Gluten-Free, Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe

Ali Segersten Sep 25, 2009

We really are not just about sweets here. Really we're not! But this week it seems we are, huh. Hope some of you enjoyed the White Nectarine Ice Cream I posted last weekend. More main dish recipes to come next week I promise!Since I will be going out of town for four days I thought it was high time for another delicious giveaway. This awesome giveaway is for 2 pounds of coconut sugar! I used coconut sugar from Essential Living Foods to make this fabulous gluten-free apple crisp.


What is Coconut Sugar?Coconut sugar is a low glycemic granulated sweetener with a glycemic index of 35. Compare that to honey of 75, agave nectar of 30, pure maple syrup of 54, or sugar (sucrose) of 95. Coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar as it is also called is made from the dried sap of the coconut palm blossom. Sounds lovely doesn't it? But what does it taste like?

I find the taste mild with slight molasses undertones, possibly even a little like maple syrup. The flavors marry well with spices, which will be quite perfect for your autumn baking needs. Coconut sugar can be substituted 1 for 1 in baking. Use it where you would use brown sugar, Sucanat, or white sugar. I used it in my apple crisp recipe with absolutely delicious results! I have used it before in cookies and muffins and it works great. I have also used it to proof yeast with great results as well. Those with cane sugar allergies will find this sugar suitable for their needs.

To be entered in this drawing, leave a comment below with your name or initials and a brief note if you would like. It is always fun to hear from you! The giveaway will be open until 11:59pm PST on Monday the 28th of September, 2009. I will announce the winner in my next post. So please keep an eye out for your name sometime early next week! Enter twice for more chances to win. Either add a link to this post on your blog or share this on Facebook or Twitter. Have fun! :) Please note, this drawing is now closed.


Thanks for posting on the coconut sugar, I had been wondering how it tasted and baked. Also thank for your wonderful,healthy dishes!

This looks so yummy! I'm posting it on facebook as well. Thank you so much!! :)

We'll definitely be making this apple crisp! We made the nectarine ice cream today to celebrate our youngest's half birthday (she's 5 1/2 and did a great job helping to make the ice cream). She and I loved the ice cream. Her brother didn't (and I wonder whether it's because I made the mistake of telling him what the ingredients were (had he been part of making it, it might have been different)).

Wow the Apple Crisp looks wonderful and I am interested in trying coconut sugar in some recipes.

This sounds amazing! I have a ton of apples right now because I went picking at an orchard last week, so this is the perfect time to try this crisp. I'm really intrigued by the coconut sugar, too, and would love to try it.

I am so glad that I have found your website and cookbook. I love trying the new recipes that you post. Thanks so much for sharing all you do - - Nettie McFarland - Daytona Beach Florida

Autumn is the perfect time for buckles, slumps and grunts! I am ready to head out to the apple tree right now!

thanks for sharing this with our GF SF house.

Ooooo coconut sugar! I have been wanting to try it, but wasn't sure how it tastes. The apple crisp recipe is perfect timing as I was looking for a yummy vegan recipe to try out for the family today!

Wow, the recipe looks awesome. I was also curious on the coconut sugar.

This looks delicious! I'm new to the whole foods/gluten free lifestyle and I've been trying a few of your recipes. The ice cream was amazing!!

This looks delicious! I would LOVE some coconut sugar!

Wow! That looks amazing. We've got an abundance of apples right now. Just finished an apple pie and was wondering what to make next! I've been falling head over heels with coconut, I can't wait to try the coconut sugar. Thanks for all the inspiration!

This recipe looks delicious! I would love to try coconut sugar. I just discovered the joys of all things coconut a few months ago. I never knew coconut sugar existed!

This recipe caught my attention because I am obsessed with coconut products! I would love to try this and have never seen coconut sugar! Where can I get it? I am sharing this on my FB page - I have quite a few Celiac and allergic friends!

That recipe looks amazing!! :) I will definitely be trying it out! Thanks for the giveaway!

Looks amazing!

THIS is why I loooove fall!
Love your site and all the recipes. Can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

I have been wanting to try coconut sugar for a while. Thanks for the contest!

Yumm. Looks good. We have been cooking with coconut oil. I keep hearing about the coconut sugar and flour. Nice to learn more about it here! We just bought many, many pounds of apples. This will be on our list.

Please enter me into this contest; coconut sugar looks great and low(er) glycemic!

Not sure what happened to my comment. Trying again.

This looks amazing. My stomach is now growling. I hope you are bringing this with you to BlogHer Food.

I wonder if I can get that coconut sugar where I live. I've been hearing about it more and it sounds good.

I love coconut, I love sugar, and I love a contest!

oooh, i've been wanting to try coconut sugar, and haven't been able to find it anywhere. i'd use it to make your apple crisp, because we just went apple pickin', and we've got to use up those apples somehow!

Oh Wow. This looks amazing. Thanks so much for posting all of these lovely recipes! I'm reposting on facebook and my blog because I have friends who eat whole grain diets like myself. I'm in phase 3 of the elimination, but plan on making this for my family as soon as I'm done.

And a special thanks to Tom, who gave me some advice this week about a citrus intolerance I found in phase 2! It was very helpful.

I linked to you blog via Amy at SimplySugarandGlutenFree. I have enjoyed reading through your recipes. I made Chocolate Banana Teff Bread and it is not only delicious but the perfect texture and amount of sweetness. Thanks for sharing your life and your knowledge and skill.

Oh Ali, I do have one question, though. Lemon juice was the intolerance I found in phase 2. Do you think it would be ok to leave out the lemon juice or is there a non-citrus alternative. I found even a tablespoon or two in a recipe bothers me. Thanks for any advice!

Jennifer M.

That looks delicious! I made something simillar this week but I added diced bartlett pears to mine. Also when I was done baking it and it was still warm, I ate some with a dallop of organic plain yogurt on top. It was very much like cobbler with ice cream. Who says eating healthy has to taste bad!

Coconut sugar, hmm? Sounds fabulous! Would love to try it! I think I will do some baking this weekend.
Terry Christie

Hi there,
Recipe looks delicious! I recently sampled coconut sugar at a food fair. Completely agree with your description. Thanks for your yummy recipes!

I LOVE COCONUT SUGAR! I've been using it for a few months now and I'm obsessed. Now, I can't wait to try it in this crisp recipe because... well... I am a huge fan of crisps, too :) Go figure... I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and I check it every day, I love it it so much. Thank you for every thing you do!
~Desirée D.

Thanks for sharing the info about coconut sugar. I didn't know that it existed! The crisp recipe looks yummy. can't wait to try it.

I have your blog on my FB so everyone can experience your creative healthy cooking.

A new baking adventure! Any recommendations on brand name and where to find it locally?

Where I am in The City, doesn't have a working oven...but then, I am too busy to recreate here my kitchen :o), so I will have to wait til my return in November.

Yes, please, enter me in the coconut sugar drawing. Thanks. sc

Wow, love the picture and I love apple crisp. I had never heard of coconut sugar, sounds wonderful.
Thanks for chance to win some.
Karen Kraus - Calgary AB

THis crisp looks fantastic! I"ve been looking at coconut sugar at a local natural foods store here in Minneapolis (Traditional Foods of Minnesota), and have wanted to give it a try. They also sell coconut vinegar, which looks intriguing - have you tried? Oooh, I hope I win, I want to try the coconut sugar! And I want to eat your apple crisp!

Kim -

This looks wonderful. We've been making a lot of (low sugar) crisps lately. It's a great way to enjoy the plentiful fruit of the season in a healthy dessert.

I've been looking around for coconut sugar, but so far haven't been able to find it in our local stores. Looks like a great healthy sweetener - we're always on the lookout for low glycemic sugar alternatives. Thanks for the info about it!

Wow, I can't wait to try this, it's so awesome that you make these GFCF, my son hated his new diet till I found your site. Thank you!!

I love your cookbook and blog! I used coconut sugar in a couple recipes lately...lavender lemonade and a dark chocolate coconut pudding. Would love to try more recipes with it!

There are no two way about it - apples+cinnamon= bliss. I grew up in New England and with the crisp days of autumn came bushels of apples sold on the side of the road. Home kitchens and church socials had every type of dessert you can imagine made out of apples but the best were always the expected - apple pie! Nirvana for my senses and top that slice of hot apple pie with a wedge of sharp Vermont cheddar cheese and I was in pure heaven.
Sadly that is not the best option these days and the coconut sugar sounds great for cleaning up my old favorite recipes even more - thanks so much for the feature.

Have to admit I had not heard of coconut sugar before and I love what I am learning from your cookbook as well as the website. I've started stocking my kitchen with gluten free ingrediants and just started on some of the recipes, love them!

Please help! I'd really like to eat healthy but I dislike cooking and I only have an hour in the evening to prep, cook and serve. Is there somewhere I could go to get a month's worth of menus with shopping lists? Would anyone be willing to share their hard work?

I have been on the elimination diet for two months, and the constant, grinding joint pain from fibromyalgia has virtually disappeared. I had been gluten free for two years prior to this, but it turns out I have many food allergies and sensitivities that were unsuspected previously. Hooray for the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and for your blog!

Lara Gary

I have been on the elimination diet for two months, and the constant, grinding joint pain from fibromyalgia has virtually disappeared. I had been gluten free for two years prior to this, but it turns out I have many food allergies and sensitivities that were unsuspected previously. Hooray for the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and for your blog!

I'm new to this site and already love it! I've tried a lot of the recipes with great success and looking forward to trying this apple crisp over the weekend!

Ali, this recipe looks delicious... I have been enjoying learning how to do some baking with coconut lately and now am excited to try coconut sugar. Do they sell it at the coop yet, or do you have to order it online? JFL

I can't believe I've never heard of this stuff but I definitely plan to try it! Just in time for Fall baking :-)

This looks delicious -- I'll be trying it this weekend.

My 7-year old son just tested as intolerant to dairy, egg, gluten and soy so we have been using your cookbook and this site for our elimination diet -- they have been the best resource for feeding my very picky family. Everyone has been feeling great! Thanks so much for this terrific resource.


Looks really good...would love to try coconut sugar. I have recently added coconut oil to our diets here.
I also shared this on facebook. Thanks for sharing your recipes and for this chance to win too. :)

As autumn settles in, this is the perfect time for this recipe. I can hardly wait to try it!

Hadn't heard about coconut sugar before, but I use coconut oil and coconut vinegar. I'll have to look for it.

I also posted your link on facebook and my blog! A great recipe to share with others...

50 comments! Phew! Sounds like the coconut sugar drawing will be exciting!

We are making nectarine ice cream today for a birthday celebration for a friend. I was looking up the recipe and a yummy apple crisp recipe showed up.

Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

Add Comment

Related Posts

Oct 16, 2011

Harvest Green Smoothie

It is harvest time and we are working on ways to not only preserve the harvest but also to use up nature's bounty while it is nice and fresh. Green smoothies are a great way to use up fresh produce. Plus, they are the perfect vehicle to deliver raw, digestible green vegetables to your children!

Read More
Gluten-Free Vegan Deep Dish Apple Pie
Nov 04, 2010

Deep Dish Apple Pie with a Flaky Oil Crust (gluten-free)

This luscious gluten-free, vegan apple pie uses a slightly different type of pie crust recipe. I first created this crust for a potato-pea samosa recipe. Everyone loved it so I decided to create it into an apple pie. The dough isn't your normal pastry dough because I don't use a saturated fat.

Read More