Simple, delicious and only sounds super fancy, this mouth-wateringly delicious Apple Strawberry Crisp is going to be your new favorite dessert! Made with just a few wholesome ingredients, this tasty treat comes together in around 45 minutes, is gluten free, paleo friendly, refined sugar free and can be made a low fodmap dessert with just a few easy tweaks.
I always fall for the sales at the grocery store on berries that make you buy 2 to get one free, and then find myself with way more berries than I can consume before they go bad! Sometimes I freeze them, but more often I love to make desserts like this Apple Strawberry Crisp or this Blueberry Crisp when I need to make sure my berries don’t go to waste!
You can top this dessert with vanilla ice cream, or you could level it up and impress your friends by making this easy whipped champagne vanilla cream.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It is simple to prepare. Requiring only one bowl and 30 minutes of baking time, this recipe could not be any easier to whip up in a flash when the craving for something sweet strikes.
- It’s a healthier option. This apple strawberry crisp is both gluten free and grain free, paleo friendly and can be made vegan or low fodmap friendly with a few simple swaps.
- It is a great recipe for a beginner. If you’re not the most confident baker, this is the perfect easy to make dessert that you can prepare for friends and family. You’ll not only impress them but you’ll feel super confident in your abilities, too!
Ingredient Notes & Tested Substitutions
- Apples – I used pink lady apples in this crisp because I like things to be extra sweet! If you are following a low fodmap diet, you may want to use Granny Smith apple as it is the most low fodmap friendly. You’ll also want to use only about 1/2 of a medium apple as a low fodmap friendly serving is just 2 teaspoons.
- Strawberries – I prefer to use fresh strawberries, but you can use frozen as well. If you opt for frozen, be sure to thaw them completely. I like to do this in a colander in the sink so that any liquids run out.
- Butter – I use regular butter, but you can make this apple strawberry crisp vegan by swapping it for your favorite vegan butter or coconut oil. Be sure not to melt the butter, just soften it.
- Lemon Juice – I prefer to use fresh lemon juice, but if you do not have it available you may use bottled lemon juice.
- Almond Flour – I love using almond flour, but if you are allergic to almond, you can sub this out for coconut flour. You can also use 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of gluten free flour, though it will no longer be paleo friendly.
- Coconut Sugar – I love using coconut sugar in recipes rather than brown sugar. If you are following low fodmap, you can substitute the coconut sugar for maple syrup instead.
- Tapioca Flour – Tapioca flour is the paleo version of cornstarch and is used to thicken the filling.
- Vanilla Extract – Optional, but highly recommended to make this crisp as delicious as possible!
- Cinnamon & Cardamom – Again, optional but both of these deliciously warming spices just uplevel the flavors of the apples + strawberries and help to balance out the sweetness.
Apple Strawberry Crisp Step by Step Instructions
- Prep. Preheat oven to 375F and grease a 9″ pie dish. Chop apples and slice strawberries.
2. Prepare filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, strawberries and remaining filling ingredients to the bowl, mixing gently to combine.
3. Prepare the crumble topping. In the same mixing bowl, add almond flour, coconut sugar and softened butter. Using your hands, gently massage butter into dry ingredients until texture is crumbly.
4. Bake. Add the crumble topping to the filling and evenly distribute across. Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes or until crumble topping is slightly browned.
Apple Strawberry Crisp FAQs
Are Apples low FODMAP?
Technically speaking, not really. Only about 2 teaspoons of apple is considered to be low FODMAP friendly, so if you are following the diet especially in the early stages then I would recommend omitting the apple and using 1 additional cup of strawberries.
Is this dessert vegan friendly?
You can swap out the butter for vegan butter or coconut oil in this apple strawberry crisp in order to make it vegan.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes, you can use frozen fruit. If you choose to do so, be sure to allow it to thaw completely. I like to do this in a colander in the sink so any of the liquid runs down the drain for easy clean up.
Can I prepare this apple strawberry crisp ahead of time?
If you would like to make this recipe ahead, follow the below tips to ensure it comes out as deliciously as if you made it the same day:
- Prepare filling ingredients and topping ingredients separately. Omit the butter from the crumble topping until you are ready to bake.
- Store them in airtight containers, the filling in the fridge and the topping at room temperature.
- When you are ready to bake, simply add the filling to a baking dish, add softened butter to the crumble topping + top and bake according to the recipe instructions.
Is coconut sugar low FODMAP?
Coconut sugar is low FODMAP friendly in 2 tbsp servings. I recommend subbing maple syrup for coconut sugar in the filling in order to reduce the amount of coconut sugar in this recipe and make it more suitable for the low FODMAP diet.
If You Liked This Gluten Free Dessert You Might Also Enjoy
- Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp
- Gluten Free Caramel Apple Crisp
- Crema Mascarpone with Champagne & Vanilla
- Matcha Brownies
Pro Tips for Enjoying Apple Strawberry Crisp
- Top it with ice cream or homemade whipped cream
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar over top for a sweet and savory twist
Did you have a chance to make this recipe? If so, please leave me a rating and review below. I always love and appreciate hearing from you!
Apple Strawberry Crisp (Gluten Free, Paleo)
For the Filling
- 2 medium apples sliced
- 3 cups strawberries sliced
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp tapioca starch
- 2 tsp lemon juice fresh squeeze if possible
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cardamom optional
For the Crumble Topping
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or light brown sugar
- 4 tbsp butter softened; can also use vegan butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 375F and grease a 9" baking dish with butter, ghee, or pan spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add apples, strawberries, lemon juice, tapioca starch, spices and coconut sugar mixing gently to combine, ensuring each of the fruits are fully coated with the sugar and spice mixture.
- Pour mixture into baking dish.
- In the same medium mixing bowl, add almond flour, coconut sugar and cinnamon, mixing gently to combine.
- Add in softened butter. Using your fingers, pinch together dry mixture and butter until a crumbly topping begins to form.
- Evenly distribute topping over filling.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.