Imagine a healthy apple crisp, but without all the sugar! That is the idea behind my Keto Apple Crisp recipe. A crisp is a sort of dessert or side dish that is traditionally prepared by coating a sweet fruit with a flour and/or butter mixture and baking it. Most crisp recipes include some sort of sweetener and a buttery or sugary topping.

Keto Apple Crisp is my favorite seasonal snack. It is delicious and filling. But, it is also low carb, gluten free and sugar free. And it is homemade, making it even healthier. It is just like a popular apple crisp recipe you have probably had many times over in the past.

It’s no secret that I’m an avid health enthusiast and exercise junkie. In the past year or so, I’ve become more vocal about my health-related goals and have even started to share my weight loss stories with friends. One of the things that has struck me in the past few weeks is the sheer amount of ‘keto’ recipes I’ve been seeing in the form of sweet, fruity desserts. I decided to make an apple crisp recipe to get a taste of how keto can work, and it actually really surprised me.

You’d never guess that Jicima is the secret ingredient in this keto apple crisp! It’s sweet and delicate, and finished with a cinnamon-spiced crumble.

Are Apples Keto-Friendly?

Unfortunately, the crunchy and refreshing fruit we all grew up with isn’t keto-friendly. Apples include 14 carbohydrates and 12 net carbs per 100 gram meal. Instead of using chayote squash or zucchini, we went with the major guns, jicima. The texture of this vegetable is similar to that of apples, but without the sweetness. It makes making a tasty and authentic keto apple crisp a breeze.

Bye-bye, apple pie and your favorite apple dessert. Instead, try this delectable keto apple dessert crumble, which can be made in under 30 minutes and tastes just like the genuine thing. It’s safe to say goodbye to Miss American Apple Pie with this delectable dish.

Freshly baked keto apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream

Is Jicima a Keto food?

Jicima is an excellent low-carb apple filling substitute. Jicima has only 9 carbohydrates and 5 grams of fiber per 100 grams (4 net carbs) (1). Another advantage of all that fiber is how much your gut will appreciate it. Fiber feeds the healthy gut bacteria, which aids with overall digestion (2).

Does Jicima Have an Apple Flavor?

Jicima is crisp and crispy like apples, therefore the cubes will be soft and tender when cooked. It has a fairly neutral flavor, somewhat like an unsweetened apple. It will have the same appearance and feel as diced apples, but the flavor can be sweet or savory.

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How to Cut & Peel Jicima

If you have never prepared jicima before, it can be difficult to cut. Avoid using a vegetable peeler, as tempting as it may be. This is even more harmful since jicima frequently contains leftover wax from the grocery shop, which thickens the peel even more. Instead, build a flat surface by cutting the top and bottom of the jicima. Then, on a chopping board, carefully slice the peel off with a sharp knife.

Carefully slice the jicima into matchstick shapes and then cube them to make the apple piece. Each cube should be half an inch to a full inch in size.

Crispy Keto Apples: How to Make It Sweeter

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  • Allulose is a newer keto-friendly sweetener that may be found in a variety of store-bought keto cereals. It has no net carbohydrates and is sugar-free. The nicest thing is that it’s a natural sweetener rather than a sugar alcohol.
  • Monk Fruit is a sweetener extract that is comparable to stevia. Monk fruit is all-natural and frequently more expensive than stevia, which is why it’s commonly sold in a powder with erythritol as a bulking agent. If you want plain monk fruit, buy the calorie-free liquid sweetener and use it instead of the liquid stevia in this recipe.
  • Coconut sugar is not keto friendly. Coconut sugar, on the other hand, is the way to go if you want to make this low carb apple crisp paleo.

It doesn’t matter which sweetener you use for this recipe; just make sure you have the right proportions! Some extracts are far more concentrated than granular varieties, necessitating adjustments in measuring.

Serving keto apple crisp with a spoon

What Is Xanthan Gum and How Does It Work?

Xanthan gum is a gluten-free, keto-friendly thickener. Unlike cornstarch, xanthan gum can be used in small quantities. The apple filling only requires 1/2 tsp for the full recipe. This will help the jicima water in your baking dish to gel, resulting in a more jammy keto apple crisp. With only 1 gram of net carbohydrates per 1/2 teaspoon, xanthan gum is an excellent cornstarch substitute.

Is it possible to prepare low-carb apple crisp ahead of time?

Are you planning to serve this meal to a large group and want to know if it can be prepared ahead of time? You absolutely can! You may make this recipe ahead of time in a few different ways.

  1. Make and Store in the Fridge– Instead of pre-baking, simply combine all of the ingredients and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. This is something we frequently do when we want to prepare a dish in the morning and then bake it while we eat dinner. It bakes while we eat, allowing us to jump straight into this warm keto apple crisp recipe after dinner.
  2. Bake and reheat– If you want to create the dish ahead of time, you can bake it the day before. Allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 350°F and bake until the apple crumble topping is crunchy and the middle is warm.

The most important point here is that you should never microwave an apple crisp recipe. Microwaving low carb apple crisp will result in a soggy, not-so-crisp apple crisp topping.

A thin gray towel covering the hot cast iron handle

How to Make Crispy Keto Apples

This keto apple crisp is simple and straightforward to prepare. The most difficult thing is simply waiting for it to cook! Get your spoons and keto vanilla ice cream ready, because this baking dish will be gone in no time.


The apple Crumble and the apple Filling are separated in the components for this apple crisp recipe.

The Disintegration

You’ll need almond flour instead of regular white flour for the apple crisp component. You’ll need nuts for crunch, and we used raw chopped pecans. We used granular erythritol (we’ve previously used Swerve brand) and liquid stevia for sweetness, but you may use any of the sweeteners listed above. Finally, you’ll need cinnamon, salt, and cubed cold butter to make mixing easier. Because the almond flour chunks up and forms those substantial apple crisp clusters, it should be cold rather than melted butter.

Six bowls with the toppings to make apple crisp

The “Apple” Foundation

You’ll need chopped jicima (see notes for preparation above), water, and xanthan gum to make the “apple” foundation. Erythritol, stevia, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg will be used to flavor the base. Don’t miss the lemon juice; it gives a pleasant refreshing contrast to the sweet cinnamon flavor.

The ingredients to make the "apple" crisp base

How to Make Crispy Keto Apples

This keto apple crisp dish is the ideal fake apple crumble for individuals on a keto diet looking for a fall dessert. It’s made without coconut flour, doesn’t require any melted butter, and tastes even better with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

The Disintegration

To make this keto crumble topping quickly, combine the almond flour, nuts, erythritol, stevia, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter, vanilla extract, and stevia to the topping after it has been whipped together. Toss the butter into the dry topping using two knives or a pastry cutter. It should be crumbly and grainy, almost like sand. Set aside the topping because it will be used soon.

Jicima chunks waiting to be tossed with the crumble.

The “Apple” Foundation

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for the keto apple crisp base. Next, combine the xanthan gum and water in a mixing dish. To avoid clumps of powder, whisk thoroughly. Combine the jicima, erythritol, stevia, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate bigger mixing dish. Toss the jicima with the sweetener and spices, then toss in the water/xanthan gum mixture.

A glass bowl with chunks of jicima and cinnamon

In a 10-inch cast iron skillet or an 8-inch baking dish, combine all of the jicima.

jicima coated in cinnamon and xanthan gum

On top, evenly distribute the crumble mixture. Cover securely with foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes to avoid scorching your keto apple crisp topping. Remove the foil after 30 minutes and cook for another 5-10 minutes. The crumble should have browned and the sauce should be boiling.

Allow 5-10 minutes to cool before serving. Serve the apple crisp with a scoop of sugar-free vanilla ice cream on top.

A cozy wooden handled serving spoon scooping apple crisp

Keto Apple Crisp: Storing and Reheating

Place any leftover keto apple crisp recipe in an airtight container to keep it fresh. To keep it from going bad, put it in the fridge. To reheat low carb apple crisp, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place all leftovers in a baking dish to crisp again.

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  • If the Crumble Is Burning– When cooking keto desserts with almond flour or nuts, it is typical for them to burn. This is because the crumble topping browns and bakes faster than the middle when exposed to direct heat. Cover the cast iron with aluminum foil and allow the middle to finish cooking to avoid a burnt crisp topping.
  • Don’t Overbake– You don’t want to overbake the center of this apple crisp, just like you wouldn’t in a typical apple crisp. Overbaking an apple crisp, as well as our keto jicima crisp, will rapidly turn to mush.
  • More Nuts and Seeds– Chopped nuts and seeds give the apple crumble a nice texture. For a bit additional crunch, use walnuts, almonds, or even sunflower seeds.

A close up of the keto apple crisp with ice cream

More Keto Desserts to Warm You Up

Once you know how, making an apple crisp keto is simple. Don’t go without your favorite comforting keto sweets any longer. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Keto Cinnamon Rolls– For the inside of these cinnamon rolls, we adore the swerve brown sugar substitute. They’re delicious, gooey, and icing-filled.
  • Keto Banana Bread– With a pat of butter, warm keto banana bread is the perfect morning or midday pick-me-up. Make a couple of loaves and keep them in the fridge for the rest of the week.
  • Deep Fried Keto Doughnuts– When it comes to keto donuts, the possibilities are unlimited. If you’ve tried this recipe, you already know it’s delicious with everything from brown sugar and cinnamon to peanut butter and jelly!

These are just a handful of our go-to keto comfort dishes for a chilly evening or rainy day. Check out the dessert section of our website for even more nutritious keto desserts.

Keto Apple Crisp

It takes just over 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake this dessert. With a generous serving size of just 5 net carbohydrates and fewer than 200 calories, it’s the ideal fall treat. It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to dessert nutrition! The finest of the best is our keto apple crisp. It doesn’t use regular apples or mushy zucchini, so you get the most realistic apple flavor without the carbs. Try this faux apple crisp and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Jicima apple crisp pin

finished close up of apple crisp

Keto Apple Crisp

Baked to perfection, a sweet cinnamon spiced “apple” crisp. Topping with keto ice cream is a must!

5 servings

172 calories per serving

Time to Prepare: 20 minutes

Time to prepare: 35 minutes


Topping for Crumbles

  • Combine almond flour, pecans, erythritol, stevia, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl. After that, add the butter chunks, stevia, and vanilla extract.

  • Blend in with two knives or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove from the equation.

The “Apple” Foundation

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk together water and xanthan gum in a small bowl until smooth.

  • Toss jicama, erythritol, stevia, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate large mixing basin to coat. Stir in the water/xanthan gum mixture thoroughly.

  • In a 10-inch cast iron skillet or an 8-inch casserole dish, spread the ingredients. On top, evenly distribute the crumble mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, tightly covered with foil.

  • Remove the cover and continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the mixture is boiling and the crumble is golden brown.

Nutritional Information

Keto Apple Crisp

Per Serving Amount

172 calories 126 calories from fat

daily value in percent*

14g22 percent fat

Saturated Fat (Saturated Fat) (Saturated Fat) (Saturated Fat) (

1 gram of trans fat

Cholesterol 12mg4% Cholesterol 12mg4% Cholesterol 12mg4% Cho

Sodium (111 mg) 5%

149mg4 percent potassium

Carbohydrates account for 114% of total calories.

6 g of fiber (24%)

2g2 percent sugar

3g6 percent protein

161IU3 percent vitamin A

Vitamin C (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C) (Vitamin

Calcium (45 mg) 5%

1 gram of iron is equal to 6% of your whole body weight.

* Percent Daily Values (%DV) are calculated using a 2000-calorie diet.



Keto apple crisp is a term used to describe a dessert that is low in carb

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