This cardamom apple crisp is a delicious lightly spiced dessert perfect for a cosy night in or mid-afternoon treat on a chilly fall or winter afternoon. A really simple but very cosy dessert that comes together in less than an hour, is gluten free using certified oats and a low histamine recipe.
Crisp recipes are such a favourite in my home, so there are quite a few on this site now! You may like to have a look at the rhubarb blueberry crisp when rhubarb is in season, or the tasty blueberry and blackberry crisp which can easily be made with frozen fruit.
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Crumble or crisp?
Growing up I used to eat a LOT of apple crumble. It was my mum's go-to dessert to make. Except it turns out I wasn't eating apple crumble at all, I was in fact eating apple crisp . . .
A crumble recipe typically uses flour rather than oats, whereas a crisp, well it uses ingredients that 'crisp up', namely oats.
I always find that crisp recipes feel a little lighter, and so I hope you like this spiced apple crisp. It's perfect for special occasions or just a quiet weekend afternoon!
Why you will love this recipe
- It's so cosy for the winter months and the apple cardamom aroma that fills the kitchen is just so delightful.
- Easy to make, with a simple two-stage process.
- Focuses on whole foods for a healthy dessert (ish!), without refined sugar.
The ingredients are similar to most crisp recipes, but with a focus on the little kick of spice from the cardamom. You will need:
- Apples: the main ingredient, they go soft and a bit gooey when baked.
- Cardamom: the central spice flavour for the crisp.
- Honey: to add a touch of extra sweetness. You will need a runny honey to drizzle over the apples.
- Apple juice: to help prevent the apple mixture from being too dry. Add a little extra if you like a more 'gooey' crisp filling.
- Oats: the main ingredient of the topping, use certified gluten free if required.
- Pumpkin seeds: to add a little crunch to the crisp topping.
- Coconut oil: to help combine the topping ingredients.
- Salt: just a tiny pinch.
Variations to the recipe
If you are a fan of cinnamon (and, for my low histamine readers, able to tolerate), then add a tiny pinch.
Not a fan of pumpkin seeds? Simply leave out or swap for another nut or seed.
Make sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, their quantities and instructions!
Step by step instructions
This is a very simple recipe, and it's only a few steps until the cosy aroma of apple and cardamom will be filling the kitchen!
Add the chopped apples to your pan, and then sprinkle over the cardamom and drizzle with the honey. Pour over the apple juice and give the mixture a stir so that it is all coated.
Make the oat topping by combining the, oats, pumpkin seeds, melted coconut oil, honey, cardamom and salt in a bowl. Stir to combine and so the mixture is a little sticky.
Spoon the oat topping over the apples so that it is fairly even and there aren't any big gaps.
Bake for 25-30 minutes and then enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
Be sure to add the apple juice and honey. If you prefer a more 'wet' filling then add a little more apple juice than in the recipe instructions.
Yes, simply swap out the honey for maple syrup.
Nothing fancy! Just an ovenproof dish, bowl and a wooden spoon.
On the sofa, with a hot cup of herbal tea, a movie and maybe some furry slippers . . .
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Cardamom apple crisp
For the fruit filling
- 4 apples peeled and cored
- 2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- 2 tablespoon apple juice
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Scatter the apple slices into your ovenproof dish, drizzle with honey, pour over the apple juice and sprinkle over the cardamom.
- Add all the ingredients for the oat topping to a bowl and stir well to combine. Spoon onto the fruit filling.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Keep a watch after 20 minutes for any signs of burning. If the top is looking as though it could burn but the apples aren't softened, loosely place a piece of aluminium foil over the dish and bake until done.
- Slice the apples to the size of your preference. The smaller they are the more likely they will go gooey, so adjust size to the texture you like!
- Stir the oat toppings very thoroughly so the wet ingredients combine well with the dry.
- Watch for signs of burning in the last ten minutes as it can turn fast.
- cardamom scores 0, but has a note stating that some varieties may not be tolerated.