AIP Apple Crisp Recipe (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

This AIP Apple Crisp recipe was made by Chené who is our recipe and social media manager from South Africa.  I love this recipe, and I think you guys will really enjoy it!

If you enjoy recipes like this, you may be interested in my advanced nutrition and recipe book the Keto Metabolic Breakthrough.

AIP Apple Crisp




Yield 9 Servings


4 cups sliced and peeled green apples

1/4 cup unsweetened cranberry juice

1 cup coconut sugar (or 3/4 cup monk fruit sweetener or 15–20 drops liquid stevia)

3/4 cup cassava flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 cup organic palm shortening (or grass-fed butter/ghee)

1 scoop coconut milk ice cream (optional)

1 serving coconut whipped cream (optional)


Step 1: Place palm shortening in refrigerator for at least an hour OR in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 3: Fill a 9″ pie plate or 8″x8″ casserole dish with apples. Pour juice over apples evenly.

Step 4: In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until combined.

Step 5: Remove palm shortening from the fridge and chop into small cubes. Add to flour mixture and use hands to combine until crumbly. Do not over-mix. There should still be big chunks of shortening and lots of dry flour/sugar mixture.

Step 6: Sprinkle mixture oven the apples.

Step 7: Bake for 30–35 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with dairy-free ice cream (optional) or dairy-free whipped coconut cream (optional).


*Optional ingredients are not included in nutrition facts.

Courses Dessert

Cuisine American

Amount Per Serving

Calories 265

% Daily Value

Total Fat 12.5 g


Total Carbohydrates 38.5 g


Dietary Fiber 1 g


Sugars 28.5 g

apple crisp, AIP Apple CrispSpecial Notes:

This autoimmune paleo diet apple crisp recipe is such a crowd pleaser for every guest, even those who are not dealing with chronic inflammation and avoiding many common food allergens. The organic palm shortening I recommend you can find here. It is a blend of coconut oil and red palm oil which works great as a replacement for butter.  It is full of healthy fats and antioxidants and is AIP approved.

If you aren’t trying to follow an AIP diet and/or do well with grass-fed butter or ghee you can use that instead.  While coconut sugar is AIP approved, you may want to reduce your overall blood sugar levels so you can use pure monk fruit sweetener or stevia as your sweetening agent.

When selecting apples, go for green apples, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, or Braeburn as these will remain juicy after baking rather than turning mushy.  This recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for a few days.

To re-heat, place in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes OR until the topping is crispy and the filling is warmed through.  This dessert tastes amazing and you can top it off with the coconut whipped cream.

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Dr Jockers Comments

This AIP apple crisp recipe is a great tasting recipe that uses ingredients that are well tolerated by people with autoimmune and chronic inflammatory conditions.  Your family will love the great flavor of this recipe.

The AIP or autoimmune paleo diet is a specific food elimination based nutrition plan that removes gluten, grains, processed sugar, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nuts, seeds and nightshade vegetables.  Many people with chronic inflammatory- and autoimmune diseases have seen great improvements using this very restrictive nutrition plan.

Unfortunately, it can be hard to find tasty recipes, especially dessert recipes that are AIP approved.  This recipe uses cassava which is a root vegetable that is AIP approved as well as cinnamon and nutmeg which are great antioxidant-rich spices to support healthy blood sugar levels.

For individuals following an AIP diet, I would recommend using a high quality, activated enzyme complex with most meals and especially with this apple crisp dish to help improve digestive health and avoid unwanted gut inflammation.  Fully activated HoloZymes reduce occasional gut related complaints including gas, bloating, loose stools, undigested foods, tummy pain, and cramping.

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