caramelized apple crisp on a plate

Caramelized Apple Crisp


This caramelized apple crisp recipe is truly special! Before baking the apples in the crisp, they are caramelized in a saucepan which leads to a far richer, more complex flavor. This recipe is also reasonably low in sugar and packs in a good deal of oats, making it one of the healthier crisp recipes you’ll find.

caramelized apple crisp

The Best Apples for Baking

I think most apples taste great in crisps and crumbles, but especially those that can keep their shape through the baking process – I’d recommend Honeycrisps, Golden Delicious, Granny Smiths, and Braeburns for baking. I would not recommend using Red Delicious or Galas for this recipe, however – they’re great snacking apples, but they don’t hold up well under 45 minutes of oven heat. 

apples in a large pan
caramelized apple crisp on a plate

I hope you enjoy this wonderful caramelized apple crisp recipe.

Yield: 6 servings

Caramelized Apple Crisp

caramelized apple crisp

In this caramelized apple crisp recipe, the apples are caramelized in a saucepan before baking which leads to a far richer, more complex flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 pounds apples, cored & diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • juice from one lemon
  • 2/3 cup Demerara sugar, divided
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Toss apples with lemon and sugar in a large bowl. 
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Brown the butter (usually takes 3 minutes) and add the apples. 
  4. Slowly caramelize the apples for about five minutes and stir only occasionally and very gently. 
  5. Put apples in a baking dish that can hold at least 6 cups. 
  6. For the crisp top, combine the remaining butter, almond flour, oats, and sugar in a medium bowl and with your hands or a pastry cutter, create small pieces of topping.
  7. Spread the topping evenly over the apples. 
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until the crumble top is golden brown. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 5gSugar: 44gProtein: 3g
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