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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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


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

thank you!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 18, 2011

Those colors are SO vibrant!


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!


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. :)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 18, 2011

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


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 18, 2011

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


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!


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

This crisp would definitely cheer me up!


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!


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


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


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)


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! :)


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!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn April 18, 2011

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


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. :)


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 :)


Sophia @ Raven Waves April 18, 2011

Ah!! This looks so yummy and comforting!


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 :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

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


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!


Cat April 18, 2011

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


Abby April 18, 2011

This sounds so yummy! :)


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.


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.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

mmm great idea!


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!


Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good April 18, 2011

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


Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 18, 2011

what a beautiful dish!


Kelsey April 18, 2011

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


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!


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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

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


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?!


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! :-)


Chelsa April 18, 2011



Pearl (Crunch and Chew) April 18, 2011

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


Laura April 18, 2011

What type of food processor do you have?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011

its a 12 cup kitchenaid :)


staceyhealthylife April 18, 2011

Mmmm looks delicious and pretty easy to make.


Ellie@fitforthesoul April 18, 2011

holy moly! tihs looks refreshing and delicious!


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!


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!



Char April 18, 2011

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


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 18, 2011

that crisp looks wonderful!!!


Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 18, 2011

Wow. I know what I want for breakfast.


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…


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