Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

recipe from Gimme Some Oven


For the Apple Crisp

  • 8 apples, peeled, cored and thinly-sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon crumble (see below)

For the Cinnamon Oat Crumble

  • 1 cup (uncooked) old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil


To Make the Apple Crisp

  1. Add apples and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl, and toss to combine.  Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt evenly on top, and toss until completely combined.  Pour the entire mixture into the bowl of a large slow cooker or instapot, and spread everything out so that it is in an even layer.
  2. Prepare the cinnamon oat crumble (see below), and sprinkle it evenly on top of the apple mixture.
  3. Place a dish towel or a few paper towels on top of the cooker, and place the lid on top of the towel(s).  The towels will help soak up the condensation that forms along the top of the lid, and keep that oat crumble nice and crisp.
  4. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours until the apples are soft and cooked through.  Remove the lid and the towel(s), and serve the apple crisp immediately.

To Make the Cinnamon Oat Crumble

In a large mixing bowl (you can use the same one you used for the apples), whisk together the oats, almonds, flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined.  Drizzle the melted butter (or coconut oil) over the mixture, and then whisk until combined. Makes 8 servings. Optional serving suggestions– vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce

Cook’s Note:  If making this recipe vegan, use coconut oil in place of butter (and be sure to use vegan ice cream and/or caramel sauce for serving).  If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to double-check that all of your ingredients are certified gluten-free.

Using your towel with a slow cooker could potentially be a fire hazard, and you do so at your own risk.  The author of the recipe claims to have done it dozens of times without a problem.  But different cookers heat up to different temperatures.  So she recommends checking it an hour into cooking to be sure that the towel is not too hot. If using an instapot on slow cooker setting, check your user instructions for setting recommendations.

Try these easy apple ideas or check our recipe archive:

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