breakfast dessert fall recipes

caramelized apple tahini crisp

a perfect for fall apple crisp. filled with warming spices, caramelized apples and topped with a tahini crumble. easy and delicious!

as september gives way to october, i should be more in the mood for pumpkin, but im still very much on an apple kick lately. truth be told, im not overly crazy about pumpkin (although i will have a few of those recipes coming soon)! i know, i know, but honestly im much more into spiced baked treats. enter this caramelized apple tahini crisp.

caramelized apple tahini crisp

short, but sweet ingredients list

  • apples (green and red, baking apples)
  • light brown sugar
  • lemon juice
  • pumpkin spice
  • water
  • GF flour (or all purpose)
  • oats
  • tahini
  • salt

that’s it! just a but of mixing, some baking and time stand between you and a delightfully easy fall dessert.

why crisps are the best desserts

bold statement, I know. but, hear me out!

as you may know, crisps are the easiest, most forgiving of any baked dessert i can think of. simply take 4-6 c of seasonal fruit, cut it into roughly the same size, toss it in flour, a bit of sugar and spice; toss everything into a large baking dish and top it with a sweetened crumble. bam! instant cozy dessert screaming for a blanket, a movie and full on relaxing.

for this caramelized apple tahini crisp, I swapped out the melted butter in the crumble for tahini (bc tahini and apple with pumpkin spice is life). it was a fantastic switch in my opinion as the tahini gives the crumble a slight PB taste which pairs perfectly with caramel-y apple filling. it also happens to make this crisp vegan and gluten free. i highly suggest topping this with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or even some spiced greek yogurt. dessert for breakfast?! yes, please!

apple tahini crisp
apple tahini crisp
apple tahini crisp

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Caramelized Apple Tahini Crisp

All the best flavors of your traditional apple crisp, with a tahini twist! This crisp is dairy free, vegan and best served with your favorite ice cream, a cozy blanket and your favorite show.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Cooling Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 9X13 (or larger) baking dish


Spiced Apple Filling

  • 6-7 large apples, peeled cored and thinly sliced (honeycrisp, pink lady and granny smith)
  • 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice or ground cinnamon
  • 4-5 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp flour

Tahini Crumble

  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1/2-2/3 c tahini, well stirred
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Whisk together all dry ingredients for the tahini crumble until well combined. Stir in tahini, until well combined. Set aside in the fridge while preparing the apple filling.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the apple filling. Mix until all apple pieces are well coated.Add to baking dish, making sure the filling is evenly distributed. Top with tahini crumble, breaking larger pieces with your fingers while crumbling on top of the apple filling.
  • Bake at 375 F for 45-55 mlnutes, or until filling is bubbling, apples are tender and the tahini crumble is a golden brown color.
  • Let cool for 20-30 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or spiced greek yogurt.
Keyword easy entertaining, fall breakfast, fruit crisps, gluten free dessert, simple recipe
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  1. Delicious! Served with vanilla ice cream for the hubs and coconut macaroon coconut milk ice cream for me. This will become a regular dessert in our repertoire!

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