side view of a bowl of the best apple crisp ever with cheddar cheese topping

Best Apple Crisp Recipe with Cheddar Cheese

This Best Apple Crisp Recipe combines rolled oats, cheddar cheese, apples, cinnamon, and coconut sugar! Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream. Refined sugar-free and can easily be made gluten-free! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cheddar crisp, apple crisp with oat crumble, best apple crisp recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 450 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 4 cups apples heaping, 600 g
  • 1/3 cups dried cranberries 60 g
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar, packed 60 g
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Crisp Topping

  • 3/4 cups rolled oats 60 g
  • 3 tbsp flour 1/4 cup
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar 100 g
  • 1 stick butter frozen in one piece - 113 g
  • 3/4 cups grated cheddar 70 g


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F/ 180C. Mix apple slices and cranberries with lemon juice.

  2. Mix coconut sugar with cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch and add the salt. Toss with the apples and mix using your hands. Add to a square brownie pan (20 cm by 20 cm - 8 x 8 inches).

  3. Mix the first 6 ingredients of the crumble topping. Grate frozen butter directly into the dry mix. Simply grate the butter on the large side of a box grater.

  4. Combine topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs, then add the cheese. Refrigerate until using.

  5. Top apple filling with crisp topping and bake for 30 minutes until the apple juice is bubbling up the sides and in the center and the topping is nice and crisp. 

Recipe Notes