Healthy Paleo Dessert: Ten-minute Apple Crisp!

This ten-minute Apple Crisp is one of the yummiest healthy Paleo desserts ever. Ev-er. (At least, I think it’s a crisp. It might be a crumble. Or a cobbler. I dunno. But it’s kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck-fantastic.) It’s yet another achievement for my Good Food for Bad Cooks Hall of Honor.
I stumbled upon this idea whilst messing up Thanksgiving. After my third attempt at making a decent Paleo apple pie, which was also my third time forgetting I had a pie cooking until smoke and burning ensued, I kind of gave up and accidentally made this. But it wasn’t a bad accident. It was, like, accidentally discovering Penicillin amazing happy accident.
I have to admit: the cooking process DOES take 10 minutes, but that’s contingent on already having chopped apples and Cinnamon PaleoKrunch at your disposal, as I did. If you don’t already have those, this is more like a twenty-two minute Paleo Apple Crisp. But that doesn’t sound as good.
(PS: Thanks to those danged Kardashians, I want to spell everything that starts with a “C” with a “K” instead. Paleo Apple Krisp. GAH!)
The kitchen tools that really make this a breeze are the Chop Wizard, which I talked about in this post, and an apple/potato peeler – which are both pretty much necessities when you eat as many veggies and fruits as us Paleo – Primal – Real Food folk do. (Seriously. These time-savers pay for themselves in a day of cooking.)
Anywhoo. Make this. You won’t regret it.
(Other things you won’t regret: signing up for Email Monday. Just sayin’.)


Healthy Paleo Dessert: 10-minute Apple Crisp

This healthy Paleo dessert is delicious AND nutritious: it’s full of healthy fat from coconut and/or pastured butter, it’s got warm, healthy cinnamon, and it will make your mind happy, which is the most important thing.
What you’ll need:
(all ingredients are available at Whole Foods or Natural Grocers/health sections; my ordering recommendations listed where applicable)

  • 4 small or 2 very large apples of any kind, peeled, cored and diced (peeler and chopper recommended)
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil or butter for sauteing (pretend I put an accent on the word “sauteing”)
  • 2 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup Cinnamon PaleoKrunch.
    If you don’t have PaleoKrunch, simply toss 1 cup crushed nuts with 2 Tbs. maple syrup (optional) for simple topping. Even better, roast them first for enhanced crunch and flavor.Just FYI: the Krunch is awesome to have around for emergencies. Store it in the freezer and whip it out when you need to impress. Preferably while saying, “excuse me while I whip this out.”

What to do:

  1. Saute the apples in the butter or coconut oil over medium heat until the apples “give up” their water. (About 3 minutes.)
  2. Add coconut milk and cinnamon, and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.
  3. Put gooey, delicious apples in a dish of your choosing and top with PaleoKrunch!
  4. Serve and graciously accept compliments while stuffing your face with a healthy Paleo dessert.


Be sure to let me know in the comments what you would have done differently, or how this recipe could be better!
Thanks for reading!

Liz Wolfe, NTP

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20 Responses

  1. Yum! I’m celebrating the holidays in Hawaii, so any excuse to make my house smell like Christmas is welcome in my kitchen. Thanks for the recipe, Liz!

  2. Hi Liz,
    Thinking of making this recipe for my Eat Healthy meet-up group.
    What is the serving size for the recipe that you have here.
    I would need to expand for about 10 people.
    Thanks in advance,

  3. I made this last night for my non-paleo (more like refuses paleo) boyfriend and we both loved it! A true success! I sprinkled almond slices and some pure maple syrup on top for the crunch. Amazing. Thank you!!

  4. This is really delicious! I made a double batch, but didn’t double the cinnamon. There was still plenty of cinnamon. I am eating a leftover bowl as we speak:) Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I have to tell ya, this has become my go to dessert lately. Freakin’ brilliant. When a dessert craving hits, I almost certainly don’t have any on hand and making a huge mess in the kitchen baking something? No way, no how. I’m not a bad cook, just an exhausted (read: lazy) cook. Thanks for saving the evening snack!

    1. Sorry Peter…As I’m not a recipe blog per se (just a lifestyle blogger who shares recipes now & then) I am not talented enough to know how substitutions work. I am not familiar enough with the properties of different ingredients and how they compare to one another. If you modify this and are successful, please feel free to leave a comment!

  6. Hi Liz, this looks amazing! How many servings (the size of the sweet little ramekin) does this recipe make?
    Thanks 🙂

  7. I stumbled upon your website recently and made this last night-delish!!! I may use honey instead of maple syrup for the topping next time, just to change it up. I also ordered the apple peeler/coring device and chopper you recommended. I’m not sure how I’ve survived without these! Next up, the “pried” egg! 🙂

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