Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream

Apple Crisp Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

To me, nothing says autumn like a trip to the apple orchard!  When my son was a toddler and I was a single mom working at a tiny little hospital in northeast Iowa, we used to make a road trip to Gays Mills, Wisconsin at least twice every fall to get apples and fresh cider.  We loved walking through the different orchards’ stores and sampling the goodies they always had available to try.  We might have definitely always got a fresh, piping hot, apple cider donut coated with cinnamon sugar!  Those donuts alone were worth the 90 minute drive each way!  Of course, I always bought more apples than the two of us could possibly eat, but thankfully, I’ve always enjoyed spending time in my kitchen, so I made many desserts and other treats featuring apples.  And thankfully, health care workers are known for their love of homemade baked goods, so I could take my creations to work where I could be certain they’d be enjoyed and nothing would go to waste…or to waist…if I had kept all those baked goods at home!  😉 

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

Of all the different apple recipes, one of my all time favorites is apple crisp.  I remember my mom teaching me me how to make one when I was about 10 years old.  I used to experiment with different combinations of topping ingredients and spices, and by gosh, my dad ate them all!  Whether he really liked them is a different thing, but he ate them, and at least pretended to like them all!  I’ve chosen to make an apple crisp today, not only because it’s always been a favorite of mine, but also because it’s a recipe that lends itself quite easily to be adapted to meet my CEBH lifestyle!

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

Sometimes the old stand-by recipes are the best for a reason!  They’ve stood the test of time, being passed down from generation to generation.  But there’s nothing that says we can’t take those traditional old recipes and stand them on their ear!  And that’s kind of what I’ve done with this apple crisp!  It’s got all the traditional flavors and most the original ingredients in the crisp itself.  And then, I’ve topped it with a traditionally flavored sauce made from a very non-traditional ingredient!  It’s an apple crisp for the ages – with a new age twist!

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

As for ingredients – I chose to use Granny Smith apples – they are slightly tart and perfect for baking.  In addition to the apples, I used a few oats, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, maple syrup for sweetness, and a handful of craisins for another little bit of sweetness and burst of flavor.  The crisp topping is whole rolled oats, walnuts, coconut oil, cinnamon, maple syrup, and a splash of vanilla – pretty straightforward!  For the cashew cream drizzle I used soaked raw cashews (just as we have for our other cashew cream recipes), maple syrup for sweetness and flavor, a splash of maple flavoring, a little vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon to tie all the components together!  

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

I diced the apples pretty small, then mixed them with a some of the oats I ground up a little in the blender – this helped act as thickener without having to add flour or cornstarch.  Then I tossed in the craisins, cinnamon, and salt, stirred in the maple syrup, and mixed it all together.  To make it a little more special I used individual ramekins to make this apple crisp – something about individual servings automatically makes any dish feel more special!

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |


Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

After I had the apple filling in the dishes, I mixed up the crispy topping ingredients and sprinkled that over the apples.

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

Then I popped them into the oven to bake about 40 minutes at 350 degrees.  While they were baking I blended the maple cinnamon cashew cream ingredients in the blender and placed it the refrigerator until I was ready to serve the apple crisp!  I prefer it still slightly warm from the oven and generously drizzled with the maple cinnamon cashew cream.  Or I could definitely go for just a big ol’ gob of cashew cream on top too…either way it tastes scrumptious!

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream |

The end result…oh my gosh you guys!  It’s just as flavorful and delicious as a traditional apple crisp – only better!  The maple cinnamon cashew cream takes this recipe from really good to REALLY GREAT!  Forget ice cream – you won’t even miss it in this recipe….seriously we mmmmm’d and yummmmed and oooohhhhed the whole time we were eating it! 😉  

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream
Serves 6
Nothing says fall like a warm cinnamon spiced apple crisp topped with maple cinnamon cashew cream!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
433 calories
66 g
0 g
18 g
7 g
4 g
164 g
37 g
42 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433
Calories from Fat 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 37mg
Total Carbohydrates 66g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 42g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 Granny Smith apples, diced but not peeled
  2. 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 to 12 hours, drained
  3. 1 cup whole rolled oats, divided
  4. 1/2 cup craisins
  5. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  6. 6 tbsp pure maple syrup, divided
  7. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
  9. 1 tsp plus a splash of vanilla
  10. 1/2 tsp maple flavoring
  11. 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil plus extra for greasing the ramekins
  12. A few dashes of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare 6 ramekin dishes by lightly brushing the inside of the dishes with coconut oil and set aside.
For the Apple Filling
  1. In the same blender you will be using to make the cashew cream, coarse grind 1/4 cup oats by pulsing a few times.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the diced apples, coarse ground oats, craisins, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 4 tbsp maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Stir well, then divide evenly among individual ramekins and set aside while making crisp topping.
For the Crisp Topping
  1. In a bowl combine 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil, chopped walnuts, 3/4 cup oats, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and a dash of salt.
  2. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated and the coconut oil is dispersed.
  3. Evenly divide the topping mixture, sprinkling over the apples in the ramekins.
  4. Place all 6 dishes on a sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside until serving. Refrigerator if not serving until the next day.
For the Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream
  1. In a blender combine the soaked and drained cashews, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla, the maple flavoring, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  3. Place in a covered container and refrigerate until serving time.
To serve the Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream
  1. Top each apple crisp with a generous drizzle or dollop of Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream.
  2. Garnish as desired with chopped walnuts, craisins, and fresh apple slice.
  3. Enjoy!
Cook Eat Be Healthy
Fall is here – make the most of the apples I know you’re bound to have on hand and treat yourself and your guests to a special fall dessert!  You don’t even have to tell them it’s healthy – they wouldn’t believe you anyway!!!

12 Comment

  1. aw man- my husband LOVES apple crisp! The cashews on this sound fabulous.. I’ll have to make him some!

    1. Thanks! I hope he loves it!

  2. What lovely memories of visits to apple orchards – those doughnuts sound amazing! Love your Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream. The addition of the craisins makes it extra-special and I love the topping – what a great way to make this classic recipe suitable for vegans – and extra-yummy too!

    1. Thanks, April! And thanks so much for reading! 😀

  3. Oh boy! Now, there is a perfect breakfast for lawn raking AMs!

    1. Absolutely! We’ll be doing a lot of raking in the days to come!

  4. This is the breakfast that I can have everyday, so healthy and very delicious!

    1. It’s perfect for breakfast or for dessert! 😀

  5. I love apple desserts and these apple crisps look delicious!

    1. Thanks, Kristine!

  6. These pictures are beautiful. Apple orchards are so fun to visit!

    1. Thank you, Sandi! Orchards are so fun to visit – I think we may have to do that this weekend!

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