Paleo Maple Pecan Apple Crisp

Steal the show this fall season with this simple, yet delicious dessert option. From toddlers to grandparents, this sweet tooth dessert is sure to make everyone ask for a second helping. This dish is grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and paleo-approved. So don’t worry, your body will feel good about this treat, just as much as your taste buds do.


Crisp Topping:

  • 1/3 cup organic coconut oil refined, solid, or vegan butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice or cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Apple Filling:

  • 7 medium apples peeled and sliced to 1/4 inch thickness. (Pink lady and Honeycrisp are great!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour or arrowroot


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Begin with the crisp topping. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the nuts break down and a crumbly, pasty mixture forms. Chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with the spices, tapioca, maple sugar and vanilla, then transfer to a 9 or 10-inch pie dish or baking dish, set aside.
  4. Drop/dollop the topping all over the apples to fully cover (or as fully as possible) and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the apples are bubbling and the topping is brown and crisp. Check around 25-30 minutes and if the topping is browning too much, cover with aluminum foil for the last 15 minutes.
  5. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to cool down before serving warm. Serve with coconut vanilla ice cream if desired.
  6. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days (without the ice cream!) and reheat before serving. Enjoy!


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Dr. G
Dr. G

Dr. Jay Goodbinder ND DC DABCI is a doctor in Kansas City, MO who serves patients in the surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.