I wasn’t sure what to have for breakfast when it’s finished as I’m not sure what my body will be able to cope with. This looks delicious and nutritious x


61 Ruth April 18, 2011

Wow, this looks delicious! It makes me wish that I hadn’t already eaten breakfast today so I could go make this right now. O well, I guess there’s always tomorrow! (Or more likely, Saturday)


62 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf April 18, 2011

Mmm yum! Looks good! And I imagine if one used really ripe strawberries, the added sugar could be reduced even further! :)


63 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

yes that is very true! Mine were a bit tart…but fresh local strawberries would probably be sweet enough!


64 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn April 18, 2011

Yum!! Flourless is always my favorite because I can only roll gluten-free:)


65 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 18, 2011

I am impressed you kept your niece’s spoon away from the Chick Cupcake long enough to take that pic! Looks like a precarious situation. :)


66 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

haha it wasnt hard because she LOVES smiling for the camera and would do it all day long :)


67 Sophia @ Raven Waves April 18, 2011

Ah!! This looks so yummy and comforting!


68 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 18, 2011

So sorry about the a pesky website hacker! That’s awful….and dealing with sites that receive 1 to 15M hits a day…WOW! A different world…clearly…than mine :) haha

The crisp looks wonderful! I love making crisps and crumbles and have a nobake apple crumble (vegan and GF) recipe…I blend brown sugar, oats, agave, etc for the topping, and use an almond meal crust and “marinate” the apples in brown sugar, agave, vanilla and I dont even have to bake it. It was one of the first raw/nobake desserts that really convinced me that raw/vegan desserts are better than the “originals”…

And I think your recipe looks way better and more beautiful than any crumble Ive ever tried :)


69 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

that sounds awesome! Will have to try your version too!


70 Christina @ The Athletarian April 18, 2011

Your recipes and photos never cease to amaze me. Your food is hardcore eye candy! Keep up the amazing work!


71 Cat April 18, 2011

I do believe I need this right now. Holy cow it looks good!!


72 Abby April 18, 2011

This sounds so yummy! :)


73 Moni'sMeals April 18, 2011

Yay! I love this recipe, Breakfast, snack, or dessert! It looks great.:)

Sorry to hear about that hacker, soooo lame.


74 Dalai Lina April 18, 2011

Oh, I bet you can use it the next day for a topping on your overnight oats!

I had my yahoo account hacked – it sent all my contacts a link to a Viagra website. Brilliant.


75 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

mmm great idea!


76 AGS @ West with Flight April 18, 2011

Bummer for Eric. Hope you can keep up his spirits, even if you can’t give him his weekend back!


77 Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good April 18, 2011

Ooh, thank you! This is perfect timing as I just got two packages of strawberries today.


78 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 18, 2011

what a beautiful dish!


79 Kelsey April 18, 2011

oooh I love apple crisp! I could so go for a bowl right now.


80 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 18, 2011

Aww sorry your trip got cut short! But I’m sure this must have cheered Eric up – It looks delicious!


81 Kelty April 18, 2011

Mine is in the oven right now! Seen your post on twitter this morning and had to make it…but I forgot the vanilla as it’s not in the ingredient list at the top :) I’m sure it’ll be fine without. Cheers!


82 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

oops! My bad, will add it in. :)


83 Paige @Running Around Normal April 18, 2011

A the life of a tech worker! I’ve had a couple nights like that with my husband too! I’m like…how can they let you work for 36 hours straight?!


84 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 18, 2011

This is my kind of crisp! Organic strawberries were on sale so I have a bunch of them–perfect timing! :-)


85 Chelsa April 18, 2011



86 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) April 18, 2011

An apple crisp topping that’s not packed with butter – genius!


87 Laura April 18, 2011

What type of food processor do you have?


88 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

its a 12 cup kitchenaid :)


89 staceyhealthylife April 18, 2011

Mmmm looks delicious and pretty easy to make.


90 Ellie@fitforthesoul April 18, 2011

holy moly! tihs looks refreshing and delicious!


91 Ashley April 18, 2011

I love this idea! I could go crazy with apple crisp– it’s one of those recipes my mom loves to cook for dessert when I come home to visit. But lately, she’s changed her diet to eating much healthier, and has been looking for a way to be able to eat her fave treat differently!


92 whitney April 18, 2011

Heaven in a bowl! I totally just bookmarked this. Cannot wait to try it. Sorry to hear about the stressful weekend, hope it gets better!



93 Char April 18, 2011

I looooove apple crisp, but also jump at the idea of this one being flourless!!! Looks so tasty!


94 salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 18, 2011

that crisp looks wonderful!!!


95 Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 18, 2011

Wow. I know what I want for breakfast.


96 Kathy April 18, 2011

Looks yummy! I’ll have to try it!! But I’ll somehow divide everything by 1/6 to get a single serving so I’m not ‘grazing’ on it all day and night! I’ve never had a fruit crisp before though…


97 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food April 18, 2011

This looks so delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!


98 Sarah April 19, 2011

Just made this tonight. It was very delicious and I will definitely be using it to top my oats in the am! Thanks =]


99 Lou April 19, 2011

that looks so yummy, thanks! :D


100 tweal April 19, 2011

Yep that seems like a pretty awesome way to cheer up!


101 Hannah April 19, 2011

I must say I’m partial to my mum’s rich apple rhubarb crumble, which is actually vegan too, but I’m absolutely intriged by the idea of cooked strawberries with an almond topping!


102 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 19, 2011

This looks so good that it should be a dessert rather than breakfast!!


103 AGS @ West with Flight April 19, 2011
104 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner April 19, 2011

Girl, you need to publish a cookbook!!!! :D


105 India-leigh @ April 20, 2011

ooh my, that looks sooo’ve good photography skills (to go with your cooking skills).

Have you ever tried to make the crisp with eating apples instead? I switched a few years ago as they are naturally sweet so need little assistance. I pop raisins or dates to bump up the sweetness. Date syrup makes the topping chewy and super sweet too.

I bet your partner was so grateful for his treat! It’d give me a happy face!


106 marla {family fresh cooking} April 20, 2011

Angela, I am crazy about strawberries, crisps and healthy sweets. Win, win and win on this recipe. Love it & perfect for spring/summer treats. So sorry to read about the yuck hacker. xo


107 Stacey @ Here's to Life April 20, 2011

That looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try the recipe!


108 Michelle April 22, 2011

I’m reading this at gone midnight in the UK. I’m tired, but I want to get up and make this recipe! Thamks for a great site. x


109 ellen April 23, 2011

This was amazing! Such a delicious dish – even my mom liked it! I will be making this often, like, maybe again tomorrow!


110 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 24, 2011

That is great to hear!


111 Cheryse March 8, 2013

I have made this many times, normally substituting blueberries for the strawberries due to an allergy in my family. Today I subbed the strawberries with diced plums. It has been a hit every time I make it (both for my family and for my MOPS group). My 2.5 yo and my 1yo both gobble it right up! Thank you for sharing :)


112 Gina April 1, 2013

Hi! I made this today using GF oats + strawberries and blackberries (instead of apple). It was insaaaaane!! One of my fav easy-to-make dishes of all time <3


113 carrie bonds October 22, 2013

Angela, I am quite newly vegan, as in this week new, and with my lack of cooking skills… this will be interesting! Nevertheless, I stumbled upon your website, and for the past hour I have been looking at all of your recipes. I cant tell you how excited I am to try them. I have a question for you though, what are some “need to have” foods to help me improve on my vegan cooking? thank you for all your hard work and helping us all out! much love!


114 Nichole February 16, 2014

Just made this with apples strawberries and kiwi and omitted the arrowroot powder and cornstarch because I didn’t have any left. It was gone in less than 5 minutes!


115 Didi June 8, 2014

We made this last night with rhubarb instead of strawberries and half the amount of apples. Absolutely delicious! I think I could use even less sugar next time :-) the natural flavors are so good! Thanks for this recipe Angela!


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