Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

This recipe is sponsored by McCormick.

Hey, friends!  As this post goes live today, I will be flying high somewhere above the Pacific Ocean, en route to go visit two of my dearest friends who recently moved to South Korea.  And oh my goodness, I could not be more excited about this trip!  

First off, I absolutely cannot wait to see my friends, Nathan and Kerry.  These two had an amazing thing going in the Kansas City area, having lived and worked here for the past decade or so, while gathering an amazing community of friends around them.  But midway into their 30s, they decided they wanted a new adventure.  So they courageously packed up and moved beyond their comfort zones (quite literally) halfway around the world to begin working at an international school, and have now developed a rich and full new life over there.  So while we miss them like crazy back here in the Midwest, I can’t wait to go and see their new home and their new people in Korea!

And let’s be real — friends moving abroad is always good motivation to do some traveling.  ;)

So while they’re there, my good friend, Sarah, and I decided to take the opportunity to go and visit.  This will be my first time ever traveling to Asia, and I can’t to soak up all of the sights and sounds and smells, and get the full friend-tour of Seoul.  We’ve already planned to hit up a bunch of the popular spots in the city, take a day trip out to the DMZ, signed up for a Korean cooking class, and of course, try out my very first Korean BBQ.  Then, while Nathan and Kerry are at work during the week, Sarah and I are going to be popping over to Japan for a few days on our own.  Then we’ll wrap up the trip with a final weekend back in Seoul, and arrive back in the States in time for Thanksgiving.  Cannot wait.  I’ll be posting trip pics on my personal Instagram account, which you’re welcome to check out if you’d like to follow along.  And you can count on the fact that there will definitely be plenty of Korean and Japanese recipes hitting the blog when I return, since — let’s be real — the food is half of what I’m looking forward to.

But in the meantime while I’m gone, I do have a handful of recipes that will be popping up on the blog while I’m away, since everyone I know is in the throes of holiday meal planning and I didn’t want to leave you hangin’.  So on that topic, we begin today with the perfect make-ahead autumn recipe that — surprise! — turns out that you can totally make easily in the crock-pot.

Who wants some Slow Cooker Apple Crisp?!

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

Yes, that’s right.  Apple crisp that is legitimately crisp — even when made in the slow cooker!

Simply whip up some cinnamon and sugar apples, which will serve as your yummy base for the recipe.  And — pro tip — be sure to invest in some good cinnamon, since it’s the main spice used in this recipe.

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

I actually attended a little “cinnamon class” recently with McCormick (<– over which I seriously geeked out, love my job!), where my observation was confirmed that all ground cinnamon you buy at the store is not created equal.  I’ve observed some major flavor differences before with different brands, and have never quite known what to buy.  But they advised that pure cinnamon should have:

  • a dark, mahogany tone
  • even coloring throughout
  • an aroma that is intensely warm and woody
  • a punch of red-hot cinnamon heat

So if you happen to be in the market for a new bottle of cinnamon, those are good tips to keep in mind so that you don’t get stuck with a bland, old batch that might not work as well with a recipe.  I used a fresh bottle of McCormick Ground Cinnamon for the apples and the crispy oat topping in this recipe, and it worked like a charm.
This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

Once you have the apples and topping ready to go, just spread the apples out in an even layer in the bottom of a large slow cooker.  (I used this one.)This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

Then sprinkle the crispy oat topping all over the apples.  And then — here’s the trick to keeping it actually crispy — lay a kitchen towel or a few paper towels on top of the slow cooker and THEN place the lid on top of the towel(s).  That way, any of the condensation that gathers on top of the lid won’t drip down and get the topping all soggy, and the heat from the slow cooker and cook it up so that it’s nice and crispy.  I’ve used this method dozens of times with various recipes, and it has always worked well!  (That said, see notes and disclaimer in the recipe section about using the towel method.)

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

Then once it’s time for dessert…

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

…remove the lid and the towel(s), and dish up a nice big scoop of warm cinnamon apples with that crispy almond-oat topping…
This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is easy to make in the crock-pot, and it's made with the most delicious warm cinnamon apples and crisp oatmeal-almond topping! | gimmesomeoven.com (Gluten-Free / Vegan / Vegetarian)

…and this gorgeous dessert will be yours to enjoy.  If you want to kick things up a notch, I highly recommend serving this up with some vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.  But go with whatever sounds good to you — you really can’t go wrong here.  ;)

So if you’re looking for ways to simplify your day on Thanksgiving, or for a holiday party, or anytime you just happen to be craving some apple crisp, try this out in the slow cooker!  I think you’re going to love it!

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe is made with warm cinnamon apples, a delicious oatmeal-almond topping, and baked until it's nice and "crispy" in the crock-pot. So delicious!

Ingredients:

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp Ingredients:

  • 8 apples, peeled, cored and thinly-sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon crumble (see below)
  • optional serving suggestions: vanilla ice cream, warm caramel sauce

Cinnamon Oat Crumble Ingredients:

  • 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 McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil

Directions:

To Make The Slow Cooker 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, 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 slow 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:

  1. 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.

*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.

**I also have to legally disclaim that using your towel with a slow cooker could be a fire hazard, and you do so at your own risk.  I have done it dozens of times with different recipes, and have never had a problem.  But different slow cookers heat up to different temperatures.  So if this is your first time using the towel method, I recommend checking it an hour into cooking to be sure that the towel is not too hot.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

This post has been sponsored by McCormick, maker of the ground cinnamon that I always keep stocked in my pantry.  Thanks for continuing to support the brands who help make this site possible!

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  1. Deb — November 9, 2016 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    Does it matter what kind of apples? Fuji, Granny Smith…?

    • Ali — November 9th, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

      I tested this with a few kinds of apples, and just about any work! Gala and Granny Smiths were my favorite though. :) (I’ll be sure and add that to the recipe — thank you!)

  2. Teresa — November 9, 2016 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    I’ve never heard of the towel/paper towel method! Do you typically use it with main dishes also?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 9:30 pm

      Yes, we’ve tried it with other slow cooker recipes as well — it’s a great trick! :)

  3. Bharat Ratna — November 9, 2016 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    <3 I will be making these, I have saved the recipe, thank you :)

  4. Tara — November 10, 2016 @ 5:49 am (#)

    So exited to hear about your trip when you get back! I loved my time in Korea. Be sure to visit a jimjibang (Korean spa) and the Gyonbeokgong Palace in Seoul! The Seodaemun Prison is also very moving.

    Safe travels!

  5. Michelle — November 10, 2016 @ 6:10 am (#)

    Can this be done in the oven?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 15th, 2016 @ 8:45 pm

      Hi Michelle! Yes, definitely! In fact, we have a similar apple crisp recipe (for the oven) that you can check out here…

  6. mary — November 10, 2016 @ 8:00 am (#)

    If i leave out the flour or use gluten free will it still turn out crisp or soggy?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 15th, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

      We haven’t tried this without flour, or with gluten-free flour, but you do need some type of flour to bind the crisp ingredients together. We think it’s worth a shot to try it with gluten-free flour. If you try it, definitely let us know how it works out for you!

  7. Marlene — November 10, 2016 @ 11:17 am (#)

    what kind of brown sugar? light brown or dark brown??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 15th, 2016 @ 8:28 pm

      We used light, but you could use dark if you wanted. We hope you enjoy!

  8. Sara @ Last Night's Feast — November 10, 2016 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    This looks delicious.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Sara — we hope you enjoy! :)

  9. MaryAnn — November 11, 2016 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    I love apple crisp and am so excited about the convenience of preparing this in the slow cooker. I wouldn’t have thought of that possibility. Your photos are simply gorgeous and make my mouth water! I’m planning on trying this very soon and will be sure to take a photo and hashtag it. Thank you so much!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words, MaryAnn! We hope you enjoy the recipe! :D

  10. Carol — November 13, 2016 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    Made this! Super easy and it turned out wonderful. I added some ginger and nutmeg along with the cinnamon to give it a little something extra.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 18th, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that, Carol! :)

  11. Cat — November 13, 2016 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    Every once in a while, I get a recipe that doesn’t quite work out. This is one of those rare occasions. It tasted pretty good but it looked nothing like the pictures. I think my problem was the crockpot was too small and the crumble got a little soggy.

    It still tasted pretty good when paired with ice cream and caramel sauce.

    I think I will stick to the crisps you bake and save the crockpot for stews and the crispy pork carnitas. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

      We’re sorry to hear it didn’t work well for you, Cat — we appreciate your feedback and you giving the recipe a try!

  12. Mary — November 15, 2016 @ 8:59 am (#)

    Yum! Looks fabulous!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 9:18 pm

      Thanks, Mary — we hope you enjoy!

  13. Bre — November 16, 2016 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    My slow cooker is one that clicks shut, so I’m not sure if putting a towel under the lid will really work… Do you think that the condensation from the lid would make it too soggy and I should just bake it in the oven, or should it come out ok regardless?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 21st, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

      We think you would be fine to skip the towel in this case, but our slow cooker’s a little different so it’s hard to say. Let us know what you end up trying!

  14. Jens — November 21, 2016 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    I love apple, cinnamon and ice cream. You could not have chosen a better combination:-)
    I have never tried to make a slow cooked apple pie. I will try it for Thanksgiving.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 22nd, 2016 @ 11:03 pm

      We hope you enjoy this! :)

  15. Katie — November 21, 2016 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    We made this over the weekend and it was sooooo good! The paper towels trick is genius!

  16. Ruth — November 27, 2016 @ 11:45 am (#)

    I have made this recipe twice and everyone loved it. The first time I put in some pears as well and it was delicious!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that, Ruth, and we bet the pears were an awesome addition! :)

  17. Joann Moran — December 4, 2016 @ 4:36 am (#)

    There is flour in the topping, yet you say this is gluten free.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 9th, 2016 @ 2:52 pm

      Oops, this should not have been tagged gluten-free, as you are right, there’s flour in the topping. We apologize for the mistake — thanks for the heads up, we’ve just fixed it!

  18. Becky — December 21, 2016 @ 7:13 pm (#)

    How many cups roughly is 8 apples? I have a bunch of frozen pre-sliced apples from my Grampa’s apple tree (they are insanely good!)  just curious if you had an estimate for me :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 27th, 2016 @ 10:13 pm

      Hi Becky! A pretty good-sized apple should give equal about a cup. We hope you enjoy!