This is the best apple crisp recipe that I make on repeat. Full of ginger and topped with a granola crumble, its an easy lower sugar, high protein breakfast your family is going to love.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live in a world where I can have something that tastes like dessert for breakfast every day. I get that a lot of us are always in a rush in the morning, and so we often think that anything even remotely healthier than a donut is a win. I also understand that most people assume that baking something is a crazy time consuming task that should be relegated to our weekend to-do list. But I want to change that today because this tired mama needs something tasty to wake up to every day.
I guess my mom set the bar for breakfast pretty high. When I was a kid, my mom used to make mundane Monday’s extra special by baking us her famous baked apples for breakfast. It was super special to us at the time as we felt like we were getting to have dessert before noon, but I realize now that it was literally just a cored apple filled with store-bought granola, brown sugar and butter. It was a super fast, simple and healthy breakfast, but it made the whole house smell divine and we looked forward to getting through the weekends to have a taste.
This week I decided I would take a tip out of my mama’s book and whip up a plant-based version based on the same concept as my easy breakfast vegan ginger apple crisp with granola crumble. Looks impressive, tastes delish, but it’s actually surprisingly easy and nourishing. This is the best apple crisp recipe that perfect captures those slow weekend mornings.
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Why This Recipe Works
If you’ve never had apple crisp for breakfast before, maybe you need a little extra convincing. This is the best apple crisp recipe for a handful of reasons:
- Filled with fruit to start your day
- Omega-3 healthy fats
- Warming and cozy
- Apples and pears: These fruits make a great base for crisps because of their subtle sweetness and softer yet firm texture as they cook down. Of course, you can always use just one or the other if that’s what you have on hand.
- Pomegranate arils: Otherwise known as pomegranate seeds, I love these little “jewels” of a fruit for the fresh pop of colour and flavour they bring. They’re also a great source of antioxidants.
- Figs: Figs are one of my favourite fruits to jazz up a dish. I know they’re not traditionally in a typical apple crisp, but they seriously level it up.
- Lemon juice: The acidity is key to really draw together all the fruits’ flavours and make them pop.
- Tapioca starch: This ingredient is important for absorbing all of the juices as the fruits cook down. No one likes a soggy crisp. You can also swap for corn starch.
- Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Honey & Oats Granola: . I am a huge fan of the New Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Granola because it packs 10 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of omega 3 and 6, but less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. It’s made with real, simple organic ingredients like pumpkin seeds, chia, quinoa and hemp so it will actually keep you satiated all morning long. If the thought of hemp has you wondering if this recipe is family-friendly, let me tell you, it’s not that kind of hemp. Hemp has been proven to be one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet with twice the protein and omegas and less carbs than chia or flax. It’s also super delish in this ginger apple crisp.
How To Make This Recipe
Step One: Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9” round pie dish or cast iron skillet.
Step Two: In a bowl, mix together the apples, pears, pomegranate arils, figs, ginger, butter, lemon, tapioca or corn starch, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup, if using. Pile into the dish, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
Step Three: Remove the foil and allow to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the fruit is very tender.
Step Four: Top with the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Honey & Oats Granola and serve warm.
Think you don’t have time to bake in the morning? Think again. This recipe throws together any fruit you have in the house (right now, in the dead of winter it’s apples and pears, but you can totally use frozen berries, too).
This recipe is also totally make ahead friendly. I bake up the fruit the night before, warm it up in the microwave, and then top it with the granola in the last minute so it stays nice and crisp. In my version, I use the Honey and Oats flavour, but the Blueberry or Dark Chocolate would be equally tasty. You can find them all in major grocery stores or on Amazon as I do (when you’re a Canadian mom in a terrible winter, you buy EVERYTHING online).
Unfortunately not, but you can easily make it gluten-free by using your favourite gluten-free granola.
With the natural sweetness from the fruit and the sweetness from the granola, I think it’s just perfect without being too much. I personally like to keep this apple crisp breakfast appropriate so I actually don’t think it needs any extra sugar but if your apples aren’t super sweet and you want a little extra sweetness, then of course, add a little maple in there.
More Recipes You Might Like
If you liked this ginger apple crisp recipe, you’ll be sure to enjoy these others!
- Vegan Sweet Potato Apple Crisp
- Cherry Crisp Recipe with Chocolate Chips (Vegan and Gluten Free)
- Pear Crisp with Oats and Ginger (Gluten Free)
- Slow Cooker Vegan Blueberry Peach Crisp
Now lovelies, I want to know- what are your favourite weekend morning breakfasts? Have you tried my ginger apple crisp yet? Let me know!
Best Apple Crisp Recipe with Ginger and Granola Crumble
- 3 apples peeled and diced
- 2 pears peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 cup halved figs
- 2 tbsp minced candied ginger
- 2 tbsp vegan butter melted
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp tapioca starch or corn starch
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- Optional: 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 ¼ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Honey & Oats Granola
- Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9” round pie dish or cast iron skillet.
- In a bowl, mix together the apples, pears, pomegranate arils, figs, ginger, butter, lemon, tapioca or corn starch, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup, if using. Pile into the dish, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the foil and allow to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the fruit is very tender.
- Top with the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Honey & Oats Granola and serve warm.
Updated on April 30th, 2023
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.