Sweet apples topped with crumbly, buttery oats and slow cooked with cinnamon and brown sugar. Serve warm and top with vanilla ice cream. This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is so incredibly easy to make, you’ll never want to make it in the oven again!
Let’s get this out in the open right now. You can, and should, make dessert in your slow cooker.
That’s right. Slow cookers are not just for making dinner anymore.
But why should we pull out the slow cooker when you still have to take the time to slice the apples? Wouldn’t it make more sense to just throw it in the oven?
That’s an easy one. Not only will it free up your oven when you’re making dinner (ahem- Thanksgiving turkey), it also gives you the freedom to not have to watch the oven while it’s cooking. Go shopping, take a nap, or whatever else you want to do in your free time. Just don’t worry about the apple crisp!
All you have to do is set it, then forget it. You’ll have warm, sweet Slow Cooker Apple Crisp before you know it.
How To Make Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
If you’ve never made apple crisp before, there is definitely no time like the present. It’s sweet, it’s spiced, and can be served satisfying-ly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. This is seriously one of my favorite desserts, and I think you’ll agree with me after tasting this slow cooker apple crisp recipe!
As always, I used Certified Gluten Free oats, and gluten free all-purpose flour for this recipe. You can also use regular oats and flour and follow this recipe as it is written. For this one, it’s a 1-to-1 ratio.
Yay, easy substitutions!
Can you see the cinnamon on those apple slices? It’s pretty much the perfect combination.
And while we’re on the topic of perfect combinations, there’s the oats with brown sugar. Don’t forget the oats with brown sugar!
And here comes the toppings!
Are you ready for your closeup, Apple Crisp?
It really doesn’t get much better than this.
…Unless you make two.
Then it does.
If you’re looking for Thanksgiving dessert recipes, I highly recommend adding this to your list. I will definitely be making this slow cooker apple crisp this year. I am anticipating my oven being over-filled with turkey, dressing (stuffing outside of the bird), biscuits, sweet potatoes, and other various side dishes. There’s just not enough room for extra, and the slow cooker is the perfect solution.
I’m also considering taking this apple crisp recipe on the road. It only takes three hours to cook, which is just about perfect timing for a New Years party I’ll be attending at the end of this year. I’ll simply set the recipe up before heading over, plug the slow cooker in when I get there and it should be done just in time for dessert.
So simple, and I know everyone’s going to love it!
And just in case you have other allergies, here’s a great Paleo Apple Crisp!
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- 6-7 Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored and sliced
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp . vanilla extract
- 1 tsp . cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp . baking powder
- 1/2 cup dry oats (instant or rolled certified gluten free)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour gluten free
- 8 tbsp . butter unsalted, 1 stick
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp . cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp . nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp . salt
Place sliced apples in slow cooker.
Add lemon juice, cinnamon, white sugar, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Stir until apples are evenly coated.
In a mixing bowl, add oats, flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir to combine all ingredients.
Cut butter into flour mixture.
Using a spoon or your hands, combine flour mixture and butter until it forms a dough.
Crumble dough on top of apples evenly.
Place lid on slow cooker and set on High for 2 hours OR Low for 4 hours.
Open lid part way and cook for about an additional hour to let top get "crispy".
Serve warm and top with vanilla ice cream if desired.