Stovetop Apple Crisp

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This warm, comforting and healthy stovetop apple crisp takes a total of only 20 minutes to prepare and does not compromise on flavor. You cook the apples in a skillet and sprinkle them with a toasted, buttery and crunchy oat, nut and sesame seed topping.

stovetop apple crisp

Say hello to a quick, easy and healthy no-bake stovetop apple crisp!

Apple crisps are one of the most delicious ways to eat apples in my opinion but I‘m not always willing to put in the time to bake a crisp. That’s why I love this stovetop recipe, it takes only about 20 minutes, tastes great and you won’t even need to fire up the oven.

How many servings does this recipe make?

Literally however many you need. Because you’re not locked into the volume of a baking dish, you can easily scale this recipe up or down to however many servings you like (one of the great advantages of stovetop desserts). The recipe card below is set to four servings but you can use the portion slider and easily adjust the number to your liking.

How to make stovetop apple crisp:

You start by cooking 4 Gala apples (peeled, cored and cut into chunks) in a skillet in a mix of 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. (That will put you in a good mood because it will make your kitchen smell delicious.)

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Once the apples are done, you prepare the topping simply by toasting a mix of 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts, if you prefer), 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds and 1 teaspoon brown sugar in 1/2 tablespoon melted unsalted butter in a non-stick pan. That’s easy and quick to do and the resulting flavors and crunch are wonderful.

stovetop apple crisp ingredients and measurements

how to make stovetop apple crisp step by step

How to serve this apple crisp:

To serve, you add the warm cinnamon apples into individual serving bowls and sprinkle them with the toasty oat/nut/sesame mix. You can put a dollop of whipped cream (or ice cream) on top but I find that the crisp already tastes mighty delicious by itself and also makes a great (and healthy) snack.

Stovetop apple crisp recipe tip:

One quick word of caution about the topping: it’s very easy to burn it, so don’t take your eyes off the pan. No texting while cooking for this one!

Is this apple crisp gluten free?

Yes, as long as you make sure to use rolled oats that have not been contaminated with gluten-containing ingredients during processing, this apple crisp is gluten-free.

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4.75 from 4 votes

Stovetop Apple Crisp

A quick, delicious and healthy stovetop apple crisp. No oven required and you can easily scale the recipe up or down to however many servings you need. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stovetop apple crisp
Servings: 4
Calories: 180kcal


For the apples:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks (Gala work well)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

For the topping:

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream (optional)


For the apples:

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.
  • Add the apples, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Stir until well combined.
  • Put the lid on and let the apples cook on medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft (about 7 minutes).

For the topping:

  • In a bowl, combine remaining sugar, oats, nuts and sesame seeds. Mix well.
  • In a small, non-stick pan melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter, then add the nut mix and brown for a few minutes until crunchy. (Do this on relatively low heat and watch closely, it will burn easily).
  • Serve apples in a bowl and sprinkle the topping on.
  • Top with ice cream or whipped cream (optional).


Calories: 180kcal

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  1. Karen D says:

    I substituted nectarines from a friends tree and threw in some fresh blueberries for color. I topped it off with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.Everyone raved about how good this recipe tasted! I will definitely use this recipe again.

  2. Karla Grigsby says:

    Needed a healthy snack/dessert for my 2yr old son.tried this recipe he absolutely loved the no bake topping. not only did he love it so did my husband and I.Thx for this one😊

  3. Chandni says:

    Hi! Tried this recipe today and it was really good :) Was in a hurry so replaced the nuts and seeds with museli with nuts. Thanks for this one!

    • Nicole Branan says:

      That’s so great to hear, Chandni! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment, I really appreciate it! Such a great idea to substitute muesli, I have to try that. :)

      • Chandni says:

        Please do! And you are most welcome Nicole. Please keep more such recipes coming. It’s very motivating for budding home chefs :)

    • Nicole Branan says:

      That is SO GREAT to hear, Sian! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it. :)

  4. Adam says:

    Wow this sounds good because i need to make a desert for a boyscout trip im going on this weekend i think ill try this.

    • Nicole B. says:

      That sounds great, I hope you like it, Adam! It’s my favorite dessert, I have made it countless times and could eat it everyday. :)

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